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<big>'''Welcome to the University of Otago Wiki Service'''</big>
 
<big>'''Welcome to the University of Otago Wiki Service'''</big>
  
Consult the [http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Help:Contents User's Guide] for information on using the wiki software.
 
  
  
= How to get a wiki on the Otago Wiki Service =
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This wiki (<tt><nowiki>http://wiki.otago.ac.nz/</nowiki></tt>) is the "home" of the Wiki Service. Here, you will find information about using your own wiki, what options you have available for user access, as well as information about applying for a wiki.
  
Information on how to get a wiki, including a link to the application form
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Your wiki will have a web address of <tt>http://''yourwikiname''.wiki.otago.ac.nz/</tt>.
  
= Quick Start Guide =
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For example a "''Phantasmagorical Studies''" wiki might have an address like <tt><nowiki>http://phantasmagoricalstudies.wiki.otago.ac.nz/</nowiki></tt> .
  
== Starting a new page ==
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== How to apply for a University of Otago Wiki ==
  
=== Using Wikilinks ===
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*Request a Wiki using the form on the [http://www.otago.ac.nz/wikis ITS Website].
MediaWiki makes it very easy to link wiki pages together using a standard syntax.  
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<code><nowiki>[[PageName|Link text]]</nowiki></code>creates a link to a page called PageName, with the clickble text <span style="color: #ba0000">Link Text</span>.
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== How to get help for your wiki ==
  
If you (or anyone else) creates a link to an article that doesn't exist yet, the link will be coloured red, <span style="color: #ba0000">like this</span>.
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*If you need help with your wiki, or applying for a wiki feel free to contact the [http://www.otago.ac.nz/its/contacts/ ITS Service Desk].
 
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*[http://www.otago.ac.nz/its/training/ Training] is also available with separate courses for wiki editors and administrators.
Clicking a red link, will take you to the edit page for the new article.  Simply type your text, click save and the new page will be created.
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*Also visit the [http://help.otago.ac.nz/wikis Wiki Help Site].
 
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Once the page has been created, the link will change from <span style="color: #ba0000">red</span> to <span style="color: #002bb8;">blue</span> (<span style="color: #5a3696;">purple</span> for pages you've visited) indicating that the article now exists.
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==Using the URL==
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You can use the wiki's URL for creating a new page. The URL to an article of the wiki is usually something like this:
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*<code><nowiki>http://www.my-wiki.org/index.php/</nowiki>'''ARTICLE'''</code> &nbsp;&nbsp; or
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*<code><nowiki>http://www.my-wiki.org/wiki/</nowiki>'''ARTICLE'''</code>
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If you replace <code>'''ARTICLE'''</code> with the name of the page you wish to create, you will be taken to a blank page which indicates that no article of that name exists yet.  Clicking the "''edit''" link at the top of the page will take you to the edit page for that article, where you can create the new page by typing your text, and clicking submit.
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==Formatting Text==
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You can format your text using wiki markup. This consists of normal characters like asterisks, single quotes or equation marks which have a special function in the wiki, sometimes depending on their position. For example, to format a word in ''italic'', you include it in two single quotes like <tt><nowiki>''this''</nowiki></tt>
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===Paragraphs===
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Mediawiki ignores normal line breaks. To start a new paragraph, leave an empty line. You can also start a newline with the HTML tag <tt><nowiki><br/></nowiki></tt>. 
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===HTML===
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Some HTML-Tags are allowed in MediaWiki, for example <tt><nowiki><code></nowiki></tt>, <tt><nowiki><div></nowiki></tt>, <tt><nowiki><span></nowiki></tt> and <tt><nowiki><font></nowiki></tt>.
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{| class="border"
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|-
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|&nbsp;|'''Description'''
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|&nbsp;|'''You type'''
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|&nbsp;|'''You get'''
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|-
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| colspan="3" align="center" | ''applies anywhere''
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|-
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|Italic text
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|<tt><nowiki>''italic''</nowiki></tt>
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|''italic''
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|-
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| Bold text
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|<tt><nowiki>'''bold'''</nowiki></tt>
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|'''bold'''
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|-
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| Bold and italic
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|<tt><nowiki>'''''bold & italic'''''</nowiki></tt>
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|'''''bold & italic'''''
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|-
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|Escape wiki markup
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|<tt><nowiki><nowiki>no ''markup''</nowiki></nowiki></tt>
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|<nowiki>no ''markup''</nowiki>
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|-
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| colspan="3" align="center" | ''only at the beginning of the line''
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|-
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|Headings of different sizes
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<tt><nowiki>=level 1=</nowiki></tt><br />
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<tt><nowiki>==level 2==</nowiki></tt><br />
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<tt><nowiki>===level 3===</nowiki></tt><br />
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=Level 1=
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==Level 2==
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===Level 3===
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|-
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|Horizontal rule
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<tt><nowiki>----</nowiki></tt>
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----
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|-
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|Bullet list
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&#42; one<br>
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&#42; two<br>
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&#42; three<br>
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* one
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* two
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* three
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|-
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|Numbered list
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&#35; one<br>
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&#35; two<br>
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&#35; three<br>
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# one
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# two
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# three
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|-
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|Definition list
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&#59;Definition<br>
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&#58;item 1<br>
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&#58;item 2<br>
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;Definition
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:item 1
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:item 2
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|Preformatted text
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&nbsp;&nbsp;a space at the<br>
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&nbsp;&nbsp;beginning of the line<br>
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&nbsp;&nbsp;creates<br>
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&nbsp;&nbsp;preformatted text
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a space at the
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beginning of the line
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creates
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preformatted text
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|}
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==Links==
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To add an internal link, enclose the name of the page you want to link to in double square brackets. When you save the page, you'll see the new link pointing to your page. If the page exists already, it is displayed in blue, empty pages are displayed in red. Selflinks to the current page are not transformed in URLs but displayed in bold.
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The first letter of the target page is automatically capitalized and spaces are represented as underscores (typing an underscore in the link has the same effect as typing a space, but is not recommended).
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{| class="border"
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|-
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|&nbsp;|'''Description'''
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|&nbsp;|'''You type'''
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|&nbsp;|'''You get'''
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|Internal link
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|<tt><nowiki>[[Page]]</nowiki></tt>
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|[[Page]]
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|-
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|Piped link
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|<tt><nowiki>[[Page|different text]]</nowiki></tt>
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|[[Page|different text]]
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|-
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|External link
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|<tt><nowiki>http://mediawiki.org</nowiki></tt>
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|http://mediawiki.org
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|External link,<br />
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different title
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|<tt><nowiki>[http://mediawiki.org MediaWiki]</nowiki></tt>
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|[http://mediawiki.org MediaWiki]
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|External link,<br />
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unnamed
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|<tt><nowiki>[http://mediawiki.org]</nowiki></tt>
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|[http://mediawiki.org]
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|}
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==Adding images==
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===Uploading files===
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First upload images,then include the code to them on your page. The username and password for the wiki are stored in the ususal place.
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===Using Images===
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To use an image or other file which has been [[Special:Upload|uploaded to the wiki]], use:
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*<code><nowiki>[[Image:piglet.jpg]]</nowiki></code>
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If you add a pipe (|) and some text after the filename, the text will be used as alternative text for text-only browsers:
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*<code><nowiki>[[Image:piglet.jpg|Picture of a piglet]]</nowiki></code>
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If you don't want to display the image, you can link to the file's description page, by adding a colon:
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*<code><nowiki>[[:Image:piglet.jpg]]</nowiki></code>
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To bypass the description page and link directly to a file , use the "Media" pseudo-namespace:
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*<code><nowiki>[[Media:piglet.jpg]]</nowiki></code>
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You can also make piped links if you want some other text to be used:
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*<code><nowiki>[[:Image:piglet.jpg|link text]]</nowiki></code>
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*<code><nowiki>[[Media:piglet.jpg|link text]]</nowiki></code>
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===Examples===
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{| class="border"
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|-
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|&nbsp;|'''Description'''
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|&nbsp;|'''You type'''
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|&nbsp;|'''You get'''
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|-
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|Embed image<br /> (with alt text)
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<code><nowiki>[[Image:piglet.jpg|Piglet!]]</nowiki></code>
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[[Image:piglet.jpg|Piglet!]]
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|Link to description page
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<code><nowiki>[[:Image:piglet.jpg]]</nowiki></code><br />
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<code><nowiki>[[:piglet.jpg|Piglet!]]</nowiki></code>
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[[:Image:piglet.jpg]]<br />
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[[:Image:piglet.jpg]]
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|Link directly to file
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<code><nowiki>[[Media:piglet.jpg]]</nowiki></code><br />
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<code><nowiki>[[piglet.jpg|Piglet!]]</nowiki></code>
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[[Media:piglet.jpg]]<br />
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[[Media:piglet.jpg|Piglet!]]
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|Thumbnail<br /> (centered, 50 pixels<br /> wide, with caption)
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<code><nowiki>[[Image:piglet.jpg|center|thumb|50px|Ain't piglet cute!]]</nowiki></code>
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[[Image:piglet.jpg|center|thumb|50px|Ain't piglet cute!]]
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|}
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= External guides to managing Wikis  =
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* [http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help:Configuration_settings Configuration settings list]
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* [http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help:FAQ MediaWiki FAQ]
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* [http://mail.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/mediawiki-announce MediaWiki release mailing list]
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Latest revision as of 14:39, 24 February 2014

Welcome to the University of Otago Wiki Service


This wiki (http://wiki.otago.ac.nz/) is the "home" of the Wiki Service. Here, you will find information about using your own wiki, what options you have available for user access, as well as information about applying for a wiki.

Your wiki will have a web address of http://yourwikiname.wiki.otago.ac.nz/.

For example a "Phantasmagorical Studies" wiki might have an address like http://phantasmagoricalstudies.wiki.otago.ac.nz/ .

How to apply for a University of Otago Wiki

How to get help for your wiki

  • If you need help with your wiki, or applying for a wiki feel free to contact the ITS Service Desk.
  • Training is also available with separate courses for wiki editors and administrators.
  • Also visit the Wiki Help Site.