How To Participate And Post

Participating on This Site

Rating Pages

Members can rate pages as positive or negative by clicking on the “Rating” button at the bottom of the page. After clicking on this button, you can click on an + or – to rate the page.


Comments sections appear at the bottom of each page (where the author of the page has inserted the Comments Module (see below for instructions on how to do this).


Members can start and participate in Forum threads. The Forum link appears mid-way down the left-side navigation section. Some pages may also have a button for a page-connected forum. Do not confuse the “Comments” box at the bottom of pages for a forum.

Entering Material on this Wiki

Editing or Adding Material

On most pages, any member can edit or add content.

Click on the “Edit” button at the bottom of the page.

The edit window will appear after the original page content. Editing tool bars will appear between the “Title of the page” box and the page content box. In general, you can highlight the text to which you want to add format tags then click the appropriate formatting button.

Hold your mouse pointer over a button and the name of the function will appear in a balloon box.

Additional information on formatting tags appears below. A full treatment can be found by clicking on the “How to edit pages?” link on the left-side navigation section, then clicking on the “Documentation Pages” link.

Please edit the pages of others with sensitivity. Correcting a type-O is nice, but changing the content, meaning, or expressiveness of the original author is not appropriate.

Starting a New Page

General Guidelines

Do Not Put Spaces in Names of:

  • Page links (titles of the pages that appear as links to your page or other pages). The wiki will automatically put dashes (-) in between words.
  • All inserted URLs.
  • The file names of files and photos that are uploaded to the wiki.

Put the following code at the bottom of your page. This code inserts a Comments box.

Naming your Page:

  • Do not use the following characters in your file name: ? [ ] / \ = + < > : , ; | * ‘ “
  • Use the appropriate category name followed by a colon and your page name when naming your page.
  • Categories = categoryname (SEE list below for category names)

What's New? = news
What's Cool? = news
What's Funny? = news
Announcements = news
Newsletter = news
Academic "Personals" = news
Meetings at AERA = research
Papers & Presentations = research
Glossary = research
Critiques & Commentaries = research
Research Help = research
Research Methodologies = research
Research Recycle Bin = research
Thematic Sections = theme
Student Section = student
Resources and Links = resource
Videos and Multimedia = media
Journal = journal
Members Pages = member

The name should look like: research:name-of-my-page

Generating Content

Type your content into a word processor first. Your formatting in this document will act as a guide, but will not transfer into your page. You will have to use appropriate formatting codes on your wiki page.

Please check spelling, grammar, and readability.

Steps to Creating a Page

  1. Click on the category link for your page in Navigation panel (left side), such as “Research Methodologies” or “Learning” (in the Thematic Section). (You can use the “Add a new page” box in the Navigation Panel, but it is easier to link your page to the appropriate category by following these directions.)
  2. Click on the “Edit” button at the bottom of this category index page.
  3. Add the title of your new page enclosed in triple square brackets:
    1. [[[category:Title-of-Your-New-Page]]]
    2. SEE “Naming Your Page” above.
  4. If other pages are already linked, follow the same coding patterns.
  5. Click on the “Preview” button. Make sure your title appears correctly.
  6. Click on the “Save” button.
  7. Now, click on the link to your new page.
  8. An error message page will appear with a link: “create page.” Click on this page.
  9. If you have photos or graphics that you want to embed in your page, upload them now. These files need to be 72 dpi (not 300 dpi) and probably no larger than 10 inches in any dimension. Save these files as jpegs or gifs. Remember, the names should be relatively short (less than 27 characters), with no spaces in the file name.
    1. Click on the “Files” button at the bottom of the page.
    2. Click on the “Upload a file from your computer” link at the center bottom of the page.
    3. Click on “Select Files.”
    4. Find your file and add it.
    5. Click on “Upload.”
  10. Copy and paste your page content from your word processing file into the page editing box.
  11. Go through and add formatting codes, URL links, etc. Use the tool bars and/or the codes listed below or in the Wiki Documentation pages.
    1. Put the following code at the bottom of your page. This code inserts a Comments box.
    2. [[module Comments]]
  12. To add your uploaded photos to your page, use the “image wizard” button in the tool bars (a green box to the right of center).
  13. Click the “Preview” button. Check to make sure that your page looks the way you want. Make any changes, then click on the “Save” button.
  14. Go through you page and check to make sure links work and that there are no other errors. If you need to make corrections, click on the “Edit” button at the bottom of the page.
  15. Go back to the original category index page. Click on the link to your page. If it does not work, check that the page name in the URL is the same as the name of your page.
  16. Click on the “Tags” button at the bottom of the page and list several key words that will help your page be found in searches.

Common Wiki Codes

Separate more than one code for an item by a space (in most cases).

Level 1 Heading = +

Level 2 Heading = ++

Level 3 Heading = +++

Level 4 Heading = ++++

Bullet = *

Numbered item in list = #

Blockquote text = >

Italics = //your italicized text//

Boldfaced = **you boldfaced text**

Superscript = ^^your superscripted text^^

Subscript = ,,your subscripted text,,

Center = [[=]]your centered text or image[[/=]]

Clickable link =

Linked text = [ Chaos & Complexity Theories in Education]

Linked email address = [ Email this Address]

Link to page in this wiki = [[[name-of-page]]]

Linked text to page = [[[name-of-page | Name of Page]]]

Embedded image = [[image url or attachment]]

Embedded video = [[embedvideo]]copy and pasted embedding code from YouTube, etc.[[/embedvideo]]

Or, if you are having trouble embedding a video, paste the html code in between: [[html]] paste code here [[/html]]

When in doubt, look at other pages on this wiki or other wikidot sites — click on "Edit" at the bottom of the page and see how others have formatted their pages or accomplished other tasks, like embedding videos or images, etc.


Please add "tags" to your pages. Click on the "Tags" button at the bottom of the page after you have saved your page.

Please avoid using the following:

  • your own name
  • the name of members of the SIG
  • "complexity" "complex"
  • "chaos"

You may use the names of people who are deceased or who do not belong to our SIG. However, using the names of everyone in your reference list may be way too much. Try to use names of "significant" people in the field, e.g., Bateson, Capra, Prigogine.

If you can use the same words in your tags that already exist, it will make these tags more useful. If a word doesn't exist in the tags list, you may add a new word.


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