Flexikon: User guide

1 Share your knowledge

The Flexikon lives by his numerous voluntary writers who jointly expand, update and improve the comprehensive online encyclopedia day after day. If you also want to show your expertise as Flexikon author, we would appreciate your cooperation.

1.1 Create a new article

You might already know what we still lack. Help colleagues and share your expertise on a topic of your choice which is not yet present in the Flexikon.

1.2 Correct or complete existing articles

Are you not satisfied with the quality of an article, are some important information missing or the spelling is wrong? Then just edit and improve it.

1.3 Help to embank vandalism

Most of the new posts or edited articles in the Flexikon make sense. However, it also comes to vandalism again and again. Help us by checking recent changes on articles and reverse nonsense.

1.4 Clean up

Help to structure the Flexikon. However, many items are still not assigned to fields. Maintain the order by putting articles into the correct categories.

1.5 Integrate a picture or video

Upload your own pictures or create new photo galleries out of DocCheck Pictures to upgrade articles with diagnostic images, case studies or graphics. Medical videos and clips can easily be uploaded on DocCheck TV. How a picture or video is embedded in an article you can find out on our Playground.

1.6 Add documents, texts and sheets

Upload your own documents or have a look in the file pool of DocCheck Publish for matching content to enhance products with slides, lecture notes and publications. How a document is embedded in an article you can find out on our Playground.

2 Write an article

2.1 How to generate a new article

  • Write article: The most convenient way is to click on the red "Write article" button at the top right of the Flexikon welcome page. Now type in the term that you want to define and click "Create article". If this term is not defined yet, you can write your definition as first author. If there is already a definition of this term, you have the opportunity to complete or improve the existing texts of course.
  • Missing articles: If you find a gray link in an article, it means that there is a term linked which has not been created yet. By clicking on the term, you will directly enter the editing page for the new article so you can start right away.

In addition, you can put a term in square brackets in existing articles. For example, you can type new page, and then click "Preview". If the page does not exist yet, the text is displayed as a gray link. Clicking on the gray link takes you directly to the edit page of the new article.

2.2 How to edit an article

If you click on the "edit" button at the top or the bottom or the gray [edit] links within the paragraphs of the articles, a text box appears with the current content. In the text box for the most part is plain text, but also some special commands that create the Flexikon links, lists and other formatting. How to edit, format, design and link the text you can find on our Playground.

"Save" saves the article, "Preview" gives you a preview of the article while you saty in the editing-mode.

2.3 How to write a good article

First of all it would be good to choose a definite title. Normally, you choose the name in the singular.

  • Start your article with a definition giving a clear contour oft he theme.
  • Establish a bigger connection with a link referee (just put it into square brackets)
  • Structure your content into short chapters and make subheads by using the „=“-sign
  • Stay objective
  • Do not use to many technical terms so that students and readers from other disciplines can understand
  • Write whole sentences and formulate as precise as possible – a good article does not have to be long

Tip: Make sure you are logged in while writing or you will not be listed as author.

3 Copyright

Normally, all Flexikon-articles stand under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0). Under this licence you can use the content for your own purpose. But be sure to name the Flexikon as source all the time. If you use the content in the internet, you have to link it tot he original article. The link hast o be transparent for search engines (e.g. Google) and must not have a „nofllow“-attribute.

Videos, pictures, documents and flash installations are property of DocCheck or his authors. These data are not part oft he Creative Commons licence. They have special Copyrights, which are listed on the particular site DocCheck TV, DocCheck Pictures or DocCheck Publish.

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