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This page discusses some common questions that might come up when browsing on the site.

The important thing about the wiki project is that it is a continual work in progress. The project will never be complete. Collections themselves are never complete as more information pours into the library. Instead of viewing the information on this site as a box with a lid, it can be thought of as a river of information that can be directed to different locations.

Collaboration in editing is key to the final usefulness of the site. Mediawiki is designed to be a platform for large groups of users and can handle many changes at a time. In general, most pages could benefit from edits. Whether you come across a page with a typo or confusing wording, or you feel that a page could use added information, please feel free to make a change or leave a comment.

It might take a while for you to get used to the site structure, but when you get the hang of it, you'll find it organized and very useful. Mediawiki is a huge project with many available extensions and add-ons to make the site behave in different ways. If you find a tool that you feel could be of benefit to the site, make a comment on a Discussion page to propose adding it to the server.

Finding a page

The search box at the top-right corner of every page can help you find pages by phrase. Just type in the box what you'd like to find and press Enter . If the site finds an exact match, it will redirect you to that page. If it returns several close results, you'll be redirected to a search results page where you can specify what you're looking for. You can search for pages with content, multimedia (photos and audio), help pages, everything (including technical template pages). The Advanced search option gives you more control over your search.

Editing a page

If you see a typo or something you feel that you're able to correct, click "Edit" at the top-right of the page. Feel free to fix these errors and re-word the grammar as you see fit. If you'd like to add information to a page, be sure to include references to where you found information.

Be clear, concise, and don't worry about mistakes!

If something is completely wrong, an editor will come back later and change the information or link to be correct.

If you don't feel comfortable editing the site or you feel unsure about your edit, you can comment on the page by clicking on the "Discussion" tab and explaining what you found. Commenting will help other editors make changes and can be used as a space for a meta discussion about the site itself.

If you'd like to create a new page, be sure to add references. These can either be internal links to documents in the collection or to external sites. When adding external links, please use the WayBack machine to archive the page. For more information on this, please see this blog post.

For any edit that you make to the site, please provide a short explanation in the Summary box. This will help editors understand what changes you've made and why you did it. If you're making a lot of edits, summaries can also help you remember what you've done if you have to go back and undo your actions.