Many different authors are involved on a single wiki page.

There is also a multilingual intro on HowToInsertYourFotoHere.

Denoting authors of a discussion

As a style note, I find the best way to format a linear discussion is to alternate the indentation. That way, it is obvious at a glance where someone’s text ends without noticeably disrupting the flow of text.
– Anon

This wiki supports an alternating background color. Just introduce your passage with the [new] tag.

The [new] tag does not color-code authors. It just help you distinguish where one contribution ends and the next one starts. It’s like the use of indentation or italics.

The background color is disabled with a new [new] tag, a header, or the beginning of the footer.

We also encourage you to use face icons. We’d like to see whether that helps.

Here is how it works: Instead of using [new], use [new:UserName], for example [new:AlexSchroeder]. On your homepage (ie. on AlexSchroeder), you need a so-called portrait.

A portrait is a small 48x48 image of your face. You add it to your homepage by writing:




This image will link to the author.

We prefer real pictures instead of Mickey Mouse and Superman-icons, cartoons, logos, etc. Some think that using such instead of real pictures would destroy the good feel they make. We seem to like the pictures. Just like we prefer you to use a real name, we would like you to use a real image. (See UseRealNames.)

The script will add a timestamp when saving. The timestamp is separated from the username by another colon. The result of [new:AlexSchroeder] will be [new:AlexSchroeder:2004-01-19 14:53 UTC].

If you provide text after the second colon, that text will be used instead of an automatic timestamp. Some people also use this to place comments about their current state of mind where the timestamp should go. Example: [new:AlexSchroeder:much later and tired of this discussion]

And putting it all together, you can just write [new::] . This will fill in both your username and the timestamp, and display the portrait from your homepage. ;)


For ParaLanguage we already have a rich selection of smileys: :) :D :}= ;) :] =) 8-) 8D :-| :/ :( :{ :'( X( >{ :-P (: <3

(Here’s how to produce them: :) :D :}= ;) :] =) 8-) 8D :-| :/ :( :{ :'( X( >{ :-P (: <3, and variants thereof.)


This wiki has the Oddmuse:Signature_Extension installed. This means that +++, ++++, ~~~, and ~~~~ will automatically expand to your username, and a timestamp (if you use the four-character version).

Denoting authors of a document

When several authors agree on a large document, instead of tagging each paragraph with “who said what”, sometimes they just make a list of all the authors in one place. (In a book, it’s a list on the front cover; on a wiki page, it’s usually near the bottom).

 == contributors ==
   * AlexSchroeder
   * MattisManzel
   * ChristopherAllen
   * ChristopheDucamp
   * LuigiBertuzzi
   * LionKimbro

Perhaps adding a block like this to a wiki page would encourage converting that page to DocumentMode (rather than ThreadMode).

Some pages also have a “interested” block:

 == interested ==
   * DavidCary

This allows people who put their name in that block to easily find that page again, even though they didn’t add any content to the page (except perhaps anonymously).

Add your signature to either kind of block, by adding a line with four consecutive plus signs:

Multiple Faces

To add more faces, create more pages. Those new pages should do two things:

  1. Redirect to your real name page
  2. contain a portrait marker as described above.




The portrait system allows you to put up the portrait for one user while signing with another name. This is useful for using multiple faces, and is also used experimentally in WikiDrama, where a set of special characters are used, and shared by whoever wants.

That way, if you want to talk through a SockPuppet, you can use [new:JoeSock] instead of [new::] :

I’m just a boring sock puppet, but you can play with other characters too !


(Leave some discussion here when reworking the page so that this page can serve as an example.)

Smiley codes are good for small pieces of paralanguage, but there’s something about the expressive power of seeing the other person’s real face.

By the way, notice the weird effect when you use CET in your timestamp: It requires us to know where CET is relative to UTC in order to put the timestamps in sequence… I think that more or less defeats the purpose of the timestamps. Timestamps can have two purposes: Putting things into sequence, or giving us some context for the author, eg. was the contribution written early in the morning or late at night. Currently you cannot use the same timestamp for both purposes. UTC timestamps help us put things into sequence. Local timestamps help us giving some context for the author.

The timezome thing reminds me on the global flashmob #1 when making the city-list. There are two lifes here, one of the hive-mind, the sun alway shines for it somewhere and it’s always darkest night for it somewhere. This is the hive-mind’s continuous stream of thoughts and it never sleeps. It is the first time of the timestamp. It should be measured traditionally in GMT, Greenwich mean time. The second stamp is the cell’s, the contributor’s local time, measured in the respective timezone. The first is the important one. The second would be interesting as well, a note like -6hours, +5hours would probably do (see timestamp of this contribution).

I just realized that Wikia now (or since some time in the past) has faces, like we do:

an example (FF wikia)
another example (FF wikia)

DenotingAuthor is too sexy to not have it on the wikis I started.


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