Michigan Reentry Law Wiki


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Intro to the Michigan Reentry Law Wiki for Editors

Why a Wiki? (Steve)

  1. Paper Manual on Steroids....err....Spinach
    • On the Web - available to anyone 24/7
    • Instant Updates and Edits
  2. Self-help Collaboration and Contibutions
  3. Our Inspiration: http://femaanswers.org

How to Access The Wiki (Steve)

  1. Use the public URL - http://reentry.mplp.org
  2. To Edit - Login
  3. Editor Sandbox
  4. First Thing after logging in - set-up your preferences and User Page

How to Create and Edit a Wiki page (Jon)

Wiki Editing Cheatsheet

  1. "Creating" a page - page naming conventions
    • The different "edit" buttons
    • Red links or Wanted Pages
    • Utilizing formatting buttons
    • Showing Preview/ Saving Page
  2. Editing a page
    • Respecting author's work
    • Using already created Wiki pages as templates
  3. Adding a signature to item you post
    • Signature template
[[User:YourUserName|Display Name]]
  1. A Few Site Rules
    • Please Don't Edit the Main Page - if you think we need to add a new section/link please clear that through Miriam
    • Follow the Format of other Subpages - please try to stay consistent with page layout of the page you are editing and follow the same sub-page layout if you create a new page.
    • Please add the standard footer to each page you create to prevent "dead end pages."
  2. Managing Wanted Pages

The Top Tabs (Jon)

  1. Discussion - Every wiki page has a “discussion” page in MediaWiki. This page can be edited like any other page, but is meant to contain discussion of the page instead of the substance. For example, the discussion page for a telecommuter policy posted to an internal wiki should be used to discuss the merits and problems with the policy, while the policy page should only be edited to reflect actual changes in the policy.
  2. History - Every page has a history of edits, accessible via the “history” function. This lets you see how did what to the page, when they did it, and to compare any two versions of the page. Further, when you edit pages in MediaWiki, there is a box called “Summary” above the “Save page” button. This allows you to attach notes to each edit, such as “fixed several misspellings” or “radically reworked ideas for new articles”. If you add these comments, they will be reflected in that page’s history. The history provides a powerful tracking mechanism. It allows one to survive defacement and see past versions, but it can also provides a panoramic view of the evolution of knowledge in your organization, and provides a peek into how users are interacting with the wiki.
  3. Protect - Protecting a page will prevent it from being viewed by the general public. This is not suggested for editors as it defeats the purpose of having an open wiki format. Remember that only users who have been granted editing privileges are allowed to edit the pages on the wiki - the general public cannot.
  4. Move - Moving a page will change its location and title. This is best utilized if the subject material of a page transforms the page, if the title needs to be revised, or if you accidentally put a typo in the title.
  5. Watch/unwatch - Adds or removes a page from your watchlist, the list of pages you are tracking. You can view your watchlist with the user option button "my watchlist" at the top right of the screen.
  6. Delete - Sometimes it is necessary to completely remove a page from the wiki, rather than just fix it or redirect it elsewhere.Once you have become a sysop one of the first things you will notice is a brand-new "delete" tab at the top of most pages in addition to the normal ones. This will take you to a deletion prompt. Once there, fill in the explanation and click "Delete page". Some versions of MediaWiki have a "Yes, I really want to delete this" checkbox, so tick that before clicking delete otherwise it will not work.
    • Deleting Specific Revisions - If you wish to delete only some revisions of a page (i.e. spam) you will need to delete the whole page and then restore your chosen pages, it is not currently possible to do otherwise.

Uploading and Linking to Files (Steve)

While we strive to convert as many documents and resources as possible to Wiki formatting, some legal documents, especially lengthy .pdf or .docs or legal outlines are challenging to convert. Luckly our Wiki allows users to upload documents and link to them. In order to do so:

  1. Go to the Upload File page on the left-side navigation of the Wiki,
  2. A page allowing for file uploads will appear; upload the specific document. It may not be possible to upload larger documents (there is a file size limit) or files that aren't supported by our server (such as Powerpoint Presentations). No worries, the site administrators can help in getting these documents on the Wiki.
  3. After uploading the document, it will be available on the File List page, which is available on the Upload File page. They are sorted by date, so the most recent should be the first visible.
  4. The files are saved to a site location, so they can be manipulated on the site in the same way that external links would through the use of the same Wiki language. For example, if you wish to add a link to http://www.google.com with the description "Google Homepage," the markup would be:
    [http://www.google.com Google Homepage]
    The easiest way to copy the link location of a recently uploaded document off of the File List page is to left click on the file and copy the link location. It can then be pasted wherever you wish to place the document.
  5. As with all Wiki documents, examples of successfully created pages and uploaded documents are available by looking at the edits of pages. If you are still having trouble with uploading documents onto the Wiki, feel free to contact the site administrators: Jgraca or grange

Getting Help (Steve)

  1. Wiki Editing Cheatsheet
  2. Reentry Site Editing Help
  3. LSNTAP.org Wiki Materials
  4. MediaWiki Editors Handbook
  5. Contact Site Administrators: Jgraca or grange using the editors listserv if possible.

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