Help:Editing rules

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Abores Wiki contains articles related to educational technology and all related fields, digital design (mostly "making") and innovation and change. For the moment it is not open to external participants.


  • Stick to topics of this wiki.
  • Think of the wiki as a whole, i.e. make sure that people can find articles and quickly refer to them by linking to other articles and by adding [[category: xxxx]] tags.
  • Structure your pages with headings, e.g. use == ..... == for level 1 titles.
  • Give credits (and take if you wish)
  • Qualify the status of information
  • You should provide some information about yourself

We do not require "neutral point of view", "no research", "quality" etc. as it is for instance the case for the Wikipedia policies and guidelines. Simply, follow reasonable standards of presentation, i.e. make sure that readers can find out whether a statement is based on solid research, on speculation, on opinion, on practical experience, etc. and whether it may be controversial.

Structure and categories

Please make sure that your articles are structured and that they belong to some category. Also try to link articles to each other.

Structure of articles
  • Use titles, e.g. == Level 1 == , === Level 2 ===, etc.
  • Insert at least one category at the end of each article !, e.g. [[Category:educational technologies]]
  • You may suggest new categories if needed ! Use plural, not singular. (Categories are auto-creating, we will decide together if we keep yours ...).
  • See the start page for a list of major categories, or look at the full list
  • use complex links when needed, do not use: "(see here)".
Bad "this is a frequent statement in behaviorist theory" (see Behaviorism)."
Good: "this is a frequent statement in behaviorist theory".
Good: "this is a frequent statement in [[Behaviorism | behaviorist theory]]".
One article = one topic
  • Create new pages for topics that are also relevant to other articles. This is not an iron rule. You can, within article introduce and redefine a concept that is treated elsewhere (in this case don't make it too long and add a link to article in question).
  • Note: There is a system to compose articles from several pages if needed.
Organization of content
  • There are no rules. Most of what you currently see in this wiki is simply the result of DSchneider's way of doing it. Of course at some point it probably would be nice to make a distinction between research-oriented articles and more practical ones or even find a way to deal with both types of information within a single one.
Bibliography and citations within an article
  • There are no rules for the bibliography and citations. Doing it right is probably too time consuming (open to discussion)
  • But please make sure that you add the full references for citations (so that people can find them).
  • Also make sure to add some "open content" links for people without access to commercial services.

Images, quotations and citations

Inserting an image
  • To insert an image you can do better than [[Image:xxx.png]], use something like the [[image:XXXXX.png|frame|none|800px ]] template or use the gallery tag.
E.g. [[image:input-process-output-paradigm.png|frame|none|Input-process-output paradigm]]
Document an image (when you upload it)
  • Please add a description for images that you upload
  • Indicate the source (avoid using pictures that may be undercopyright or ask permission to reproduce)
Cite please !
  1. Always quote the source, never copy/paste from the web without indication of the source and if possible date of retrieval
    • Do note copy whole pages, even if you cite the source. Use some "liberal idea" of fair practise.
  2. Use the quotation templates if you want
Useful shortcuts
  • Five ~~~~~ inserts the current date.


"At the time of writing it was ~~~~~" will produce:
At the time of writing it was 17:04, 18 May 2006 (MEST).