When authoring pages just keep the following rules in mind:
- 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)
- Be directly informative with your links. Don't say: "More info about etiquette can be found here" but use "More info about etiquette can be found at WikiEtiquette". The latter takes less typing!
- 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.
- Be thoughtful and deliberate.
Creating links as WikiNames
- 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 - we don't want to exhaust the name space :-).
- 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.
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.
- Be objective - both pros and cons have to be represented correctly.
- Be careful with signed contributions - don't change their meaning.
- Give credit where credit is due.
(This page is derived from jspwiki.org's etiquette page.)