The concept of a wiki is sometimes difficult for people to grasp, mostly because the idea that anyone can edit anything seems, well, dangerous. With enough people looking at the wiki, though, errors are corrected and malicious edits are quickly spotted. Most wikis also support the ability to look at previous revisions of any given article, and revert to a previous revision if necessary.
Wikis are driven by the contributions of its users. Some people might contribute complete and original articles to the wiki, while others might build on what someone else has already written, or just add a little piece that was missing, or correct spelling or grammar. Contributors can stick to the subjects they know a lot about, or just what they're interested in, or just help organize the overall set of articles. It's up to each contributor to decide what kind of involvement they want to have.
The single best example of a wiki in action is Wikipedia, which already covers significantly more subjects than any other encyclopedia.
For the Modern Vespa Wiki, we're doing things a little differently. Modern Vespa is primarily a discussion forum, and we've had to create our own custom wiki software in order to integrate the wiki into the forum. We've also deviated from the usual wiki rules a little bit to tailor things to a forum audience instead of a wiki audience.
First and foremost, all wiki articles are written in BBCode, the same markup language that you use when you post a message to the forum. This makes it easy to move content from the discussion area to a wiki article without as much reformatting.
We've also made it so that every wiki article has a dedicated discussion thread attached to it. Discussion of what should go in any given wiki article happens in the discussion thread, and the article presents a polished and coherent presentation of whatever information is appropriate for the topic. We've made it easy to flip back and forth between the discussion and the article to make it easy to follow along.
There are a few more restrictions on who can edit an article as well. Just as we don't allow anonymous posting in the forum, we're not going to allow anonymous editing of the wiki. You must be registered in order to make an edit, and you must have at least 100 posts.
There's also a sidebar which will give you a shortcut to the main page, and also some special pages. From the sidebar, you can see a list of all articles, articles that have recently been edited, articles that have recently been added, articles you have edited, articles you have added, and a quick link back to the discussion area for the wiki.
At the bottom of every wiki page, there are a series of buttons for specialized actions, like editing the current article, or seeing past revisions of the article. These buttons will change depending on what page you're on, as not every button makes sense on every page. We'll talk about the buttons individually in the sections that follow.
All the usual BBCode tags that you're familar will work, plus a few new ones. You can make text bold or italic, or embed pictures, just as you would with a discussion post.
When you're done editing, enter a short summary of what you did in the Summary field at the bottom. This will help us sort out what's happening with a particular article. You can preview your changes if you like, or just hit the Submit button. Your changes will be entered in the database and everyone viewing the article will now see your version of it, until someone else comes along and adds to it.
Once you know the slug, you can insert it as a tag into any article, like so:
If you feel there's a need for a new article on a particular topic (which is very likely at this point) then we strongly encourage you to create one, even if it's just a placeholder for future content. You can contribute as much or as little to a new article as you like to the new article, from a statement on what you think should be in the article all the way up to a full-blown dissertation on the subject. It's up to you. If you only provide a brief statement about what you think should be in the article, chances are someone will come along later, agree with your idea, and fill out some content. This is the way wiki articles grow and evolve.
Ideally, you'll also edit another article somewhere in the wiki to link to your new article, depending on how the new article should be organized. If you're not sure, go to the discussion thread for your new article and post a message asking for organization suggestion.
Since you cannot add attachments while creating or editing a wiki article you will need to upload your pictures to another area then use image tags to link to them and insert them into the appropriate area of the article.
Get the image's url, open the article for editing and paste the url into the appropriate area of the article surrounded by image tags like so: