Help:Wikiquette

From Wikiversity
Jump to: navigation, search

Good wikiquette is a bit like having polite table manners, but more importantly contributes to effective communication, efficiency, and the development of high quality content. Good wikiquette includes:

  1. Signing comments with your signature.
  2. Providing edit summaries when you make changes, particular for edits which aren't marked as minor changes.
  3. Avoiding the use of ALL CAPITALS (which is generally understood to mean that you are shouting), unless you really are wanting to SHOUT!!!

Editing tip - Including your signature[edit]

Crystal Clear app ktip.svg
Thanks for the comments you've been adding to the wiki. I hope you don't mind if I offer a wikiquette tip to help you to take your editing to the next level: Try to include your signature when you add comments. You can sign and timestamp your comments by using four tildes (~), i.e., ~~~~. Alternatively use the Button sig.png icon.

By leaving your signature (which doesn't take very long) you provide other users with an easy to follow trail of who made the comments. This helps to improve accountability, and helps other users if they want to reply directly to you. Keep up the great work! ~~~~

Editing tip - Using edit summaries[edit]

Crystal Clear app ktip.svg
Thank-you for your generous editing and contributions to the wiki! I hope you don't mind being offered a wikiquette editing tip. Could you try to provide edit summaries more often? The edit summary box appears at the bottom of pages you are editing and looks like this: Edit Summary.png.

Filling in this edit summary box each time you edit doesn't take very long, and provides other users with a quick summary of the changes you made. This can save others a lot of time in working out what has changed.

If you find it hard to remember to fill in the edit summary (it is an acquired habit), then try switching on the option which alerts you whenever you try to save an edit without an edit summary: Go to Preferences (top-right), choose the Edit tab (top-right), then click this box: Edit summary prompt.png, then Save.

I hope this helps empower you to keep up the great work! ~~~~