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Discourse DB is a Semantic MediaWiki-based site. If this is your first time using or editing a wiki, we suggest you go to WikiMedia's help page, which covers all the basic details of usage and editing:
Discourse DB is a semantic wiki that runs on [http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki MediaWiki], as well as some of its semantic extensions: [http://semantic-mediawiki.org/wiki/Semantic_MediaWiki Semantic MediaWiki], [http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Semantic_Forms Semantic Forms], [http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Semantic_Drilldown Semantic Drilldown], [http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Semantic_Calendar Semantic Calendar] and [http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Data_Transfer Data Transfer]. You can read more about these extensions at each of their respective pages.
 
[http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Help:Contents MediaWiki help]
 
To find out about the extra features in a ''semantic'' wiki, you can read here:
 
[http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Semantic_MediaWiki Semantic MediaWiki]


The following are help areas specific to Discourse DB:
The following are help areas specific to Discourse DB:


* [[Help:How to add content|How to add content]]
* [[Help:Template text|List of Discourse DB templates]]
* [[Help:Items|Items]]
* [[Help:Items|Items]]
* [[Help:Authors|Authors]]
* [[Help:Authors|Authors]]
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* [[Help:Categories|Categories]]
* [[Help:Categories|Categories]]
* [[Help:Searching|Searching]]
* [[Help:Searching|Searching]]
==Editing==
Almost all editing in Discourse DB will happen with the use of [http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Help:Template templates]. These are strings in which you enter basic information that then get expanded out into longer text. On this site, the expanded text often includes semantic information, to let the site function in database-like ways. You can see the full list of templates at [[Help:Template text]]. There is one template each for items, authors, sources, opinions, positions and topics. In addition, there is a template, "wikipedia", that, when placed at the top of any page, will link to the specified Wikipedia entry, to give readers more understanding of that page's contents; this is especially important for author, source and topic pages.
Often, if you make a change in a page, or add a page, that edit won't immediately appear on lists in other pages where it should appear. That's due to caching; you can make the new data appear by hitting the "refresh" tab at the top of whatever page the data should appear in.

Latest revision as of 00:13, July 29, 2012

Discourse DB is a semantic wiki that runs on MediaWiki, as well as some of its semantic extensions: Semantic MediaWiki, Semantic Forms, Semantic Drilldown, Semantic Calendar and Data Transfer. You can read more about these extensions at each of their respective pages.

The following are help areas specific to Discourse DB: