Contribute! Become an Acolyte of the Rhetorical Goddess

This page has instructions for joining the Rhetorical Goddess as a contributing member; editing an existing page; and adding a page.

How do I join the Rhetorical Goddess wiki?

You do not need to be a contributor to read these pages, but joining will let you log in and contribute by editing and adding content. Serve the goddess Peitho and join! Students may get credit for contributing to these pages depending on your professor's priorities—to get the credit you need to join.

There are two steps you need to complete to join our site and begin contributing.

First you need to register and create a user account with Wikidot. Next, when logged in to Wikidot, come back to this site and click on the button at the top of the page.

Register with Wikidot

Wikidot is the service used to create and power this website.

If you already have a Wikidot account, then please login using the 'login' link at the top of the page. Next, return to this page and click the button above.

If you do not already have a Wikidot account, you can begin registration by clicking the 'create a new account' link above. Wikidot will ask you for a valid email address that a verification code can be sent to. Once you have this code, follow the link in the email to enter the code and complete your Wikidot registration. When you have registered and logged in, please return to this page.

Join the Rhetorical Goddess

In order to apply you must have registered with Wikidot, and be logged in. Once you have done that, simply click the button above and you're a contributing member.

Create Pages

In the site navigation column on the left on every page is a window where new pages can be created. Simply enter a name for your new page and press the New Page button.

  • The page name refers only to the name that appears in the url. Once you have created the page you will get a box at the top of the page that allows you to set a title for the page that looks pretty.
  • The page names follow a format that looks like "category:pagename". There are three categories of pages on this wiki: "note" for pages of notes, "text" for pages of primary texts, and "biblio" for pages of bibliographies.
  • Your new page name should use one of the three categories followed by a colon (:) and a short page name. For instance, "text:washington_atlanta" is the name of the page on Booker T. Washington's Atlanta Exposition Address; "note:style" is the page name for the Canon of Style.
  • There can be no spaces in the page name. If your page name needs a space use an underline (_).
  • For consistency, use no capital letters. For primary text page names, use the author's last name followed by (_) and a short title wherever possible. For bibliography and note pages use a very short and distinct topical name.

The page name goes into the url. Once you have created the page you can give the page a title which does not have to match the url page name exactly. After that just type your new material or paste in your text from the corresponding page on the old wiki. If you do not make a link to your page from one of the index or topics pages, it will show up under orphaned pages in the Site Tools.

Edit Pages

A fast way you can help is to add text to existing pages. Especially important is to keep our bibliographies updated. You can add a title to a bibliography easily by just finding the spot where it goes, alphabetical by author, and insert an author and title, keeping an empty line before and after each title. For ease of use by most contributors, these bibliography pages prefer Chicago style but may also be written in MLA or APA.

Another easy way to edit is to add commentary to a primary text. Most texts have sections beneath the text for notes and commentary. In the notes, give the Paragraph and sentence number of the relevant sentence in the text and add something; perhaps the origin of a quote, the meaning of a personal name, a link to another wiki page.

You can also edit a note page. Add an event to a timeline or a biography page. And of course, if you find errors of spelling, grammar or fact, anywhere in the wiki, correct them !

For help with creating and editing start here:

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