Discussion & Question Instruction

From U of M Internal Medicine Wiki

If you have details to add to an article, just add them. We are all Reviewing Recent Changes, so don't be worried whether the details are beautifully written - rather than not have them, it's better to have them less than perfect, it gives everyone else a place to start from.

If you disagree with something, have concerns, or a question, add a discussion. If you see a discussion, add additional information you might have.

Adding a discussion to an article

  • click on the "edit" link next to the heading of the topic you want to comment on (or the edit tab at the top of the article)
  • right in the place where your question comes up, add a
{{Discussion}} 
* <replace this with your comment/question>

to add the discussion template

  • Show preview, and then save, which will
    • put the article into the category:Questions, providing a list of all articles that need review
    • add the picture Interro-01.gif, making it obvious where in the article there are concerns

How to work with a discussion

  • click on the "edit" link (on the right side of the heading above the question, or at the top of the page)

Simple question, simple answer

If the comment is a simple question and you are pretty sure you have the right answer, just fix the article so there would not have been a question and delete the discussion. This is the best way for a discussion on the wiki to work! It leaves a clean and better document.

Responding to a point

In the next line after the point you are responding to

  • put one more "*" than the specific comment you are responding to and write your text
  • end it with ~~~~, which will translate into your signature and the time when you save
  • optionally, press the "Show Preview" button to see what your comment will look like
  • press the Save Page button

Conflict

If the updated content is wrong, fix it, but also start a conversation with the person, ideally in person, to find out why you disagreed on the content. Direct-edits are a great way to make documentation better quickly, but they are not good to resolve deeper problems in how we understand a process. Ideally talk to the editor in person and come to a common understanding, then fix the article.

If there is no article for the topic you want to discuss

Make a new article and follow the instructions above.

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