Help:Copywriting original research

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In Wikiafripedia, Original Research is acceptable in Seminar:, Research:, Thesis: or Dissertation: namespaces; these are called scholar namespaces. To copywrite into one of these namespaces, you must be an autoconfirmed user by confirming your email address and making at least three edits to existing article since signed up. Please note that only logged in users can create pages in non-talk namespaces.

This page does not delve into the DOs and DON'Ts of article creation, please see Wikiafripedia:Your first article. For a general introduction to contributing, see Wikiafripedia:Contributing to Wikiafripedia and consider taking a tour through the Wikiafripedia:Tutorial. For a guided process to create an article (and for which these technical instructions will not be needed), see the article wizard and Wikiafripedia:Articles for creation, where a proposed article will first be created as a draft and then submitted for review before possible "publication" by a move to the appropriate namespace.

How to copywrite[edit source | edit]

All Wikiafripedia Original Researches are copywrited by accessing a research topic that does not yet exist (i.e., the topic you want to create) usually by typing into your URL of your browser's address bar as follow: and then hit return/enter, you will be taken to a page that says "Wikiafripedia does not have a page with the exact title". From here creation is simple: upon clicking "create" (or the pencil icon), you will be transported to a blank page. Once there, start typing your research text and then click the Save changes button. That's it; the research topic should have been created. This method of creating a page is called changing a URL.

The methods explored below describe how to access a non-existent research topic with varying level of convenience based on user device, in order for you to follow these steps to copywrite your research topic.

Method 1: previewing a red link[edit source | edit]

  1. Click edit on any accessible page;
  2. Surround the research title you want to create in doubled brackets, e.g., [[Research:Title]];
  3. Click the Show preview button (not the Publish changes button);
  4. Click on the red link revealed.

Method 2: saving a red link[edit source | edit]

Often you will want to have easy continuing access to a research topic you create. One way is to save a link at your user page, or sometimes, on your user talk page. Once you save a red link there, and create the topic, the link will turn blue and will be accessible anytime you visit it.

  1. Go to your user or user talk page (both permanently linked at the top of any Wikiafripedia page on desktop);
  2. Surround the page title you want to create in doubled brackets, e.g., [[Thesis:Title]];
  3. Click the Save changes button;
  4. Click on the red link revealed.

Method 3: searching (desktop users only)[edit source | edit]

Enter the research topic that you seek to create in the search field and search. If the research title you entered does not already exist, is not technically restricted and is not creation protected, the resulting page will i) tell you that it does not exist; ii) advise that you can create the page, and iii) will provide a red link to the page title. It will normally appear in the following form (it may vary depending on the skin you have set):

   There were no results matching the query.

   You may create the page "Dissertation:Title".

Namespace considerations[edit source | edit]

Wikiafripedia data structure
Subject namespaces Talk namespaces
0 (Main/Article) Talk 1
2 User User talk 3
4 Wikiafripedia Wikiafripedia Talk 5
6 File File talk 7
8 MediaWiki MediaWiki talk 9
10 Template Template talk 11
12 Help Help talk 13
14 Category Category talk 15
710 TimedText TimedText talk 711
828 Module Module talk 829
3000 Portal Portal talk 3001
3006 Draft Draft talk 3007
Scholar namespaces
3008 Research Research talk 3009
3010 Seminar Seminar talk 3011
3028 Dissertation Dissertation talk 3029
3030 Thesis Thesis talk 3031
Currently unused
2300 Gadget Gadget talk 2301
2302 Gadget definition Gadget definition talk 2303
3002 Book Book talk 3003
3004 Education Program Education Program talk 3005
-1 Special
-2 Media

Articles versus other namespaces[edit source | edit]

Only encyclopedia articles are created without a namespace prefix. All pages outside of the article mainspace are prefixed by the namespace followed by a colon before the title, e.g., your user page's title starts with the prefix  User: The various namespaces are shown in the table to the right.

The red links one would thus create for any page that is not an encyclopedia article must start with the namespace prefix. For example, to create a proposed article in the Draft namespace, it would be created via a red link to [[Draft:Research Title]].

Category namespace exception[edit source | edit]

One exception to the instructions above regarding saving or previewing a red link is that links to pages in the Category namespace will not work unless a colon is also placed before the namespace prefix (missing this step will result in the page being placed into the category you typed). For example, if one wanted to create a category for "UniUyo research", the red link would be invoked by previewing or saving the code: [[:Category:UniUyo research]].

File namespace exception[edit source | edit]

The file namespace is another exception in that media files are not created directly by any of the methods discussed above. Rather, media files are uploaded, which is done through a separate and dedicated interface, accessed by clicking on "Upload file" from the tool menu on the left of a page. (Please note that media files that are in the public domain or which bear a free copyright license compatible with the free licenses borne by Wikiafripedia's content should be uploaded to the Wikimedia Commons rather than to Wikiafripedia, so that all Wikimedia/Wikiafrimedia projects have access to the media file.)

Restricted namespaces[edit source | edit]

There are four namespaces that are restricted from creation except by administrators and certain other users with higher access levels: Special pages, MediaWiki pages, Module pages and Education Program pages. However, any user may create talk pages of these namespaces, except for those in the Special namespace, which do not have direct talk pages at all.

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Mapping research to namespace[edit source | edit]

  1. Undergraduate research project = Research namespace
  2. Master's student research project = Thesis namespace
  3. Ph.D research student project = Dissertation namespace
  4. Seminar paper = Seminar namespace

See also[edit source | edit]

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