Department of Leadership, Law, and Communication: Wiki Basics

1 - What is Wiki?

Wiki (pronounced either wee-kee or wick-ee) is derived from a Hawaiian word meaning 'quick'. Built as a simple interface language, WikiWikiWeb was designed to allow people to quickly and easily add content to an existing page without the need for a complicated registration process. It has its own formatting language, though it also accepts basic HTML tags and CSS.

The DJBWiki project is a fully interactive encyclopedia for the entire Dark Jedi Brotherhood. It encompasses all the facts, fiction and lore of the club in an easily searched, cross referenced database. The goal of the Wiki is to provide the most comprehensive database of information relating to the club in one location. This goal can be achieved by allowing members the opportunity to make changes themselves, rather than submitting information through a chain of command. The leaders trust that their members will accurately contribute what they can, where they can, when they can. With this level of trust comes a responsibility to adhere to a set of standards, set in place by the Wiki Tribune and staff, in accordance with the requests of the Dark Council. The DJBWiki adheres to the rules for communication established by the Dark Council known as the Code of Conduct, as well as a set of specialized rules created for the format.

In this course you will become familiar of these new rules that help the project run smoothly.

2 - Basic Terms and Phrases of Wiki

We assume you understand what most of these terms mean, but for clarification they are explained in detail.

  • Article

    Where the information is held. The term Article and Page are rather interchangeable, and mean essentially the exact same thing. Even the Wiki interface will use both terms. For the purpose of this course, it's better if you get into the habit of addressing the main pieces as articles.

  • Link

    A reference or bridge to another article. On a Wiki a link can be text or graphics. It is most commonly represented as blue or red text. Blue text is a complete link, meaning the article it points to has been created. Red text indicates an incomplete link. The referring article may not have been created yet or the link was misspelled. Links that point to an external site (not contained within the DJBWiki) will be signified with a small blue arrow at the end.

    Links are created by enclosing words in square brackets ([ ]). Double square brackets around a word ([[ ]]) indicate a link to another wiki article. Single square brackets around a word are used for external links. Later in the course, you will see an example as to how this works.

  • Protected Page

    As the name implies, this is an article that cannot be altered unless the user has special privileges. This term is also called 'Locking' a page. Reasons for protecting articles are usually associated with vandalism. Policies and guidelines are usually protected to ensure that they remain intact. Admins are the only users allowed to protect a page, or edit a protected page.

  • Register

    DJBWiki requires registration for one reason: Tracking. When you log in with the information you used to register, your actions are being tracked. You are given credit for any changes, whether good or bad. This allows people to either praise or question your changes.

  • Sign

    More than a courtesy, signing is a way to identify yourself as the writer of comments. With Wiki the act of signing is very simple: type four tildes '~' in a row and the system will automatically enter your username, the date and the time of your comment.

    You may notice that some people substitute images or initials for their signature. We'll get into that later. For now, use the standard auto-signature.

  • Talk or Discussion Page

    A separate article where people can comment on an associated article. They can be used to point out problems or praise articles. Talk pages stay connected to the relevant article, and are usually patrolled by the creator of the original article.

  • Template

    This is an article formatted to present information in a specific manner. These are usually tables of some sort that display data in a uniform way.

3 - What DJBWiki is and is Not

For all topics relating to the DJB, the Wiki is:

  • An interlinked web -- a comprehensive informational database. This format is better than a static web page because the information can be kept up to date by anyone, without waiting on Dark Council or other administrative agents to update it.

    Each article has the ability to connect to any and all relevant pages associated with its subject through very easy formatting. Have you ever read a story and come across something you were unfamiliar with?

  • With the Wiki project, authors are able to cross reference pieces of their story with any other article or page with extended info on the subject linked.

The DJBWiki is not:

  • A replacement for dossiers. The character article is not supposed to be a complete replacement for your DJB dossier and ACC Character Sheet. It should not display your warbanner, medals, or SA course info -- unless there is a pertinent reason. If you were instrumental in the creation of a DJB item, you are allowed to have information relating to it on your character article. Since lightsabers are a very personal item, with each being specially made by (or for) the wielder, they are allowed.
  • A replacement for other similar informational sites. Wookieepedia, the official Lucasfilm Star Wars Databank, and other such established sites not only have better information on the common subjects (such as core worlds or common species) but are patrolled and updated by more people more often. Reserve the space the DJBWiki has for articles relating directly to the DJB.
  • A forum for opinion. The Wiki project should present facts about any given subject relating to the DJB.

4 - Getting Started

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Back in the infancy of the Wiki's creation, an article was created to help new people learn the basics. The Getting Started Guide, accessed from the Wiki's Main Page, will provide up-to-date information on how to perform some basic editing. Until you are comfortable with editing in the Wiki, we suggest you create your own character's article.

  1. Register (See next sub-section). If you haven't already, create a name and password. In accordance with DJBWiki rules, use your DJB Name as your login name. Password can be whatever you desire.
  2. Log in to the DJBWiki.
  3. With the Getting Started Guide you will utilize a Template, learn to put text in Bold or Italics, and how to use Links and Headings.

4.A - Registering/Requesting an Account

Thanks to a coding update to the Wiki by Seneschal James logging in to the Dark Brotherhood's Wiki is now integrated with the main website. You will simply need to select login with DJB.

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Your first time you will need to Authorize the Wiki's permission to use the integrated login.

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4.B - Starting Your Character Page

The first thing people do when starting out is to create a page for their character. While you are working on your page, please place {{construction}} at the top of the article, which will place a notion that the article is under construction. Also, please make use of the 'show preview' button to see how things end up, before saving it. This is done filling out the following template as the basis, replacing TYPE with the character's Order:

{{Character
|type = Sith/Jedi/Gray/Dark/Loyalist/Mercenary/NPC
|image=
|firstname= (include middle name or initial in this variable as well) 
|lastname= (last name only for categorization)
|homeworld=
|birth=
|death=
|species=
|gender=
|hair=
|eyes=
|height=
|weight=
|cyber=
|allies=
|enemies=
|saber=
|form=
|fightingstyle=
|profession=
|position=
|era=
|affiliation=
|ship=
|masters=
|apprentices=
|dossier=
}}

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After that, you can add the basic headers and categories, filling them out as needed:

'''YOUR CHARACTER''' is... overview of character.

== Character History ==
=== Early Life ===

=== Additional Heading ===
==== Possible Subheading ====

== Physical Description ==

[[Category: ORDER CATEGORY]]
[[Category: DJB Characters]]

This will automatically create an index at the top of the page. The listed category, DJB Characters, is mandatory for character pages. Usually, one adds his or her clan category as well.

4.C - Images

Now, you have a basic character page. But, it's still a bit barren. How about we add a character image? This is done using the following code:

[[image:imagename.extension]]

When you add that, it turns into a link. Click it, and you can upload the image. Jpg, gif, and png all work, as well as some other less well-known formats. Also, tags can be added to the code, to change the image width (250 pixels is the max for the character infobox template), alignment, change it into a thumbnail, etc.

So, for example, this would be a standard infobox code for the image:

[[image:characterpic.jpg|250px]]

The code for a standard image, like a lightsaber, would be as follows:

[[image:LightsaberKaine.jpg|thumb|left|100px|Kaine's Lightsabers]]

This lists Kaine's lightsabers as a thumbnail, on the left of the page, with a width of 100 pixels, and the caption "Kaine's Lightsabers"

A side note here: lightsabers and warbanners are already displayed on the Dossier page, so listing them again is generally not needed, unless there is additional info on them on the Wiki page they are placed. Also, the usual max width for them is 100 pixels.

Also, images are categorized according to their type (i.e. Character, Location, Lightsaber, Robes [this includes every form of clothing], etc..). See the Community Portal page for more listings. Also, all images should be copyright protected, whether you created it or not. So adding the fairuse tag will accomplish this. When uploading the image it will ask for comments the fairuse tag and category should be added at this time.

A final note on images: pick a filename that is related to your dossier number or character name, IE: LightsaberKaine.jpg, or Warbanner3728.jpg. it does not have to be the same as the file you upload (the Wiki renames it when you upload), but if you pick a name already in use, it will display the already-existing image.

Example for your characters picture that would be displayed on your wiki article:

{{fairuse}}
[[Category:Images-Characters]]

4.D - Basic Text Modifications

Italic text is accomplished by placing two single apostrophes on either side of a word.
Example: ''Italic text''

Bold text is accomplished by placing three single apostrophes on either side of a word.
Example: '''Bold text'''

Headings use the equals sign on either side of a word. Increasing the number (up to 4 per side) moves the heading further down the nesting 'tree', making subheadings. Make sure you nest heading appropriately (use them in successive amounts) or they may not display correctly.

=Heading 1=
==Heading 2==
===Heading 3===
====Heading 4====

A linked table of contents is created automatically once you have enough headings, and is based on your heading tags.

Links are created by enclosing words in square brackets. Double square brackets around a word ([[text]]) indicate a link to another wiki article. Single square brackets around a word are used for external links, which must include a complete URL, but can also use a word or phrase for display instead of the URL.

  • Internal link example: Check out the [[Dark Brotherhood]] or [[Dark Brotherhood|DB]]

    The | allows for you to shorten the name, use another title related to the link.

    Example: Clan Naga Sadow's Overlord is [[Astronicus Aurelius Sadow|Tron]]

  • External link example: Check out the [http:www.darkjedibrotherhood.com DJB]!

    This will display: Check out the DJB! (with DJB being a link)

5 - DJBWiki Etiquette

Principles of DJBWiki Etiquette are outlined below. Suggestions are accepted on the Talk page.

Editing

  • Sign and date your posts to talk pages (not articles!)
  • Assume good faith. DJBWiki has worked remarkably well so far based on a policy of nearly complete freedom to edit. People come here to collaborate and write good articles.
  • If you have not registered yourself, do not construct a signature that might make it appear that you have. That is dishonest (and could get you in serious trouble with the JST).
  • Avoid reverts and deletions whenever possible, and explain reversions in the edit summary box.
  • When you want to view the work you have done without saving it to the database, click the Show Preview button. This ensures that you don’t clutter up the Recent Changes page.
  • Amend, edit, discuss.

Conduct

  • Treat others as you would have them treat you. Everyone was a n00b once...
  • Keep in mind that raw text is ambiguous, emotionless and often seems more offensive than the same words coming from a person standing in front of you. Irony isn't always obvious - text comes without facial expressions, vocal inflection or body language. Be careful of the words you choose. Intentions might not be what others perceive, and what you read might not be what the author intended.
  • Give praise when due. Everybody likes to feel appreciated, especially in an environment that often requires compromise. Drop a friendly note on users' talk pages.
  • Try to remain civil or mature.

Disagreements

  • DJB members may help mediate disagreements between others, but incidents should be reported to the DJBWiki Staff.
  • Remind yourself that these are just other people you're dealing with.
  • Try to allow dignity to others.
  • Work toward agreement.
  • Argue facts, not personalities or opinions.
  • Don't ignore questions.
  • If another disagrees with your edit, provide good reasons why you think it's appropriate.
  • Concede a point, when you have no response to it or admit when you disagree based on intuition or taste.
  • Although it's understandably difficult in a heated argument, if the other party is not acting as civil as you'd like them to be, make sure to be more civil than them, not less. Report problems to the DJBWiki Staff.
  • Be prepared to apologize. Forgive and forget.
  • Recognize your own biases and keep them in check.
  • Remove or summarize resolved disputes that you initiated.
  • If you're arguing, take a break; if you're mediating, recommend a break.
    • Take it slow. If you're angry, take time out instead of posting or editing. Come back in a day or a week. You might find that someone else has made the change or comment you wanted for you. If no one is mediating, and you think mediation is needed, enlist someone on the DJBWiki Staff or Dark Council.
    • Walk away or find another DJBWiki article to distract yourself. There are thousands of articles on DJBWiki that may need help.

6 - General Information

The Wiki staff (as found on the main page of the DJB Wiki) patrols the Wiki, and removes and/or changes things as they think they are needed. Also, occasionally, they will leave notices on a page that is clearly under construction (the {{construction}} tag listed above), or other info boxes containing information for the builder of the page. This is usually paired with a notation on the Discussion page of the relevant page.

It is usually wise to follow instruction from the Wiki Staff. Failing to comply, can lead to your account being temporarily disabled if you keep removing and ignoring instructions. We are not rules-nazis, but we deal with a large group of people, and a lot of edits to patrol. Often, we do not have time to deal in-depth with everyone.

When in doubt, ask.

Important Links

Getting Started - http://wiki.darkjedibrotherhood.com/view/Getting_Started
Vandalism Policy - http://wiki.darkjedibrotherhood.com/view/Vandalism
Code of Conduct - http://wiki.darkjedibrotherhood.com/view/Code_of_Conduct

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