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Here you find some frequently ask questions (FAQ) on the usage of energypedia. In case that you will not find an answer to your question, feel free to browse further through energypedia's help portal or post your question here.
Why should I use energypedia?
The intention is to replace long monolithic documents by small -linked- information units. This makes it easier to navigate through large documents and find wanted information and further information.
Editing an article within a wiki is easy. This allows the wiki-users to keep information up to date, to correct articles published by other users or to add more relevant information to it by adding text or linking an other relevant article, or explanation.
E.g.: It is not necessary to explain in detail what options and strategies there are in solar cooking in different documents if it has been defined once and is now linked to the text. This prevents redundancy and allows users to concentrate on the topic ore to gain more surrounding information - as he or she likes.
If a page with specific content is linked to several pages, and the specific content is one that changes over time, the information must only be updated in one single document instead of all documents where it occurs. So if there were new technologies in solar cooking they could just be added to the document that already exists and the information would be available from all the documents that it is linked to.
More reasons for using wikis arise from the needs of knowledge- and project- management.
Besides storing and providing information a Wiki can be used as a tool for knowledge generation and allocation as well as a project planning tool. It also makes it possible for external personnel to access this information and see how the project proceeds. See also the short article project Wiki.
May I edit articles published by other users?
The idea behind Wikis is, that users are enabled to work on documents collaboratively .
So: Yes of course you may do so! In turn others are allowed to edit your articles too. Please don't mind and see it as input into your own and our community's knowledge.
Can others edit my articles? What if I don’t want that?
Yes, anyone can edit your articles, just like you can edit any other article. This is the central idea of a Wiki - shared knowledge and collaborative work! As you can always check the article´s history and see who has changed or edited your article, there is no need to worry about vandalism. Wikipedia, the very first and most famous wiki, has already proved it works!
What if someone destroys my article?
As you can always check an article´s history, this is very unlikely to happen.
How do I edit articles?
Check out our edit-help page here
Can I change the font size?
You can only change the fontsize via "Format". Further changes are not possible due to reasons of standardisation. However, you can choose between bold/italics/underline and colours to emphasise certain words.
Why are there strange symbols appearing in my document?
Probably you have simply copied and pasted a text from somewhere elso into the editor. If you did not read the explanations for word and excel imports, please do that now. If You are trying to insert the document from somewhere else, (PDF or Webpages for example), it might be easier to copy the document into Wikitext and format it afterwards. You may always ask ***** or ***** for support.