Contributing to the wiki

MiniDisc only stays relevant if people use and discuss it. We want to encourage as much content and preservation as possible so that it can be accessed and shared by everyone.

Account registration isn't currently required to edit. But signing up may be required in the future, and avoids Captchas.

Articles, repair guides, FAQ sections, equipment details, release information, and accessories all need pages added, pictures tagged, and sites archived. Please don't hold back if your English is not flawless, or if you only start pages without finishing them - others will contribute and keep the momentum going.

Please keep all dates in YYYY-MM-DD format for sorting and organization. There is no standard for US, UK, or alternative spellings of English.

The site layout is subject to change as more articles and entries are added. Please discuss any large changes with the community before they are implemented.

The biggest question mark in the layout right now is how the Equipment page is laid out. The List Groups do not show the year on the right hand side of the panel as shown in the documentation; and a new line is created for each link, even if they share a given year (including in the markup). Documentation can be found here: http://www.lotar.altervista.org/wiki/wiki/plugin/bootswrapper/list-group

Alternative solutions to the Equipment page layout are welcomed.

Dokuwiki is the current wiki system in use. Read up on the syntax here: https://www.dokuwiki.org/wiki:syntax

The Bootstrap3 theme and associated plugins are also installed: http://www.lotar.altervista.org/wiki/wiki/plugin/bootswrapper

Other plugins:

Wrap - https://www.dokuwiki.org/plugin:wrap

ckgedit - https://www.dokuwiki.org/plugin:ckgedit

EditTable - http://www.dokuwiki.org/plugin:edittable

The Wrap plugin allows for infoboxes similar to Wikipedia's (MediaWiki). Infoboxes are perfect for hardware details, which were previously tables on minidisc.org.

On Mobile, the right-align of the infotables is still causing issues.

The incredible work over at minidisc.org is an asset and inspiration to us. We hope to refactor and replicate much of the content on minidisc.org, attributing it in each case and linking to original sources (archived, preferably). A one-to-one duplication is not the plan - rather, the page should be adapted with modern collector's notes, known issues, repairs, and links to other resources.

Aside from hardware pages; articles on ATRAC technology, service manuals, and reviews are all worthy of archival.

There is a breadth of other resources out on the web, with unknown lifespans. As much of this content that can be saved as possible (preferably with attribution) is of important contextual and historical significance.

Sites such as the Sony Insider Forums (some of which is archived) contain a lot of detailed discussions on repairs, issues, pricing, and quirks of various parts of the ecosystem, and should be considered (and attributed, of course) when adding content to the wiki.

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