Welcome to the Innovations in Fundraising wiki

It's great to see you joining our community of people interested in Innovations in Fundraising. This page will introduce you to the most important things you will need to know if you want to contribute directly to this wiki. It may look complicated at first, but actually there are only a few things to learn, and wikis are a fun and useful tool to have under your belt.

To find out more about the purpose of this project, follow this link. To access any of the tools available to you, click on the pen in the top-right corner showing on any of the pages.

First steps

  • Get an account: Most pages will be accessible for you to read even without an account, and to add comments at the bottom. However, for most pages editing is usually possible only if you're signed up and logged in. This allows the project team to track changes and follow up on interesting additions to the wiki. So if you're considering contributing, we suggest you get an account. At the moment, this is only possible by getting in touch with one of the administrators, who will create an account for you. Please email “daaronr at gmail dot com” and “lpl201 at exeter dot ac dot uk.” Getting your own account will also allow you to create pages with your own content that only you can edit, if you are intersted.
  • Get to know the structure of the wiki: There are currently three parts within the wiki. The first outlines the project in general. The second is the actual wiki, which contains pages on key aspects of Innovations in Fundraising and can be found here. The third one is the “playground”; you're currently in this part of the wiki. The playground allows you to take your first steps and try out things if you aren't sure about them. To get a better overview of the overall structure, you can view the sitemap.
  • Get started and don't be afraid: To collaborate with others through a website like this can seem daunting. You might be afraid to offend someone if you change some of their work or you feel like you don't know enough to add to the wiki. Don't worry about either! If you found your way here, you're interested in the area and that's all that matters. If you treat others and their work the same way as in the offline world, no one will be upset. Lastly, if you're worried about the technical challenges that come with working with a new tool like this, you're in the right place to learn the few things you need to know.

Editing a page

We encourage you to edit and add content to existing pages (e.g., filling in missing information in tables, adding your own knowledge and experiences…)

There are two ways of viewing and editing the source of a page:

  1. One is through a so-called “What you see is what you get”-editor (WYSIWYG). You can access this by clicking on the Edit page option in the sidebar, which opens if you click on the pen in the top-right corner of the page. It will show you the page source in the same way it will appear once you save it. It is like most word processors you will have come across, including the ubiquitous Microsoft Word.
  2. The other is by viewing the page source as the Dokuwiki markup it is stored in. You can access this by clicking on the DW Edit option in the sidebar. If you ever worked with any other markup language such as LaTeX or Markdown, this might be easier for you. If you're just interested in finding out more about this, you can visit the wikipedia page for a general introduction to markup languages. If you're interested in using this way of editing, we suggest you start on the DokuWiki page about the syntax.

If you edit a page, please be aware of the following things:

  • Once you start editing, the page will be acquire a lock. This is to prevent simultaneous editing by different people, which might result in conflicting changes. If you have been inactive for a certain time, the lock will expire and the page become available to other users.
  • If you finish editing or decide to leave the editing mode without saving changes, please use the corresponding buttons and do not make use of the “back button” on your browser, as this can have unexpected side effects.
  • If you edited a page and are about to save it, please leave a note in the Edit summary at the bottom of the page. This will make understanding the history of a page a lot easier for other users and yourself.
  • If you made a change and something unexpected happened or you accidentally deleted parts of the page, don't panic. You can find a list of all previous versions from within the last four weeks by clicking on the Old revisions button in the sidebar. You can then view any of the available versions (notice the “This is an old revision!” at the top of the page) and if you decide you want to restore this particular version, you can use the Restore button in the sidebar.

You can try things out on the playground and move on to the wiki page of your interest once you're feeling ready to go.

Creating a new page

Creating a new page is straightforward: you link to it from an existing page, use the Create this page option in the sidebar, add some content and that's it. Here's a more detailed description of how to do this for the WYSIWYG editor (see explanation in the bullet point of the Editing a page section):

  • First, click on the Link button at the top.
  • Change to the internal link option.
  • Now, it would be helpful to understand one of the underlying principles of the wiki - namespaces. They are very similar to folders on your own computer insofar as they help organise content by assigning each page to a certain group. For example, the namespace this page is residing in is playground. The page itself is actually called howto, although it doesn't say this anywhere visible to you. Together, this makes the internal link of the page :playground:howto. Notice the colons at the start and separating the namespace from the page name. If you want to find out what namespaces exist within the wiki, click the Browse server button in the link menu. If you want to see more examples of this, leave your cursor hovering over any of the internal links (such as this one) and it will show you the precise structure.
  • To now build the link to your new page, start typing in the internal link field. Start with “:namespace:” and then add your new page name. This pagename should be all lower case and instead of spaces you should use underscores (_). Once you completed your link, click OK and save the page you're currently working on.
    • For new pages specifically within the wiki, use a namespace like “:iifwiki:newpagename”, replacing “newpagename” with the name of your new page.
  • If you now click on the link you just added, it will take you to your new page. It will just say “This page doesn't exist yet!”. Open the sidebar and use the Create this page option to open the editor. Add some content, save it and you'll have your new page.