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Post by Barry Barnitz » Tue Nov 02, 2010 11:45 pm

Is there an investing topic that you want to tell the world about?

Would you like to enrich your investing knowledge, or explore new areas?

The answer is easy: Join the Bogleheads Wiki army.

You'll get a rewarding experience of helping others while learning investing.

Interested? Just post a request in this thread and a wiki administrator will send you a PM containing your wiki account login information.

There's nothing to lose. You'll get the experience of editing a wiki, as well as collaborative support of the forum.
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Post by Noobvestor » Wed Nov 03, 2010 12:27 am

Hi Barry-

First, I want to say: amazing work - I reference and link others to the wiki regularly, and enjoy lurking in the development-related threads on the forum.

Was thinking the other day that there were a few things that might use expanding - I'm newish, so would prefer (of course) to stick to areas I'm comfortable/familiar with, but if I can lend a hand I would be happy to do so.

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Post by Barry Barnitz » Wed Nov 03, 2010 2:11 pm

noobvester wrote:Hi Barry-

First, I want to say: amazing work - I reference and link others to the wiki regularly, and enjoy lurking in the development-related threads on the forum.

Was thinking the other day that there were a few things that might use expanding - I'm newish, so would prefer (of course) to stick to areas I'm comfortable/familiar with, but if I can lend a hand I would be happy to do so.


Hi noobvester:

Please check your pms. Simple instructions for signing in with the WIKI are included.

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Post by TenS2XS » Thu Nov 04, 2010 5:09 pm

I'll give it a look.

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Post by Mel Lindauer » Thu Nov 04, 2010 5:26 pm

Have you considered making a contribution to this remarkable resource (our forum's wiki)? Do so and your work will live on forever. Think about that; your children and your grandchildren and perhaps even their grandchildren just may read and learn from the work you help create today. Powerful stuff!

Contact Barry to join the wiki team. You'll be glad you did.
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Post by enderw88 » Fri Nov 05, 2010 12:43 am

I would like to help out.
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Post by zaplunken » Sat Nov 06, 2010 5:47 pm

How do I find topics in the wiki that I want to read? For example TIRA to Roth conversions or RMDs?

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Post by Barry Barnitz » Sat Nov 06, 2010 7:24 pm

zaplunken wrote:How do I find topics in the wiki that I want to read? For example TIRA to Roth conversions or RMDs?


The easiest way to find a page in WIKI is to use the search box, entering the subject of interest and hitting the search button.

Entering "Roth Conversions" in the search box yields the following results:

Search results

Entering RMDs in search yields the following results.

Alternately, you can use the manually created Table of Contents to find major wiki categories and selected pages.

It is best to click on the main category, of interest, for all pages which fall under the category are automatically directed by the wiki to the category once an editor has placed the page in a category. An entire list of pages, alphabetized, will be listed. Thus, here are the pages in the WIKI Retirement Planning Category, and pages listed in the [Category: IRAs.

A link to a complete listing of the WIKI's categories is available on the left side panel of the WIKI. Here is what the link provides.

At the bottom of each WIKI page you will find a listing of the page's categories. Each category link will take you to the list of page's in that category.

We also try to make navigation easier by providing hyperlinks in the pages, ''see also" sections which provide related WIKI pages, as well as sidebars and bottom navigation boxes.

Hope this helps,
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Post by celia » Sat Nov 06, 2010 7:51 pm

Before I "volunteer", could you post a link here to the guidelines that need to be followed or anything else that helps us know what we're getting ourselves into? This isn't a task that everyone can do, and we wouldn't want to waste your time or ours.

Or does your "welcome" notice do this?

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Post by LadyGeek » Sat Nov 06, 2010 9:17 pm

Sure. First, let me explain that the Bogleheads' wiki is really Wikipedia in disguise. It runs the same software as Wikipedia (MediaWiki), but with a different look. (Wikipedia is experimenting with a new user interface ("skin") which will be incorporated into a future MediaWiki release.)

The purpose of a "wiki" is to provide information as an authoritative source. This is different than a forum or blog, where you can give an opinion and it can be considered just that. The "welcome" text explains that the Bogleheads wiki is focused on all things investing.

Why should you want to be a wiki editor instead of a reader? For the same reasons that you post in the forum or edit a blog; to teach, to learn, to document some ideas that you just want to tell the world. The only difference is an educational environment using a structured format. You get the benefits of collaboration, as any wiki editor can edit any contribution.

If you don't want others to edit your works, then contributing to a wiki may not be for you.

Also, if you just want to point out a few corrections, then being an editor is not the right path. Use the "Suggestions for the Wiki" link (in the welcome text box) for those ideas.

What are the guidelines? The same as wikipedia, which can be found on the Basic help page. Note the left side of the page has an "editing the wiki" section.

As for the "mechanics" of editing, click on the "view source" tab of any page to see the actual wiki text. If it looks imposing, don't worry. There's a toolbar that will help do most of the formatting for you. Even if that's too much, just type what you want to write and let someone else fix it for you. It's really no big deal. The idea is to get the content correct, then format later.

Don't worry about making mistakes. Every page comes with full version tracking that can be "undone". You can see any change to any version with time and date tracking, as well (history tab). This is exactly how Wikipedia works.

You can see wiki activity (who is editing what page at the moment) by clicking on the "recent changes" link at the left side of the page.

If this doesn't answer your questions, please ask again.
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Post by zaplunken » Sun Nov 07, 2010 6:47 am

Barry Barnitz wrote:
zaplunken wrote:How do I find topics in the wiki that I want to read? For example TIRA to Roth conversions or RMDs?


The easiest way to find a page in WIKI is to use the search box, entering the subject of interest and hitting the search button.

Entering "Roth Conversions" in the search box yields the following results:

Search results

Entering RMDs in search yields the following results.

Alternately, you can use the manually created Table of Contents to find major wiki categories and selected pages.

It is best to click on the main category, of interest, for all pages which fall under the category are automatically directed by the wiki to the category once an editor has placed the page in a category. An entire list of pages, alphabetized, will be listed. Thus, here are the pages in the WIKI Retirement Planning Category, and pages listed in the [Category: IRAs.

A link to a complete listing of the WIKI's categories is available on the left side panel of the WIKI. Here is what the link provides.

At the bottom of each WIKI page you will find a listing of the page's categories. Each category link will take you to the list of page's in that category.

We also try to make navigation easier by providing hyperlinks in the pages, ''see also" sections which provide related WIKI pages, as well as sidebars and bottom navigation boxes.

Hope this helps,


Thank you Barry, yes this is helpful.

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Post by gsmith » Sun Jan 02, 2011 12:29 am

I just tried to update the wiki, but I didn't realize I needed to ask. :D
(I'd like to contribute)

What I was trying to change was to update
http://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/Vanguard_Fund_Info to include VTIAX, the new Admiral share option for total international. @ .20%, fund # 0569.

Thanks!

Greg

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Post by Barry Barnitz » Sun Jan 02, 2011 2:25 am

gsmith wrote:I just tried to update the wiki, but I didn't realize I needed to ask. :D
(I'd like to contribute)

What I was trying to change was to update
http://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/Vanguard_Fund_Info to include VTIAX, the new Admiral share option for total international. @ .20%, fund # 0569.

Thanks!

Greg


Thanks Greg:

Check your pm's.

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Post by Mel Lindauer » Sun Jan 02, 2011 8:43 pm

Joining the wiki team is a great way to contribute something lasting to the Bogleheads' community and beyond, since the wiki is available for everyone to read.

Make that your new year's resolution and make sure that's one resolution you keep!
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Post by Taylor Larimore » Sun Jan 02, 2011 9:16 pm

Hi Barry and Lady Geek:

Thanks to you and our Boglehead contributors, the Boglehead WIKI is now one of the best sources for useful and reliable financial information on the web!

Thanks to all who contribute!

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Post by magician » Thu May 26, 2011 6:32 pm

I'd love to join the Wiki team if I may.

Thanks.
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Post by thn929 » Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:39 am

I would also like to join. My reason is to fix a terribly minor typo ("waiver" should be "waver" under "Bogleheads℠ investment philosophy > Stay the course).

For some reason, I have quite a keen eye for typos and grammar, so I'll be on the lookout as I read through.

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Post by FNK » Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:29 pm

I'm game, sign me up.

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Post by exeunt » Tue Nov 01, 2011 7:37 pm

I'd like to join.

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Post by ptete » Wed Nov 02, 2011 7:11 pm

Pm me, thanks.

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Post by velcro » Tue May 15, 2012 11:54 am

I have a question about the "Paying a tax cost to switch funds" wiki entry. Is the best way to address that to write on the Discussion page? If so, do I need to sign up here?

Any advice would be appreciated.

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Post by FNK » Tue May 15, 2012 4:23 pm

In my humble opinion: If you want to edit the Wiki, get a password and edit the Wiki. If not, post a thread on the forum and someone may pick it up. I tend not to go to the discussion pages.

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Post by LadyGeek » Tue May 15, 2012 4:26 pm

I agree with FNK, as the discussion page has a very limited audience.There are several ways to go:

- If it's a question that the wiki needs clarification or correction, you are certainly welcome to become a wiki editor - there's no obligation. Any and all contributions are welcome.

- Or, feel free to post your content in Suggestions for the Wiki and someone will care of it.

- If it's a very general question, perhaps it might be better to ask in the forum. If a change to the wiki is needed as a result, just PM a wiki editor and point to the thread.

The wiki entry: Paying a tax cost to switch funds
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Post by peregrine » Tue May 15, 2012 10:25 pm

I'll bite.

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Post by Peculiar_Investor » Sat Feb 23, 2013 11:02 am

Some interesting thoughts about editor engagement from Wikipedia, Suggesting tasks for new Wikipedians — Wikimedia blog. Wikipedia has launched an Editor engagement project after coming to realize that they need to make efforts to retain existing editors, as well as to engage new contributors to participate on Wikipedia.

Seems like the BH wiki, with its smallish group of core editors could benefit from Wikipedia's experiences and efforts. For those not already involved in editing the BH wiki, perhaps you might give some though to helping with the small problems that need fixing, see Help:Cleanup for ideas.
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Post by pennstater2005 » Sat Feb 23, 2013 11:53 am

I would like to join the wiki team! More so for my eye for grammatical/spelling mistakes as I read. Not saying there's a lot in the wiki ;-)
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Post by runner9 » Sat Feb 23, 2013 12:03 pm

Maybe not the correct place for this, but I've been curious if the "MRD Suspended for 2009" section that appears on so many pages is still relevant. It's on basically every page that talks about a vehicle with a MRD.

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Post by LadyGeek » Sat Feb 23, 2013 12:28 pm

pennstater2005 wrote:I would like to join the wiki team! More so for my eye for grammatical/spelling mistakes as I read. Not saying there's a lot in the wiki ;-)

Check your PM. You're in, thanks! Fixing grammatical and spelling errors is very important.

As they say, "you never get a second chance to make a first impression." The first thing readers notice are typo and grammatical errors, content is secondary. Regardless of the countless hours spent to edit an article, it all goes for naught if the quality of the presentation is poor.

runner9 wrote:Maybe not the correct place for this, but I've been curious if the "MRD Suspended for 2009" section that appears on so many pages is still relevant. It's on basically every page that talks about a vehicle with a MRD.

Take a look in the Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community forum. It's the second sticky down from the top: Suggestions for the Wiki. Depending on how one views the forum threads (using the Bogleheads.org home page), this may not be apparent.

I found "MRD Suspended for 2009" in IRA Distribution Tables. It should be "RMD Suspended for 2009" - typo :oops:

- pennstater2005 - here's a good first test on wiki editing. Give it a shot. :)
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Post by pennstater2005 » Sat Feb 23, 2013 12:50 pm

I found "MRD Suspended for 2009" in IRA Distribution Tables. It should be "RMD Suspended for 2009" - typo :oops:

- pennstater2005 - here's a good first test on wiki editing. Give it a shot. :)


Done!
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Post by runner9 » Sat Feb 23, 2013 12:55 pm

pennstater2005 wrote:
I found "MRD Suspended for 2009" in IRA Distribution Tables. It should be "RMD Suspended for 2009" - typo :oops:

- pennstater2005 - here's a good first test on wiki editing. Give it a shot. :)


Done!


It's also wrong on the 457b page. Again, not sure a 2009 exception is relevent to anyone in 2013 except as and FYI for something that might be possible in another really down year.

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Post by LadyGeek » Sat Feb 23, 2013 1:12 pm

I posted your suggestion in Re: Suggestions for the Wiki. To keep this thread on-topic, let's continue the discussion over there.

Pennstater2005 has also fixed the 457-b page.

Editing the wiki is not difficult, just "different" than posting in the forum. BTW, the wiki uses the same software as Wikipedia, so it's worthwhile to learn (IMO).
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Over at the wiki, more feedback from our new tool, Bogleheads • View topic - Wiki - Give your feedback, no account required!. This time someone posted
can not easily find "option to change password"

There is a two-part answer:
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If the password reset fails, such as not entering your email address in your wiki user profile, PM me for assistance.
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Post by Phineas J. Whoopee » Fri Dec 06, 2013 3:48 pm

... Come on inform the Bogleland! :happy
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Post by small_index » Mon Aug 31, 2015 2:14 pm

I don't want to edit a main Wiki, but want to contribute multiple answers to a Talk page for the "after-tax 401(k)".
http://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/Talk:After-tax_401(k)

If I need to be an editor to post on the above page, I'm interested in becoming one.

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Look for a PM. You are now a wiki editor. :)

There are absolutely no obligations for editing the wiki. All contributions are appreciated, regardless of what you want to do. Thank you!
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Post by xatlasm » Thu Nov 10, 2016 10:36 am

I would like to edit the Wiki to fix a typo on Table 2 of this page (link to Foreign Tax Credit in table's header row is broken): https://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/Vanguard_Total_International_Stock_Index_Fund_tax_distributions

Can this be arranged? :happy

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Post by LadyGeek » Thu Nov 10, 2016 7:28 pm

Thank you! You are now a wiki editor. Look for a PM with the details.

You may edit any article in the wiki, not just the one with the typo.

Based on your posts, you might be interested in this wiki article: Investing in Japan
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Post by Calygos » Fri Jan 13, 2017 1:10 am

I'd like to be an editor if that's ok. Mainly it's for using certain account features like watchlists, as I don't really have any edits to make, but who knows? Also, I'm a Linux Systems Engineer and manage several large, high-traffic MediaWiki installations for my company and I'd be happy to contribute from that end, if any such help were desired. :)

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Sure, you can be an editor. I sent you a PM with the info.

Thanks for your offer. So far, we have enough help but will keep you in mind.
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Post by tjamesturner » Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:14 pm

please give me edit rights on the wiki.

details:
i would like to update the page on hsa options with the new fee structure (and name) for elements financial. considering how much i use the forum, i will probably end up making regular edits going forward.

https://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/Health_ ... nd_options

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Welcome! I sent you a PM.
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Post by IrishDad » Sun May 07, 2017 10:46 am

I think that I have an account already- IrishDad, but just wanted to make sure that I am in and good to go.
Could you check for me, and if I am not let me know what I need to do?

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Welcome! I sent you a PM.
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Post by murphychen » Sat Jun 03, 2017 5:57 am

I'd like to contribute to wiki by adding 2016 performance data to Barclays US Aggregate Bond Index located here https://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/Barclay ... Bond_Index

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