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== Getting started ==
== Getting started ==

Revision as of 12:22, 29 December 2016

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Purpose Of Ayurwiki

Our purpose is to create a web-based, free information about Ayurveda. The goal of a Ayurwiki article is to create a comprehensive and neutrally written summary of existing knowledge about a topic. Articles should have an encyclopedic style with a formal tone.

Categories in Ayurwiki

  1. List of Herbs
  2. Traditions
  3. Drugs
  4. Drug Manufacturers
  5. Practices
  6. Physiology
  7. Yoga
  8. Pranayama
  9. Concepts
  10. Prakriti
  11. Mudras
  12. Institutions
  13. Magazines
  14. Events
  15. Literature
  16. Gallery

Getting started

As a new contributor, you may feel a little nervous by the size and scope of this project called Ayurwiki. Don't worry too much if you don't understand everything at first, as it is acceptable to use common sense as you go about editing. Ayurwiki allows you to create, revise, and edit articles. As Ayurwiki is a work in progress. Collaborative editing means that incomplete or poorly written first drafts can evolve over time into excellent articles.

Creating an Account

You do not have to log in to read Ayurwiki. Creating an account is free and has several benefits (for example, the ability to create pages, upload media and edit without one's IP address being visible to the public). To create an account in seconds, click Creating an account and fill out the few required fields. This will be logged, your account will be created, and you will be provided with a link back to this page.

The Basic Contribution

Ayurwiki is in its beginning stage of editor's contribution. Ayurwiki encourages different to the table, whether it be: researching skills, technical expertise, writing prowess or tidbits of information, but most importantly a willingness to help. Nobody owns articles, so if you see a problem that you can fix, do so. Everyone is encouraged to copyedit articles, add content and create new articles if they have knowledge about the topic at hand or are willing to do the necessary research to improve it.Although you should use a broad vocabulary of regular, non-technical terms, do not use words or expressions that many readers may not know. If an article is written in a highly technical manner, but the material permits a more understandable explanation, then editors are strongly encouraged to rewrite it.

How to edit

Editing Ayurwiki pages is relatively simple. Classic editing through wiki markup (wikitext). Wiki markup editing is chosen by clicking the "Edit" tab at the top of a Ayurwiki page (or on a section-edit link). This will take you to a new page with a text box containing the editable text of the page you were viewing. In this box, you can type in the text that you want to add, using wiki markup to format the text and add other elements like images and tables. You should then press the Show preview button to review your contributions for any errors. After adding text and images, at "[[Category:<category_name>]]" the end of the content you should write on which category the information belongs to. This will help to filter the information file in a respective categories. When you have finished editing, write a short edit summary in the small field below the edit-box describing your changes before you press the Save page button. This will help others to understand the intention of your edit. To avoid accidentally leaving edit summaries blank, you can select "Prompt me when entering a blank edit summary" on the Editing tab of your personal preferences.

Rename and Deletion

  • Ayurwiki pages can be renamed by moving the page to a new title. This is done by clicking on the Move tab at the top of the page (you need to be registered and an 'autoconfirmed' user to be able to do this). Before you do so, please carefully review this checklist of things to consider before a page move.
  • While almost anyone can edit and move articles, to keep things manageable, only administrators can delete them.

Images, Sounds and Vedio

Images, sounds and videos enhance articles greatly. A file that is already hosted on Ayurwiki can be inserted with the basic code. ("Image:" can be substituted for "File:" with no change in effect; the choice between the two is purely a matter of editorial preference.) Using "thumb" generates a thumbnail of an image (the most common placement option), which is typically sized differently from the original image. Several options can affect a thumbnail's placement and size, and there are other methods for placing images not in a thumbnail format, such as in a frame, table or "infobox", which this summary page does not delve into.

Only logged in users can upload files under an appropriate title. The first step in uploading a file is to determine its copyright status. If a file is in the public domain, or bears a type of free copyright license compatible with the non-restrictive licenses we require for free reuse, then it can and should be uploaded to the Ayurwiki. If the image is non-free then it cannot be uploaded to the Ayurwiki.