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Some new users are frustrated by the concept of group editingThey arrive, develop an article in their sand box that think is equivalent to a rough draft of a paperThey then move the draft from the userspace to the main article location and suddenly, people from all over start changing it left and right, often "without even consulting the primary author!" "They didn't even consult me on the talk page before making changes!" 
''Citizendium'' is a collaborative projectWe don't assign articlesInstead, we work together on community-built [[CZ:Article Mechanics|introductory narratives]].


If this is your reaction, prepare to have your world rocked.  Wiki editing is completely different than the Rough Draft - Final Copy format that most of us have grown used to starting in Elementary School and continuing through Post-Graduate programs and beyond.  Many of us have grown used to people submitting their ideas to the author, letting the author brew the ideas for a while, then the author decides what edits s/he likes or dislikes and makes the appropriate changes.
Wiki editing is different from the method of composition that most of us have grown used to in our schooling.  Many of us have grown used to people giving feedback to an author who is looking for help.  The author brews the ideas for a while, then decides what edits he or she likes, and makes the appropriate changes.


In wiki editing, once your article has been entered in the main article area, users from around the world are going to not only read it and make comments on the article, but also add to, change, or modify the article as wellWhile it is nice to summarize your changes in the talk page or for drastic changes to developed articles it may be appropriate to discuss it on the talk page before making changes.  However, it ENCOURAGED that users "be bold" and make changes directly on articles! See ____ for more information on being bold.
Composition on a wiki is different.  Once an article has been entered in the main article area, users from around the world ''can and should'' not only read it and make comments on the article, but also add to, or modify the article.  It is nice to summarize the change on the talk page, and for a drastic change to a developed article it may be appropriate to discuss on the talk page before making the change.  However, everybody is encouraged to "[[CZ:Be_Bold|be bold]]" and make changes directly to articles!


This adjustment may be incredibly frustrating and we hope to alleviate some of the frustration by helping you know what to expect before beginning your journey in to the wiki world.
Group editing applies to almost all articles on ''Citizendium''. A few exceptions exist where one needs to be careful:


Please see [[CZ:Home]] for more information on various introductory or help topics to help you along the way.
* Articles developed in a Citizen's sandbox—these are strictly off-limits to everyone except the Author.  Once they are moved out of the sandbox, they can be edited by others.
 
* [[CZ:Eduzendium|Eduzendium]] projects sometimes lock articles to allow students involved in the Eduzendium project to work on an article directly. Please observe the Eduzendium notices at the top of articles.
 
With these minor exceptions in mind, get editing!
 
''See also''
* [[CZ:How to Collaborate|How to Collaborate]]
* [[CZ:Home]] for help topics to help you along the way.
* [[CZ:Getting Started|Getting Started]]
{{Getting Started}}

Latest revision as of 04:03, 24 December 2010

Citizendium is a collaborative project. We don't assign articles. Instead, we work together on community-built introductory narratives.

Wiki editing is different from the method of composition that most of us have grown used to in our schooling. Many of us have grown used to people giving feedback to an author who is looking for help. The author brews the ideas for a while, then decides what edits he or she likes, and makes the appropriate changes.

Composition on a wiki is different. Once an article has been entered in the main article area, users from around the world can and should not only read it and make comments on the article, but also add to, or modify the article. It is nice to summarize the change on the talk page, and for a drastic change to a developed article it may be appropriate to discuss on the talk page before making the change. However, everybody is encouraged to "be bold" and make changes directly to articles!

Group editing applies to almost all articles on Citizendium. A few exceptions exist where one needs to be careful:

  • Articles developed in a Citizen's sandbox—these are strictly off-limits to everyone except the Author. Once they are moved out of the sandbox, they can be edited by others.
  • Eduzendium projects sometimes lock articles to allow students involved in the Eduzendium project to work on an article directly. Please observe the Eduzendium notices at the top of articles.

With these minor exceptions in mind, get editing!

See also

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