Posted by: atri | April 7, 2012

Your in-house Wiki page

First refer to the wiki mega post (and the in-house wiki welcome page) for more details on the deadlines and formatting/getting started on the in house wiki. Below are some points that you should keep in mind for the April 17 deadline:

  • Please start playing on the in-house wiki as soon as possible. Add math and general text to get used to the formatting etc. As I mentioned in class last week, April 10 is the last day when I’m going to answer technical questions on formatting etc. on the wiki. The wiki is fairly stable but it is not perfect so if something is not working, it might take some time to fix it.
  • Remember that 60% of your wikipedia grade is based on the April 17 version of your wiki entry, so make sure you do a good job.
  • You do not have to follow this but I would recommend that each group member work on their own wiki page till close to the deadline so that there is minimum fuss on who has control etc. Then before the April 17 deadline, when individual pages are more or less ready, then you as a group should consolidate all the different pages into one.
  • It is mandatory that your page have at least two figures. A figure could be an illustration of part of a proof, a picture that gives some intuition about the post, a graph with plots and or any picture that adds to the wiki page.
  • Make sure that you follow the general Wikipedia guidelines on how to write a good entry.
  • Remember to cite all your sources in the references section of your page. (The references part was broken till last year in the in house wiki– so if that part does not work, do not sweat about it.)
  • Very Important: Make sure everything is in your own words. In particular, make sure you understand the material very well and present your understanding. Copying from your source is plagiarism,so please avoid copy and paste. In general, you do not need to present the proof of the strongest form of a theorem– you can prove a weaker version and refer to your source for the details. Your goal should be to present the main idea(s) in the proof. Remember your reader will be someone how is interested in the topic but not an expert. So think of such a reader when you write your entry and simplify complicated material so that it is understandable to non-experts.
  • DO NOT upload your entry to Wikipedia till you get an explicit OK from me.

If you have any questions/concerns/comments, feel free to use the comments section of this post.



  1. Do we have to draw our figure in the description (like is there any special code) part or attach it at the end in the in house wiki?

    • Hi Saicharan,

      Your figure should apear in the location where it should (e.g. if it is in the middle of the page it should appear there). E.g., look at the sample page in the in-house wiki for more on images.


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