Contributing to TI Story

A lot of time and effort from others has been put into TI Story to make it something worthwhile for the TI community. So, once you are up to speed with how to use the wiki, please consider giving back to the site; we would definitely appreciate your help and support! Before you contribute, however, we ask that you read through and familiarize yourself with the code of conduct that we have established to ensure that this site is an enjoyable place for everybody.

There are many different ways you can contribute:

  • Promote the site — Tell others about the site to drive traffic to the wiki. If you frequent any forums, you can post a badge with a link to the wiki in your signature on the forums.
  • Create new content — New articles are always welcome, and help the wiki to keep growing. Please provide your knowledge to any article, especially those that you have personal knowledge and information about.
  • Cleanup existing pages — There are several pages on the wiki which haven't been edited in a long time, and they are in need of editing to add in missing information and correct errors.
  • Post on the forum — When somebody posts on the forum asking for help, you should try to help them to the best of your abilities. Similarly, you should try to post regularly to keep the forum from becoming stagnant.

How to use the Wiki

We know that you probably aren't very familiar with this wiki and how to use it, so we wanted to provide you with some help on how to edit and create a new page, as well as to lay down some basic guidelines to follow when contributing.

You can edit a page by clicking on the edit button at the bottom of the page. This will open an editor with a toolbar palette that has lots of editing options and features available. You then can make whatever changes to the page that you want.
The wiki uses its own markup language based on HTML to format the text — you can see the complete language at the wiki syntax page.

Please don't worry about making a mistake when editing a page because every version of a page is saved and can be accessed by clicking the history button at the bottom of the page. If you don't like what you wrote or it is incomplete, somebody else can change it and make it better. And if somebody tries to vandalize a page, you can simply revert it to a previous good version.

To create a link to a new page, you can use either [[[new page name]]] or [[[new page name | text to display]]]. Follow the link (which should be colored red if the page does not exist) and create a new page. You can also create a new page by typing the page's name in the "Add New Page" section of the navigator (on the left of every page) or at the end of the URL — http://tistory.wikidot.com/whateveryouwant — and pressing ENTER.

A useful technique for testing new articles/features/whatevers you may intend to implement is that of creating pages in the Wikidot sandbox. When you finish the page, click on "Discuss" in the bottom right-hand corner to alert the community in the forums to hear their opinions on your new article/feature/whatever. Then, once everybody is happy, you can transfer the page to the appropriate section of the wiki.

When you are creating a person, group, site, product, or event page, please use the respective template. Similarly, when creating a regular page, follow the wiki conventions so that the wiki maintains a consistent look and feel. And if you are looking for something to write, see the wiki to-do list.

Wiki Guidelines

If somebody has already created a page with the same name that you wanted, you should analyze the content and focus of the page to see if it is different than what you were planning. If the content and focus are the same, then you should add your contribution to the page; if it is something different, then create a new page with a different name.

However, if the content and focus of the page are the same and your contribution is substantial enough to warrant its own page (i.e., it is rather lengthy), it would be better to place it on a new page and link back to the other related page. This ensures that the new page won't be forgotten because it has an incoming link linking to it.

While you are adding content to a page, always try to insert links to other pages in the wiki wherever you can. This inter-linking is a big part of what determines a wiki's success, so it is important that you do it. That said, you don't want to have every other word be a link, as it reduces the readability of the page.

Finally, when coming up with a page name, look at the content you want to write about and choose something that is logically representative of the topic (for example, Movement in Maps is adequately named movement). If you want to write about a general topic, make sure that the page name is basic enough so that other people can include their own content on the page. Please try to put some thought into page names before creating a new page.

For more specific guidelines on content and formatting, check out the wiki conventions.