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The Cool Solutions Wiki is a Cool Solutions Best Practices Compendium written collaboratively by its readers. You're welcome to add to articles, or start new ones. You are even free to copy, change or distribute articles. This model is called a wiki.

A Wiki or wiki (pronounced "wicky", "weekee" or "veekee") is a website (or other hypertext document collection) that allows a user to add content, as on an Internet forum, but also allows that content to be edited by anybody.

We will be creating OPEN CALL article topics in the Cool Wiki and instead of emailing the responses in, you can just click Edit, and add your ideas to the article itself. Occasionally we will harvest a particularly excellent or useful version of an article and run it as a regular article in Cool Solutions. This is called "freezing" an article, and it keeps that version stable by halting the change process on it. The wiki version of the article, however, can continue to be edited and modified, and will be part of that ongoing cycle of freezing content in the Cool Solutions Vault.

We will also be bringing our most popular articles from the Cool Solutions Vault into the wiki so they can be updated, expanded, and modified by the community. This is called "thawing" an article.

How Do I Edit a Page?

Editing a Cool Wiki page is very easy. Simply click on the "Edit" tab at the top of a Wiki page. This will bring you to a page with a text box containing the editable text of that page. If you want to experiment, go try it on this sample page. When you've finished, press "Show preview" to see how your changes will look. If you're happy with what you see, then press "Save" and your changes will be immediately applied to the article.

You can also click on the "Discussion" tab to see the corresponding "Talk" page, which contains comments about the page from other Cool Wiki users. Click on the "+" tab or "Edit this page") to add a comment.

Please do not vandalize the other articles in the Cool Wiki-- it's a waste of time for everyone, and generally considered to be in the worst of taste.

Change Control

Wikis generally follow a philosophy of making it easy to fix mistakes, rather than making it hard to make them. Thus, while wikis are very open, they also provide various means to verify the validity of recent additions to the body of pages. The most prominent one on almost every wiki is the so-called Recent Changes page, which displays a list of either a specific number of recent edits or a list of all edits that have been made within a given timeframe. Some wikis allow the list to be filtered so that minor edits - or edits that have been made by automatic importing scripts ("bots") - can be excluded.

From the change log, two other functions are accessible in most wikis: the revision history, which shows previous versions of the page, and the diff feature, which can highlight the changes between two revisions. The revision history allows an editor to open and save a previous version of the page and thereby restore the original content. The diff feature can be used to decide whether this is necessary or not. A regular user of the wiki can view the diff of a change listed on the "Recent changes" page and, if it is an unacceptable edit, consult the history to restore a previous revision.