It is better to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.

...ancient wiki saying

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Anyone can edit <br><br>

In a wiki, anyone can edit almost any page. (No, we're not kidding.) Editing pages is the best way to active participation, as compared to making comments from the sidelines. <br><br> This web service supports deliberation on public policy issues and facilitates participatory democracy. A wiki with open content is one of the best ways to make this possible.<br> <br> It it your first time in a wiki? Don't worry! Be bold. All versions of every page are saved in the history so there are no mistakes that can't be easily fixed. Other editors and senior editors will be glad to help. Just ask! </TD></TR> <TR><TD width=%50>

Point of View

In a wiki understanding the point of view is important:
  • issue statements are neutral point of view. The issue statement (usually at the top of the each page) is an objective "just the facts" without any rhetoric. Contribute to an issue statement by adding a fact, improving the definition, or providing links to related issues.
  • positions are written to persuade, they are not necessarily from a neutral point of view (although staying neutral is often more convincing). When you edit a position, you should strengthen that position. If you oppose a position, argue against it, but don't weaken the position. (that would be bad wiki etiquette).

Protected pages.

Occasionally you will find a protected page, locked page or archived page that requires special permissions to view or change. If you can see the "edit" button, it means you have permission to edit that page. <br><br>

Starting an edit

You do not have to be logged in to edit. To begin an edit, click an edit button (found at the top-right and bottom left). If the edit button is not available, you do not have permission to edit that particular page. (Some pages are reserved for notices by administrators. <br><br> When you click the edit button, you will see a new page containing the 'source text' in an editing area. This is called the edit window. The source text contains both the content and the wiki syntax with tells the software how to display the content. Look for the wiki syntax guide at the bottom of the edit window wo learn abou the formatting. <br><br>

Making changes

The editing window contains a simple word-processor that you use to make changes to a page. Simply add, change, and delete text as you would in a word processor. At any time, you may click on the "cancel edit" if you decide not to proceed. <br><br>

Edit conflicts

When you start an edit, you may receive a warning of a simultaneous edit - another user is editing the page at the same time. If this occurs, you probably should come back later, or make a comment instead. <br><br>


It is best to preview page every couple of minutes to check how your finished page is looking. Click on the 'preview' button below the editing area. This will open the preview window, which includes another edit window below. Beware: clicking any links in the preview window will cause you to lose your edit. <br><br>

The edit comment:

If the preview looks good, you are ready to save the page. You should enter an "edit comment" just below the edit area — make a short explanation of what changes you have made, so people looking at the history page can understand. (For example, "fixed several typos" or "added link to European study", or "improved wording of third paragraph"). </TD><TD>


Before you save pages or even hit the preview button, use Control-A Control-C to save your edited text to the clipboard. This is a very important precaution, particularly if you have been working on your edit a long time - if you have lost your internet connection you will lose your work. Using Ctrl-A Ctrl-C means that no matter what, you will be able to open a word processor, and recover your work by pasting (ctrl-v). <br><br> After Ctrl-A Ctrl-C, click save. Your edits will be permanently saved into the wiki database and you will be returned to the normal page view. <br><br>

Editing tips

  • Don't use your browser's "forward" and "back" buttons when editing. To cancel an edit, use the "cancel edit" link at the bottom of the edit area. To edit a page a second time, click on the edit link again.
  • It is never a bad ideal to perform edits in a word processor, this gives you auto-saves of your work and spell checks as well.

Code of Conduct

Note that all edits are recorded along with the username of the editor. IP addresses are recorded for anonymous editors. Abuse of the editing function will result in a loss of access privileges. All users have the capability to revert a page to an earlier version if a bad edit is made - see vandal. Please refer to the Terms of Use, for the user agreement, and wiki etiquette for general "politeness". <br><br>

To add a picture

  1. In edit mode, use the upload picture field at the bottom of the edit form. # click Preview.
  2. The image will show up in the preview window, and a link to the picture will appear in the edit window. (often at the top or bottom)
Cut and paste the picture link to wherever you want it.
  1. Preview again.
  2. Save.
<br><br> See also: Add an RSS feed, Good edit, bad edit, editor guidelines </TD></TR></TABLE>

We look forward to your contributions!