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Previewing

Please preview your work, using the preview button at the bottom of the editing window, before saving. Each save records information about the differences, and you will find managing your work will be much more efficient if each of these versions represents a meaningful content addition.

Naming pages

On a wiki there are no directories to organize your page files, so any logical structure most be encoded in the page name (and to some extent, the use of categories). Please use the following conventions:

  • Any pages `belonging' to you, part of your personal collection, should begin with your (single) name:
    • Cam for my main page
    • Cam's focal taxon
    • Cam's photographs
    • Cam's philosophy
  • Project report pages should be of the form {Place} {descriptor} project:
    • Lambir fish project (proposal)
    • Lambir fish project
    • Maliau logging damage project
  • Blogs: Blog for 2009-0*-**. Use this date format so that the pages will sort correctly.
  • The name of the page should be meaningful and correct English

Your 'Home page'

You should treat your User:Name page as your home page (list). Note that there is also a page with your single name as a title (list). This is used in the Biodiversity database and cannot be edited to add fun content.

Discussing a topic

The wiki page is not the place to discuss content or debate a point. Use the discussion page associated with each page. Click on the tag and start a discussion. Sign your comments by ending your `post' with --~~~~ which produces this: --Cam 23:45, 2 June 2009 (UTC).

If replying to a comment, build a discussion `thread' by indenting your reply with a : character. E.g.

I think the content of this page needs a thorough revision --Cam 23:45, 2 June 2009
:You do?  Then you should do it! --Joe 23:50, 2 June 2009
::OK, when I get time --~~~~

will make:
I think the content of this page needs a thorough revision --Cam 23:45, 2 June 2009

You do? Then you should do it! --Joe 23:50, 2 June 2009
OK, when I get time --Cam 23:55, 2 June 2009

Staff comments in your text

There are three ways we may edit your pages:

  1. Direct, small text changes
  2. `Invisible' comments in the text, using, e.g.: <!-- This is a comment -->. These can/should be deleted once read - they can be revisited in the history of the page.
  3. General comment in the discussion tab.

All changes to pages are tracked using the built-in versioning system. To see changes, go to the history tab, and set the left radio button on the older version to be compared, and the right radio button on the newer version to be compared. Then click `Compare selected versions.'