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Wikis are fairly relaxed communities. If you feel like contributing to an article or starting a new topic, you are very much welcome to do so.

Just a few rules:

General: Edit

  • Be nice - don't be rude or offensive.
  • Write in a way that is easy to understand and avoid local slang or phrases. Many of those who will read your text may not have English as their first language.
  • Don't delete other people's contributions (unless you know what you are doing)
  • Don't use too many acronyms (or at least, have a page explaining them)
  • Avoid the "click here" phrase!! Don't say: "More info about etiquette can be found here" but use "More info about etiquette can be found at wiki etiquette". We suggest avoiding it for external links as well.
  • Contribute only original stuff. Links are fine, but don't cut-and-paste from copyrighted things.
  • Correcting typos is quite okay - in fact, it's a very good habit, since it makes the web page more readable.

About comments: Edit

  • You are free to contribute anonymously, or you can sign your comments with your name (or handle). It is common to prepend the signature with '--' like this: -- Janne Jalkanen (While you're at it, you are free to create your own wikipage and tell us about yourself in your user page.) Think before you comment. What you say will stay here forever for everyone to see and comment on.

Creating WikiNames: Edit

  • A good WikiName is short and descriptive. If the name is logical and easy many more people will link to it.
  • Although you can take a whole sentence and crunch it up to make a WikiName, it is better style to restrain it to at most 5 words.
  • Instead, try to use WikiNames like you would use as chapter titles in a book.
  • This Wiki allows you to create pages with a single word as a name, but try to use at least two words.
  • Double-check WikiNames for typos - otherwise someone will create a misnamed page! Misnamed pages are bad, since linking to them requires more effort than to a logical, correct WikiName.
  • Please try to check whether a possible duplicate exists for your WikiWord before creating a new page. Duplicates increase the word number and navigation problems enormously

Refactoring pages: Edit

  • Refactoring is the process where you sum up a page, shortening it, making it more accessible. Anyone who feels up to it may go ahead, but we suggest that you leave it up to frequent (experienced) visitors.

(Thanks to http://www.jspwiki.org for the original text.)

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