Quick Start Guide for IAP-Wiki
The Internet opened up publishing to many people by reducing the cost of publishing; however, only one person or a limited group of individuals could create content for web sites. Wiki software opens the other end of the pipe by allowing anyone to contribute to the creation of a body of knowledge. This site is an effort to collect and organize a body of knowledge related to making pens and writing instruments of all kinds.
The content of IAP-Wiki can be updated by any member of IAP and you are encouraged to add to the body of knowledge. A "Sandbox" page permits you to experiment with WYSIWYG editing without fear of impacting the content of the IAP-Wiki. You can even create additional pages in the Sandbox, but PLEASE start the Page Name with the word "Sandbox" so the Sandbox pages do not get mixed into the normal Wiki pages.
Normal browser controls allow you to navigate through the IAP-Wiki. See here for a list of any browser related issues. You can scroll through pages, follow links to other pages and search for content. Links are shown in Blue, Purple or Red. Blue is for Pages you have not visited, Purple is for Pages you have seen, and Red is for a link to a location that doesn't exist. See the Style Guidelines for a discussion of Links.
On the left side of the screen is a Navigation area (Sidebar) containing many commonly used operations. Here you can go directly to a number of pages related to specific topics of interest to Penturners.
The "search" box and "Go" button are used to locate "Pages" by name. Pages can be "Redirected". For example "IAP", "Penturners.org", and "International Association of Penturners" might all link to the same page. Select the page name you want and then click on the "Go" button. If the Page Name you clicked on does not exist, you can create the page by clicking on the Link "Create this page".
Beside the "Go" button is a button marked "Search". This is an "Advanced Search" button and allows you to search for text in pages. Neither search option is case sensitive.
The penmaking box contains starting links directly related to Pen Making, but these are only starting points.
The "toolbox" contains Links related to Wiki Operation. It contains the "Upload File" Page where you can upload files to IAP-Wiki for use in content you are creating. It is used mostly for image files.
A Wiki is a collection of "Pages". Each page has a "Name" and contains text, images, lists, tables, charts, and links to other Wiki pages or other web site pages. Pages can be assigned to a "Category" and categories can be created, renamed and removed. See the Style Guidelines for more information on how pages should be formatted. Did you notice the colored Link in the previous sentence? Click on the link to go to that page, then use the "Back button" on your browser to return here. Don't worry, I'll wait.....
Content in the Wiki should be in an "encyclopedia" format rather than in a forum style. Questions, suggestions, and assistance should be posted in the IAP Wiki Forum.
A word about "RedLinks". The term redlink is Wiki-speak for a link that doesn't go anywhere. In a normal web site you would get a "Page not found" error, but in a Wiki, the Wiki will allow you to create the missing page and you are encouraged to do so.
Each Article Page has a matching Discussion Page. Do not post questions in the Wiki. Questions should be asked and answered in the appropriate IAP Forum. The IAP Wiki Forum can be used to discuss page contents or the direction the Wiki should take.
The Discussion page should only be used when a small group are collaborating on creating page content.
Contributing to IAP-Wiki
The creation of a Wiki is an extreme form of collaboration. Many people will add to the content of the Wiki and the WYSIWYG editor makes this easy to do. If you want to contribute to the IAP-Wiki, please visit the Editing Help and Style Guidelines pages for details.
If you intend to contribute to IAP-Wiki, please click on "my preferences" at the top of the page and enter your "real name", "signature", and "email address" on that page if it is not already filled in.