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Help:Creating a page

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Aliases H:CREATE
Authors Chris Watkins
Published 2007
License CC BY-SA 4.0
Derivatives Ayuda:Crear una página
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Creating a page is very simple. This page will explain how to do so. If instead you are looking for help in editing pages, take a look in Editing basics

Page types

There are some page types that you can take into account before creating one:

User page

This is the page that displays your information in Appropedia. You may find it useful to create your user page as your first new page. See create a userpage for instructions on how to do that.

Here you have an example of a User page:

Topic page

A topic page is basically key information about a product, a concept or a definition intended for business, cultural or educational purposes. Aditionally, it also can points to other resources on Appropedia; like Categories Headers for instance. Its goals are to facilitate the collection, organization, and distribution of knowledge, solve related problems or questions and to displays how it can be seen in the world.

Here you have two examples of Topic pages:

Project page

A project page is a page where you document your experience solving a problem, either community or individual. Here you can explain the context, the problem solving approach, prior knowledge, devices or methodologies required, learnings an impact of the applied solution. Projects are the heart of Appropedia, since they showcase past experiences of people around the world.

Here you have two examples of a Project pages:

Device page

This is a page where you document how to build an appliance or gadget. Here you'll add, for instance a list of materials as well as the step by step instructions for building that device.

Here you have two examples of devices:

For more about page types, go to Help:Types of content

Considerations

When creating a new page, consider the following recommendations:

  • Use a clear and descriptive name, in lower case except for proper names, and avoid these symbols: & # < > [ ] | { } (see Help:Page naming for details)
  • Be BOLD. Start adding information right away. Do not worry about formatting or completeness if you are not sure how to do it, since others will help. Remember that changes are made easily and you can always revert them.
  • Please add at least one category tag at the end, for example: [[Category:Renewable energy]]. If you're not sure which category to use, you can add the {{Category Needed}} template, which will ask for other users to help choose categories. If you're keen, you might want to browse the categories, or create a new one if there isn't a similar one already.
  • If you would like be alerted when other Appropedians edit the pages you have created, select Watch this page.
  • Add a Summary of your edits before saving, so others can know what you've done.
  • Come back whenever you wish to make changes. Pages will live on Appropedia for years to come.

To get started with a project:

  • First, browse the Projects articles and subcategories for examples, and check for collaboration opportunities, i.e. articles similar to what you're considering writing.

Once you're ready to create your own page:

  • Type a proposed name for the new Projects on "New project page" box below and click "Create article".
  • When the edit window opens, there will be some preliminary sample text with comments as hints. Add information about your Projects. Do not worry about formatting or completeness, as others will help and changes are easily made. Be BOLD.

This starts you off with some wikitext on the page to guide you on which sections might be useful. Be sure to remove any code that you don't end up using.

Create from

Template

These tools below may be helpful to get you started with a pre-filled page. Enter a title and click the button if you wish to start a page about a specific topic or a specific project.

If you choose a page name that already exists, this won't overwrite the page —it will fill the edit box with the content from existing page instead. Please be careful if that happens so not to blank another's work-.

If you want to experiment editing Appropedia or brainstorm content without publishing anything, you're welcome to start a test page at your personal Sandbox.

New organization page

 

New project page

 

New device page

 

Scratch

Using the search box

1. Search for the title

In the search box, write down the title and hit enter.

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2. Click on the red link

In the search results, look for the black and red bold text saying Create the page ... on this wiki!. This will open the page on edition mode.

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3. Edit and save

Add the content you wish on the page you're creating and then click on save.

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Using the address bar

1. Write the tittle

In your browser's address bar after appropedia.org/ write the title you wish replacing spaces with underscores. Then hit enter.

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2. Click on Create this page link

You will see a page like this. There click on the blue link saying "create this page".

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3. Edit and save

Add the content you wish on the page you're creating and then click on save.

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Adding a link on another page

1. Add link on source

In the "parent" page, click on Edit source and then add the link with the desired page title. Then click save.

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2. Click on the redlink

In the "parent" page, click on the redlink of the new page you want to create. This will open that page on edition mode.

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3. Edit and save

Add the content you wish on the page you're creating and then click on save.

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Anatomy of an Appropedia page

Here are some of the most common sections of an Appropedia page:

Title

The choice of the title is a fundamental element in the composition of a voice, because it summarizes the content of the voice in one or very few words. The title, usually in singular and without articles, must be consistent with the content, incisive, explanatory and representative at the same time.

Abstract

The opening section should contain an abstract or incipit, explaining the content of the entry in simple terms. This functions as a summary of the entry, and illustrates the importance of the topic in a few sentences. In most cases, an abstract should start like this: "ABC is …”.

Page previews and excerpt pages extract the first characters of a page. They help other Appropedians find and use your content. Keep in mind the following:

  • There should not be any header above the abstract in order for the text to be picked up.
  • Abstracts must be short and informative in order to catch the readers' attention.

Index

MediaWiki automatically generates the standard index for all the pages that contain at least four sections, except those in which the command __ NOTOC __ is present. Conversely, you can force the presence of the table of contents even on a page that has fewer than four sections, by adding the command __ FORCETOC __ or __ TOC __ to the text. These may be useful if the page is very long.

Infobox

Some pages (such as projects, devices, user pages and organization profiles) contain embedded metadata that describes it in detail and aids to its discoverability.

Body

First of all, keep in mind: an entry is never complete. No matter how deeply you have dealt with a certain topic, there’s always something more to explain, a note or a detail to add, a sentence, a paragraph, etc. It is also important to cite the sources of what has been written so that the information reported is verifiable. It is necessary to be complete in explaining at least the most important aspects, but without exceeding.

Take your time to do justice to a topic that is particularly close to your heart, and make sure you don't make any grammatical or syntactic errors. When you are satisfied with the result, simply click on the Save Page button, which you find exactly below the editor you just used.

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