Guidelines for CfF wiki pioneers

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To make it easier for pioneering contributors to write for CfF wiki while first articles are just emerging, here are some suggestions.

Ideally, you should write articles and edit them here on this wiki, following the user guide and editorial guidelines.

However, if you're put off by the technicalities of wiki editing, put your article in this map on Google Drive: Articles for CfF and notify curators via emails: nara.petrovic@ecolise.eu and/or tom.henfrey@ecolise.eu.

The curators will add your article to wiki in appropriate format and notify you once it's there. You can then do smaller edits directly in wiki.

In either case, before you add new content first check ECOLISE wiki where you can find a repository of older articles that have been used internally for 2019 ECOLISE Status Report and intended to make public subsequently. You can copy and transfer to CfF wiki all the useful content you find there. Many of the current CfF wiki articles have been copied from the ECOLISE wiki and then (partially) edited.

Why two wikis? Because ECOLISE wiki is disorganised and operates on an older version of Mediawiki software. Transfering the articles to CfF wiki manually helps us sort out mistakes and develop new articles from old ones with a more consistent approach, creating a comprehensive, user-friendly knowledgebase.

Editing directly on CfF wiki

Core pages come with predefined headings and your task as contributor is to fill in the empty titles and/or edit and update the text wherever you can improve the article.

In all other articles follow this general format: Summary - Overview - Purpose - History - (Other relevant headings) - Bibliography - References. Whenever possible, support your statements with references.

Please don't create a new page without having it connected to another page with a link. To do this, create a text that mentions the new topic on an existing page. If in doubt which page to choose as a starting point, begin at movements and networks of community-led initiatives and find the most appropriate network wherein to nest your article.

Ideally, please source bibliography from Zotero CfF library. If the book/article/thesis etc. you want to reference is not in the library, please add it. If it is in the library, proceed to copying the bibliography data from the item by clicking on it the library, then clicking on the small icon with books (just above the items' list), select Havard style and press Copy to clipboard. In Zotero application you click "edit" in the upper left corner of the screen and selecti "Copy Bibliography". Finally, go to your wiki article and paste the data under the bibliography heading.

If you're struggling with wikicode, please browse through these two help pages: wikitext and navigation.

Formating articles in other formats (Word, Google Docs etc.)

If you choose not to work with CfF wiki, we still ask you to follow the same general format given above and clearly mark your headings. Same goes for refferencing and bibliography.

If you don't want to use Zotero, please add the bibliography to your articles with as much essential data, particularly ISBN, ISSN, Doi whenever possible or pertinent to make it easier for curators to find them and add them to the wiki article.

If you don't have time to format your article for wiki, you can still upload it and notify the curators and we'll assess the text and see how to incorporate it in CfF wiki.