WikiWineGuide:FAQ

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Here are some Fearfully Anticipated Questions that Wikiwineguides have heard, or think they may hear, or wonder about themselves.

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General questions

What is Wikiwineguide?

WikiWineGuide is a project to create a free, complete, up-to-date and reliable world-wide Wine guide. It is built in collaboration by Wikiwineguides from around the globe. You can read more about Wikiwineguide on the About page.

(Phew! That was an easy one.)

Who are you people?

We're Wikiwineguides. People from all over the world who are dedicated to making WikiWineGuide the best wine travel guide around The world. Most of us are people who stumbled across the site, just like you, and decided to share our knowledge.

Who edits and organizes all this, though?

We do. Wikiwineguides. We create articles and then edit them, and we organize the articles into hierarchies and make links between them and have navigational pages, and things like that.

So, anyone can just drift in off the Internet and start writing articles?

That's the idea, yes. We use a technique called Wiki that lets any reader edit any page, instantly.

Well, that's never going to work.

Not a question.

How is that supposed to ever work?

Doesn't seem like it ever could, does it? With anyone able to edit any page, things should just descend into terrible chaos, shouldn't they? Madness, mayhem, and a horrible bog of unusable drivel.

Strangely enough, it doesn't. People who care about having well-written articles on this site are the majority. People who just want to vandalize or delete things eventually get bored with it -- and, you have to admit, it's not that much of a challenge -- and the rest of us come in and clean up.

The other great part is that wikis converge. Ones adds as much as they know about a topic, and others start adding more information. Other people come through and condense it all so it reads well. It's strange, and it doesn't make a lot of sense, but it just happens. It's really cool.

I still don't believe it.

Bzzt!

Do you have any proof that this works?

Well, we have the existence proof of other projects that create references collaboratively. Probably the most famous one is Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Many of our policies and guidelines are borrowed from that project.

OK, so, there's all this hippy-dippy love stuff about working together, but who's really in charge?

You are. Any one can change articles, rewrite navigation areas, even overwrite information about the site itself. We try to make decisions about policy and guidelines collaboratively, but if you have a good idea for how we should work, plunge forward and let us know.

That all said, there are certain Wikiwineguides who've been working on the site for a while, and they can become Administrators. Administrators generally get some higher access -- like really deleting pages instead of blanking them -- but not much. It's more of a burden than a privilege.

In really extreme situations, the operators of the site, WikiWineGuide will set down some rules and precepts. But mostly we just decide for ourselves, and it kind of works out.

Who pays for all this?

Wikiwineguide foots the bill. The site recovers its costs through advertising.

What is this software you're running?

We use MediaWiki, the software developed by Wikipedia, with some totally tiny changes for Wikiwineguide. You can get it from http://www.mediawiki.org/ .

Questions about content

This article is all wrong! You have to fix it!

This is Wiki -- you can fix it yourself! Click the edit this page link, and change the parts that bug you. That's the whole idea.

I am trying to find Topic X, and there's no article about it!

There are parts of the globe that no one has even thought about writing about yet. If you think you have a some information to contribute, feel free to create the page.

I am trying to find Topic X, and all that's on the page is one sentence!

Some topics only have stubs covering them, and there are huge parts of the globe we've only begun to work on. If you don't think there's enough information on a topic, feel free to plunge forward and add more.

I am trying to find Topic X, and all that's there is "asdfkjadflkjfd EAT MY BUTT"!

This is typical vandalism. Feel free to delete the vandal's garbage.

Make sure to check the article's history (there will be a "history" link at the top of the page) and look at the second or third revision listed to make sure there wasn't content that was blanked. You can edit, add to, and save that version to preserve the original content.

I have an idea for an article, but I don't know exactly how to get started.

Only admins can start a new article, but anyone can edit them.

I have some information I want to share, but I don't know what to do with it.

The article templates documentation explains the section headings, and how the articles are laid out. We also have a page that tells you where you can stick it.

The article on my destination is great, but I still have some questions.

See if your destination has a Forum. That's what we call Wikiwineguides who have volunteered to answer questions about their favorite spots. Ask them your questions, but don't abuse their generosity!

Questions about editing

This all looks like gobbledygook! How do I edit these pages?

Pages on Wikiwineguide are formatted using Wiki markup. It looks funny at first, but after a while it seems like second nature. You should read about how to edit a page.

How do I upload an image to use in an article?

You should follow the instructions on how to upload files.

How do I put an image I uploaded into an article?

You should follow the instructions on how to add an image.

Hey! I wrote this long nice article on Topic X, and it got changed! What gives?

Any one can edit any page. When you submit an article, it's subject to ruthless editing for style, subject matter, spelling, factual information, and just generally fitting into the WikiWineGuide scheme of things. If you don't like that, you shouldn't work on WikiWineGuide.

Hey! I changed my nice long article on Topic X back to the way it was before, and it got changed again! What gives?

You need to go to the Forum for the topic you're writing about and work out your differences with the other article editors. Please avoid getting into an edit war.

How do I delete a whole page?

Administrators can only delete whole page.


How do I sign a posting?

When posting a message on a Forum it is customary to sign the posting with your user name and the posting date so that everyone knows who you are (for example: "User 15:35, 6 May 2005 (EDT)"). To get that text to appear automatically, simply type four tildes ("~~~~"), and they will be replaced with your user name and the current date when the edit is submitted.

Language Questions

Ash blash g'nash foosh manoosh?

Huh?

Sorry, I don't speak English very well. Can I put articles in my own language in WikiWineGuide?

Yes, if there is a separate WikiWineGuide version for your language. See Language versions for the current list.

If WikiWineGuide in your language does not exist yet, you can start your own language version! To find out more, see our language version policy.

But my English sounds terrible. I'm embarrassed.

Don't worry too much about the level of your English. Your spelling errors will be corrected by other people. We really want you to share your knowledge!