This pages provides some basic information about writing articles. To return to the "About Anabaptistwiki" page click here.
We envision the Global Anabaptist Wiki to become a major site for primary sources related to the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition: from the 16th century to the present and in a wide variety of languages. Please post any public domain sources you think might be of interest to other users of AnabaptistWiki. Our staff will help to sort and organize source material into appropriate categories as it is added. Click here to view sources.
What is a Source?
Adding a Source
There are two ways you add sources, either directly as an article or as an uploaded file. Inserting source text directly as an article is more accessible to individuals with slow internet connections and avoids confusion over file format, while uploading a file is less labor intensive.
Looking to add or upload a source to the Global Anabaptist Wikipedia? Great, but first make sure you are uploading with integrity.
- Did you get permission from the creator to post his or her source? Anabaptistwiki recognizes intellectual property and creative work by the original author. Anabaptistwiki merely acts as a repository for sources posted on the site and will not tolerate the posting of sources which counteract the wishes and rights of the original author.
If you answered yes to the above questions then you are ready to begin uploading your source. To upload your source, follow these steps:
- If your source is in a pdf, word doc, etc. then upload it. Make sure you have permission to upload files and then click the "upload file" under the toolbox in the left-hand toolbox. Upload your source and remember the name of the file.
- Create your new article page. To create a source page, type the name of your article in the search bar and click "Go." Notice that whatever you type in the search bar will be the exact title of your article so watch out for spelling mistakes and capitalization. Follow the source naming specifications as outlined above in the "Source Titles" section. Hitting "Go" should bring you to the search results page. Near the top of the page you should see the following "There is no page titled "Your Article Name". You can create this page." Clicking on "create this page" will bring you to a screen where you can write your article.
- Load the appropriate boilerplate. A boilerplate is a pre-formatted template for you to use which takes some of the work out of formatting and allows the site to be more consistent. Simply choose the language your source is written in under the "Select Boilerplate" option and click load.
- Edit the page. Every source needs a citation, summary and link if the source has been uploaded. To add a link to your uploaded source add this code:
[[Media:The Text from the "Destination filename" heading|The text you wish to appear for those reading the page]] . If the source is not an uploaded file, add the copied source text underneath these headers. For a guide on how to format a source page see the above "Style" section. If you are a bit more competent with Wikicode, you can experiment with tables, images etc. For help on editing, visit the Mediawiki how to edit page and formatting page.
- Add your new source to the appropriate categories. WARNING: Do some previous searching before you select categories for your source. See which categories sources similar to yours have been placed in and then choose appropriate categories for your source. We have added a feature on Anabaptistwiki that allows you to easily select categories for your source. Underneath the editor pane is a "Category Selection" pane. You can either choose appropriate categories from the list of popular categories below or type existing categories in the input box.
- Save your page. When you are done editing, formatting and selecting categories, click the "Save Page" button at the bottom of the page. Your source has now been created and people can start reading it!
- Link your source to appropriate articles. Think about what articles could be improved by having a link to this source. If articles like these exist, add a link to this source on their pages.
To start, click on the "Upload file" link on the left hand side of the Anabaptist Wiki under the heading "toolbox." On this page choose the file you wish to contribute and upload it to the Anabaptist Wiki. Before you finish, be sure to copy the text beside the "Destination filename" heading. After uploading your file, return to the source page you have created to insert a link to the file you have uploaded. To create a link use the following code
[[Media:The Text from the "Destination filename" heading|The text you wish to appear for those reading the page]] .
If you have further questions and are still unsure how to contribute sources to the Anabaptist Wiki, contact John D. Roth at firstname.lastname@example.org, and one of our staff will help you add your source.