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Guidelines for User Registration

We have a process in place to assure that contributions are relevant (and spam-free)

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Guidelines for Editing Pages and Contributing New Content

Your contributions make TransitWiki.org more useful to the transit planning community. TransitWiki.org welcomes:

  • Specific examples of how transit agencies have implemented a measure or strategy discussed on the page and what they've learned
  • General information about a measure or strategy discussed on a page
  • Correction of errors and clarification of language used on TransitWiki.org
  • Contributions of relevant staff reports and studies (how to upload)

Please ensure that your contributions will be readily understood by the transit community, and aim to use a neutral point of view. Commonly-used national acronyms and jargon are generally OK, but please spell out acronyms or detail plans that may be unfamiliar to visitors elsewhere in California or the United States. Maintaining a neutral point of view will allow TransitWiki.org to present unbiased information to users from a range of agencies and areas.

There are some exceptions to what you should add to TransitWiki:

  • Only add personally identifiable information when it will facilitate communication between users or when referencing senior transit officials.
  • Any information you don't want to be made publicly available or used by others
  • You may mention a product or service from a for-profit entity with a neutral point of view, but please do not endorse commercial products or services. See the TransitWiki:General_disclaimer for more information.
  • Some contributions will be removed and the users who contributed the content will be banned:
    • Attacks on individuals or groups
    • Other inflammatory content

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Guidelines for New Page Creation

Page titles

Page titles should describe strategies, measures, or concepts as clearly and accurately as possible please:

  • use active voice
  • use simple language
  • avoid prepositions
  • avoid redundancy when possible (eg: transit, bus, rail)

Page elements

A page presents information related to a strategy or measure. Each page should have:

  1. an introduction to the concept for the intelligent reader who may not be familiar with this specific concept (required),
  2. an overview of the benefits and drawbacks involved with pursuing the strategy, including how the strategy can help an agency in pursuit of any desired parent outcome or result, but also any adverse effects the strategy may have on other strategies, aspects of transit service delivery, or stakeholders (required)
  3. examples of agencies which have studied or employed the concept (preferred)
  4. at least one link to further reading (required)

The minimum length of a mature page should be 10 lines or longer. Any mature page not meeting these criteria is considered a "stub" and should be rolled up into its parent.

Further reading

Always include a link and short abstract that helps the reader answer the question "should I follow this link?". A major feature of this wiki is that it can facilitate the identification of cost effective strategies that are appropriate to an agency, and connect agency staff with the additional information they need to explore and implement the strategy.

Standards for further reading and citations

Please cite authoritative sources such as studies, reports, and journal articles from reputable authors or organizations. For the most part, blog entries or news articles should be avoided. In some cases, an especially well-developed encyclopedia (Wikipedia) article can be offered for further reading with a proper introduction that is a well-done survey of a topic, but shouldn't be the sole source of research for a plan or strategy.

Citation format

Citations, references, and links to further reading should take the form: Author or Institution Name. "Publication Title." Year of Publication

References and footnotes

Occasionally you will want to cite statements made in pages. Any in-line citation should use the the following code to produce a footnote citing a specific source: <ref>[http://linkurl.com/example Author or Institution Name. "Publication Title." Year of Publication.]</ref> Alternatively, one can produce a text-only footnote by omitting the link code brackets <ref>example footnote</ref>. See these instructions for code needed to have more than one reference to the same source or footnote.

Produce a list of footnotes using the <references /> tag at the bottom of the page under a == Notes ==. section.

Adding Images

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Images can make the transit wiki visually interesting and convey information not possible through prose. Consult the following to add images to your pages:

Categories

Category titles

Juan has created titles from the outline following the above relationship rules. You shouldn't need to create a new category. Should you need to, please coordinate with Juan by email.

Category page contents

A category page is a special page that will auto-generate a list of child categories. A category page can also be edited to include an introductory section that describes the group of categories, category, or outcome/result (See Category:Improve_user_experience for an example). In relation to a paper report, you can think of this as a brief introductory section (e.g. 4.0) that would precede several sections on a specific strategy (e.g. 4.1, 4.2, 4.3.2).