Wiki – Getting Started

It is there in the links on the previous post but I thought an explanation of Getting Started on the Wiki here wouldn’t hurt either.  This is all taken from here.  My apologies for the size of the headings in this post.  I am just too lazy to change them.


A wiki is a tool for collaborative writing — so feel free to jump right! A quick registration and email confirmation with is all that is required to login and start editing. Different editors may participate in different ways depending on their interest and knowledge. In addition to contributing original content, some of the things MMTWiki editors may choose to do are: make corrections, add source links, edit wiki markup, edit content for clarity and style, organize page content and wiki pages or contribute non-MMT wiki content (for example, editing/writing infrastructure pages like this one and the help pages).

For information on other ways to help, in addition to editing the Wiki, please see the Volunteer webpage.

If you have questions about any of the content of this page, please say so — either by editing the talk page (registration required) or by posting a topic in the Forum (no registration required). The Communication section below has more info on talk pages, the forum and other communication tools.

Editing basics

  1. Introduction to wiki editing: From the MediaWiki Public Domain Help pages ported to MMTWiki, see Help:Editing pages, Help:Starting a new page and Help:Formatting for a general introduction to editing wiki pages.
  2. The edit tool bar: MediaWiki uses a version of the simple markup language called wikitext. For those of us not thrilled to learn another markup language, even an easy one, the FCKeditor has been installed on MMTWiki for something approximating WYSIWYG. Editors can toggle back and forth between the standard MediaWiki edit tool bar and the FCKeditor tool bar by clinking on the link to the left and just above the edit tool bars ([Rich Editor] or [Disable rich editor]).
  3. Recent changes: The link in the sidebar shows a list of pages recently added or edited.
  4. Good advice from Wikipedia: Be Bold!


  1. Individual talk pages are associated with most wiki pages, including user pages, and are accessed via the “discussion” tab at the top of the page. They provide a place for editors to discuss issues related to the content of the page and to describe their edits. To facilitate talk page discussions, sign and date your talk page comments with four tildes (~~~~) or click the signature button on the editor tool bar. Talk pages are, to my knowledge, the only place where editors sign their edits. See Help:Using_talk_pages for an introduction to using talk pages.
  2. MMT Questions is a public forum for MMT related questions and discussions. Anyone can ask or answer a question, but this public forum is meant to give readers a place to ask questions of editors (and others) about topics covered in the Wiki or to request topics for inclusion in the Wiki.
  3. Site Requests and Feedback is a public forum for discussion, suggestions, comments or requests related to the site design and functionality.
  4. Announcements: Site announcements, basically messages from admin on site down time, site updates, etc, will be cross posted on the Blog, the Announcements Forum and the email list, mmtwiki-l (see below).
  5. Email discussion list: For help and discussion of topics not more appropriately located on wiki talk pages or on the Forum, there is an email discussion list, mmtwiki-l, with open subscription and a public archive.

Further Reading

  1. The Public Domain Help pages from MediaWiki have been ported to MMTWiki (See Help:Contents). Although they are not — yet — specific to MMTWiki, they are good source of basic wiki info.

Suggested Projects

  1. Add, edit, organize MMT specific content. This is what MMTWiki is made for and the highest priority.
  2. Edit the Help pages to make them MMTWiki specific.
  3. Add projects to this list. Like most wiki pages, this page is meant to be edited.

Final Note

Please read the note at the bottom of each edit page:

Please note that all contributions to MMTWiki are considered to be released under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (see MMTWiki:Copyrights for details). If you do not want your writing to be edited mercilessly and redistributed at will, then do not submit it here.
You are also promising us that you wrote this yourself, or copied it from a public domain or similar free resource. Do not submit copyrighted work without permission!

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