This wiki is a nonpartisan 501(c)3 project. Information comes from automatic research of public voting records and research by crowdsourcers and the wiki team. We intend for the information on its pages to be substantive, factual, objective, and fully sourced. As crowdsourcers review articles and consider adding information, please be aware that links to partisan ratings and analyses are permitted at Wikipedia but not here.
- 1 2. Content & Style Guidelines
- 1.1 We created downloadable Word templates for your research results
- 1.2 Adding the information to a profile at the wiki
- 1.3 When you're done, at the bottom of the page
- 1.4 Organizing information
- 1.5 Remember to be nonpartisan
- 1.6 Sourcing
- 1.7 Style for sourcing
- 1.8 Style for content
- 1.9 Style for writing
- 1.10 PHEW!
2. Content & Style Guidelines
- Thanks for helping to crowdsource information for the ClimateCongress and ClimateCalifornia wikis. These instructions for Registered Users pick up after our 1. How to Join.
- You can scan this long page; don't try to remember or understand all of it before you start! Plan to return here after you've started researching.
- Here are suggestions for how to organize and save your research, then how to actually add it to the Wiki.
- Plus how to format and style content that can be easily checked and edited useful to others, and well received at Wikipedia.
- For more general help on editing, see the MediaWiki help page about Editing.
We created downloadable Word templates for your research results
- As you assemble information, you can use your own system to accumulate, edit and format your research. Or feel free to download our Word Templates for Research]. It has places for all the short fill-in categories and the longer questions for legislators and candidates.
- These templates will help you keep track of your research, and you can copy and paste from them into the wiki editor.
- When you paste information at the wiki, everything will turn into a single long paragraph because our wiki understands <enter/return> <enter/return> as a single line break. You could manually add a second line break before or after you paste so answers to questions and the new lines for footnotes in the Draft summary look right.
- Save and you're done.
Adding the information to a profile at the wiki
- From your document, copy any URLs you found into the short form fields.
- Your research for Questions 1-3 and Other Sources will each be one or more paragraphs with "inline citations" (see Style for Sourcing selection, below). They don't move to Wikipedia, so their formatting is less critical. After you paste and preview, your double line spaces will turn into single line breaks.
- If you see a form called "Free text," ignore it!
- The Draft summary will usually be all one paragraph followed by sources, each on a new line. References/footnotes will be created by you or someone else moving it to Wikipedia, not here. SEE How to Move a Summary to Wikipedia.
- Summary: Please enter a few words explaining what you did; e.g., Added answers to questions or Created Draft summary.
- Minor edit: Clicking when appropriate will make life easier for people who follow this page but want to see only significant changes.
- Show preview/Show changes: This enables you to check your work.
- Watch this page: Default in preferences adds this page to your Watchlist so you can follow what happens when you're done.
- Moved to Wikipedia: Click the check box only if you've moved a Summary to Wikipedia.
- Save page: Your changes will be added. They will show up at the article's History, identifying you by your user name.
- Answers to Questions 1-3 and Other sources will be viewable at our wiki as resources for organizations, climate activists, policy people, and the media. You and others will select the most significant items for the Draft summary for Wikipedia.
- We want our information at the wiki to be easy to view, edit, and expand. So when possible, please put answers to Questions 1-3 in chronological order, oldest first. And try to do the same in the Draft summary. This will make it easier for others to edit.
Remember to be nonpartisan
- This wiki is a nonpartisan 501(c)3 project. We intend for the information on our pages to be substantive, factual, objective, and fully sourced. As you add information, please be aware that links to partisan ratings and analyses are permitted at Wikipedia but not here.
- Please don't include references to ratings, voter scorecards or other similar information in either Questions 1-3, Other sources, or the Draft summary for Wikipedia.
- Please don't include references to lists of climate champions or deniers and try to avoid links or references to articles implying opinions in the article title or link.
- Simplify URLs when possible (when additional info added by the referral site etc is added at the end). Before using, check clickability of shorter URLs.
- Include a note "Accessed + date" only when linking to campaign position pages or other sources that might change or disappear. No need to do this for press releases or news items that aren't usually edited.
- Provide the year or exact date of votes or statements when possible in narrative, as well as in full URL. For examples see 'Key Votes in Senate & House.
- Dates can be most simply done as YEAR-MO-DY (U.S. style) so 2016-10-01 for October 1, 2016.
- For audio/videos indicate which it is and 00:00 total time or at "1:30 of 4:00"
Style for sourcing
- For Questions 1-3 and Other sources, use "inline citations." That means put the URL at the end of a sentence, not as a new paragraph, even when it's referring to more than one paragraph about it.
- The exception is the Draft Summary for Wikipedia, which you or someone else will move to Wikipedia. There it's easiest to just do manual footnotes: Add a non-superscripted in the text or at the end of a sentence. (1). Then at the end of the section (usually one paragraph, add 1. Followed by the formatted citation. This information will give anyone moving the Draft summary to Wikipedia easy ways to understand how to do references.
- To help with citations that may change location, avoid "Bare URLs." This help page on Wikipedia says why and explains: A full citation, in contrast, gives the author, title, publisher, publication, and date of the work.
- For our purposes, we suggest you follow the URL with other info: "News Headline" in Publication Name, by author, Date Published, or "Environment Page at campaign website," Accessed DATE, or "Video Title," talk at location/date, minute xx:xx to xx:xx of xx.
- In Questions 1-3 and especially in the Draft summary for Wikipedia, avoid sentences with multiple citations. And when possible, it's best to organize it with one link at end of sentence.
Style for content
- See Key Votes in Senate & House and Key Votes California for more information and standard model descriptions for important votes.
- Wikipedia sees third-party news reports as better sources than candidates' campaign pages and Facebook posts, etc. These are great for Questions 1-3 but try to limit their use in Draft summaries
- If you don't find answers to a one or more of Questions 1-3, add "None found" to help other crowdsourcers.
- Annotate each Other Source with a a phrase or sentence explaining why it's there.
Style for writing
- This is descriptive writing. You don't need to try for fine journalism with style and variety. (For instance, you can repeat "said" over and over, rather than going to "stated," "asserted," etc.)
- For the first mention in Q1 and in the Draft summary for Wikipedia, use the person's full name; thereafter he/she. Since some people have current or past or no titles, no need to use them except to clarify, "When she was Governor…"
- Your sentences will likely be rearranged and edited by you and others during and following posting to Wikipedia, so make each sentence stand on its own and worry less about how they flow together.
- Don't follow a sentence with a second one saying "That same year," since editing may mess that up: repeat the year, or if it's relevant to a sequence, use a full date if it's right there.
- After you've read this page, to figure out where to start for sources, go to the final help page 3. Research starting points