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== How to Contribute? ==
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One of the key tenets of the wiki philosophy is to '''[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Be_bold be bold]'''. Although we provide a format for pages below, please don't let any worries about formalities discourage you from participating. Any [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Assume_good_faith good faith edit] is better than not making an edit. You are strongly encouraged to contribute in any way that you can. Whether that is by creating a new page, editing an existing one, commenting on a talk page (see the "Discussion" tab near the top left), or anything else.
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And if you ever have any questions, please do ask Devin at [[User talk:Devinplatt|this talk page]] or the [https://discord.gg/YrP4Jq4 Wikiclaim Discord server].
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== How to Edit a Page ==
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You can practice editing at the [[Wikiclaim:Sandbox]] or on your personal user page: [[Special:MyPage]]. Simply click the "Edit source" tab at the top of the page!
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See [https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help:Formatting Help:Formatting - Mediawiki] for a quick cheatsheet on page markup.
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== How to Make a Page ==
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=== Need Ideas? ===
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See '''[[Wikiclaim:Getting Started]]''' or '''[[Wikiclaim:Claim Ideas]]'''.
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=== If You Already Have a Claim in Mind ===
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First look for related claims to see what's already on the wiki. Most likely your claim isn't here yet! Type your claim into the search box and search. In the search results you should see a redlink for your claim. Click it to open the new page editor.
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You can also create a link to your new claim from another existing page, using double brackets like <nowiki>[[My new claim]]</nowiki>. Then all you need to do is click the redlink to create the new page.
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See: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:How_to_create_a_page#How_a_page_is_created How to create a page - Wikipedia]
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== Page Format ==
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Pages in Wikiclaim each represent a distinct claim. They contain:
 
Pages in Wikiclaim each represent a distinct claim. They contain:
 
* The text of the claim, as the title of the page.
 
* The text of the claim, as the title of the page.
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* A "See Also" section to provide further context if necessary.
 
* A "See Also" section to provide further context if necessary.
  
For what content belongs in Wikiclaim, see [[Wikiclaim:What_belongs_in_Wikiclaim?|What belongs in Wikiclaim?]]
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For what content belongs in Wikiclaim, see '''[[Wikiclaim:What_belongs_in_Wikiclaim?|What belongs in Wikiclaim?]]'''
  
== Page Title ==
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=== Page Title ===
  
 
The title of a page is the claim itself.
 
The title of a page is the claim itself.
  
Ideally a claim's wording should not change dramatically over time, but we should be flexible to change wording when a page is young. Perhaps when a page is older page moves will be semi-protected as a matter of practice?
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Ideally a claim's wording should not change dramatically over time, but we should be flexible to change wording when appropriate. For more guidance see '''[[Wikiclaim:How to word a claim|How to word a claim]]'''.
  
An example of a page: [[Vaccine Manufacturers Can’t Be Sued For Making Kids Sick]].
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An example of a page: [[Vaccine injuries are rare]].
  
== Evidence: For/Against ==
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=== Evidence: For/Against ===
  
 
Each page has evidence for or against a claim laid out as bullet points. For and Against are each sections. The evidence may point to an external citation, or may point to another claim internal to the wiki.
 
Each page has evidence for or against a claim laid out as bullet points. For and Against are each sections. The evidence may point to an external citation, or may point to another claim internal to the wiki.
  
== See Also ==
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=== See Also ===
  
 
A See Also section allows for context when needed. This is important, because ''without context, a true statement can be misleading''. However, a long-form article format could expose itself to increasingly divergent interpretation, so like the For/Against sections we simply provide context in the form of bullet-pointed links.
 
A See Also section allows for context when needed. This is important, because ''without context, a true statement can be misleading''. However, a long-form article format could expose itself to increasingly divergent interpretation, so like the For/Against sections we simply provide context in the form of bullet-pointed links.
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** "See Also" points to [[Vaccine injuries are rare]]
 
** "See Also" points to [[Vaccine injuries are rare]]
  
== Page Template ==
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=== Page Template ===
  
We provide a template for how pages should be formatted, in wikitext. The only required section is the "For" section (if you only have an against section perhaps you should reword your claim!)
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We provide a template for how pages should be formatted, in wikitext. The format is the same if you use the VisualEditor: section titles using the "Heading" paragraph formatting ("==" in wikitext). The only required section is the "For" section (if you only have an against section perhaps you should reword your claim!)
  
 
  <nowiki>
 
  <nowiki>
 
== For ==
 
== For ==
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* <ref>A citation</ref>
 
* [[A claim]]
 
* [[A claim]]
* [[Another claim]]
 
  
 
== Against ==
 
== Against ==
* [[Yet another claim]]
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* [[Another claim]]
* <ref>A citation</ref>
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* <ref>Another citation</ref>
  
 
== See Also ==
 
== See Also ==
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Although Wikiclaim uses the Mediawiki software which allows for free-flowing text, we prefer to keep our pages fairly concise. If you find large blocks of text, consider breaking them into separate claims and linking to them.
 
Although Wikiclaim uses the Mediawiki software which allows for free-flowing text, we prefer to keep our pages fairly concise. If you find large blocks of text, consider breaking them into separate claims and linking to them.
  
===Citaitons Boiler Plate===
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====Citations Boiler Plate====
  
 
A web citation uses wiki text like below:
 
A web citation uses wiki text like below:
  
 
<nowiki><ref>{{Cite web|url=|title=|quote= }}</ref></nowiki>
 
<nowiki><ref>{{Cite web|url=|title=|quote= }}</ref></nowiki>
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<nowiki><ref>[https://www.url.com/article Article Title]</ref></nowiki>
  
 
See [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citation_templates Wikipedia] for more information on citation templates, and [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citing_sources how to cite sources] and [https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help:Cite MediaWiki on citations].
 
See [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citation_templates Wikipedia] for more information on citation templates, and [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citing_sources how to cite sources] and [https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help:Cite MediaWiki on citations].
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== Create an Account ==
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Well, you've read the guide now, so why not [[Special:CreateAccount|create an account]]? :)

Latest revision as of 14:03, 28 April 2019

How to Contribute?[edit source]

One of the key tenets of the wiki philosophy is to be bold. Although we provide a format for pages below, please don't let any worries about formalities discourage you from participating. Any good faith edit is better than not making an edit. You are strongly encouraged to contribute in any way that you can. Whether that is by creating a new page, editing an existing one, commenting on a talk page (see the "Discussion" tab near the top left), or anything else.

And if you ever have any questions, please do ask Devin at this talk page or the Wikiclaim Discord server.

How to Edit a Page[edit source]

You can practice editing at the Wikiclaim:Sandbox or on your personal user page: Special:MyPage. Simply click the "Edit source" tab at the top of the page!

See Help:Formatting - Mediawiki for a quick cheatsheet on page markup.

How to Make a Page[edit source]

Need Ideas?[edit source]

See Wikiclaim:Getting Started or Wikiclaim:Claim Ideas.

If You Already Have a Claim in Mind[edit source]

First look for related claims to see what's already on the wiki. Most likely your claim isn't here yet! Type your claim into the search box and search. In the search results you should see a redlink for your claim. Click it to open the new page editor.

You can also create a link to your new claim from another existing page, using double brackets like [[My new claim]]. Then all you need to do is click the redlink to create the new page.

See: How to create a page - Wikipedia

Page Format[edit source]

Pages in Wikiclaim each represent a distinct claim. They contain:

  • The text of the claim, as the title of the page.
  • Evidence for the claim.
  • Evidence against the claim.
  • A "See Also" section to provide further context if necessary.

For what content belongs in Wikiclaim, see What belongs in Wikiclaim?

Page Title[edit source]

The title of a page is the claim itself.

Ideally a claim's wording should not change dramatically over time, but we should be flexible to change wording when appropriate. For more guidance see How to word a claim.

An example of a page: Vaccine injuries are rare.

Evidence: For/Against[edit source]

Each page has evidence for or against a claim laid out as bullet points. For and Against are each sections. The evidence may point to an external citation, or may point to another claim internal to the wiki.

See Also[edit source]

A See Also section allows for context when needed. This is important, because without context, a true statement can be misleading. However, a long-form article format could expose itself to increasingly divergent interpretation, so like the For/Against sections we simply provide context in the form of bullet-pointed links.

Examples:

Page Template[edit source]

We provide a template for how pages should be formatted, in wikitext. The format is the same if you use the VisualEditor: section titles using the "Heading" paragraph formatting ("==" in wikitext). The only required section is the "For" section (if you only have an against section perhaps you should reword your claim!)

== For ==
* <ref>A citation</ref>
* [[A claim]]

== Against ==
* [[Another claim]]
* <ref>Another citation</ref>

== See Also ==
* [[A fourth claim]]
* External reference to a Wikipedia page.

== Citations ==
{{Reflist}}

[[Category:Your category here]]

Although Wikiclaim uses the Mediawiki software which allows for free-flowing text, we prefer to keep our pages fairly concise. If you find large blocks of text, consider breaking them into separate claims and linking to them.

Citations Boiler Plate[edit source]

A web citation uses wiki text like below:

<ref>{{Cite web|url=|title=|quote= }}</ref>

or

<ref>[https://www.url.com/article Article Title]</ref>

See Wikipedia for more information on citation templates, and how to cite sources and MediaWiki on citations.

Create an Account[edit source]

Well, you've read the guide now, so why not create an account? :)