The Drawdown wiki is a nonpartisan 501(c)3 project. Information comes from research by volunteer crowdsourcers and the wiki team. We intend for the information on these pages to be substantive, factual, objective, and fully sourced. Thanks for your help!
How to Join the Drawdown wiki
We’re building on the work of the new bestselling book, “Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming” We aim to explore and expand the world we can imagine from Drawdown’s solutions.
As a crowdsourcer, you can help us by adding project, data, and other information to the pages for the 80 Drawdown Solutions and 20 Coming Attractions.
Create an account: like most places, you'll need a username, password, and email address. If you see a message, "I am not a robot" click on the "captcha" and answer the photos quiz.
- At the top of the page it will show you're logged in. To the right of your user name, you will see links for:
- Talk where crowdsourcers can discuss what's been added and what's missing.
- Preferences information you show to other visitors and your choices in tracking changes made to pages you follow.
- Watchlist your list of pages for which you're following changes
- Contributions a list of every time you've edited a page
- As a registered user, you'll see more tabs on the top of the page:
- Choose "Edit with form" (Edit is for experts).
Understanding the wiki
This wiki has pages for each of the 80 Drawdown Solutions and 20 Coming Attractions. Each page already has some basic information, and a link to the article and research in the Drawdown book and online.
Each page has short fill-in forms - with sections for 1.) Additions or notes on book writeup 2.) Technical & scientific research 3.) Business & social research 4.)Wikipedia & other top links.
To contribute information, the click "edit with form"tab, and add what you've found, with a proper citation or link so future visitors and crowdsourcers can see your sources.
Adding information to the wiki
You may find it easier to assemble information for any or all of the four fill-in forms using a word processor or text edit, then pasting it in. Or you can add information directly into the relevant section on the solutions page. When you paste in text, everything will turn into a single long paragraph. The software needs a double "Line Feed" or <enter/return> <enter/return>. You can manually add two returns before or after you paste so answers to questions and the new lines for footnotes in the Draft summary look right.
Sourcing & citations
- When you add information, please add a proper citation at the bottom of the relevant section. Add a non-superscripted footnote marker like (1) in the text or at the end of a sentence. Then at the end of the section (usually one paragraph, add 1. Followed by the formatted citation. This information will give others easy ways to get to your sources and build on them.
- Please follow the URL with other info for instance, "News Headline" in Publication Name, by author, Date Published, or "Environment Page at website name," Accessed DATE, or "Video Title," talk at location/date, minute 11:30 to 12:50 of 64:00.
Here's an example:
(1) Transcript of "Climate Change: An Alaskan Perspective." Senator Lisa Murkowski. 2006-11-13 https://www.murkowski.senate.gov/press/speech/climate-change-an-alaskan-perspective Accessed 2017-12-17
Some other guidelines
- Simplify URLs when possible: often you can delete the jumble of characters and numbers after the last slash or in some cases after the .html or ? --all info added by a referral site. If you shorten URLs, check that they still work.
- Include a note "Accessed + date" only when linking to URLs where content may change or be updated or disappear. No need to do this for press releases or news items that aren't usually edited.
- Dates can be most simply done as YEAR-MO-DY (U.S. style) so 2017-12-31 for December 31, 2017.
- For audio/videos indicate which it is and 00:00 total length and if you're pointing to a segment say at "11:30 of 64:00"
Explain what you've done and save
- Summary: Please enter a few words explaining what you added or changed.
- Minor edit: Clicking if you've tweaked or fixed typos; this will make life easier for people who follow this page but want to see only significant changes.
- Show preview/Show changes: See how the page looks with your changes or see side-by-side before-and-after versions. Below that you'll see the edit box where you can make further changes.
- Watch this page: In preferences the default adds any page you edit to your Watchlist so you can follow what happens when you're done.
- Save page: If you skip this, your changes won't appear. After you save, your changes will show up at the article's History, identifying you by your user name. And any user can compare any two versions of a page.
For additional help
- Find more advanced help at Mediawiki Help: Editing Pages, MediaWiki is the software platform on which this wiki operates.
- Also look at Wikipedia Tutorial -- the world's largest wiki also runs on MediaWiki and has extensive help that's been refined over time.