CAPWiki Tips

In order to try to keep the pages consistent and professional, here are a few suggestions:

  1. Before creating a new page, look at other similar pages. For instance, if you are going to create a page about the grade of Cadet First Lieutenant, you might consider looking at both the Cadet Airman and Cadet Captain pages, if they exist. Normally, you want to keep all related articles of a certain nature pretty consistent in what type of information each covers, the headers used, and so on. Every now and then, there might be reasons to break the mold. Going back to our example of using cadet grade, if you were to make a page about the grade of Cadet Colonel, it would likely include quite a bit of extra information, as it is presented parallel to an award and is the highest cadet grade that can be earned. However, in MOST cases, it is generally a good idea to keep pages as consistent as possible.
  2. Don't forget that you can post links to other sites. Wikipedia seems to have a good system with having a "See Also" section at the bottom of many of their pages. So if you want to write an article on Hawk Mountain Ranger School, you might post the link to the Hawk Mountain Ranger School website and the official CAPNHQ website description of Hawk Mountain.
  3. Don't forget about the CAPWiki Forums. They can be a good place to discuss aspects of an article that may need clarifying. In addition, there is a button at the bottom of most pages that says "Discuss." If you click this button, it will create a new thread in a forum exclusively dedicated to CAPWiki pages. If you are familiar with Wikipedia, it acts as a "Talk" page, but uses forum-based formatting.
  4. If you notice on the side bar, there is an area called the "tag cloud." Tags can be added to the bottom of most pages, and are used as a one or two word summary of what the page is about. When multiple pages are tagged with the same word, tags quickly become an efficient way of organizing information. By simply clicking a tag, you are able to pull up all pages with that same tag. The tag cloud organizes tags on the side bar. The more pages that are tagged with a certain word, the bigger that word appears on the tag bar. Please ensure that tags are appropriate to the article.
  5. If you're going to post something that is considered "directive", please make sure that you cite your sources. While CAPWiki is NOT to be used as a substitution for looking up the correct procedures in the CAP publications, we should be as accurate as possible. It's embarrassing to post incorrect information as factual when the source you cite contradicts you, so make sure you are quite confident in what you are posting BEFORE you save the page.
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