Wiki Topic Guidelines
If you don't read anything else, read this!
Follow WikiWord syntax when creating new pages.
A WikiWord consists of two or more words with initial capitals, run together.
** Wiki will not properly link names that begin with a lowercase letter, even in [[...]].
*Please remember that the CFCL Wiki is a shared resource.
What you think might be a good name for your needs
may clash with the requirements of another group, now or in the future.
Try to be as specific as possible in choosing topic names
so that there is no scope for any other group or project to have the same requirement.*
Avoid using a single word or acronym as a page name!
For example "Availability", "Hosts", "Monitoring", and "Misc" are all bad names (which have been tried!).
Likewise, avoid using a single tool name as a page name (unless this is the canonical page for that tool).
Please also avoid ambiguous WikiWords such as TeamMeetings, BadgeDetail, ProjectCalendar, or MinorFeatures.
Ask yourself: "Would someone doing a search be able to guess my project/property from the name of my page?"
If you break these rules, we will request that your page be renamed.
- Always begin your page name with a Capital Letter. **
- Use two or more words, or acronyms and words, in CamelCase.
- Underscores are permitted (however, Wiki may complain "Not a WikiWord").
- Avoid dashes, commas, and "special" characters (=!@#$%^&*+...).
- Spaces are not permitted and will be removed.
A Wiki page is also called a topic
By default, anyone can create new topics (or edit existing topics) anywhere in the Wiki site.
This page describes naming conventions and other guidelines for creating topics in the Wiki.
For guidelines and suggestions for creating content (aka documentation),
in our Help web and elsewhere, please review Content Guidelines
If you're new to the Wiki,
you may want to begin by reading some introductory Wiki Docs
Where To Create a Topic
The Wiki is organized into "webs" and "topics."
A "web" is implemented as a directory (folder).
Each web contains anywhere from 10s to thousands of topics.
Topics should be created in the most appropriate "web"
Avoid putting project data into administrative webs such as
If you are unsure which web you should be working in,
consult a co-worker in your project team.
The Breadcrumb List
At the top of every Wiki page is a list of "breadcrumb" links
that show you where you are in the (logical) Wiki page hierarchy.
Each element of the breadcrumb list is a link,
so you can easily work your way back up the tree. Example:
Note: the Wiki implementation is very flat on the server side.
Every topic in a web is at the same "level".
The breadcrumbs represent a logical organization.
In reality, all pages in a web are actually stored at the same level,
in a single namespace
Choose Topic Names With Care
In the Wiki, everyone has write access to most of the site.
Please remember that you're sharing with a LOT of people!
Imagine if all developers shared one CVS directory.
Think of the potential problems in naming source files.
Before naming a Wiki page, take some time to consider a meaningful name.
If you create a page with a general-seeming name,
people will have a resonable expectation that this page applies to the entire surrounding "web".
Unless you're creating a page that you expect to be of utility across the current web (e.g. Help),
choose a more narrowly-focused naming convention.
Think carefully before creating pages with names
like StatusReports, MeetingMinutes, ActionItems, or ProjectPlanning!
If you create a page for your group's quarterly goals, don't
name it "!QuarterlyGoals".
(Hint: whose quarterly goals are these? How can you tell?).
Include your team's name, project name,
and other useful identifying information in the topic (page) name!
Pages created by individuals for "personal" use
should include your name in the topic name (e.g. NicksPage or VickiBrownTmp).
Use Meaningful Topic Names
We used to have a set of topics called GamesOpsTrainingSports, GamesOpsTrainingNews, GamesOpsTrainingWeather, etc.
You couldn't guess it from the names, but none of these pages was games-related!
I can only guess that the weird convention started when GamesOpsTraining was created,
soon followed by a template page (mistakenly) named GamesOpsTrainingTemplate.
Everything cascaded from there.
Try to choose meaningful topic names.
If your topic is general in scope, use a more general name.
If the scope of a topic changes, you can rename it.
Renaming is relatively easy to do;
just click the "More Topic Actions" link at the bottom of the page and review your options.
Use WikiWords for Topic Names
Technically, names containing underscores and names such as ABCFoo are not WikiWords;
however, many automatically generated page names may contain underscores for easier reading.
If you do use a non-WikiWord,
be sure that it does include at least one underscore or at least two word "parts".
(Note: You must
reference non-WikiWord topics inside double brackets,
We recommend that you make a habit of always using the double brackets in any case
. It makes the web more manageable.)
Topic Naming Conventions
Topic Naming Conventions?
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Create the Topic
Create a New Link
To create a new page, first create a link.
Review the naming conventions and guidelines when choosing names
- Choose a related page that already exists.
- Edit the existing page.
- Add your new page name to the existing page.
- Use of double bracket syntax,
[[PageName]] is recommended.
Alternatively, enter the Name in the Address Field
Alternatively, you can create a new page by simply trying to access it
from the address field of your browser:
If the page doesn't exist, the Wiki will ask if you want to create it.
Pages created this way are "orphans".
They are not connected (yet) to any other page
and their parent topic
is the default top of the web.
The parent relationship is important;
it forms the basis of the "breadcrumbs
" shown at the top of every page.
In addition, the TreeBrowserPlugin relies on topic parent/child relationships
to present a logical hierarchy of a site. (See Topic Tree
for an example.)
Be sure to set the parent topic appropriately (Details).
Use a Form
You can also set up a form with a button to make creating new topics easier.
If you like, make a copy of this page: Help.New Topic Create
in your own web.
Use the Edit link (upper right or lower left) on any Wiki page to open that page for editing.
You should probably familiarize yourself with the Wiki first.
Read over some of the docs
that are included,
e.g. the Formatting Help
and Good Style guidelines
these two documents are linked from the "help" section at the top of every Wiki editing page.
That section also provides basic formatting hints.
If you don't see the Formatting Help section,
click the Show Help
link just above the white editing area.
When you click the Edit link, Wiki starts a 60-minute "timer" for you.
This 60-minute timer is used for version history (below)
as well as for notifying others that you have the page open for editing.
During this period, the Wiki believes that you are editing that page,
even if you click away to another page or close the Browser window.
When you save the page, the Wiki will "sign it" with your name
and the current date and time (in GMT).
This information appears in the upper right corner of each page.
Wiki uses RCS to save previous revisions of a topic.
All changes you make (and save) during one 60 minute period
will be "rolled into" one saved revision.
You can view those revisions, as well as the complete version history,
using the appropriate links at the bottom of the "view" page.
Note that past versions of a topic are not editable.
If you want to revert to a previous revision,
view that revision in "Raw" mode (see below
copy the section you want, and past it into a new "Edit" session for the topic.
What Happens if Two People Edit The Same Page?
The Wiki will notify you if you try to edit a page that someone else has open for editing.
You can choose to wait, edit anyway, or contact the other person
and arrange a mutually convenient time to edit.
If you choose to make your changes anyway,
the Wiki will try to merge both sets of changes together.
It usually does this correctly;
however, you should always review the page carefully to be sure no mistakes were made.
If You Don't Make Any Changes
If you decide to leave an "Edit" session without making any changes,
be sure to click "Cancel" (at the bottom of the page),
instead of simply using the Back button in your browser.
When you Cancel, the 60-minute timer is reset.
Otherwise, anyone else who tries to edit the page
will receive a notice that you have it open!
Preview Before Saving
You can preview your page before saving, then go back and fix anything you don't like.
Just click the Preview button at the bottom left of the Wiki edit screen.
Raw View (or, How Did They Do That?)
If you just want to take a peek at the underlying code for a Wiki page,
use the "Raw View" link at the bottom of the page.
This gives you "read-only" access to the page contents without starting the 60-minute timer.
It can be frustrating to type text into a browser window.
Remember that you have more control than you think.
Warning: Can't find topic Help.TipsTWiki
Starting a New Page
See How To Create New Pages
if you're not sure how to begin.
Be sure to review the Content Guidelines
The guidelines provide recommendations and references for writing topic content.
New Topic Edit Template
When you create a new topic, the Wiki starts you out with a standardized "new page" template.
This template can vary considerably depending on which Web you're in when you create a new topic.