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4. How to move information to Wikipedia
If you've figured out how to navigate at the ClimateCongress and ClimateCalifornia wikis, you're far along towards getting comfortable with Wikipedia (we'll call it WP). WP's features are similar to those at our wiki.. (One difference: the Talk tab is called Discussion.)
If you know anyone who has ever edited before, having you show you how to do it the first time will be much easier than figuring it out with instructions. And soon we hope to be able to connect you an expert Wikimedian with whom you can share your screen, so that person will take you through your first editing experience.
But you can do it! Having been around since 2001, with the English language site having five million articles, 40 million pages, and 29 million users, it's not surprising that WP has great help resources -- see its leftside toolbar.
And while we're touting WP, chances are you've been using it regularly for a long time. So if you haven't done so this year, we encourage you to step up and make a [tax-deductible contribution http://donate.wikipedia.org].
Here are some initial instructions to get you started. We won't take you all the way through but you'll be on your way.
Getting set up at WP
- First create an account. Then click on the upper right to go to your preferences. There are many great features you can explore.
- Here's the important one you need to edit pages. Change from the default settings at the Editing tab.
- In the second section, under Editor, at the bottom, under Editing Mode, if you see a drop-down menu, select “Show me both editor tabs.” (If you don’t see it you may have to check or uncheck the Temporarily disable the visual editor while it is in beta” checkbox. You might even have to log out and back in.)
- Now you will have tools you're familiar with to add text, format URLs, etc.
Finding an article and getting ready to edit
- Let's say you have a Draft summary to transfer from our wiki to an individual's WP article. Find the article using our wiki's information on that individual, or use the search box on the left of the WP page to go there.
- Our wiki may show a fuller URL pointing to a section of an article where people have already written what that person has said or done about climate change.
- Select where you want to add your information. When you find the section, click on edit (that's the visual editor; edit source shows you the raw code).
- Soon you'll see the same text but now with a ribbon of menu items much like those you know from word processors.
- Paragraph is where you would add a heading.
- Click on the heading above the text to see what level it is. Usually something like "Political positions" will have a check next to Heading. A specific position like Environment will usually have the next level down: Subheading 1.
- If there are no political positions, you'll usually want to add a Heading. If climate change is spread around among energy, environment, etc., we encourage you to carefully create a new topic for climate change and move information from those other areas -- it's important enough to be its own topic.
Adding your text
- From here on, you will paste your Summary text into the area you've chosen (but not the notes yet). At this point it will be helpful if you can organize your screen to have the text and Wikipedia in windows next to each other.
- Then you'll delete your markers for where footnotes go and create a reference or footnote using the chain tool.
- At this point, things branch off into several possibilities for how you will title and format the footnote. We repeat our suggestion that you get someone to help you.
- After we launch, we hope to be in a position to connect you with a Wikipedia expert. You'll be able to briefly share your screen and watch what he/she does, while talking with each other by phone or Internet.
Saving and explaining what you've done
- At this point, as you already did at our Wiki, you'll review your changes, describe them, and save them so they becomes part of the page's history.
- You'll add the article to your Watchlist so you can check the History and Talk pages when further changes are made.
- You can see more about this at the end of Content and Style Guidelines at our wiki.
- Congratulations! You're a brand new Wikimedian! Thank you for helping to get the word out about climate change to new audiences.