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Getting stuck with Wikigender? Encounterig problems in using this website? Please watch this tutorial to help you use the Wikigender website, or refer to our Frequently Asked Questions below to find help.
What is Wikigender?
Wikigender is your online resource for information on gender equality. This innovative website aims to gather experts and the general public with one clear objective: sharing knowledge on issues related to gender equality for a better understanding of the situation of women around the world.
What is a “wiki”?
Wikigender uses a specific technology (a “wiki”) that allows users to easily build, edit and link web pages. Think of a “wiki” as a large black board, where (authorised) users are given chalk and sponges to start writing up whatever they think is important to others, or to edit already existing articles as they deem necessary. This technology is emblematic of the Web 2.0, where content is generated by the users. In a “wiki”, information is organised into “articles”. These can be edited or new articles can be added by registered users, without going through an external webmaster.
How do I find articles on Wikigender?
There are several ways to find information on Wikigender. The easiest and most intuitive solution is to search for specific keyword/s using the search field on the left. If you don't know where to start, Wikigender choses an article of the week, which is featured on the main page. You can also find information by browsing through our categories. Click on the name of a category to see all articles related to it. Finally, you can see a complete list of articles by clicking on the all articles. However, the nicest and probably most interesting way to explore a topic is to follow the links that are provided in existing articles. A blue link takes you to another article. Red ones indicate wanted pages. Why don’t create an article following a red link?
If you edit an article, a toolbar helps you bring your text into shape. More advanced users may also use wiki markup to format the text and link content to other articles, which adds to the value of your contribution (for more information see Help:Editing).
- You can format existing text by highlighting the section you want to format and clicking the relevant button on the toolbar. In many cases, pop-up windows will help you achieve the desired results.
- Apart from simple formatting functions (e.g. bold text, italics, underline) you can also insert images or documents. However, all files must be uploaded into Wikigender prior to being used. Before editing a text, please upload all relevant images or documents by clicking on "upload file" in the left-hand menu. See "How do I upload a file?) for more information.
- Try to link to other articles in Wikigender by highlighting a relevant key word and clicking on "Insert/edit link".
Please click on the following link for a quick guide on adequate referencing: References
How do I upload a file?
Wikigender allows users to upload images and documents that can be used or referred to in articles. You need to upload the respective file prior to editing the article. This is what you'll have to do:
- Click on "Upload file" in the toobox menu that lis located on the left of each page
- Browse for the file that you wish to upload
- If necessary, rename your file in order to facilitate finding it later on (e.g. replace names of image files such as "IMG2293.jpg" with something more meaningful such as "Wikigender_logo.jpg")
- Explain why you have the copyright for the file; e.g. you created the file or have the right of the coyright holder. You may not upload material for which you do not have the copyright.
- Give a brief summary of what this file is, e.g. what does a photo show, when and where was it taken, why do you have the copyright etc.
- Click on "upload file". As a rule we recommend to use small file sizes, but if it is unavoidable you may also upload large files
- Your uploaded file will appear in the list of "all uploaded files". However, ideally you use an uploaded file in an article, e.g. by inserting an image or referring to a document (see "How do I edit an article?" for more help)
How can I comment on an article?
If you like to comment on an article, click on the "discuss" tab on top of each article. If other people have already commented on a particular article, you will find these entries on the discussion page that will open up. Feel free to participate in an ongoing discussion (by clicking on "+" to add a comment) or start a new discussion thread. Referring to the discussion page may be particularly valuable if you intend to make changes to an article, which you would like to discuss with the author (or other users) beforehand. Needless to say, you can also contact the author of an article directly by clicking on his or her name (which you can find by looking a the "history" of an article) and leaving a message on this person's talk page. In order to give your thoughts wider visibiliy, the discussion page may nevertheless be the better option.
No matter how you decide to voice your opinion, please let mutual respect be the guiding principle of your actions. Although all Wikigender contributors know that their writing may be edited mercilessly, it is easier to accept changes if the reasons for them are discussed beforehand.
How should I use edit summaries?
If you change an existing article, clear edit summaries and transparent explanations are highly appreciated. Other editors need to understand your actions, and sometimes writing a little summary even helps you determine if a specific edit was really justified. Please state what you changed and why. If the explanation is too long, elucidate on the discussion page. It is a fundamental principle of Wikigender that all registered users can edit articles, so there are a lot of changes to watch.