[permaculture] Design critiques
linda.shewan at bryn.com.au
Mon Jul 2 00:16:26 EDT 2007
Thanks Paul, I will give it a go and let the list know when I have the
area half sorted for review... Linda
From: Paul Cereghino [mailto:paul.cereghino at comcast.net]
Sent: Monday, 2 July 2007 4:45 AM
Subject: Re: [permaculture] Design critiques
Linda, here are some answers written in 'wikiese'
Go to http://www.permaculture.info/index.php/Author_guidance so see what
it looks like on a wiki page.
I short, just start messing around...
===What is a wiki and why is it so useful to us as a web tool?===
A wiki is a endless blank webpage waiting for text or pictures. Anyone
can create or edit any page. There is a social contract that guides how
this is done and all changes and who made them are remembered by the
wiki - so there are safeguards. Then there are individuals who are
sysops who can manipulate the wiki to enforce the social contract. It's
kind of like an infinitely large but very well organized hobo camp.
Each page has a name and it is easy to jump from place to place if you
know the name of where you are going. If you don't know the exact name,
you can look in a category... a category includes all the pages that
have been tagged with the category tag. A category tag looks like
<nowiki>[[category:categoryname]]</nowiki> in edit view, and shows up at
the bottom of each page. It's like a club membership. Each page can be a
member of many clubs.
If you create a user identity, you automatically get a 'home page'. That
place has the name <nowiki>[[User:username]] or whatever your user name
is. You can edit the text in your homepage and add category tags. My
home page has the following tags: [[category:MEMBER]] [[category:Puget
If someone knows me they can go to my page. If they don't know me but
are looking for someone, they can look at the MEMBER category which is a
core category to this wiki, and find all self-identified members. They
could also look in <nowiki>[[category:Puget Lowland Forest]] to find all
things related to that ecoregion, and if they didn't know that existed,
they could use the core categories [[category:ECOREGION]] or
[[category:LOCATION]] for I have tagged the more specific
[[category:Puget Lowland Forest]]</nowiki> with both those core
While editing a page you can insert these category tags by clicking on
the appropriate tag on the bottom of the edit screen.
===How do I contribute this wiki?===
When writing text you can insert a link, something like [[newpage]]. If
that page doesn't exist it shows up in red font. Following the red links
lets you author new pages. You create the door, then go in and create
the next world.
You can also just enter a text string in the search box on the left, and
it will look through the whole wiki for pages with that name. If none
are found, that will be explained and you will be offered a red font
link to author that page.
When you are writing a wiki page you use a kind of wiki shorthand
described at [[Help:Contents]]. Each page is stored as text only, but
the wiki software converts it to a formatted web page. With this short
hand you can create a number of effects. Including text in double
brackets asks the wiki to create a link to a page within the wiki by
that name. <nowiki>[[User:Username]] would create a link to your 'home
page'. If you are curious how something was done, just go into edit
view, and look for the shorthand, and copy it on your next page.
If you are creating a family of pages that you want associated with
yourself (like all your designs) then create a category that is you...
<nowiki>[[category:Username]]</nowiki>. You can link to that category
from your 'home page' or from the bottom of any page that is tagged with
that category. You can also tag your pages with that category.
In short, the better tagged your pages are to the [[PIW:pagetype|core
wiki categories]] and linked to other pages the more likely it will be
To upload images (a .jpg file for example) click on the upload image.
Give your image a name. And give it a tag. You can tag your pictures
with your username category to keep track of them.
When editing a page you can insert a picture
===Would a designer build a 'space' including their design and then
people would edit it and those edits are their comments etc?===
Correct. We just created a new master category called
<nowiki>[[category:DESIGN]]</nowiki> this category will include pages
where people have uploaded designs for which they want critique. There
are two ways to receive comments. Every page has a front end 'the
article' and a backend 'the talk page'. The purpose of the 'talk page'
is to keep the front-end of the shop clean. With a wiki you are not just
rambling on a list. You are creating a product. Base on the laws of
merchandizing, that product must be clean and legible or it will be
ignored (not unlike your design products).
===Does the 'discussion' section work like a list thread?===
The talk page, which is the backend, is the place for the back and forth
that we have on the list. The advantage of the wiki is that you can see
the whole dialog in one place and insert your words at any point in the
using the text string <nowiki>"--~~~~"</nowiki> marks your entry with
your username (linking back to your homepage) and a time stamp.
using colons at the beginning of a paragraph indents that paragraph as
is commonly used to associate comments with previous comments, not the
outline structure you learned back in middle school.
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