From PsychWiki - A Collaborative Psychology Wiki
This wiki (and the MediaWiki sofware) is designed to be easy to use and still have extensive functionality.
Below is a concise overview of how to use this wiki with links to more detailed information.
If not logged in...
- Anyone can view the Article page even if not logged in
- The Article page contains the content of the website.
- Anyone can view the Discussion page even if not logged in
- There a Discussion page for each Article which contains comments and questions about each Article. In the Discussion page users can ...
How to log in
- While loggin in is not required for viewing pages, it does provide additional benefits and functionality as described below including the ability to edit webpages, communicate with other users anonymously, and be notified of changes to the site.
- You can log in by
- clicking the "create an account or log in" tab on the top right hand corner of the webpage and entering your username, password, and email address
- To ensure confidentiality and anonymity, you must recieve an email confirmation code by going to "preferences" and clicking on "confirm e-mail address"
- When you are logged in, you will see your username displayed at the top of the webpage. Click on this to get your your own personal webpage within PsychWiki.
If logged in...
- You can edit the Article page
- Anyone can easily edit any article and have those changes posted immediately.
- You can edit the Discussion page
- Anyone can add comments or questions....
- The other tabs at top help you edit the content of the page
- Edit tab allows you to edit the particular Article or Discussion page. See  for more information on how to edit pages and create new pages.
- History tab lets you see the old versions and history for that particular page including a record of the date and time of every edit, the user who made it, the edit summary, and the ability to compare different versions. See  for more information.
- Move tab allows you to rename a page and move all of its history to the new name. There are a few reasons why you might wish to rename a page such as the title being misspelled or the scope of the article has been reduced, extended, or otherwise changed. See  for more information.
- Watch tab allows you to track changes on the articles you declare an interest in. You will be notified when the page changes. Clicking on the "watch" tab for a particular article adds that page to your "my watchlist". Watched articles are also bolded in the “Recent Changes” list. See  for more information.
- The tabs at the top of the webpage help you customize your experience
- "your username" - Takes you to your own personal webpage within the PsychWiki website. This "user page" is the same as an Articles page.
- my talk - This is the "Discussion" page for your own personal webpage within the PsychWiki website where other users can post comments and communication with you (anonymously if you so desire).
- preferences - You can personalize and customize aspects of the site such as email notification when pages change or new pages are created,
See  for more information.
- my watchlist - All your articles you have indicated as "watch" appear in your "my watchlist" where you can view details about the most recent edits (for all edits see the "history" tab for each article). See  for more information.
- my contributions -
Links to more information
Links specifically about psychwiki:
- Buttons/Links - explanation of all buttons and links that run along the top and left-hand side of this site
- Functions - summary of all the functions of the site including how to customize the site, keep track of edits, and stay in communication with others
- Editing help - helpul summary and tips on how to edit pages
Links about more detailed and general information:
- Documentation on customizing the webpage and the interface
- User's Guide for usage and configuration help
Tabs - explanation of each one
Tabs along the top of the webpage (on blueish background)
- If not logged in
- talk for this ip -
- create an account or log in
- If logged in
- "your username" - if logged in
- my talk - if logged in
- preferences - if logged in
- my watchlist - if logged in
- my contributions - if logged in
- log out - if logged in
Tabs along the top of the page (inside square boxes)
- Move - If logged in...
- Watch - If logged in...
Tabs along the left hand side
- Navigation Window
- Main page -
- Recent changes - Let's you see the most recent edits of all pages within PsychWiki so that you can monitor and review changes. Provides a record of the date and time of every edit, the user who made it, the edit summary, and the ability to compare different versions. See  for more information.
- Help -
- Content Window
- The Business of Social Psychology -
- Research Tools -
- Social Psych Internet Research -
- Psychology Researchers -
- Social Psychology Topics -
- Psychology Papers -
- Add a Topic -
- Search Window
- Search box - Full text search using the "Search" function or use the "Go" button to directing view a specified article's contents (tries near match if no exact hit). See  for more information.
- Toolbox Window
- What links here - View pages within PsychWiki that link to the current page (backlinks). See  for more information.
- Related changes - Lists all changes to each article that is linked to from the current page. So, for only those articles linked to the current page, you can see what changes occured. See  for more information.
- Upload file -
- Special pages - An alphabetical list of all special pages in PsychWiki that provide unique functionality -- such as ability to view particular pages (list all pages, new pages only, pages with most revisions, most view pages, most linked pages) or access to particular information (statistics, categories, user list, export pages). See  for more information.
- Printable version - Lets you see the printer-friendly version of the page. PsychWiki is configured to be printer-friendly without having to click this button.
- Highlight terms -
- shortcut link -
- About PsychWiki -
- Disclaimers -
- Mediawiki logo -
Functions - summary of each one
Look and Feel
- Change the bla my preferences
- Change the blah. skins
- ...printable versions
Editing and making changes
- Add content or make changes to both Articles and Discussion pages.
- Edit whole pages -
- Edit individual sections - click on the "edit" tab at the end of each section
Keeping track of edits
- View the recent edits of all pages in PsychWiki using "Recent changes" so that you can monitor and review changes.
- View the recent edits of individual pages by using the "history" tab at the top of each page.
- View the recent edits of only those pages which link to the current page using "Related changes".
- Indicate which articles you want to watch using the "watch" tab at the top of each page.
- View all articles you have indicated as "watch" in your "my watchlist"
- Recieve email notification when pages change by clicking on this function in the "preferences" tab.
Discussions and communicating with others
- Each user has their own "my talk" page where messages can be left.
- View the comments left on your "my talk" page and communication with other users.
- Recieve a "You have a new messages" notice if someone else has edited your "my talk" page.
- Leave your signature when editing pages by typing three tildes (~). This is especially helpful when leaving messages in Discussion pages.
Searching and queries
- Full text search using the Search function on the left side bar
- "Go" button allows direct viewing of a specified article's contents (tries near match if no exact hit)
- "What links here" allows you to view pages that link to the current page (backlinks)
- In the "Special pages" section you can view all pages, view only new pages, lists of users, popular articles, or most wanted articles.