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  1. How do I include an image without uploading it to Davis Wiki?
    1. When should I do this?
  2. Can I link to a certain part of a page? For instance, Coffee/Cafes on the Restaurants page?
  3. How do you delete a page?
  4. I accidentially deleted some images from a page, is there an easy way to recover them?
  5. How do I make 'redirects' ?
  6. How do I see what IP Address an edit was made from?
  7. How was DavisWiki created? How could I create a similar Wiki for my home city?
  8. How do I attach images to a page?
  9. How do I see which pictures are on a page?
  10. What are the conventions for linking and naming?
  11. Is there a way to see a list of all the pages in the wiki?
  12. Can I see which pages link to a particular page?
  13. Where can I find out geeky things about this site?
  14. My image looks horrible with a border, is there a way to remove it?
  15. How do I force a one-lined return?
  16. How do I rename a page?
  17. I made a page about myself, my business, and/or my organization, but someone keeps editing it! How do I get them to stop messing with my page?
  18. How can I embed HTML code so that a video, for example, will play on a page?
  19. How Do I see others' contact information (i.e. email)?
  20. Why is the time in the Wiki wrong ?
  21. Can you set up a button to do the timestamp at the beginning of a comment, the same way there is a signature button?
  22. Somehow in adding information to the Music Instruction page, the formatting for the whole page got screwed up. Help!
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How do I include an image without uploading it to Davis Wiki?

To include an offsite image simply paste in the url of the photo. So if the photo was located at http://wherethepictureis.com/thepicture.jpg you would just paste http://wherethepictureis.com/thepicture.jpg into the page. The wiki sees that it's an external link and then sees that it's an image, so it displays it.

When should I do this?

Do this when you don't really think the image needs to be in the Davis Wiki. Uploading an image (By clicking on Images in edit and then including attachment:thefilename in the page's text) is preferred most of the time. When you upload an image it will be here for years to come, whereas if you just link to it (by pasting the URL) then it will likely disappear in a few years. An example might be a photograph that's very personal (for your page on here). Again, for most cases, uploading is preferable.

Can I link to a certain part of a page? For instance, Coffee/Cafes on the Restaurants page?

See [wikispot]Help with Linking.

How do you delete a page?

The page entitled "Taqueria Super Burrito" is a mess-up, it actually refers to "Taqueria Super Tamale" which already exists. Can someone fix my naming error??

I accidentially deleted some images from a page, is there an easy way to recover them?

Go into "Info" then "Files" and click on the "deleted images" button. You can then click "revert" to move an old image back on to the page.

How do I make 'redirects' ?

See [wikispot]Help with Linking.

How do I see what IP Address an edit was made from?

When you are looking at Recent Changes, you can simply mouseover the username of the person who made the edit. The IP address is the title, so it should appear in a small popup.

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An example of viewing the IP. In this case, JabberWokky made the edit from the IP listed. Remember that cafés with wireless or roommates will usually show all users as having the same IP.

How was DavisWiki created? How could I create a similar Wiki for my home city?

See Wiki History for the history of the DavisWiki. DavisWiki is a [wikispot]wikispot wiki, and you can create your own [wikispot]here.

How do I attach images to a page?

When you go into the Edit tab for a page, click the "Files" button. This will give you some instructions on uploading an image and putting it inside of the page (under "How do I do this?"). Just remember to add the "[[Image(filename)]]" line to the page's text where you wish for the image to appear, where filename includes the extension of the file. This means if I upload mypicture.jpg I would put the line "[[Image(mypicture.jpg)]]" where I wanted that picture, or if it was mybirthday.gif it would be "[[Image(mybirthday.gif)]]".

How do I see which pictures are on a page?

By going into "Images" in the Edit tab you may see the pictures attached to the page already and choose to view them and manage them ("del", if you have the privileges, deletes the picture).

What are the conventions for linking and naming?

Check out [wikispot]Help with Linking.

Is there a way to see a list of all the pages in the wiki?

Check out All Pages.

Can I see which pages link to a particular page?

Yes. Just go to the page, click on the info icon, and then the "Links" tab. This will display the outgoing links for that page as well.

Where can I find out geeky things about this site?

See System Info

My image looks horrible with a border, is there a way to remove it?

In the event your image looks bad with a border, you can use the markup "borderless:myimage.png" in place of "attachment:myimage.png" and that will remove the default border. In most every case an image looks good with a border (especially in the case of photographs), so keep this in mind.

How do I force a one-lined return?

[[BR]] will force a single-return. Normally, just put two returns between blocks of text. It's more readable that way. Sometimes you need to use [[BR]] for pretty looking layout, such as in a table (which don't yet support returns properly). Most of the time, when people write things like:

How do I rename a page?

Go into Edit and click "Rename". Links to the old name will automatically redirect to the new page.

I made a page about myself, my business, and/or my organization, but someone keeps editing it! How do I get them to stop messing with my page?

Sorry, but you can't. This isn't a personal web hosting service, nor is it a venue for advertisement. A page may contain information about you or your organization/business, but it's not your page and may be changed by anyone else at any time.

As it says on the "Edit" page immediately below the "Preview", "Save Changes", and similar buttons, by contributing to the Davis Wiki you agree to release your contributions according to a [WWW]Creative Commons license that allows anyone to make derivative works, as long as prior contributions are properly attributed. Fortunately for us all, the wiki automatically maintains a list of all prior contributions - see the "Info" button on any given page.

Wiki social norms and wiki ethics influence the way we edit as a community, but fundamentally no page is immune from having multiple people edit it. This liberal editing policy helped the Davis Wiki build substance, and it continues to help the site remain a high-quality and relevant resource for its intended audience - the community of Davis.

How can I embed HTML code so that a video, for example, will play on a page?

Example code:

If that's not possible, then I could probably adapt this code to work here:

You can see what the embed looks like [WWW]here.

How Do I see others' contact information (i.e. email)?

Short answer: You can't. Post a comment on their user page and they will see a notification message when they visit again.

Long answer: You can't. We don't want to help spammers out by releasing private data, and so we won't release this information beyond Wiki Spot administrators. Only the few [wikispot]Wiki Spot administrators with database access can even view this information (so they can assist editors in special circumstances). The editors themselves can post their own information on their userpage though, thus making it public information.

Why is the time in the Wiki wrong ?

The "recent changes" page shows any change beyond 4pm as belonging to the following day. Could the Wiki time be set by GMT ?

Can you set up a button to do the timestamp at the beginning of a comment, the same way there is a signature button?

I don't comment very often, so I can never remember how to add the timestamp at the beginning. The explanation is difficult (impossible?) to find in the editing guide. It would be so nice to just have a button that did this.

Somehow in adding information to the Music Instruction page, the formatting for the whole page got screwed up. Help!

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2005-08-30 14:38:36   How do I make my Bookmarks page list the pages by what's been recently changed and not in alphabetical order? i.e. like my very own "Recent Changes" page...? —IrenePark


2005-09-05 16:05:24   Considering the creation of the MindyYang page versus its prominence on the Wanted Pages... can we filter out individual names in the Wanted Pages box? Since individual pages are... usually up to the individual. Or rather, have a separate box below names of individuals, but leave the main box on top for people to create pages of such Davis things as organizations, shops, events, etc... —IrenePark


2005-10-14 08:22:08   I can't find any reference to color attributes (other than bgcolor). What about fgcolor, textcolor, etc? —SteveDavison


2006-01-15 16:28:07   How do I copy from a non-Wiki document (e.g., Word file) and paste into Wiki?? —DaleSorbello


2006-02-17 09:36:40   What are the commands for text alignment besides centering? —TusharRawat


2006-04-03 11:20:59   I do marketing for Campus Events at UC Davis- would it be possible to use the photos posted on daviswiki for various marketing projects- or would their be copywrite/ownership issues? —KellyHarris


2006-06-22 01:10:41   I was trying to add my pet through the animal template to the wiki animal list, but I screwed up and deleted the template. Can the pet template be restored? Also, how do I link my pet template page to the wiki animal page? I am very sorry about this mistake. The template was great... —ChingChing


2006-07-14 13:54:06   What happens when one page seems to have become a battleground between the subject of the page and someone who seems determined to paint that person in a very negative light and continually adds negative text to the page? —BevSykes


2006-07-30 12:41:48   Is there a way to rename images that have already been uploaded for a page? The images on the "WPA" page need to be renamed (to get rid of the ampersand in the filenames that is causing link problems). —MattJurach


2006-08-25 18:21:38   How do I add my comments to a conversation? —KarenKane


2006-09-12 02:30:00   Can someone fix the textbook lookup page ([WWW]http://daviswiki.org/cool_files/books/)? It's not working for me. Thanks. —JiLiang


2006-11-18 08:41:26   has there ever been any consideration to a rating system on wiki?? I would like help implement a star rating system for businesses .. ie car shops, restaurants.. etc... —VinhBoy


2007-04-17 21:31:11   I want to put restaurant reviews (some longish) on my personal page. Someone suggested that I also include them in the comments for each restaurant. I started to do that... but then I had the thought that it might be wrong to have the same content repeated in different places on the wiki. Thoughts? —CovertProfessor


2007-04-19 18:47:56   how do you put an image that allready exists on wiki on another page. The typical image code does not work for images that are not stored somewhere on your computer. visit CLIMB to see what im talking about. —MattHh


2007-05-01 11:48:30   what happened to the java davis map button on each page? —CarlosBarahona


2007-06-01 18:51:56   How do I comment on a business if the business is not listed in Davis Wiki? —grtrapp


2007-07-22 19:57:04   A friend of mine recently went to check a page in the Davis wiki and accidentally typed in [WWW]http://www.daviswiki.com — which redirects to californiagetaway.org. Pretty sleazy, I think — is there anything we can do about it? I imagine not, but I thought I'd point it out in case other people didn't know about it already. —CovertProfessor


2007-07-25 15:37:37   I just tried adding a comment and got a message that I can only add comments up to 1000 characters. I've written longer comments than that in the past. Is this a change in policy? I've searched around and can't find anything about it. Thanks. —SteveGreen


2007-08-26 15:35:46   Why is port 80 blocked for SSL connections on this wiki? When I'm surfing using my cell phone it proxies everything through port 8080 and the system won't let me log in (hence the SSL problem). Any bright ideas? —MistressAlthaea


Please see the entry under Friends of West Pond. It's a Wiki Spot now, and we want it to be in Davis Wiki and linked to/from the West Pond entry. How do we do this (in plain English, please). J E Ryan


I dimwittedly disabled the account I have been using and cannot login again under the same user account. Is it possible to recover the account? Is the effort of recovering the account worth it? Or, perhaps I will just edit under this new account and claim to have a good reason to not edit under my own name... —il


2008-08-19 22:03:59   Is there a page to ask any question about UC Davis? —ThanhVu


How can I get old comments neatly archived?


As a business owner who feels there is some unfair text in the business description how can i go about having that changed? I have tried several times in the editing function and some stick and some do not. I understand comments are not able to be edited, however as a local business owner I would think opinions and other nonfactual critiques would be left out of the blurb about the business. Any tips for successful editing would be appreciated. Thank you.


2009-05-08 17:20:07   arrgh. I screwed up the Templates/Person. Will you please restore it? Sorry :( —MaggeSanger


How do I correct an Events Board listing? I made a mistake with my event posting for "Midnight Splash" at Rec Pool. It's on August 14, not September 14.


2009-08-02 19:32:39   I have created a page on a topic that is generating a lot of discussion. I'd like to start a "Talk" page under this topic, and move the comments already made by various folks so far from the basic information page to the Talk page. Is there any particular protocol for doing this, besides manually cutting-pasting in the "Edit" forms on the existing and new pages?

Also I would like to reply to earlier comments (not the most recent one), and would like my replies to appear in the threaded conversation format. To do the latter, do I have to manually edit the page and place my comment beginning with a space and asterisk under the one I'm following up, instead of simply clicking the "Add Comment" button? —RussellReagan


2010-02-25 00:59:28   There needs to be a Davis Issues section on the front page. I very much like the Featured Page, but something simple with say the latest 20 issue links to their pages and a link to old issues would be great. Since the Davis Wiki is a community site it would make sense to have something with current issues going on and just have links like the Explore section has. For example, say a high amount of lead was found in the Davis drinking water and users created a page talking about the issue, what's going on, who does what at the city, history of water issues in Davis, etc. A link to "Lead In Davis Drinking Water" would be in this section of issues and visitors could quickly see what is going on. I believe this would be a great benefit to Wiki visitors and the Davis community in general. —RiotInDavis

So here's the current list:

probably need two more for this to be a good section. We can always try it out for a bit and if it doesn't work ditch it.

2010-02-27 12:31:41   Probably need to think about some sort of way of moving issues between current and archived, but with a way to denote those that are likely to recur like voting about widening the Richards Boulevard underpass which has happened four times already and will likely be an issue again in the future. Some sort of timeline would be nice that could capture the overlap and lifespan of these issues.

Question: Any possibility the sort order of entries could be most recent first? I don't know about everyone else, but the first thing I do on most pages (particularly reviews of businesses and services, which is my primary use of this wiki) is hit the "End" button. For lots of topics, the state of things in 2006 is a lot less relevant than what's going on now.


2010-08-22 13:15:50   Why doesn't the "Search" box (top of each wiki page) allow partial string searches? Am I the only one who wanted to find the page for "Cafe Mediterranee" and was not sure how to spell it, didn't feel like trying to spell out the whole name, or just didn't bother trying to find the page for it because of this problem? The trick I used to find it without typing the name was to go to the page on D Street, and find a link to it from there. Of course I happened to know that's the street it's on. Someone else wanting to find out its location might know only the partial spelling of the name. —RussellReagan


2010-09-06 17:12:35   BRÜBAR Energy Bars is a new company that just launched here in Davis on the Fourth of July. So far, we have been building our buzz by sponsoring some local events (the Fourth of July Davis Criterium Bike Race and the Oddfellow's 'World's Greatest Bicycle Parade') and via our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/brubar). But we're curious as to whether the Davis Wiki is a possible place to promote our energy bar. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! —christiandsouza


2010-12-25 23:05:10   It looked like I edited a couple of Wiki Spot pages, but the changes weren't made. What's going on? —BruceHansen


2011-07-09 17:21:53   Is there a way to back up a wiki so information doesn't get accidentally (or maliciously) deleted? Or do I have to copy paste everything to words docs? —kayhale


2011-12-11 12:25:06   Good day,

I am like you a user of free hosting wikispot.org
I write with a friendly request to specify how you managed to do a custom domain settings for your wiki.

My custom domain is not working —
I checked several times the recommended site configuration through a support service provider of my domain, but the fact that I constantly find myself at home instead of my wiki

I am grateful for the help and advice you may know what is the nuances of setting

Hello, I manage the Academy Lane Apartments (Previously called Americana Arms) I am assuming I need to change that name/info and not create a new page... and I need help :) Thank you!


2013-04-06 13:55:35   My page doesn't have a Comment box at the bottom. How do I make that happen? Thanks! Laurie —LaurieLoving


I am trying to add a new page and created a link on the Home Improvement & Repair page. My link shows up dashed and when I click on it, the page says type rdf:resource="[WWW]http://purl.org/dc/dcmitype/Text" /> and doesn't have any of the tabs or option buttons so I am unable to edit it
CurtBorder

That gives me the same results - I wind up with a page that says

type rdf:resource="[WWW]http://purl.org/dc/dcmitype/Text" />

and it doesn't have any of the tabs or option buttons so I am unable to edit it CurtBorder

No - that has a header and I can edit the page CurtBorder

Thank you!


2013-09-26 15:20:51   How do you add new comments on a page? —Katz

How can we get different searched keywords to bring up our page in the results? For example if someone searches our Fraternity's abbreviated name it will not show our page because it is under the full name. HELP!


2014-01-31 10:50:36   I used to work for a computer services company in Davis whose wiki entry went from bad to worse, filled with complaints and similar warnings. This was a few years ago, and I just happened to check the wiki entry again today. The entry has been reduced from a somewhat helpful set of questions to a basic set of contact information. Without the recommendations or concerns of others, what's the point of the wiki? —DavidBarnum


2014-07-21 13:06:26   How should a volunteer handle dead links that point offsite? —buley

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