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GoodStyle Collaboration Tips

  • TWiki has very simple text formatting rules. You won't go wrong if you:
    • start each line without spaces
    • separate paragraphs with a blank line

  • Run together capitalized words to make WikiWords:
    • WikiWords automatically appear as hyperlinks
    • make up meaningful Wiki names - it can be a challenge (it'll sharpen you up!)
    • WikiWords has name-creation tips that may help

  • If a discussion is going on:
    • separate each follow-up with a horizontal rule
    • add your WikiName and the date at the end
    • OR, by all means, insert your comment where it seems to fit best:
      • you may want to inset it with a bullet and/or set it in italics so it's clear (always sign and date)

  • A good format for a new topic is "dissertation followed by discussion":
    • start with a brief, factual introduction
    • then bring on the opinions.

  • When a discussion dies down and the page becomes static, feel free to refactor mercilessly:
    • fearlessly edit down to capture the key points
    • reduce the noise without losing the facts or the flavor
    • if you merge or delete comments, you can group credit Contributors: at the end of the page
    • That's how Wiki content matures and grows in value over time.

  • For external site links, you can type URLs directly into the text - http://etcete.ra/... - it'll clear to anyone where they're headed on click.

  • TWiki is intended for world-wide use, and an international standard date format like 01 Sep 2001 is preferred. It's universally understood, and clearer than the xx/xx/xx format, where a date like 9/1/01 can mean either Jan or Sep, depending on the local conventions of the readers. For months, use the first three letters: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr,...

  • Check the source when you want to find out how something is formatted: click Edit on the lower toolbar. To see earlier versions, click More, then check Raw text format and click View revision. A bit of HTML experience can't hurt, but you'll soon see with TWiki shorthand how far that is from necessary.

-- PeterThoeny - 13 Sep 2001
-- MikeMannix - 14 Sep 2001

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