RC Helicopter Wiki:Community portal
Welcome to the RC Helicopter Wiki Community Portal, the right place to start if you are wondering what this site is about and how you can help to make it better. There isn't any help that is too small, any effort counts and is highly appreciated!
What is RC Helicopter Wiki?
RC Helicopter Wiki is an ambitious project that aims to gather in one place as much Radio Controlled Helicopter related information as possible. The wiki is editable by anyone so everyone can expand the information presented on this site, making it better and more valuable for the fellow pilots, modelists or enthusiasts.
How can I contribute to the RC Helicopter Wiki?
Well, simply select a page which is of interest to you and start making your additions or corrections. We have decided to use a wiki (that's what you are now looking at) so that writing it is as easy as reading it! You can also create a new page to add an item that does not exist. But before you do so use the Search box at the wiki navigation bar to see wheter the subject you're wishing to contribuite is already treated on a page that has escaped your attention.
We maintain a list of highly-wanted tasks at the Current events page. This list was created as a project-coordination aid. Please take the time to browse it from time to time; you may find a task that is in line with your contribution plans. However, this is not by any means obligatory, neither makes it your chosen way to contribute inferior in any way. We appreciate and welcome every contribution on this wiki, so feel free to take any route that you want.
If you are not familiar with wikis, browse our Help. After reading it you should be able to perform basic wiki-editing stuff within a couple of minutes. That's all is needed. Even if you find difficulties in formatting your text to your wishes, don't worry, other contributors will help you with this task. After finishing your content, you can put a message in the associated Discussion page and ask someone to help you with formatting. In case you wish to test the wiki software's features or your editing skills, please use the Sandbox.
Read also this short survival guide before proceeding to contribute changes to the wiki. It will help you to do so in a productive manner and avoid common pitfalls when participating to open, collaborative projects:
- You can always find what's happening at the wiki by following the Recent changes link in the wiki navigation bar.
- When changing a page that others are actively maintaining, remember that different people have different views of what is considered good style or not. Try to focus on the important things (that is whether something contributes to the contents or doesn't) and not on stylistic issues (that is how it is phrased). In any case, put a remark at the summary page for the reason you are making the correction.
- If you plan to make a lot of changes to a page, post a message at the associated discussion page to notify others about your plan. Wait for a sufficient time for responses (at least a week; maybe more for more important changes) and if there is consensus, or no response (which most of the time will imply a consensus) proceed to make the changes.
- If you plan to change a group of pages, it will help to create a draft so that others can review it. A good example is always a helpful way to promote your vision for change. Use your User: page for this (follow the relevant link at the top-right of any wiki page to go there). It is a page that you can freely modify, without possibly irritating others.
- If you find that your changes are rejected by another user, don't enter in an editing war with him or her. If you can not reach consensus by exchanging your views at the associated discussion page, ask a SysOp to solve the issue. You can do that either by posting a request at the same discussion page, or, if you find that your request is purposely deleted by the other(s) user(s), directly to a SysOp's User:Talk page.
- Please, remember to put a series of 4 consecutive tildes, that is ~~~~ at the end of your messages in discussion pages. This sequence converts to your username and date of the message and helps others know without looking at the logs who posted the message and when.
- Be patient. People are contributing to this wiki at their spare time and thus it can be a while before they respond.
- Last, but not least. Familiarize yourself with the RC Helicopter Wiki copyrights. By adding or modifying a page you will agree that your contributions will fall under the "CC BY-SA 3.0" license.
Who is in charge of the RC Helicopter Wiki?
As most community-driven projects, the RC Helicopter Wiki is a collaborative effort of all the users of this wiki.
If you are looking for the current wiki admins, open the User List special page and select "Sysops" from the "Group" listbox, then press the "Go" button.
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