So, what's the deal?
If you wonder why you would want to use the wiki, what it has to offer to you, and why we choose it as our major component, on this page we try to answer these questions simply by providing an overview of its functionality.
Rich text output
Wiki offers rich amount of formats, including different levels of titles, italic, underlined and bold text, tables, definitions, links, ordered and unordered lists, with full spectrum of colors, embed HTML, CSS, and a lot more. It automatically can produce tables of content and let the user navigate easily between different pages. Additional features can be added to provide support for mathematical expressions and other elements you may require. (learn more)
Images and galleries
Users can upload images into wiki, organize them into galleries, add descriptions. Every graphics has it's own page created automatically on upload, meant to be a place for detailed information and informing where specific graphic has been used. We allow only for upload of graphics in open standards and ask to not upload copyrighted materials. (learn more)
Have you ever thought about about making a quick introduction into your project? The video can be an interesting option for you. In few minutes one can share relatively more information than it's possible with a text in the same amount of time. This features is often used as a way to provide help and tutorials, and to share other information, like for example favorite documentaries. (learn more)
Charts help visualize relations between data sets, compare and find interesting trends or illustrate properties of studied objects. Our wiki let you generate charts on the fly, directly from data sets using only wiki and proper syntax, or by copying and pasting a code from available specialized free software. This way you may always upgrade your charts when you are in a process of collecting data, or decided to change type of a chart, and do it all without a need to upload files. Other people will be also given a chance to use your raw data sets. (learn more)
Inside the wiki you can produce various kinds of diagrams, which can be easily and collaboratively developed. The optimization function will take care about location of the data on the diagram so all you need to do is write down the relations you want to illustrate. (learn more)
Our wiki allows to add citations on pages for easy referencing to sources of information in a convenient way. (learn more)
This future is a proposition for programmers and users who would like to share learning experiences or help each other to solve problems they encounter working with computers. Now a developer can share code not only through repository but also publish it for an educational purpose as well, nicely formated, highlighted in important places, with support of multiple programming languages. (learn more)
Communication with others
To effectively communicate with others, you have several options:
That's the place to go if you are looking for people interested in collaboration on the wiki. We host this channel at our IRC network on #wiki. The channel is logged so you can read previous discussions (see IRC page for details). It also has a great addition in the form of a wikibot, but you can read more about it below.
Yes, that's right. Wiki has a built-in mechanism to communicate with others via email. (learn more)
Almost every wiki page has a related discussion page that you can reach via the "discussion" links at the top of each page. Those pages are meant to be places for discussions about and collaboration on specific subjects. When you use them, remember to attach your signature (like this: --~~~~) for an easy overview of discussion but as well as a contact option in case of required clarification. (learn more)
There are few ways wiki's users can be informed about updates:
Your watchlist is a display for tracking changes, similar to the “New changes” display, but limited to showing changes only across your set of “watched” pages. You can see the watchlist display by clicking “my watchlist” link in the top right, however this is only available to users who have registered and logged in. (learn more)
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Wiki Categories can be very useful to sort pages to different subjects. This can help to find wikis. (learn more)
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Tasks Extension allows users to create tasks on all wiki pages, set different priorities and assign tasks to a group of people, a project or to a specific person. A special page named Special:Tasks is provided for an overview of all tasks within the system. (learn more)
Special pages are pages that are made by the software on demand. They are found in their own namespace Special: and are not editable directly as other pages. It is not possible to make a redirect to a special page, or to create normal pages beginning with the "Special:" prefix. (learn more)
A user page is a page about a wiki user; someone who registered on the wiki, and is (most probably) a contributor. (learn more)
I want to know more
Please just use our navigation menu on the top right of this site to see more info, join us on the #wiki channel (be patient, it sometimes takes a while for other people to see a message, especially if they sleep, yes we do use beds, sometimes) or use the talk page to leave a question (that might be the easiest but slowest option to communicate).
If you would like to help with improvements, please check out our Project Management Software! Every help is appreciated by our community.
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