Before getting right into editing, please familiarize yourself with our article guidelines and ways to contribute. Also, check out our discord server to meet other contributors, stay up to date, and make your voice heard: https://discord.gg/3RhczvCNqv. Finally, although you can edit without an account, it helps us grow our community and build reputation when editors have an account. No need to share any personal information by making an account, feel free to stay pseudonymous.
- A Hub of Information - The Huskypedia is first and foremost a source of information that is relevant to the Northeastern community - this is meant to separate us from TRACE evaluations, RateMyProfessor.com, or other online media intended to share personal opinions. Any personal opinion or testimonial that is actually helpful (i.e., doesn't just say "this class is terrible") should be in a dedicated section or on an article's talk page that makes it clear this is a personal opinion.
- This is your wiki - Huskypedia belongs to the entire Northeastern community, not just the wiki admins. If you see something that you think should be changed, go right ahead! No need to ask permission. To borrow a phrase from Wikipedia's guidelines, "Be bold, but not reckless." If you're unsure, feel free to discuss in an article's talk page, or on the Discord. As long as the changes or additions are made in good faith, they are welcome. Also, if you have a major suggestion, like to the overall structure of the wiki or even to these rules (they're not set in stone), we want to hear it! Feel free to bring it up on the Discord.
- Civility - A wiki is only as good as its community. Be respectful if you disagree with someone and assume others are acting in good faith.
Resources for Editing
Like Wikipedia, the Huskypedia uses MediaWiki software. When editing or creating a page, there are two types of editors available, the source editor, or the visual editor. The source editor is like writing in a simplified HTML, while the visual editor is more like a normal Google Doc, and is recommended for new users. Here's a list of useful tutorials and resources for learning how to use the software:
- MediaWiki Visual editor demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u577WkW2TVY&t=306s&ab_channel=RITLibraries
- MediaWiki Source editor walkthrough: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hX5sBSvEyU&list=PLAagofQWV6pf0xFyUw7gJg2yYYB-nCS4l&index=10&ab_channel=ForestScreencast
- MediaWiki Source syntax cheatsheet: https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Cheatsheet