Hello and welcome to the January 2006 Wikispaces update. Yes, that's right - January! We were so busy making Wikispaces faster, better, and simpler that we lost track of time. But don't worry, we'll catch up. Here's what's in store this month: 1. Wikis in Education 2. Space of the Month: Oxidised White Burgandies 3. January Wikitips 4. Feedback Time If you would not like to receive future update emails, instructions are at the bottom of this message. 1. Wikis in Education January at Wikispaces has been about teachers. As we mentioned on our blog (http://blog.wikispaces.com) we've been seeing more and more teachers use Wikispaces to do great things in the classroom. So we decided to help. We are offering free, and advertising free, public and private Wikispaces to K-12 teachers. There's nothing better for us than to hear education success stories from our users so please help us spread the word. Point any teachers you know to the announcement on our blog (http://blog.wikispaces.com/2006/01/free-wikispaces-for-teachers.html) or let us know who you think we should tell about this offer ([email protected]). Of course we've also continued to improve Wikispaces and to work with our members to learn more about how to make the site simpler and more useful. Read on for more news and some hints on how to get the most out of Wikispaces. 2. Space of the Month: Oxidised White Burgandies Oxidised White Burgandies is the Wikispaces Space of the Month for January 2006. http://oxidised-burgs.wikispaces.com/ Our Space: The primary aim of our space is to collect and share data about bottles of white wine from the Burgundy region of France. It enables us to assess the likelihood and severity of reported flaws, in particular regarding the issue of premature oxidation. This space also facilitates our secondary goal, which is to gather information about the possible root causes of these flaws. Our Community: Drinkers of these wines, wherever they are in the world Our Experience: The wiki helps bring critical mass to an issue that would otherwise be merely anecdotal, i.e. by collecting enough data for a systematic analysis. An online solution such as wikispaces is the most practical given the global spread of our community. Setting up our own wiki space was very quick, and the
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ease of use is a definite plus for a community that is not necessarily computer-savvy. Give us a shout about who should be the next space of the month: http://www.wikispaces.com/message/list/space+of+the+month 3. January Wikitips - Deleting and renaming pages Deleting and renaming pages is fairly simple to do in Wikispaces but given the nature of a wiki, it's important to understand what happens when you do delete or rename a page. To delete or rename a page in your space:
Make sure you are an organizer of the space Click "Manage Space" Click "List Pages" Click "delete" or "rename" next to the page you want to delete or rename. When you delete or rename a page. you will be taken to a page that lists all pages that have links to the page you are deleting. This is to help you avoid leaving dead links that lead to the old page scattered around your space. Renamed pages retain their history so that you can still revert to previous versions if neccessary. Deleted pages show up in recent changes lists as deleted and unavailable. - Quick links in the visual editor Our visual editor lets you write and format pages without having to remember wikitext markup. But sometimes, you might want to drop in a link to another page really quickly without going to the link dialog. You can make a link in the visual editor by just wrapping words in square brackets e.g. [[hello]] just like in the plain text editor. Save the page, and voila - a link to the "hello" page in your space. (tips archived at http://www.wikispaces.com/wikitips) 4. Feedback. Tell us what you need. We're planning a lot of improvements and enhancement to Wikispaces so make sure you tell us what's important to you. We need to know how you use Wikispaces, what works well, what doesn't work well, and what's missing. And of course, tell everyone you know about Wikispaces and how it can be useful to them. We have special ways of helping schools and medium to large sized organizations so tell people who need our help getting started to get in touch with us. We're very helpful given the chance.
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