This guide contains information regarding the mechanics of Venipedia. For information regarding the purpose, content, and approach that separates Venipedia from other websites (such as Wikipedia) visit the About page.
Venipedia versus Wikipedia
Contributing to Venipedia
This section contains information about adding and deleting content from Venipedia. If you would like to become an approved contributor to the site, please follow the instructions on the Become a Contributor page. Before you begin writing an article for Venipedia, read our user guidelines and structure of a Venipedia article pages.
Venipedia offers contributors the ability to create pages manually or for users to automatically create pages using extensions.
Manually Creating Pages
Venipedia has two options for creating articles manually:
- Use the Article Creation Wizard when creating a page that will follow a given template. For example, an Institutions page, which follows the Institutions Template.
- To create a page without a template, simply type the desired page name in the search bar and click "Go." If the page does not already exist, click on "Create this page" to create the page. To prevent redundant pages from being added to Venipedia, please be sure to search multiple titles and relevant keywords to ensure that the content you are trying to add does not already exist.
Note: Titles in Venipedia are case sensitive! Be sure to name Typical, Individual, and Aggregate Pages correctly - to learn more about these pages, click here.
Automatically Creating Pages
Groups of individual pages generated through data sets should be created using the City Knowledge Console. If you are interested in uploading a data set to Venipedia, please contact a site admin to get started, then consult the City Knowledge Help page for more information. Please note that generating pages based off of a data set creates a large security risk and as such, only administrators can access the console to actually generate pages.
To delete a page, ask an admin to add you to the can-delete group. Once added to the group, the "Delete" option will appear in the drop-down menu at the top of a page near the search bar.
Venipedia follows the same Wiki Markup format as Wikipedia. To learn basic functions such as how to properly format headings, text, and multi-level lists visit the Cheatsheet.
For more advanced topics such as:
To help improve Venipedia take advantage of the following methods to rate, review, and feature content in Venipedia.
- Article Feedback Tool: Every page has a small box with several categories and a star based rating system at the bottom. Please take the time to rate pages with regard to the various qualities of writing and content on those pages.
- Article Message Boxes: When an article has a specific issue, please insert an Article Message Box to signal other users of the issue and the work that needs to be done to fix the article.
If you find an article that follows Venipedia's guidelines, uses the proper structure, and contains exceptional content, then you can add it to the Featured Articles Category. Any article that is placed in the Featured Articles Category has a random chance of appearing on the front page of Venipedia. Featured Articles are considered to be the best of Venipedia and are used to showcase Venipedia to the public.