Advice to Editors
(shortcut is [[Haplowiki:Advice]])
Editing is easy
For people who like instructions and manuals, start here. But the editing is so easy, why not just have a go?
If you are not confident about the formatting techniques, have a look at the articles already made, and copy those.
There are also already a few pre-made templates, to make some text automatically. See E-M78 and compare to Template:Clade. See V12 and compare to Template:UEP. (You can also change and make new templates.)
Just click on "edit". But please...
- Register as a User if you are going to edit. (See the top right hand of your screen.) Make yourself at home! This gives you some personal space also where editors can send message about the latest edits you are working on, or try things out using "Sandboxes". Here is an example: User:Andrew Lancaster.
- Also, please make full use of the talk or discussion pages which every Wiki page has. But sign your remarks on those pages please. There is a button you can click to do this in the editing screen, or else type in --~~~~
- Do not experiment on the articles themselves if you can avoid it. There is a "fake" article called Sandbox where you can try things out. (You can also make your own personal Sandbox once you register and make a User space for yourself.)
You can use the work you have already done, and let others add to it
Many utilities exist online for easy conversion from such formats as Excel, HTML etc.
See for example: this useful webpage
An example reference
At the moment, what we are doing is making a Haplowiki article for each important reference. So for example [[Cruciani et al. (2007)]] with double square brackets becomes Cruciani et al. (2007) which is a clickable link to a haplowiki article about this important piece of literature.
All such haplowiki articles can be traced because they are all in the "Category" called "Literature". (At the bottom of each article they have [[Category:Literature]] and if we have collected data they should also have [[Category:Data]] and if they are about a particular region then they should also have something like [[Category:Balkans]].)
NOTE: if anyone looking at the wiki mark-up can see a neater way to do the citing on this wiki, please advise!
Remember to also cite webpages when you use them, including references perhaps to literature which does not seem to justify a haplowiki article. Try to remember to mention the access date.