CRASH COURSE: How To Use The DMS Wiki

Don’t know how to use the wiki or struggled with figuring out certain features? This class is for you.

Fri May 24 7pm — 8:30pm
https://calendar.dallasmakerspace.org/events/view/12455

This class will cover:

  1. How to access and login to the wiki.
  2. How to find relevant info by browsing categories and using the search function.
  3. Creating a new page.
  4. How to edit a page using the Visual Editor (I’m hoping I’ll have it working before the class).
  5. How to edit a page using mediawiki formatting (source editor).
  6. How to use categories and templates.
  7. How to monitor the wiki for changes you care about.
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signed up, you are aware it will still be pretty darn hot in that room right?

We’ll use the heat to motivate learning quickly :rofl:

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I’ve updated the Wiki Examples page to show off the basics of MediaWiki Formatting. Hopefully these examples will make using the source editor a bit easier for everyone.

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using this resource, ive already made progress, delaying so I can live edit (and record via OBS – not for streaming, but as a work example) this friday night during class.

thanks again teach for offering this class!

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If you have access to the server, I can help you fix it!

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Good news, the Visual Editor is now working! I suggest trying it out.

Also of note, I’ve updated the description to request that people bring a laptop (if they can) so that they can follow along and try things out.

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I hope I’m not stepping on any toes, but folks often wonder “where should I start?” because they don’t want to fubar anything important.
Firstly, mediawiki is built to be easily revertible, and is. So IF you fubar something, fear not, it’s easily fixable.
Secondly, I suggest starting with your own page. Did you know you have one? You do. Top right, your username:


Put interesting things about yourself in there. It’s good practice, and if you fubar it, only you pay the price… :+1:

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Good point! Using your own user page is an excellent way to practice editing, and it’s an awesome place to document your projects too.

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Wait…we have our own wiki page? Does this include family member add-ons?

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Mr. LeCody probably knows more about that than I do, but…
IF you can log on to the wiki, you have a user page on the wiki.
As far as I know, all members with a DMS.LOCAL account can log on to the wiki, and that would include family member add-ons to the best of my knowledge (but I’m not really very knowledgeable about that stuff).
Also, our wiki was stand alone at one point (and might still allow stand-alone user registration; I’m not sure) so those users would have user pages. So, repeating now, if you can log on to the wiki (or once could), you have (or did have) a user page.

Hmm, so in trying to log into the wiki I had the system send me a password reset. When I use it, it tells me it’s a temporary one, please create a new one (cool, cool), and it gives me the prompts below to enter.

When I do, it tells me that I can’t use the authentication page to enter new passwords. Soooo, what’s up with that? How can I reset my password if it doesn’t let me or am I missing something simple? Will this be covered in your class @AndrewLeCody?

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Password resets are outside the scope, that’ll be a @Team_Infrastructure issue.

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the password is actually your DMS login, the password reset on the wiki doesn’t handle that and the local logins aren’t really supported for the purpose. send a PM to team_infrastructure and one of us will help out

Great class tonight, and thank you to @apparently_weird for filming it for the board members who could not attend.

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