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Currently, there are no “official” guidelines for this wiki.

What follows are some guidelines for page titles which were developed by Wolfgang Jeltsch. Currently, the page titles on this wiki adhere more or less to these guidelines. The editing etiquette was added later by others.

1 Unofficial guidelines for page titles

  1. Page titles not only affect a page's URL but they are also shown at the top of the page. Therefore, it is important that a page title is a title, not a mnemonic “path name”. I strongly doubt that we need such mnemonic names but if they are introduced they should denote only redirects to the actual page.
  2. On the other hand, it is good if titles are not unnecessarily long so that URLs have reasonable size. Especially, redundant occurences of the word “Haskell” in titles should be avoided. If a page on HaskellWiki is just named “Compilers and interpreters”, it should be clear that it refers to “Haskell compilers and interpreters”, so the extra “Haskell” is not needed.
  3. Titles should use sentence-style capitalization (see [1]). Capitalizing more words seems to be only appropriate in larger documents like books. If slashes are used to denote hierarchy, each part of the hierarchical title should be handled as if it were a title itself, i.e., its first word should be capitalized.

2 Unofficial editing etiquette

When editing a wiki, the bottom of the editing page has a place to put a summary. It is considered good form to put a one line comment about any changes you are making. As well, you have the capability to mark an edit as minor. Please use this only for changing format, spelling, fixing bad links or minor word re-arrangement. It should not be used when adding whole new sections, a signficant number of links, new pages or rewrites of the page.