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Thank you for contributing to the Math Images site by commenting on, editing or creating a page!


Commenting on Pages

Almost every page on the Math Images has an associated discussion page, where you can participate in a conversation about the page and leave your thoughts. Sharing your thoughts on a page is a valuable way to be involved with the Math Images project.

It's also very easy. See Commenting Help to learn how to comment on a pages.

Editing pages

Improving or adding new content to an existing page is a great way to improve the quality of the Math Images website. Correcting errors and other minor revisions often require knowing only the very basics of how to edit a page, which can be learned in a couple of minutes.

See Editing Pages Help to learn how to edit a page.

If you are planning on adding significant new content or making substantive changes, such as restructuring the content or layout of the whole page or section, please see the section below Writing References: Keeping our Pages Great, before beginning in earnest.

Creating a new page

If you would like to write about an image you find interesting along with some intriguing associated mathematics, or some mathematics you find interesting along with an intriguing associated image, see Starting a New Page.

You can also adopt an image or topic in need of a writer. See Adopt an Image or Topic for more on this. From a Bunch of Old Timers also has ideas on finding topics that interest you.

Your role in beginning a page is appreciated, no how matter much or little you write. If you have a lot to say, however, please see the following section Writing References: Keeping our Pages Great before beginning in earnest.

Writing References: Keeping our Pages Great

Your contribution to the Math Images website, with your unique perspective and approach, is valuable, and your contribution should be very much your own.

Page-writers and researchers, however, have worked hard to systematically identify features of page content and layout that contribute to making pages especially enjoyable and educationally valuable for a wide range of audiences.

In an effort to help the Math Image site continue achieving these goals, please consult the following primary writing resources before and during your writing process. The secondary resources may prove useful as well.

Primary Resources:

  • Reading existing pages and noticing what you like and don't like about them can be of tremendous value.
  • The Checklist for writing pages contains a reasonably comprehensive list of features of good pages. This is a good one to refer to regularly.
  • What Makes a Good Math Images Page presents the same ideas as the Checklist, but in broader, more big-picture terms.
  • The Writing Guide Hit List is a set of technical and writing tips that will be useful over and over.

Secondary Resources:

  • From a Bunch of Old Timers is a set of reflections by contributing student writers containing their perspectives on choosing, researching, and developing pages.

Technical References

Beyond the Writing Guide Hit List, here are some other resources for technical help on commenting, editing, and writing pages.

General help:

  • Top 5 things you need to know how to do on the wiki
  • Wiki Tricks is tremendously valuable because it deals with technical issues that are especially significant to the Math Images project in particular
  • If you come across a page that implements features you would like on your page, you can use the Edit tab to view the source wiki code.
  • MediaWiki's Editing help page systematically covers basic and advanced topics in editing. The information is occasionally not accurate for Math Images because of slight differences between Math Images' wiki software and MediaWiki's, but these discrepancies are rare.
  • MediaWiki's Sandbox is a good place to experiment, as you don't have to clean up after yourself. Drop-down menus also provide syntax for common formatting, special characters, etc. Ditto about occasional inaccuracies due to software differences.

Mathematical notation help:

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