Help:Page naming conventions

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Work in progress. These guidelines are meant to serve as substrate for discussion. They do not represent OpenWetWare policy (yet).


What should I name my page?

Are there any restrictions on what I can name a page?

Why are there page naming conventions?

All users must share the same namespace

Every page on OpenWetWare must have a unique name. Thus, we try to reserve general pages names like Protocols, Materials, Posters and others for pages that are of general use to the community. Pages that are specific for a particular user or lab should be named accordingly.

For instance, Endy:DNA ligation is a page devoted to the Endy lab's protocol for DNA ligation whereas DNA ligation is a page with general information about DNA ligation and links to specific protocols (like Endy:DNA ligation).

Respecting eachothers' pages

In OpenWetWare, every user can edit all pages on the wiki. By naming your page according to either your username or your lab (as appropriate), you indicate to other OpenWetWare users that they should be respectful of that page and be mindful of the fact that it is someone else's page when making edits.

On the other hand, if you name a page PCR, then that should be a signal to other OpenWetWare users that

What is a namespace?

What is the best way to create a new page with a common name, like "protocol" or "lab meetings"?

Why would I want to use the namespace convention for naming my new pages?

How do I rename a page?

See instructions for how to rename a page.

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