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How to Start on the BRGS Wiki
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How to start contributing to the project.
A wiki is a website designed so that anyone can edit it. To keep this site growing, we need contributions from you! You can contribute by editing someone else's work (to improve it), adding to someone else's work (to improve it) or even by adding a whole page yourself!
You'll notice the "edit" tab at the top of the page, which allows you to edit any page you want to, at the click of a button. If you think there's a page missing, you can be very proactive and write a page to fit the bill just by searching for it, and clicking on the red hyperlink with the title of the page.
Even if it's not the best piece of literature you've ever produced, someone else will soon be along to clean it up, add to it, and make hordes of improvements like adding photos and things. We would encourage you to make the effort to use proper English, however!
The sort of pages first conceived for this site are articles on individuals, groups of individuals, clubs, societies, extra curricular activities, and everything in-between. If you think something that's missing from this list, feel free to add to it. It's everyone's site, remember!
A Few Rules
- Make it fun! Boring articles can tend to be less useful than slightly amusing ones, but if you feel like you can't be funny about a topic that needs representation, write it anyway and see what people think of it. You might be surprised.
- Make it informative! Add something that people can use if at all possible. If it's useless but funny, don't be scared, just give everyone a laugh. If you notice a blinding spelling error, take a few moments to edit it out. It'll be worth it in the long run, allowing younger students who get involved to lern how to use gramar an stuff. It may be best not to inform other people about yourself in the article under your own name, to avoid unnecessary embarrassment when someone adds something very revealing to counter your self indulgent soliloquy on how perfect you are. Also, please don't lie, as it doesn't help produce a community atmosphere.
- Make it pretty! "A picture is worth a thousand words", or so the saying goes. You can embed photos into an article, first by uploading them from the toolbox (bottom left of your page). Simple, yet effective.
- Make a username! You'll be able to keep a track on all of your edits, and you'll be able to make a name for yourself as a writer and editor of all things BRGS. Also, it makes life easier for talking about pages when people don't agree on the content.
- Talk to people! Use this site to socialise, and make new friends. If you disagree profoundly with someone's editing or a page they've produced, tell them on the discussion page, and see if anyone else shares your opinion.
- Edit, but don't vandalise. The lowest down on the list, but most vitally important point: by joining in, you agree to help and not to hinder. If you disagree with someone, tell them, have a debate, improve their work straight off, but don't make a page telling everyone what they got up to last weekend. That's just not cricket.
- This site is for all ages so write content to suit all ages.
Improve this Page Too
This page isn't perfect, but thankfully, you can make changes to this too.
Enjoy the experience. If you need some inspiration on what to put in have a look at the wikipedia entry for the White House, but be sure not to be that boring! Don't repeat things though. And whatever you do, don't repeat things, it's boring.
- The "wikimedia" website has lots of guidance on how to format articles, and you can edit to view how other people have formatted their articles here.