Powerbase:How to Start a Page
This is a help article on how to start a new page in Powerbase. It covers both the technical procedure and guidelines for dealing with new articles.
Before you create a new page
Familiarise yourself with these Powerbase policies and guidelines
- How to edit a page
- Tips on contributing to Powerbase
- Layout conventions at the Manual of Style
- Naming Conventions for articles
- A Guide to Referencing
- A Guide to Sourcing
- A Guide to the use of Tone
- Some important things to consider in relation to Libel
- Some pointers on Etiquette
Check to see if a similar page already exists
If you want to create a new page on a topic, the first thing to do is to use the "search" form (on the left hand side of the window or at this link) and plug in the tentative title of your new page to see whether someone has already created a page on that topic or something very similar.
A similar page may show up under "Article title matches" or "Page text matches" on the search results screen. It's obviously better that we combine pages (and efforts) on very similar or identical topics. For example, you may be trying to create a page on 'Thomas Dine,' but a search for 'Thomas Dine' shows that there is already an page on 'Thomas A. Dine', the same guy (BUT just because someone has a similar name, don't automatically assume they're the same. Sometimes investigation is needed). Similarly, you may want to create a page on "Doctors Influenced by Pharmaceutical Reps," which would be about how Pharma reps market a company's drugs and influence decisions made by doctors through working to make sure it is their drugs that are prescribed. However, typing the key words 'Pharmaceuticals Doctors' into the search box brings up an article How the Pharmaceutical Industry Influences Doctors, an article that already contains information on the subject. To keep Powerbase tidy and make things easier to locate, if appropriate add the information you have found into this page. If you feel that the page would have been easier to find if it was under a different title, then create a new page with that title as a redirect so that anyone else searching in that way will be easily rerouted to the already existing page. When searching for an article such as the Pharma example just given, it may not always be the case that the key words we choose relate to the title of a similar article on your topic. If this seems the case it's a good idea to have a look under the Category for your subject to see if there is anything there (this may also be easier than trawling through lots of search results).
See the help page "how to redirect a page" for instructions on how to create a redirect.
Naming conventions for page titles
Make sure to abide by Powerbase naming conventions when titling your new article. This helps keep the encyclopedia tidy and makes adding links to articles easier.
Procedure: How to create a new page
There are three ways to create a new page:
1. Using an internal link on a page/article to a non-existent page (using the Red links).
2. From the search results page.
3. Using the standard layout from the Article Submission page.
Tip: Internal links in Powerbase generally point to an article of the same name. For example, this link - Transnational power networks - points to an article named "Transnational power networks". You can create a link anywhere on Powerbase by simply putting two brackets around a word or phrase [[like this]]. If the link has the same name as an existing article it will show up in blue (with Transnational power networks, for example), where links that do not correspond to an existing article show up in red like this.
If you're creating a new page because you saw one of those red links somewhere, just click on the red link. If you've registered with Powerbase (which is required in order to edit) and are logged-in, you'll usually get a page that says:
"You've followed a link to a page that doesn't exist yet. To create the page, start typing in the box below"
It really is that simple! Simply type some text into the box and click "save." (Remember to jot a note in the smaller "Summary" box below the big box - this helps other editors keep track of what's happening on Powerbase. In this case something like "starting a new page" will suffice.)
If you want to create a new page but haven't seen a red link, you simply need to create one. Following Powerbase naming conventions, the simplest way is to type the title you wish to use into the search box as described in the 'Creating a new page from the search results page' section below.
Before you save your new page, remember that all new pages/articles on Powerbase should be given a category. See "Give the new page a category", below.
2. Creating a new page from the search results page
A simple way to create a new page is to simply input the name of the page you want to create into the search box (following Powerbase naming conventions). If no such article exists, you'll get a page saying:
There is no page titled "[the name of your page]". You can create this page.
When you get there, click that red create this page link and it will open an editing window on the new blank page. Simply type in your text, click save and you're done.
3. Using Article Submission standard layout
The page relating to Article Submission enables you to quickly and easily start a new page. This is the preferred method for starting a new page on people or organizations, as it contains a standard layout which keeps Powerbase articles tidy, as well as aiding decisions on what the content of the page should be.
You do not have to use all the headers provided – you can substitute your own if you prefer. Also, don't feel that you have to cover all the topics in the headers provided. Just put in the information that you have in an appropriate section, and leave the other headers in place to help other authors add material.
However, some headers are necessary for the page structure to work and to create a useful information resource. These should be left untouched. In particular, please leave the following headers in place:
==Publications, Contact, Resources and Notes==
It is fine to write about "people", "funding" and "clients" in your narrative as needed but the best place for for long and comprehensive lists is near the bottom of the page in their own section. The question to ask here is: "Am I breaking up the narrative by listing too many people or organizations at this point?" If the answer is "Yes", then put them in their own section near the article's end and use the narrative only for those people and organizations that are vital to the story you're telling.
How to structure an article
Now please go to Powerbase:How to Structure an Article for a few simple guidelines.