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How To Start A New Topic

This topic shows you how to start a new topic. You can practice creating topics at the Sandbox web. (This link will open up a new web browser page so you can toggle back and forth between this page and the sandbox page.)

Table of contents for this topic:

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Feel free to start a new topic to spin off part of an unmanageably large topic into a smaller, more detailed topic. (Adding links between the old and new topic.)

Before you start a whole new topic please be really, really sure that there isn't already a topic on that subject that you can add to instead. As you do your due diligence keep in mind that the search box only searches the web you are in when you start your search. So when adding content you should be sure you have first searched the WikiLDB web.

Step by step instructions

Create the topic

1. Begin at the proper web home page by clicking on the applicable button in the "Webs" list in the column on the left of your screen (you may need to scroll up or down to find it): WikiLDB for content. Forms for forms, or Help for site help. (Or click on this link to open up a new web browser page where you can practice adding a topic, toggling back and forth between this page and the Sandbox page.)

2. Click on the "Create New Topic" button in the "Toolbox" list in the column on the left of your screen.

3. Select your topic name following the instructions at Topic Name then type it in the box.

4. Click on the "Create this topic" button.

Set up the topic

5. Delete the line of text with your user name that appears inside the edit box.

6A. If you are not adding a topic for one of the following subjects go to step 6b below. Otherwise, click on the listed type to open a template for your new topic: Then click on the "Edit" button on the template page, copy the contents in the edit window (after which you can hit "cancel" on the edit page and then close the template browser window), paste the contents into your new topic, and replace the bracketed material in the template with the specific information relating to your topic. Then proceed to step 9 below.

6B. In the format box in the edit bar switch to "Heading 1" and then type in two exclamation marks - !!(1) - followed by the topic title (which is often, but need not be, the same as the topic name)

7. Hit return to go to the next line (the format box should automatically switch from "Heading 1" to "Normal," if it doesn't then you'll need to do it manually) and type in an introductory sentence, bolding the clause that identifies the subject of your topic. For example: "The necessaries doctrine is a common law rule providing that an individual is personally liable for the necessities of life of that person's family."

8. Even if your new topic has only one heading we encourage you to put in a table of contents. This will prepare the article for growth down the road. Add a table of contents with the following text on the edit page:
Table of contents for this topic %TOC%

9. Click on the blue "Save" button at the bottom of the edit page.

10. If your topic name includes numbers then rename the topic to add underscores where there would be a space, period, point, or dot (from 11USC101 or WisStats81619 to 11_USC_101 or WisStats _816_19 for example). You can skip this step if you created a topic name with only trailing numbers (such as BankruptcyRule1001).

Write the topic

11. Click on the "Edit" button at the top of your new topic page and add your content. Some suggestions:
  • Consistency between topics is helpful to readers. So base the layout of your new topic on an existing topic on a similar subject.
  • The more links a topic has the more helpful it will be to users. So be sure to sprinkle links liberally in your new topic. You can find links to websites with linkable case law and opinions here.

Backlink to the topic

12. Finally, go to existing topics and add links to your new topic. One source of suitable topics is the articles you have linked to from your new topic.

See also



1 : Because the title is entered with a Heading 1 format the title will show up as an entry in the table of contents unless you put the two exclamation marks in front of the first word of the title. Thus, if you create a topic named WisconsinMortgageForeclosureRedemption (CamelCase) you might give it the title on the edit page of !!Wisconsin Mortgage Foreclosure - Redemption (not CamelCase). You only have to do this once. The next time you go back to the edit page you won't see the double exclamation marks, but the title won't be part of the table of contents.

Topic revision: r20 - 02 Dec 2011, WikildBStaff5
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