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Last updated: March 30, 2015      

Below are conventions and instructions for the various text and features on this wiki.


Metric, then Imperial Edit

When including units of measurement, express the measurement in metric units first, then include Imperial units in parenthesis. For example: "This oven heats up to about 437 °C (225 °F) in an hour."


When using abbreviations for units of measurement (such as "mm" or "in"), insert a space between the number and unit. For example: "33 in" or "35 cm". Do not add a period after the abbreviation unless it is the last word in a sentence. Please do not use apostrophes or quotes to indicate units like feet, minutes, seconds, etc.: use the unit abbreviation (or spell out the unit of measurement, such as "3 cups").

Expression of Degrees Edit

Degrees can be used to express:

Temperature Edit

Celsius first with Fahrenheit in parents. For example: 150°C (300°F). You may also spell out the symbol, as in: "180 degrees Celsius".

Latitude and/or Longitude Edit

When referencing detailed Latitude and Longitude (such as specific geographic locations), use abbreviations for degrees, minutes, and seconds. Such as "Located at 34 deg, 32 min, 5 sec North".

Angles Edit

Use the ° symbol when expressing angles. Use no space between the number and the ° symbol when writing out degrees of Latitude/Longitude, such as: "when using this oven with a sun angle of 60° or higher, configure the oven in the high-altitude setting".

Expressing Time Edit

Use "a.m." or "p.m." when referencing specific times of the day. Alternately, you can use "AM" or "PM" if you do not want to use periods. Ensure there is a space between the numerals of the hour and "a.m." or "p.m.", such as " 10:30 a.m., the oven had reached an internal temperature of 204 °C (399 °F)."

Source Articles & Online Tools Edit

Sources used for this article include:

Tools: The tool most frequently used by the author for conversions is Google; simply type "convert x [current units] to [new units]" and Google will provide you with a handy widget that not only gives you the conversion, but also allows you to type in new numbers or to convert in the opposite direction.


See Templates used on the Wiki.

News itemsEdit

  • Whenever a news item is added to an the page of an NGO, individual, or manufacturer, copy the news item also into the News and recent developments section of the corresponding country page(s) and to the Admin:News log.

Contact infoEdit

The goal is to have each set of contact information on only one page of the site to avoid having to update change in multiple places. In general, put the contact info on the NGO and/or Manufacturer page and use {{See|Whereever}} to point to the page that contains the contact info.

Deceased promotersEdit

Remove all categories except the categories for the country/ies where the person has lived and/or worked. Add the {{Deceased solar cooking promoters}} category. This will cause the person's name to appear in the See also section at the bottom of the country page(s) but remove it from all other automatic lists. Also add to the article the "ArchivedPage" category (not the "ArchivedPage" template).

Archiving pagesEdit

Whenever it is no longer possible to contact an NGO, Individual, or Manufacturer, then the article can be deleted. However, if the page contains good practical or historical information, add the {{ArchivedPage}} template just under the {{GoogleTranslateLinks}} template at the top of the page. Then delete all categories except those dealing with its geographic location (country, state, etc.). This will cause the entity to no longer appear under contacts on the corresponding country page(s). However, a link to the archived article will show up in the History section of the corresponding country/state page(s).

Marking items as "NEW"Edit

When adding a new item to a page add the template corresponding to the month you are adding it, e.g., {{NewApr15}}. This will cause the word "NEW" to appear next to the item until the template is question has its contents removed after one month (in this case on June 1, 2015).

Automatic translationEdit

Entire pageEdit

All pages written in English should have {{GoogleTranslateLinks}} at the top of the page followed by two blank lines. If this template tag is followed by a {{Updated}} tag, then these blank lines can be omitted.

If the page is in any other language, then add {{GoogleTranslateLinksAuto}} template tag. This relies on Google Translates ability to automatically detect the language the page is written in. After you have done this, always test the translation by clicking on "English" and verify that the translation works correctly. Sometimes Google Translate is fooled by the English text surrounding the article text and incorrectly indicates that the page is already in English. If this is the case, then use one of the other translate templates that specify language, e.g. {{GoogleTranslateLinksFromSpanish}}, {{GoogleTranslateLinksFromFrench}}, {{GoogleTranslateLinksFromGerman}}, etc.

Links to individual external pagesEdit

When linking to individual url in another language, use the {{GoogleLink}} template: {{GoogleLink|}}. If it is necessary to add text for the link, then use {{GoogleLinkAuto}}, e.g. {{GoogleLinkAuto||Trinysol}}. URLs that have a "?" in them (thus a query string) can cause problems. Is this case add "1=", "2=", etc. to remedy this: {{GoogleLinkAuto|1=|2=Trinysol}}

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