Here is a list of frequently asked questions about TheAquapedia.com. If you have a question that is not featured here, contact Margi Millunzi.
How do I create a new page?
- You are required to have an account to create a new article. The process is fairly easy. Just click on the link in the top right of the page. Follow the prompts to establish a user name and password. Then, you'll be able to continue.
- There are two ways to add a page to the site:
- 1. In an existing page, find the term/company/person/etc. that you would like to have as its own page. In the editing panel, highlight the item and create an internal link to it by clicking on the "Ab" button and click on the "Save page" button. Since a page is not yet started under this term, the listing will appear in red instead of the normal blue/purple link color. If you click on the term, you will be taken to a fresh page where you will be invited to start a new page.
- 2. Type in the term (exactly as you want it to appear… includes appropriate capitalization) in the search box found on the left column. Hit “Go.” On the search results page, a note will appear, letting you know that “No page title matches” your term. It will also say: “You can create this page.” If you click on that link, you will be able to add content.
- Note: Be sure to type in the term/name/etc. exactly as you want it to appear. Keep in mind spelling, capitalization, etc. This will be how it is labeled in the future. Also, be sure to read through any other choices listed under the search term… in case it’s already listed in some other format (abbreviated, etc.). This will help avoid duplications.
- It is our style that only the first letter of the first word is capitalized unless, of course, the item is a proper noun (person/company name, etc.) or is capitalized in everyday life.
How do I add an image/other media?
- There is also a fairly streamlined process for adding photos and other media to a page. Please note that copyrighted images should not be posted without permission.
- Note: Before uploading your images, save the page you are currently working on... otherwise, your changes will be lost!
- You first need to upload the item to the Website. To do this:
- 1. In the “Toolbox” box on the left sidebar, select “Upload file.”
- 2. In the “Source filename” box, you can browse to find the file that you’d like to upload. Simply click on the file and its info will be entered into the field.
- 3. In the “Summary” box, add a brief description of the photo.
- 4. Click on “Upload file” and it’s been loaded to the site.
- Then, on the page that you’d like to place the photo, you need to add some code.
- If you are just placing the photo as is, the code would be: [[Image:name.jpg]]
- If you would like it to appear on the right side of the page (which will be our standard placement), the code should be: [[Image:name.jpg|right]]
- Adjustments can also be made to add a frame, caption, text around the photo.
Why isn't my image showing up?
- A few issues could be keeping your image from appearing:
- 1. Check your file size. Images larger than 2 MB may not appear on the page.
- 2. Check the name of the file carefully. When you add the code for the image on the page, you must write it exactly as it appeared when you uploaded the file. Thus, if your file was named "image.JPG", you need to be sure that the letters JPG are capitalized on your page.
How can I get my page listed in the proper category?
- Do not add your info directly into the category page.
- Instead, you need to add the following code to the bottom of your page: [[Category:Category Name]]
- TheAquapedia.com currently features the following categories:
- * Companies and Organizations
- * People
- * Events
- * Terms and Phrases
- * Legislation
- * Procedures
- For more information on this, visit Editing Help.
Why does my info appear on the category page instead of its own page?
- Rather than starting a fresh page with your info, you added it to the Category page itself. You will first need to remove the info from the category page (or, it will be removed for you by the administrator). Then, you need to go back and create a separate page for your information to be stored. To do this, see question 1 above.
- To ensure your page is listed with all the other pages in the category, add the following code to the bottom of the page (substituting the correct category name for Category Name): [[Category:Category Name]]
- For more information on this, visit Editing Help.
Why is my name listed in the wrong spot in the People category?
- The software sorts the entries alphabetically based in the first word in the page's title. However, TheAquapedia.com prefers to list people's names alphabetically, by last name. To ensure your name is placed properly, add this to your category code (substituting your information for Lastname and Firstname):
- [[Category:People|Lastname, Firstname]]
How can I be listed in the company locator section?
- We welcome builders, retailers and service companies to add themselves to the list of firms that do business in a particular state. To include your firm, simply add the applicable category code to the bottom of your page.
Why was my article deleted?
- The best way to find out is to look at the deletion log for reasons (type the exact name of the article in the Title box, including the capitalization you used).
How do I change the name of an article?
- You move the article using the "move" button (to the right of the "edit this page" button). But in order to do this you must have an account that has reached autoconfirmed status, meaning it must be at least four days old and have made at least ten edits. If you are not an autoconfirmed user, or the move is controversial, or the page you wish to rename is move protected, contact Margi Millunzi.
Who writes the articles on The Aquapedia?
- Most articles featured here are written by a variety of contributors, including Pool & Spa News and Aquatics International editors and other industry experts. If you click on the "history" tab at the top of an article, a list will be displayed of all the contributors to the article and when their contribution was made.