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I think we need to have areas for the following:

  - Utilities
  - Training videos
  - How to guides

Ways to organise articles

The content of Organizing Articles, to date, suggests that the only way of organising article in a wiki is by using Categories. This approach completely overlooks one very fundamental feature of a wiki - wikilinks. Perhaps the two biggest issues with any wiki article are no wikilinks in the article and no wikilinks to the article.

An article that contains no wikilinks is a dead-end page Once you reach a dead-end page you have nowhere left to go. This is like a blind alley or a garden path that leads up to a wall. But there is nowhere to go because there is no gate (wikilink) to get through the wall. While you can admire the flowers at the end, you cannot move forward, only retrace your steps and go back the way you came in.

An article that has no wikilinks to it is an orphaned page, or, as the special page URL puts it, a lonely page. The problem with these pages is you cannot get there. This is like being unable to get into this part of the garden because there is no gate in the wall.

Categories exist to help you jump over the walls that result from dead-end and orphaned pages. Categories are like the map of the garden that you find at the entrance. Unfortunately, such maps get out of date, or tatty, because they don't weather well and need to be maintained.

Categories are not the only way to get around the wiki-garden, there are several special pages to help. Besides dead-end page and orphaned page there are short pages that need cultivation to grow, long pages that might have become overgrown may be in need weeding or even mowing, the oldest pages have not been cultivated recently, while the new pages and pages with the fewest revisions probably need a good looking over too. Then there are the recent changes to keep an eye on, or you can just take a chance.

One problem with organising a wiki is trying to be too rigid too soon. Something is always going to come along to break such a framework. It is better to be flexible and adapt as you go, taking clues from the existing articles.

From what I have read so far there is a bunch of articles about the sasCommunity website itself, its features, setting it up, organising it, etc. Then there are articles about user groups, job opportunities, people and businesses that use SAS, SAS products and writing and using SAS code and applications.

The trouble is I am not sure where to start organising, because of the size of the job and my inability to find the relevant articles that discuss the hope, vision and goals of the sasCommunity wiki. I am sure they are mentioned somewhere, I just haven't discovered where yet. - Cameron 08:07, 6 August 2012 (EDT)

Category suggestions

  • Would there be value in a Category:Career? For example, we could add these pages to it:
Perhaps there is potential for more articles about various stages in a SAS/analyst career, and for consultants of various types. NOT a jobs posting page (we have that), but more of a category of resources.
I don't think this is the same as Category:Consultant SIG. I think this is more broad, and can be a source for people in various points in different SAS-related careers. - paulkaefer (talk) 16:07, 14 June 2016 (CDT)

Guidance for authors

One thing that helps with organised articles are some suggestions about how articles can be organised. I am not talking about a lot of rules that must be adhered to, merely some tips and recommendations about what helps and what doesn't. For example:

  1. Write article for the reader, not yourself.
  2. The articles you write are shared works and no longer just your own work. (See Copyright in sasCommunity:Terms_of_Use)
  3. Write about SAS. (Or anything related to SAS.)
  4. Link to your articles from other articles. (This is a wiki after all.)
  5. Give your articles sensible titles that can be used as wiki links.
  6. Articles don't need to be conference papers.
  7. Contribute! Go on, be bold, plunge forward, and contribute.
  8. To err is human, but you can correct your mistakes on a wiki.
  9. No person is an island; what you write, someone else can improve.
  10. A wiki is not a democracy but a dictatorship. The most recent editor on a wiki always has the final word. This is how we achieve consensus.

- Cameron 21:36, 7 August 2012 (EDT)