Wiki FAQs


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Where are instructions on how to use the wiki?

Using/editing the wiki is a trial-and-error process. Editing the wiki is a simple, fun thing to do and you definitely get better the more you play around with it. The key is to take a look at other wiki pages and see what you like. Then all you have to do is go to the source (either view source if you're not logged in, or edit if you are logged in), copy it, and modify it to fit your needs. It doesn't have to be perfect before you can take a look at what it looks like. Try things out and see what results they yield. A good place to start looking at some general examples is the iGEM 2007 wiki. For more specific examples, you can look at this overview page of some good examples of team wikis.

How do I keep our team pages in our namespace?

You must keep your team's pages in your team namespace. For an example, take a look at

Specifically, when you create a new page, you just have to name it Team:(your OFFICIAL team name)/(page you want to make). For example, if you wanted to create a Biosensor project page you would name it Team:(your OFFICIAL team name)/Biosensor_project.

How do I make my user page?

When it comes to user pages, you want to keep them in your user namespace. To do this:

  1. Log in
  2. Click on your name in the grey navigation bar
  3. Edit your page (see my page as an example --Meagan 20:03, 19 May 2008 (UTC))

How do I add the calendar feature to my wiki page?

To add a calendar that can be used as a notebook on the iGEM wiki, please read the instructions on the Calendar help page.

How do I set my user preferences?

Several controls that used to be in the User menu or in the left menu are now in the footer area. Wiki preferecnes can be found there.

Why do I get an error when I try to upload a file?

We have fixed a bug that caused users to get this error message when uploading some files: "The file is corrupt or has an incorrect extension. Please check the file and upload again." We allow files up to 15 MBytes in length and with any of these extensions: 'png', 'gif', 'jpg', 'jpeg', 'pdf', 'ppt', 'txt', 'zip', 'mp3', 'mov', 'swf', 'xls', 'm','ogg', 'gb', 'xls', 'tif', 'tiff', 'fcs'. Please note that some of these extensions may not be rendered very well by MediaWiki. Please let us know if you eed to upload larger of different files.