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Contributor Access

First you will need a user name and password to edit the wiki pages.  This can be attained by completing the TCM Online Request Form and by sending a file containing your credentials (such as an updated C.V.) to the requested email address.



Once you have logged into the wiki system, you will see the “dashboard” page for the TCM feature.  To edit existing pages or add new ones to the feature, click on “pages.”

To edit an existing page:

The pages are organized under the headings of “theories,” “concepts,” and “measures.”  The pages that fall under these designations are listed in alphabetical order under these headings, which are also listed alphabetically.  To edit an existing page find it in the list and click on it to open the page. You can add or delete information on the page by typing in the open window.  The buttons directly above the window provide a number of features similar to those found in Microsoft Word, such as spell checker and font options.

The wiki system works on a “parent-child” system, with higher order abstractions such as theories linking to lower order abstractions such as concepts, and concepts then linking to measures.  In other words, the system is designed to “flow down” from theories to measures.  To connect higher order abstractions to those one level below, use the “add new custom field” option.  Select the desired level of the connected page, then type in the name of the page for the concept or measure you want to connect to.  (Note: If you spell the name of the page incorrectly the connection will not work)

To add links within the page, type in your text, highlight it, and then click on the link feature (chain link).  Insert the designated web address for the link and select “open in same window” under the “target” option.  We especially would like to see links within the wiki system itself so that people can see related concepts, theories, or measures pages at the same level.  You can also add external links if they are directly related to a citation used for the page.

IMPORTANT: No matter what changes you have made, be sure to click on the “update” button on the right side of the page, otherwise your changes will not be saved.

You can preview your changes and look at the external view of the page you have edited by clicking on “view page.”  Note: This will not show your changes if you have not clicked “update” prior to viewing.

A note on content: We are especially interested in adding citations and information that improve the depth and accuracy of the information on the pages.  If you know of citations that speak to relevant debates about a theory, concept, or measure, please include that information on the page.

To create a new page:

Click on the “add new” option under pages.  Be sure to select the level (theory, concept, or measure) where you want the page to be located.  This is done on the right side of the page under “page attributes.”  Select the appropriate level for both “parent” and “template.”

Write the content of your new page in the available window in the middle of the screen.  At the end add any relevant cites by writing “Citations:” in bold and including the sources in alphabetical order by author underneath.  For instructions on how to link to pages at lower levels of abstraction or those at the same level see the above instructions for “editing an existing page.”

To add to the list of data sets containing a specific measure

At the “bottom” level of measures, we provide links to data sets available in the ARDA that contain the measure of interest.  If you know of a data set containing one of the measures (especially if there are not many other links to data sets for that measure), please add the data to the list for that measure.  This can be done by going to bottom of the page for the specific measure and writing the year and name of the data set, along with the variable name within the data (if possible).  Additionally it is helpful to include in this information a link to the codebook for the data set in question so that users can link directly to the information about the data.  See the exiting links to codebooks found on measures pages for a template.

Creating a “contributor” page for yourself

If you would like to add a page for yourself as a contributor so that users have an idea of where the information is coming from (and that is it reputable), create a new page and select “contributors” as the parent and the default template.  Add any relevant information or links about yourself.

Most of all, thanks for contributing to the ARDA’s TCM feature and making social scientific research about religion more comprehensive, accurate, and accessible.