This article will guide you to create contributions to Appropedia.
First things first: documenting your work[edit source]
Keep in mind that when you're documenting your work, it has more to do with storytelling than with writing instructions or tutorial-like text. The instructions are important, but so the reasons that made you to take one approach or another. Thus, we will learn from -what you may consider- failures as much as from successes. So, when you tell the story of your project, device or whatever you are documenting, tell also about the closed or not so good ways you discovered that -finally- drove you to your finals results or conclussions.
You as an Appropedian[edit source]
Before you begin, we strongly suggest you to create a user account. This will allow you to keep a better track of your work -using your user watchlist for instance-, or getting easily in touch with other Appropedians working on subjects similar to yours. For to find out this, you can search Appropedia for some topics of your interest and take a look to what else has been done on that matter.
Create a user page
Your first contribution[edit source]
When you decide to create a page and start documenting your work, you will discover Appropedia isn't hard to use. If you need some help with adding content to your article, you can check Help:Editing for formatting your text or article structure. In case you need help on other matters you can check the help pages which you will find on the left menu of your home screen named as Help. In any case, you can get in touch with us in Help:User support for Human Help.
At first, maybe you won't be sure about your article's structure; that's not just ok but also expected. So nevertheless, we encourage you to take notes -everywhere, all the time- and start writing and documenting your journey, everything will take shape on the way. Documenting your work can take as many sessions as needed. So, to let others know that this is a work in progress add the stub notice to your article. When you finish, just remove it.
Main resources[edit source]
Besides all this, is good to consider the format you may want for your contribution, this will help to keep it neat and readable. For instance, you can use a table for enlist multiple items with several characteristics. Adding images will also be useful to make yourself clear on showing procedures, or maybe a video will be more suitable for to show operation or expand context. For step-by-step instructions you can use the steps template, and for references, add footnotes. We also have a template for adding a bill of materials in case you need it for to specify the costs of your project/device.
Indexing is also useful to make your contribution findable; for this you can simply add a category so your contribution is indexed with similar topics.
Advanced resources[edit source]
Advanced help articles.
- Go to Special:CreateAccount
- Fill in your login information such as username and email.
- Answer the security question.