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Contributors' Notes

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Contributors' Notes


First Things First


Before you can correct an error, fill in an omission, or add a completely new list of schools (or other college search reference documents), you'll need to request editorial access to the wiki.  Please do so from your professional (school or counseling affiliated) email account, so that we can be confident that you are a friend of the project.  (Access is typically granted to all NACAC and ASCA members, as well as most independent counselors.)


As an approved contributor, you'll be able to either edit existing lists, or create a new list. And don't worry, all of our data is backed up, so if for some reason you regret an edit, we will always be able to revert to a previous version. Please do take the time to read this page in its entirety before starting a new list.

Editing A List


Once you've logged in to the site as an approved contributor, you'll be able to edit most of the wiki's pages.  Just click on the "Edit " tab at the top lefthand corner of the page in question, and a set of toolbars similar to those you see while working on a document in a word processing program will appear.  Go ahead and click on "Edit," make your changes, and then hit "Save" (or "Save and Continue" if you have more changes to make, or "Cancel," if you've made a mistake) at the bottom of the page.  Anything you've entered should show up on the page, including live links to any text you added that included a complete web address in url format. 


Remember, PBworks automatically saves all previous versions of every page in the wiki, so if for any reason we need to revert back to a previous version of a page you've worked on, we'll be able to do that pretty easily. If you're still feeling a little tentative about the idea of editing "someone else's" website, let us remind you of the inherently collaborative nature of wikis... if you've been given editorial access, you are a part-owner of the site!


If you'd be more comfortable "playing around" with the editing tools on a page without "real" content, you are welcome to do that over in the Sandbox.  To mix a metaphor: c'mon in, the water's fine!


Adding A List


Before you take the step of adding your first new page to the wiki, please take a moment to review these tips.


First, do a few searches of the wiki (there's a search box at the top right-hand corner of every page) to make sure that you're not overlapping too much with an alread existing page.  The bigger the College Lists Wiki gets (and as of April, 2016, it had over 300 pages), the more likely it is that you'll be editing an existing page to include your information, rather than starting an entirely new page.


Going forward, we are recommending that folks concentrate their additions to the wiki in areas that may be difficult to find elsewhere (e.g. schools for students who want to continue horseback riding, schools with kosher kitchens, etc. etc.). Searches that are of the general "who offers a major in this" variety are probably best conducted through any number of the comprehensive databases that are already out there (e.g. Find Colleges By Major). And lists or commentaries that are super-specific ("schools with DIII swimming and architecture") or overly subjective ("schools that are 'good' for communication") are probably best left out.


If you still think you've got some new content to add -- a list of schools or any other information you think might be helpful to the broader college counseling community -- you'll be creating a new page in the wiki. To start a new page, click "Create A Page" at the top right.  (You might want to print out these instructions first.)


Give your your page a straight-forward and descriptive name.   Because the wiki's index is alphabetical by page title, try to make the first word the one that folks would most likely think of if trying to find this list.


At the top of your new page, re-state your page's title, preferably in Heading 2, Arial font.  (These designations are available through the Format and Font pulldown menus in the editing toolbars.)


Also at the top of your page, feel free to include any contextual information you think may be useful to others:

  • type of student who might make use of this list
  • source of the list (this also sometimes appears at the bottom of a page)
  • possible sources of additional information
  • lingering questions you have about the list
  • maybe a link to a related page
  • possibly a link to our Disclaimer page


Examples: Astrobiology, Orchestras


Then either start typing, or cut and paste your information from your source.


Complete web addresses (e.g. http://www.nacacnet.org) should automatically "convert" to live links once you hit "save." If for some reason this doesn't happen, you can go back and use the "link" button, which looks like a small globe with two links of a chain underneath it.


If you want to use


bold text, or other formatting in your list, you'll find that the editing process is similar to that which you use for word processing.  Once you hit "edit," a toolbar with editing options will appear at the top of the page you're working on.


Once you like what you've got, add a one-line description of where the information came from at the bottom.  Then hit "Save" and you're done.  Your document will now automatically appear in the College Lists index.  If you find a typo that you missed, hit "edit" again and repeat until you've got it just the way you want it.  Thank you for your help!

General Guidelines


Lists of schools should generally be alphabetical by name or state, and the state where each school is located should be indicated by its two-letter abbreviation just after the name of the school.


Please do not delete information added by another wiki editor unless you are sure that it is factually incorrect.


Please post in a way that is respectful of the efforts of the colleges and universities you may be including on a list.  Try to provide information rather than judgments.


Before adding an entirely new list, please wait until you have a list that you think would be of general use to the broader community.


Please avoid adding wiki pages which include lists generated by a search in one of the available databases.  If the information is "gettable" via a search engine, it's best to just continue to direct folks to that search engine or database.


Tagging Your List (Extra Credit!)


A tag is a one-word description of a document. This space uses tags to organize information so that information may be multiply categorized, and thereby easier to find. You (and any subsequent user) may assign as many tags as you like to a document. Tags may contain letters, numbers, and dashes.


Once your new or edited page looks the way you'd like it to, think about how you or someone else might look for it in the future. What are the first few terms that someone might search on if they were looking for this information?


After you've made the changes you want to your page, look for the the "Edit tags" notation at the bottom right.  Click on the "Edit tags" link to add a tag to your page.  To get a sense of the tags that have already been used in the College Lists Wiki so far, see this comprehensive tag list.


Once you've tagged your document, it will be searchable via the tags that you assigned to it.  Thank you for your contribution to the College Lists Wiki!

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