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==Contribute to community pages==
==Contribute to community pages==
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Sharing the same wiki between multiple labs enables community pages that permit sharing of expertise.  OpenWetWare has many shared areas listed under the [[Resources|'''resources''']] section on the [[Main Page]].  '''Everyone is encouraged to contribute to these pages!'''
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[[Protocols|'''Contribute protocols''']]<br>
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Find and share laboratory protocols
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===List your lab equipment===
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*In the [[Equipment|equipment]] section of OpenWetWare, several groups have listed their lab equipment.  This is a convenient way to keep information and records about usage and maintainance.  See this page on the Endy Lab [[Endy:Victor3 plate reader|plate reader]] for an example.
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[[Materials|'''Document reagents''']]<br>
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Add info on regularly used lab materials
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===Link your lab protocols===
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*Each lab has their own way of doing particular protocols.  Typically a lab will have a list of lab-specific [[Sauer:Protocols|protocols]].  However, we are also collecting protocols from multiple labs in the shared [[Protocols|protocols]] area.  A good example is [[DNA Ligation]] which has a general overview of the procedure.  It also provides links to the specific protocols of individual labs so that people can compare different techniques.  Link to your lab's protocol from the relevant shared [[Protocols|protocols]] section!
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[[Equipment|'''List equipment''']]<br>
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Keep usage notes on lab equipment
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===Document information about lab reagents===
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*Almost every lab has a set of solutions or media that they regularly need to prepare. In the [[Materials|materials]] section, various people start pages about reagents they use and include any information they use regularly: like recipes, usage notes, safety info etc.
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[[Questions and Answers|'''Help forum''']]<br>
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Ask and answer research questions
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Remember that you don't need permission from anyone to post a page. If you have a protocol or other information that you would like to share, please do so even if you are unsure if it will be of interest to the community.  Many people post information on OWW for their own convenience.  When they need a copy of a protocol or need to give it to someone else, OWW is an easy place to find it.  However, please be respectful of more "personal" pages (like user pages and lab pages). Check out the [[Etiquette|etiquette]] page for more information.
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Remember that you don't need permission to edit a community page. If you have a protocol or other information that you would like to share, please do so even if you are unsure if it will be of interest to the community.
==Become a power user==
==Become a power user==
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The working definition of a '''power user''' is any OpenWetWare user who edits OpenWetWare ''frequently.''  (The exact definition of ''frequently'' is pretty subjective so use your own judgement on that one.)  Generally these users believe in the utility of OpenWetWare (or sites like it) and are committed to making them better.
 
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There are some things that you can do to help further your addiction to OpenWetWare.
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[[OpenWetWare:Steering committee members|'''Join the OpenWetWare steering committee''']]<br>
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Help shape the overall direction of the site.
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[[OpenWetWare:Mailing lists|'''Subscribe to mailing lists''']]<br>
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We have various mailing lists to enable discussion.
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[[OpenWetWare:Ideas |'''Ideas for OpenWetWare''']]<br>
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Chime in with general ideas for improving OWW.
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[[Special:Recentchanges|'''Check the recent changes''']]<br>
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Bookmark the recent changes list.
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[[OpenWetWare:Software/Feature requests |'''Request new software features''']]<br>
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Add new features you'd like to see implemented in OWW.
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[[OpenWetWare:Software/Extensions |'''Useful extensions''']]<br>
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Tools to make using OWW easier.
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*Often seeing the changes that people are making in real time can lead to an urge to correct errors, contribute to discussions and overall improve the quality of pages.  Many people actually bookmark the [[Special:Recentchanges | Recent changes]] rather than the [[Main Page]] because it is more reflective of what is going on in OpenWetWare at any given time.
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[[OpenWetWare:To do list |'''To do list''']]<br>
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Join one of these projects to make OWW better!
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===Join the OpenWetWare steering committee===
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*OpenWetWare is very much in its infancy. Everyone is still trying to figure out how to make the site as useful as possible to themselves and everyone else.  So contribute your ideas and participate on the [[OpenWetWare:Steering committee]]!
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[[OpenWetWare:Presentations|'''Tell your friends''']]<br>
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Tell your friends and colleagues about OWW.
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===Go to the Community Portal===
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==Add comments==
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*If you are looking to kill time and want to edit OpenWetWare, there are various pages in progress and things to do to help improve OpenWetWare.  Most of these are listed and linked off the [[OpenWetWare:Community Portal]].
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Discussions are an integral part of OpenWetWare whether you are asking for or giving feedback, contributing to the [[OpenWetWare:Community_Portal|Community Portal]], or simply commenting on a user's talk page. In order to easily track and read discussions, we have standardized our commenting protocol.<BR><BR>To comment, type <font size=2 face="courier new" color=red><nowiki>*'''~~~~''':</nowiki></font> followed by your comment to get example below.<BR><font color=#336699 size=3>▪</font> '''[[User:Jennyn|Jennyn]] 16:16, 25 February 2006 (EST)''': Hello World.<BR><font color=#336699 size=3>▪</font> '''[[User:Jennyn|Jennyn]] 12:14, 18 March 2006 (EST)''': Hi back!
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===Advertise OpenWetWare to your friends and colleagues===
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==Help==
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*OpenWetWare, being based on community contributions, can only benefit from having people talking about the usefulness of the site.  Many of our new members hear about it through word of mouth.
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If you have a question that isn't answered here, please check out the [[Help|help section]] of OpenWetWare.
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*Write a [[OpenWetWare:Testimonials|testimonial]] to explain how you use or benefit from OpenWetWare.
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===Join our mailing list===
 
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*[http://mailman.mit.edu/mailman/listinfo/oww-discuss Sign up] for the OpenWetWare-discuss mailing list to find out how you can help out and to share your thoughts on how to make OpenWetWare better.
 
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==Adding comments==
 
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Discussions are an integral part of OpenWetWare whether you are asking for or giving feedback, contributing to the [[OpenWetWare:Community_Portal|Community Portal]], or simply commenting on a user's talk page. In order to easily track and read discussions, we have standardized our commenting protocol.<BR><BR>To comment, type <font size=2 face="courier new" color=red><nowiki>*'''~~~~''':</nowiki></font> followed by your comment to get example below.<BR><font color=#336699 size=3>▪</font> '''[[User:Jennyn|Jennyn]] 16:16, 25 February 2006 (EST)''': Hello World.<BR><font color=#336699 size=3>▪</font> '''[[User:Jennyn|Jennyn]] 12:14, 18 March 2006 (EST)''': Hi back!<BR><BR>
 
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Contents

Contribute to community pages

Contribute protocols
Find and share laboratory protocols

Document reagents
Add info on regularly used lab materials

List equipment
Keep usage notes on lab equipment

Help forum
Ask and answer research questions

Remember that you don't need permission to edit a community page. If you have a protocol or other information that you would like to share, please do so even if you are unsure if it will be of interest to the community.

Become a power user

Join the OpenWetWare steering committee
Help shape the overall direction of the site.

Subscribe to mailing lists
We have various mailing lists to enable discussion.

Ideas for OpenWetWare
Chime in with general ideas for improving OWW.

Check the recent changes
Bookmark the recent changes list.

Request new software features
Add new features you'd like to see implemented in OWW.

Useful extensions
Tools to make using OWW easier.

To do list
Join one of these projects to make OWW better!

Tell your friends
Tell your friends and colleagues about OWW.

Add comments

Discussions are an integral part of OpenWetWare whether you are asking for or giving feedback, contributing to the Community Portal, or simply commenting on a user's talk page. In order to easily track and read discussions, we have standardized our commenting protocol.

To comment, type *'''~~~~''': followed by your comment to get example below.
Jennyn 16:16, 25 February 2006 (EST): Hello World.
Jennyn 12:14, 18 March 2006 (EST): Hi back!

Help

If you have a question that isn't answered here, please check out the help section of OpenWetWare.



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