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Last updated: 14 February 2018      

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

UnitsEdit

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."

AbbreviationsEdit

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 parentheses. For example: 100 °C (212 °F). Use Template:Degree to do this automatically like this: {{Degree|100}}. For degree ranges, use {{DegreeRange|100|200}}. If you are starting with a weight in pounds, you can enter that into the {{DegreeF|212}} template to make the reverse conversion.

WeightsEdit

Use the {{KG|2.2}} template to automatically format weights in metric and imperial. For smaller weights, use the {{GM|2.34}}

LengthsEdit

Use the {{CM|3}} template to automatically format lengths in metric and imperial. To enter an inch measurement to arrive at the same output, use the {{Inch|3.5}} template.

VolumesEdit

Use the {{LT|3}} template to automatically format volumes in metric and imperial.

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".

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 "...by 10:30 a.m., the oven had reached an internal temperature of 204 °C (399 °F)."

CurrencyEdit

Express currency with the appropriate currency abbreviation followed by the amount. For example, USD 4.1 billion or EUR 14,000. For other currencies, consult the "Symbol" notation in the corresponding Wikipedia article.

TextEdit

CapitalizationEdit

Only capitalize the first word of any phrase or heading unless it is a proper name (name of a cooker etc.)

NewsEdit

Top News and New Content items should link directly to articles in the media, but when we have supplemental text on another articla page with a link to the resource, link to the internal page first.

ImagesEdit

CopyrightEdit

Main article: Image copyright tags

CaptionsEdit

If the caption is a full sentence, add a period. Otherwise, no period.

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.

TemplatesEdit

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 section of the corresponding country page(s) and to the New content.
  • When adding a images to go along with a news item on the Main page, be sure to protect the image to avoid vandalism.

Geographic locationsEdit

Be sure to include state and country, e.g., Sacramento, California, USA

Category orderEdit

Add the closest location first: Home state * Home country [* Project state * Project country...]

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.

Redirect pagesEdit

When creating a page for an NGOs acronym that redirects to the page with the full name of the NGO, add the "NGOs" category to the redirect page, but no other categories. This will cause the NGO to show up on a list of all NGOs, but will prevent it from showing up twice on the corresponding country page(s).

News vs. Articles in the mediaEdit

Add articles in the media to that section unless they contain newsy material. If so, then add it to news as well.

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. Also add to the article the "ArchivedPage" category (not the "ArchivedPage" template). This will cause the person's name to appear in the "Archived articles" subsection of the "History" section of the corresponding country page(s) but remove it from all other automatic lists.

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). At the end of each month, clear all the content from the "New" template from two months before.

Image redirectsEdit

When you add a new design, make sure the photo is named properly, the image has the same categories as does the page where it appears, and the image page redirects to the article. On the category pages, this allows the image title to be clear and to be clicked to arrive at the article about that cooker type instead of being taken to the image page.

SectionsEdit

  • Use the word "Documents" since it is inclusive of reports, presentations, and publications.

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|http://www.promosol.letchad.org}}. If it is necessary to add text for the link, then use {{GoogleLinkAuto}}, e.g. {{GoogleLinkAuto|http://www.trinysol.com|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=http://www.trinysol.com|2=Trinysol}}

AttributionEdit

When posting a block of text sent, for example, from an NGO, write "NGO reports:" and put the text in quotes.

Codes usedEdit

  • SME = Subject Matter Expert
  • PSME = Possible Subject Matter Expert

See alsoEdit