New to Wikis?
Please watch the following video "Wikis in Plain English" that was created by Lee LeFever/Common Craft for a basic overview on how wikis can be used.
How to Edit a Page
To edit a page, click "Edit Page" in the top left. You'll immediately notice that the wiki has a WYSIWYG, or rich text, editor similar to a light-weight word processor. There is no arcane or non-standard markup language. You can copy/paste from office documents or other web pages. Linking is as easy as selecting the text, clicking on the "L" button, and entering the URL you wish to link to. To insert tables, images or videos click the appropriate icons in the editor.
Note: Occasionally, when you copy/paste documents from Word or other websites not all of the text or html formatting will follow. Be sure to double check your work and use the editor to correct or remove formatting issues. You can also directly edit the HTML by clicking on the "<>" button in the WYSIWYG editor.
How to Create New Pages
Creating new pages is just a click away. Users of the wiki can create a new page by clicking on the "New Page" button at the top of the website. The WYSIWG editor will open and prompt the user to enter a page title. Once a title has been decided, the user can edit the page as described in the "How to Edit" section above.
Nothing is ever lost in the wiki. Every edit is tracked and versioned. Users can compare versions of pages. Similarly, file attachments are versioned. When a user links to a file the link will always point to the most recent version of the attached file. Likewise, if a user renames a page all links to this page will be properly maintained.
How to Set User Permissions (for Wiki administrators and section moderators)
This wiki has one of the most advanced permission systems available. Wiki administrators can make wiki pages public or private, anonymous or not. There is user groups support. Users can permission entire hierarchies to create private or non-editable workspaces or permission single pages.
How to Find and Organize ContentThis wiki provides many ways to organize content. Hierarchies allow users to define a taxonomy of pages. This is a very natural way to organize things.
In addition, the wiki also allows tagging. Tag folksonomies are wonderfully useful when using systems with multiple users. With this wiki a user can use key word tags, date and time tags, and define tag categories.
As users add content to the wiki the time the content is added is tracked. There are many ways to browse content chronologically. These are called chronologies. Users can follow recent changes chronologically throughout the entire wiki site, on a per page basis, or based on individual users' contributions. This makes it very easy to discover content and track what's going on in the wiki. Date and time tags also provide another way of organizing and finding information chronologically.
If users are especially interested in some pages they can create a watchlistof pages. With a watchlist it's easy to track topics of interest.
The wiki also comes with an enterprise strength search engine named Lucene which was developed by the Apache Foundation. Lucene is a powerful search engine that can index all pages and most common file types. Finding what you're looking for in pages, files or tags is just a search away.
Subscribe! The wiki generates RSS feeds in a number of ways. Users may subscribe to the entire wiki site, individual users' contributions, their watchlist, or the watchlists' of other users. Please note, RSS feeds will not work while this wiki is in private mode. Once it's open to the public, RSS feeds will work.