How to start using the Toolkit
The main page for the Toolkit can be found at http://rabble.ca/toolkit. You can navigate to all the categories, featured content and discussion pages from there. The main page also contains links to this guide, policies and other helpful documents related to using wikis, as well as contact points for the Toolkit moderators.
To create a new piece of content, you will need to be logged in while browsing the Toolkit, and registered as a beta tester. To register as a beta tester, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. To do add or edit content, select the "Log-in" button at the top of the webpage. Once logged in, use the menu on the right side of the screen (called “my menu”) to navigate to “create content” → "Activist Toolkit." This will enable you to create a new page, call it whatever you wish and select the category to place it in. To edit an existing page, simple visit the page while logged in, and select the "edit" tab at the top of the document.
Each page has its own discussion page attached to it, where contributors can view and add comments about the page. This appears as a "Talk" tab at the top of the document. Contributors are encouraged to use this page to discuss their edits with other contributors and/or moderators.
Content falls into one or more categories or "Tooltypes." They are:
How-to Guides make specialized knowledge accessible with a view to enabling skill sharing among grassroots movements. For example, media activists might co-author a "How to organize a press conference" document. Those with fundraising experience could share their tips in a "How to mount an effective fundraising campaign for your organization" guide.
A Tool Site is a review of a particularly valuable online tool, including a link to the site and a description of the sponsoring organization (if any). Most of these Tool Sites are web-based, meaning you don't have to download or install anything to use them.
On This Day
On This Day details a past event with particular importance to the history of the social justice movement. For example, a piece on the Winnipeg General Strike could be written for the day May 15, and appear on the main page as "On this Day in 1919" on that day.
Media include any audio, video, image or PDF that appears on a page in another category (e.g. an inline image in an article) that link to this category. This media may also be organized into galleries for those who want to browse them directly.
Articles can be definitions/descriptions of concepts (e.g. activism, anti-oppression) written from a progressive standpoint, as well as individuals or social justice organizations of note (articles about organizations should include their histories, structure, purpose and current activities).
When editing existing material, comments should be provided explaining your edits; you can make these comments on the "Discuss"' page that is attached to each content page. This is not necessary, however, for minor edits such as spelling or grammar. There are no specific rules for the length of an article or guide, although contributors are encouraged to keep their content concise and readable. Style should be as consistent as possible. Where applicable, sources should be cited and use of free and/or open-sourced material is preferred over copyrighted and/or proprietary material (the latter can be used under the “Fair Dealing” policy. Essentially this means that copyrighted works may be represented and distributed for research and review purposes if there are no non-copyrighted equivalents available).
What to use
Original research is not prohibited; in fact, it is encouraged where needed! For example, personal experiences are obviously important for writing “How-To Guides”. Any external sources, however, should be well documented. The use of both online and offline sources in writing “Articles” is encouraged.
- ● Be respectful of the other contributors
- ● If you see a need for content, be bold and create it
- ● Be factual
- ● Strive for consensus on pages with multiple contributors
- ● Moderators have the final say on content disputes
- ● Avoid “neutral point of view” but consider diversity of opinion