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Anyone with an account is allowed to edit but there are a few Rules one should be familiar with.

For a very basic and very short introduction to search for content, edit and format this Wiki, see the 5-minute-introduction to using this Wiki.

Starting a new page

Type the name of the new page in the search box on the top right, search for it and if it does not yet exist, create it by following the respective link that is displayed.

  • Please note: If the new page is supposed to be a category, i.e. a page under which e.g. other studies will be collected, you must name the page with the category prefix, i.e. something like Category:NEW_PAGE. In this way all future pages that are assigned to the category NEW_PAGE will automatically show up at the bottom of your page.

Wiki structure

  • every page should carry at least two categories
    • one assigning it to a type (is it a study, is it a central concept, does it describe a relation etc.)
    • one describing its content
  • you can use any categories you like but try to use those outline in The Framework

There are a few distinct types of pages in this wiki. Follow the links to get an idea of the basic structure of the different types (see also templates for specific types).

  1. Category pages - these describe central concepts, e.g. Category:Usability, Category:Deliberation or Category:Dialog-based Online Argumentation (here is a list of all categories)
  2. Category:References - this includes pages that describe summarize articles, books, systems, etc.
  3. Category:Relations - this pages link factors to analytical criteria (e.g. like personalization leads to participation)
  4. Category:People - pages describing relevant people
  5. Category:Publication Venues - pages describing outlets like journals or conferences, where relevant work is being published

With the exception of the category pages, each page must have a category indicating its type, i.e. carry a (sub)category that belongs to one of the following References, Relations, People or Publication Venues. Usually this will be a subcategory such as "Studies" (which belongs to "References").

Each page must be positioned within the overall structure of this Wiki as it is accessible from the Main Page. To do this, each page must be assigned to at least one content category (by using the category assignment box at the bottom of the edit page).

 To get an idea of the available categories one can browse the Category Tree or have a look at the list of all categories). 
It is possible to search for particular categories and their combinations by using the Multi-category search
 Of course it is also possible to create new categories (by creating a new category page, see above) but this new page must again be assigned to some existing category.

It is possible to add yourself as author of the page by including {{AuthorInfo|YOUR NAME}} at the top of the page

For synonyms (e.g. Facilitation and Moderation) one should decide for one category to use and the other category forwards to this via #REDIRECT [[:Category:Glossary]]

Further help

  • Trying to create a new page? Help
  • Linking to other pages inside this Wiki or to other websites? Guide
  • Help using and configuring this Wiki-software is available from Benutzerhandbuch.
  • MediaWiki-FAQ

Style guide

Some pages do not yet conform to this style guide. These should be edited to improve this wiki!

This wiki refers to Wikipedia's Manual of Style to keep a common structure in the pages. A short page with some examples can be found in MediaWiki's official documentation. Following these guides leads to a "round" experience throughout the whole wiki and therefore contributors should follow this style guide.

Some rules in brief

  • American English
  • third person / passive voice
  • headings
    • only first letter of heading is capitalized
    • headings start with level h2 (i.e. ==), because MediaWiki automatically sets the page's name as a h1 heading
    • no colons in headings

Templates for particular categories

for category pages in general (see Template)

  • category names should be capitalized (except words like of, in, etc)
  • these are created by prefixing the title with "Category:"
  • these must always be assigned to at least one other category, placing it into the overall structure of the wiki

for Category "Studies" (see Template)

  • for studies the naming conventions should be followed: Author (Year) - Title
  • in case of multiple authors (i.e. more than two) the first author and et al. (with the dot) is used
  • if possible, the full title should be used- if it is far too long it should be shortened meaningfully at the end
  • a new page is added by typing the name into the search box in the top right corner
  • reference should be added in a suitable format, including full names and possibly the doi (document object identifier) which makes finding the reference much easier for others

for Category "People" (see Template)

  • these pages need an additional entry to sort them correctly: {{DEFAULTSORT:last name, first name}}

for Category "Publication Venues"

for Category "Research Projects" (see Template)

  • the page title should list the full name as well as the abbreviation in brackets, e.g. Cornell e-Rulemaking Initiative (CeRI)
  • the country should be added as Category

for Category "Research Institutions" (see Template)

  • the page title should list the full name as well as the abbreviation in brackets, e.g. Oxford Internet Institute (OII)
  • the country should be added as Category

Templates for visualization

  • create simple boxes for highlighting, see Boxes


  • the following words are capitalized: Internet


It is possible to add the following templates to flag articles which need to be improved by adding the following templates: