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 ==== Overview ==== ==== Overview ====
  
-The Slackware Documentation Project wiki will not be a 100% open wiki. While true that all can contribute, in order to avoid the editing wars and other ill effects experienced by open wikis, ​this project will staff review ​submissions and monitor ​page edits. A contributor will have ownership of his submissions to the extent that he can have a reasonable expectation that the basic structure and content of the article will not be modified without his knowledge and editorial discussion via the discussion page. \\ The Staff feels that this policy would foster a better atmosphere for positive and constructive data archiving on this wiki.+The Slackware Documentation Project wiki will not be a 100% open wiki. While true that all can contribute, in order to avoid the editing wars and other ill effects experienced by open wikis, staff reviewing of submissions and major page edits will be standard procedure. A contributor will have ownership of his submissions to the extent that he can have a reasonable expectation that the basic structure and content of the article will not be modified without his knowledge and editorial discussion via the discussion page. The Staff feels that this policy would foster a better atmosphere for positive and constructive data archiving on this wiki.
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 **Major ((For purposes of this rule, a major edit should be considered to be any edit that substantially changes the content, flow, or layout of the article.)) edits should not be performed on a contributor'​s submission without his knowledge and editorial discussion.** **Major ((For purposes of this rule, a major edit should be considered to be any edit that substantially changes the content, flow, or layout of the article.)) edits should not be performed on a contributor'​s submission without his knowledge and editorial discussion.**
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 +<note important>​A record of the discourse between the contributor and the editor should be present on the discussion page.</​note>​
  
 **Exceptions to This Rule** **Exceptions to This Rule**
  
-  - Author is unknown or no longer an active participant here +  ​- Core documents in these namespaces that require more exacting editorial overview: **slackware**,​ **slackdocs** or **slackbook**. 
-  - Editing or reversion is required to correct vandalism +  - Explicit permission is granted via the discussion page by the original author to allow open editing/​improvements. 
-  - Minor grammatical, punctuation,​ wiki formatting ​edits +  ​- Author is unknown or no longer an active participant here. 
-  - Obviously ​incorrect information ​- in which case, a warning note should be placed within the article by a Staff editor stating that the information is incorrect as it currently appears and will be amended soon (once the original contributor has time to respond). +  - Editing or reversion is required to correct vandalism. 
-  ​- The page belongs to one of these namespaces: **slackware**,​ **slackdocs** or **slackbook**. Pages in these namespaces are considered core documents that require editorial overview.+  - Minor edits are required to correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, wiki formatting, or clarity. 
 +  - Editing is required to amend obviously ​incorrect information.  
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 +<​note>​For **Exception 6**, a warning note should be placed within the article by a Staff editor stating that the information is incorrect as it currently appears and will be amended soon (once the original contributor has time to respond).</​note>​ 
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-<​note>​For all of the above, a record of the discourse between contributor and editor should be present on the discussion page.</​note>​ 
  
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 ==== Commentary ==== ==== Commentary ====
  
-And finallyit is easy to understand a contributor'​s feelings of anger and disappointment when their work is improperly alteredIt can take hours to researchcompile, and finalize an articleTo have that work substantially ​edited ​by someone later without ​the courtesy ​of prior discussion is wrong and will not be tolerated ​by the Slackware ​Documentation Project Staff or community.+Regarding the Core namespaces **slackware**,​ **slackdocs**, and **slackbook**;​ these are the heart of this projectWhile howtos and other sections of the wiki are also important ​to the projectthe Core documentation is the reason for all our efforts hereWith this in mind, the Staff believes ​that content in these sections should be more minutely ​edited ​and maintained. The more exacting oversight utilized in the care of these Core documents ​will be appreciated ​by those using this project as a resource in their learning and continuing use of Slackware ​Linux.
  
 Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.
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 {{tag>​list of tags}} {{tag>​list of tags}}
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-===== List of Reserved Words ===== 
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-There is a list of reserved words used by Dokuwiki as shortcut word. 
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 The button bar at the top of the edit window contains buttons for easy creation of these notification boxes. The button bar at the top of the edit window contains buttons for easy creation of these notification boxes.
  
-===== Translating a Page ===== 
  
-The multi-language capability of this Wiki requires that you stick to a few rules:+=====A General Note on Style====
  
-  ​* English is the primary ​language of the WikiEvery Wiki article must **at least** have an English version.+This is a wiki so a certain degree of informality is acceptable. This includes, for example, conversational contractions such as "​you'​ve"​. Readers should feel that they are talking to a knowledgeable friend rather than reading a manual. However, any appearance of sloppiness must be avoided. 
 +  ​Do not use [[wp>​Slang|slang]] or "​[[wp>​SMS_language|textspeak]]"​. 
 +  * Write complete sentences and try to avoid grammatical errors. If English is not your native ​language, you can always get help from an English editor. 
 +  * Follow proper [[http://​www.writersblock.ca/​tips/​monthtip/​tipmar98.htm|capitalization rules]] for words in titles and headings. 
 +  * Long passages ​of plain text are hard to read; always consider if something can be better expressed using a list format. Use numbered lists only for sequential operations, bulleted lists for options or examples (as shown here). Sometimes a table or a flowchart can be useful. 
 +  * If quoting computer output, reproduce it exactly, including spelling (which is usually American). Use %%<​code></​code>​%% tags to enclose ​the output for better legibility. 
 +  ​If your text has examples of key presses, use the %%<​key></​key>​%% markup to make a visual impact. <​key>​Alt-F2</​key>​ looks better than "''​Alt-F2''"​. 
 +  ​Avoid the passive voice. Use it only when alternatives would be clumsy. 
 +  ​Try to avoid long-windedness. "To do x, use the -y option"​ or "To do x, type [[http://​www.techopedia.com/​definition/​7264/​foo|foo]] -y" reads better than "If you want foo to do x for you, you need to type foo -y".
  
-  * When you want to translate a page, you must not change the name of the page. \\ For example to translate http://​docs.slackware.com/​slackware:​install into Brazilian Portuguese, just add the **pt-br:** prefix in the URL like this: http://​docs.slackware.com/​**pt-br:​**slackware:​install . Do not change the page name "​install"​ to its Brazilian Portuguese translation of "​instalar"​ ! You should only translate the page's content. 
  
-  * If you want to create ​//new// page in your native language, first create the English version of the page using an English word for the page. A page name like "​instalar"​ is not an English word and therefore will not be accepted. You can start with an empty English page if you want, with just a title for example and containing a large notice that you are working on a translated version first. Then, add your language prefix into the page URL, and start writing your document. +===== Translating ​Page =====
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-<​note>​A good practice is to put your doc through an automatic translator like [[http://​translate.google.com/​ | http://​translate.google.com/​]],​ paste the translated English text into the empty English page, and post on the [[http://​lists.alienbase.nl/​mailman/​listinfo/​slackdocs | slackdocs mailing list]] for help to fix the English translation. //​__Creating the English version is a requirement if you want the site editors to accept the article in your own language.__//​ \\ You should add a note or warning to the English version that it is in need of proof-reading and editing.</​note>​+
  
 +The multi-language capability of this Wiki requires that you stick to a few rules. Please read them in the specific [[slackdocs:​translation_guide|Translation Guidelines]].
 ===== Pages That Require Attention from an Admin ===== ===== Pages That Require Attention from an Admin =====
  
 If you think that a Wiki page (written by somebody else or by yourself) is in need of attention from the admin team, you can add a tag "​needs_attention"​ to that page. This will cause the affected page to show up on the "​[[tag:​needs_attention|pages that need attention]]"​ page. The admin team will check that page regularly for new entries. If you think that a Wiki page (written by somebody else or by yourself) is in need of attention from the admin team, you can add a tag "​needs_attention"​ to that page. This will cause the affected page to show up on the "​[[tag:​needs_attention|pages that need attention]]"​ page. The admin team will check that page regularly for new entries.
  
-When should you use this? For instance, you find an incomplete or badly written text or even an empty page (this can happen if someone writes a non-english ​text but does not take action to get a proper ​english ​translation arranged). Or perhaps you find spam, or offensive language. \\ Your observations will help us keep the Wiki clean and high-quality.+When should you use this? For instance, you find an incomplete or badly written text or even an empty page (this can happen if someone writes a non-English ​text but does not take action to get a proper ​English ​translation arranged). Or perhaps you find spam, or offensive language. \\ Your observations will help us keep the Wiki clean and high-quality.
  
 ===== See Also ===== ===== See Also =====

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