Public Lab Wiki documentation

Wiki gardening

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This page is a starting point for "wiki gardening", which is what we call tidying up and editing the wiki pages of the Public Lab website. Our website is made up of blog-like research notes and a sprawling user-editable wiki. Wiki pages sometimes get a bit old or out of date, or just need a little writing or editing help.

Marking pages for revision

Mark out of date or unfinished pages by tagging them "needs-revision", and those pages will appear in the sidebar of this page. If you work on a page and consider it revised enough, untag it.

If you want people to know that a page is unfinished or needs work, you can add the following code to the top of the page:

<div class="alert">This page needs revision</div>

It will appear like this:

This page needs revision

Deleting wiki pages

Sometimes wiki pages are made by mistake (with a typo), or are found to be unuseful in the given context. The author would like to delete his or her own wiki page.

It seems that deleting a wiki page should be allowed so long as no mutual authorship has occurred. Mutual authorship exists when two different people have edited a single wiki, in which case responsibility and permission becomes difficult to manage.

Users might tag, follow, or like a wiki page. It isn't clear whether these activities count towards mutual authorship, thus demanding the wiki page's persistence, or whether these can be ignored if the author chooses to delete.

Marking pages for deletion

It might be nice for users to mark a page for deletion, which will show up as a list for moderators and admins to approve or deny the action. This could go horribly awry in so many ways, but it might also just work(TM).