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<font size=5>Welcome to the Community Portal </font><BR><BR>
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<font size=3>Stay informed. Find out ways to help OWW. Discuss OWW structure, contents, and features. <BR><BR>Help us build our community and contribute!</font> 
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==How can I contribute?==
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:*Surf around. You're sure to find something that needs improvement.
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:*Come here to check out "What needs doing" section.
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<showhide>[http://www.drexel.edu/<font style="color:#000000">'''Drexel'''</font>]__HIDER__<br>
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==What needs doing?==
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There are lots of things to be done and these items fall under different categories.  They are listed in increasing order of technical difficulty from minor editing, right up to adding to the mediawiki software itself. Some of the lists are currently just discussions of how to organize and populate the list but once these issues are worked out they will be converted into actual lists of places to contribute.
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&bull; [[Computing|<font style="color:#000000">Computing</font>]]<br>
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You can do two things to these lists - add an item, or fix an item and remove it. Wikipedia operates on the policy that if you ''add'' a to-do item, you should if possible contribute to ''completing'' another to-do item. We may well benefit from a similar policy.
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For example, we'd like to list as many protocols as possible on the [[Protocols]] page. There are certainly protocols out there that are not linked to from the protocols page. If you find such a page and you think the author(s) would be happy to add it to the community protocols, then add the link.  The same applies to equipment, materials or other shared resource pages in search of a home.
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===Add pages that have been previously requested===
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People often want to see a page get started on a particular subject but don't have a chance to add content to that page at the time.  Such pages are currently listed here - [[Special:Wantedpages]].
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[[Image:MainPage LookChange.jpg|left|50x50px|[[Information Management Discussion|New Look!]]]] Picture without "thumb" argument.
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*'''[[User:Jennyn|Jennyn]] 15:15, 27 February 2006 (EST)''': I like this look. How do we get the image to link to the desired link?
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*'''[[Barry Canton|BC]]''':I copied the wikipedia sisters approach and it seems to work.  The template description page for [[Template:Click]] suggests that it doesn't work with Safari and some text only browsersIt appears to work in Safari for me so maybe they fixed it and its an appropriate hack for now?
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*A spelllchecker
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*'''[[User:Jennyn|Jennyn]] 22:06, 27 February 2006 (EST)''': Beautimous! That's awesome. Thanks Barry!
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*A category or other way that people could quickly annotate a page in some wayFor example something like the stub template but rather than saying "this is a stub" it would say, "this page is cool" or "this page needs editing" etcIf this template includes a category, then we can easily aggregate all pages that feature that annotation.
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*'''[[Barry Canton|Barry]]''': Sri pointed me to the navimages [[OpenWetWare:Extensions|extension]] which we have installed, that is what is used on [http://syntheticbiology.org/Synthetic_Biology_1.0/Sponsors.html this dewikified page]It doesn't seem to work on ''intra''-wiki links but maybe it could be useful.
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*A proposed implementation of tags via categories has been described at [[OpenWetWare steering committee/Software development ideas]]. Please add your feedback and ideas there.
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'''How do I do this?'''<br>
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These are harder to do and you probably can't actually get them working unless you have access to our servers.  Assuming you can manage that, there are resources available to help you get started on some of these things.  If you don't know perl or php before  you start you'll probably learn pretty quick if try and do this
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*[http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Write_your_own_MediaWiki_extension Tutorial] on how to write an [[OpenWetWare:Extensions|extension]]
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*[http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Writing_a_new_special_page Tutorial on how to write a new special page]
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===Improve pages for new users===
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We're trying to make OpenWetWare as painless to use and edit as possible, especially for new users.  Ideally, we want concise and useful explanations for new users (and potential users).  Help improve these pages for new users.
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*[[OpenWetWare:Getting started | Getting started]] <-- give advice to new OpenWetWare labs and users.  <font color="red">'''UPDATE: 2/22/2006 Actively in progress!'''</font>
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*[[OpenWetWare:About | About us]]
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*[[OpenWetWare:Why join? | Why join OpenWetWare?]] <-- give others reasons to join
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*[[OpenWetWare:FAQ]]
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*[[OpenWetWare:Tips | Tips on using OpenWetWare]] <-- handy tips for users acquainted with the basics
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==Discussions==
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A listing of discussions relating to OpenWetWare.
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*[[Information Management Discussion|Info/Design Layouts]]
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**A proposed implementation of tags via categories has been described at [[OpenWetWare steering committee/Software development ideas]].  Please add your feedback and ideas there.
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*[[OpenWetWare:Ideas | Ideas for OpenWetWare]] <-- post general thoughts/ideas on OpenWetWare here
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*[[Logo and Poster Discussion|Logo and poster discussion]] <-- contribute to the logo discussion
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==Help & General Information==
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Pages you can go to (and improve!) to get more information on OWW.
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*[[OpenWetWare:About | About us]]
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*[[OpenWetWare:Why join? | Why join OpenWetWare?]] <-- give others reasons to join
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*[[OpenWetWare:Getting started | Getting started]] <-- give advice to new OpenWetWare labs and users
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*[[OpenWetWare:FAQ]]
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*[[OpenWetWare:Tips | Tips on using OpenWetWare]]
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*[[OpenWetWare:Dewikify | Dewikifying a page on OpenWetWare]]
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*[[OpenWetWare:Namespaces | Reserved namespaces]]
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*[[OpenWetWare:Extensions | Extensions on OpenWetWare]]
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*[[Etiquette]] <-- revise OpenWetWare etiquette guidelines
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*[[Help:Contents | Help]] <-- give advice on editing OpenWetWare
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Revision as of 21:11, 1 March 2006

Testing page designs and layouts.

Under heavy construction. Please do not disturb.


Welcome to the Community Portal

Stay informed. Find out ways to help OWW. Discuss OWW structure, contents, and features.

Help us build our community and contribute!

Contents

» How can I contribute?
» What needs doing?
» Discussions

How can I contribute?

  • Surf around. You're sure to find something that needs improvement.
  • Come here to check out "What needs doing" section.
  • Add this page as one of your watched pages for e-mail alerts on changes.
  • Join the OpenWetWare steering committee.

What we can do for you

  • Create a mailing list for reminders of how you can contribute.
  • Create a developers sub-committee of the steering committee to decide on new features and organization of OWW.
  • What else can we do for you?

What needs doing?

There are lots of things to be done and these items fall under different categories. They are listed in increasing order of technical difficulty from minor editing, right up to adding to the mediawiki software itself. Some of the lists are currently just discussions of how to organize and populate the list but once these issues are worked out they will be converted into actual lists of places to contribute.

You can do two things to these lists - add an item, or fix an item and remove it. Wikipedia operates on the policy that if you add a to-do item, you should if possible contribute to completing another to-do item. We may well benefit from a similar policy.

Add knowledge

Content is the lifeblood of OWW, contributing information to an existing page or starting a new page is arguably the most useful thing you could do for OWW.

How do I do this?

  • Add to an existing page
  • Start a new page on your favorite topic. Remember that many of the pages on OWW started off looking quite crude, so feel free to put up a page that doesn't look as polished as you would like it to. The community will help improve a page if you get it started.
  • Check out the Questions and Answers page to see if you can answer someone's specific question.

Improve formatting and linking, correct typos

Nearly all pages could benefit from proof-reading, standardization of formatting or improved inter-page linking. In addition, it would be useful to make pages conform to the OWW etiquette. To make this process more directed, pages in need of attention should be added here.

How do I do this?

Aggregation and organization of information

For example, we'd like to list as many protocols as possible on the Protocols page. There are certainly protocols out there that are not linked to from the protocols page. If you find such a page and you think the author(s) would be happy to add it to the community protocols, then add the link. The same applies to equipment, materials or other shared resource pages in search of a home.

How do I do this?

  • Right now, you need to find a page by chance or go trawling through lab pages looking for protocol/equipment/material sections.
  • If we could come up with a more automated way of aggregating protocols that would be great, maybe an extension or new special page would help? See below for how to do this.

Active Collaborations

This is similar to the Featured Article page on wikipedia. We could list many pages here but it makes sense to list a small number to target peoples focus.

  • Protocols<--see the protocols under development section
  • OpenWetWare:New Lab Presentation <-- Basic intro to present usefulness for laboratory use
  • OpenWetWare:FAQ <-- Needs to be split. User FAQ , New User FAQ, Visitor FAQ, Admin FAQ, New Lab FAQ
  • Help:Contents <--Help currently resides in lots of places, these should probably all be centralized/aggregated here on the help page. They should possibly even be merged with the FAQ master page.

How do I do this?

  • If you know how to edit a page and you have an opinion on something, then you can almost definitely go edit these pages. *Remember that a wiki such as OWW depends on users being bold with their edits.

Add pages that have been previously requested

People often want to see a page get started on a particular subject but don't have a chance to add content to that page at the time. Such pages are currently listed here - Special:Wantedpages.

How do I do this?

Desirable Extensions

What bots, tags, features or special pages would we like to add to OWW?

  • A spelllchecker
  • A category or other way that people could quickly annotate a page in some way. For example something like the stub template but rather than saying "this is a stub" it would say, "this page is cool" or "this page needs editing" etc. If this template includes a category, then we can easily aggregate all pages that feature that annotation.
  • A revamped categories page that presents the data (i.e. the items in the category) in a more aesthetic way. Even better, how do I present a category of page in some arbitrary formating of my choosing?
  • A bot to convert mu to μ in some reliable way.
  • An improved <gallery> tag.
  • A proposed implementation of tags via categories has been described at OpenWetWare steering committee/Software development ideas. Please add your feedback and ideas there.

How do I do this?
These are harder to do and you probably can't actually get them working unless you have access to our servers. Assuming you can manage that, there are resources available to help you get started on some of these things. If you don't know perl or php before you start you'll probably learn pretty quick if try and do this

Improve pages for new users

We're trying to make OpenWetWare as painless to use and edit as possible, especially for new users. Ideally, we want concise and useful explanations for new users (and potential users). Help improve these pages for new users.

Discussions

A listing of discussions relating to OpenWetWare.

Help & General Information

Pages you can go to (and improve!) to get more information on OWW.

Personal tools