To create or edit pages in the wiki you must create a user account and validate your e-mail address. This helps prevent spam, fake accounts, and allows better oversight of editors and their changes.
Once the e-mail address of an account has been confirmed, you can edit and create pages. To edit an existing page, just click the "edit" link at the top of a page and you will be brought to the appropriate edit page. Plant records will go to the Plants form while other pages will take you to the standard wikicode pages. Forms allow consistent formatting, inline uploading, and easier querying of similar records.
Adding Links to Pages
Wikis use pieces of code to tell the system to make a link. There are two types of links, internal which link to pages on the wiki, and external which links to pages on different websites. For a thorough walk through of linking using wiki code see here.
Internal links use the format [[PageTitle]] which will create a hyperlink to the page. If the page does not exist the link will be red and users will be led to the Plants Form to create a new record. For example, this code [[Acacia koa]] will creat this link... Acacia koa. To determine what needs to be included in an internal link, simply look at the URL of a page, andything after the index.php/ will be used in the link. So hawaii.edu/lyonarboretum/wiki/index.php/Taxonomy will use the code [[Taxonomy]] which will produce the link Taxonomy. If you would like to link a word to a page, instead of just the page name showing as the link, you can use the pipe "|" character to denote the link first, then words you want mapped to the link. [[Taxonomy|Taxon in the wiki]] which will produce Taxon in the wiki.
If a URL is entered including http:// then it will automatically be hyperlinked the the appropriate page. For example http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ will produce the link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ . To map a word to a hyperlink use the format [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ English Wikipedia Site] which will produce English Wikipedia Site.
To create a page you can simply search for the binomial of a page, if no matches are found, a red link with the page name will appear allowing you to click through to the Plants form. Also the Plants form can be accessed by viewing the Plant Index page and clicking on the Plants Form link at the top.
In the plants form files can be uploaded in the form. Two fields, the Image field and the Image Gallery field show an "upload" button next to them. By clicking this button an upload window will appear allowing files to be added to the page directly. To add files indirectly, you may use the "upload file" tool in the toolbox/special pages. This allows file uploads but the images will not appear on a page until they are added with the appropriate code. If many files need to be uploaded at once a plugin called "multiple uploads" is available in the special pages area.
Because of the complexity of queries, a custom query help page has been created to help users learn the query syntax and format. This page can be found here.