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This software is as easy as any to use creating basic web sites,  It also provides sophisticated resources for the more demanding authors who wish to create sophisticated web sites.
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MediaWiki is [http://www.ohloh.net/projects/22/reviews acknowledged among the best], and is particularly suited to the low mantenance environment at our library.
MediaWiki is [http://www.ohloh.net/projects/22/reviews acknowledged among the best], and is particularly suited to the low mantenance environment at our library.

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Contents

Welcome to StaffWiki at http://libstaff.csu.edu/wiki/

This wiki is a shared online information repository created and maintained by self-selected library staff. The notion of shared institutional knowledge is central to all wikis. Ease of locating and referencing information is central to wiki structure.

A wiki is not about discussions. It is about shared information.

Blogs (weblogs) and listservs are about discussions.

Easy page authoring

Staff log in and create or edit pages in StaffWiki using no or very little text markup, described here.

This wiki, a type of Content Management System (CMS), is community written and edited.

Changes are transparent, never anonymous

All additions, changes, and deletions are documented, logged, and saved. These logs are used by the Web Committee of the University Library and/or the Webmaster of the University Library, to counter abuse and help with auditing changes.

Getting started

Set a bookmark in your browser

In each browser you use set a bookmark to http://libstaff.csu.edu/wiki/. Enable cookies. To use this wiki, browse to http://libstaff.csu.edu/wiki/.

Why MediaWiki?

It is easy

This software is as easy as any to use creating basic web sites, It also provides sophisticated resources for the more demanding authors who wish to create sophisticated web sites.

It is secure and robust

MediaWiki is acknowledged among the best, and is particularly suited to the low mantenance environment at our library.

This site uses the MediaWiki software package. This professional software is robust, media capable, easy, secure, and field-tested. Wikipedia, Google, and many other corporate and educational sites use this content management system.

New users

New users should consult the User's Guide for information on using the wiki software. There you can familiarize yourself with the options available. Explore the many details at http://www.mediawiki.org, Mediawiki's Main Site, or focus on the basic editing information.

Many wiki users need never venture into the details of adding images, media, or scripting to their site. Details of these operations are available in the usage help pages. A useful web page can be created by merely typing text.

Some examples to get started creating and editing pages

Logging in

Enable cookies in your browser. Recall your user name and password. Obtain your user name and password, then click "Log in / create account" located in the upper right corner of the browser's window.

Forgotten your user name or password?

If you need help doing this or have forgotten your user name and/or password, call the Webmaster, x2257.

Creating a page

In your browser's address bar type something like http://libstaff.csu.edu/wiki/index.php/Francis_Bacon, replacing Francis_Bacon with a name you choose. You may now edit the page (which will create it), navigate away from the page without saving changes, or update an existing page of that name. This is the normal way to navigate to a page without following a link.

Formatting, renaming, moving, or deleting a page

To learn to format pages visit http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help:Formatting and for how to edit, move, or delete a page visit http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help:Editing_pages.

Formatting in wikis is extremely simple, created to release the burden of remembering HTML details from wiki authors. Tens of thousands of blogs and wikis use MediaWiki.

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