By Michael Brezin*
How to Contribute
If you'd like to join the community of people helping to create the acquired wisdom of the business of golf, here are some fun and useful things you can do. Make sure you register
for GolfBizWiki before you get started!
: these Helping Actions refer to a number of features that we need to build or forget about.
- To report something that needs immediate administrator attention, please post it on our Administrator Notice Board.
- Copyedit an article. "Copyediting" means fixing spelling and grammar errors, as well as improving the "tone" of an article. If you need to know more about the preferred format for GolfBizWiki articles, check out our Writers and Editors Guide.
- Edit a stub. Some articles are incomplete (theyíre known as stubs) and need help to reach their full potential. If you know something about the topic, feel free to help steer any stub toward a more useful, full-length article.
- Edit an existing page. Feel free to edit any page you find; no need to ask anyone for permission. Use the search function, tag cloud, or browse the categories to find a topic that interests you. Add a key point, a clarification, insert a warning or explain things just a little bit better, add a related resource, etc. Anything you can do will help.
- Start a new article. Before you write, though, search GolfBizWiki to make sure the topic is not already covered. Share your unique knowledge with other Golfwikians. Don't worry if your writing isn't perfect; other writers will be able to edit and improve your work.
- Answer a suggestion. Every day, GolfBizWiki members suggest articles on topics they need help with. If you know how to do something or have knowledge that others need, this is your chance to pitch in and help. Be sure to check first, though. Some suggested articles have already been written; do a search first.
- Ranger RecentChanges . GolfBizWiki changes every minute and not all the changes are helpful. You can delete vandalism and other malicious changes by comparing edits by pressing "diff" on all recent changes and then editing appropriately or adding stub, copyedit, format, or accuracy editing tags to the pages that need further help. For more information on these tags, visit ThisPage . Mark any acceptable edit as "rangered".
- Remove vandalism and nonsense when you find it. Look in the page history of any page to find old, better versions of pages that haven't been vandalized.
- Save an ArticleInTrouble . Some articles with major problems are listed for deletion. Most of these articles are given a few days before being removed, just in case someone is able to improve them. If you can fix one of these articles, you can save it from being deleted. Check first to see if we already have a fuller, more complete article on the topic, as many articles nominated for deletion are duplicate attempts to cover a topic already well handled by GolfBizWiki.
- Re-format an article. All articles should follow the content and format suggestions given in the Writers and Editors Guide, but some havenít made it there yet. Your editing can help get them there.
- Add photos or other media to an article. If a picture or other media (video, Flash animation, etc.) would really make an article more useful, search for or create them to Import into the article.
- Post comments on the discussions page. If you have a comment, concern, or suggestion about an article you read on GolfBizWiki, just click the Discuss tab at the top of the article. This takes you to a discussion page, where you can add your feedback. You can offer constructive criticism on the article's content, share personal experience in regards to the content, etc.
- Do accuracy patrol. Find InaccurateArticles . Fact check and research them. Cite your sources.
- Speak up at the forums. Use the forums to chat about GolfBizWiki, meet other GolfBizWiki authors, or ask for help on how to use GolfBizWiki.
- Add Related GolfBizWikis to articles. This helps make GolfBizWiki more of a network than a simple collection of articles.
- Compliment authors. Take the time to recognize an author of a particularly useful article. You can send a PersonalNote to the authorís talk page.
- Register. You need to register for GolfBizWiki to edit, compliment authors, create your personal page, or rate articles. It's quick and easy -- and makes you a member of the community.
- Take the GolfBizWiki Tour to learn more about how GolfBizWiki works.
- Having a strong community of contributors will help GolfBizWiki succeed. If you believe in the goals of the project, consider doing some of the steps above whenever you can. For quick access to the list of tasks, you can bookmark this page.
- If you need additional help, check out our Help Articles.
- Feel free to ask any of the Admins for help at any time.
Originally posted by LynnwoodBrown
on 11 Mar 2008.
All contributors: LynnwoodBrown
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