Gynapedia:User's Handbook

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Three rays of light that create nine corners represents the Nine Mago Creatrix.
Welcome to Gynapedia, a free online gynocentric encyclopedia. Gynapedia is a gift-sharing project supported by The Mago Work, a group of collaborative projects including Mago Pool Circle[1], Return to Mago E-Magazine[2], Mago Academy[3], and Mago Books[4]. Administered by Gynapedia Administration Circle, Gynapedia is a collective endeavor to serve the general public as well as feminists, activists, and Godessians, broadly defined. In addition to be a compendium of comprehensive topics, Gynapedia intends to promote network and collaboration among her users across cultures and geographies. This is an English version of Gynapedia.

The concrete idea of Gynapedia[5] came into being in January 2017 as an extension of Mago Pool Circle[6], co-founded by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang. Hwang proposed the idea of a free online encyclopedia to be implemented to Mago Sisters. Kaalii Cargill suggested the Mediawiki platform. The name Gynapedia owes to Kaalii Carill and Mago Sisters who supported it. Spider Redgold conducted the installation of Mediawiki. Sumaiyah Dymonz undertook the task of Local Settings management. Hwang coordinated tasks among the Administration Circle, while continuing to build the basic structure of Gynapedia. For the first year, Gynapedia Administration Circle includes Helen Hye-Sook Hwang, Sumaiyah Dymonz Yates, Spider Redgold, Kaalii Cargill. Mediawiki Management Circle includes Sumaiyah Dymonz Yates and Helen Hye-Sook Hwang.

Gynapedia is using the platform called Mediawiki[7], a free software created and used by and for Wikipedia[8]. Note that Gynapedia is operated independently from Wikpeida especially during the first year. Find out how Gynapedia differs from Wikipedia in Gynapedia:Author's Handbook. Registered Users, unlike Wikipedia, will be given the right of editing at Stage II, date to be announced.

Gynapedia is operated by volunteers and we are seeking volunteers (Authors, Patrollers, and Advisors) to help start and management. If you are interested, please email your application to Gynapedia Administration Circle (magopoolcircle@gmail.com). For application, see here[9]. Once you are assigned to the Author's user group, please refers to Gynapedia:Author's Handbook.


What can be published in Gynapedia

  • Underpinnings: New or renowned research and/or theory on a topic (concepts, histories, people, places, customs, traditions, materials, principles, ideas and etc.) that can be housed under the broadly defined theme of feminism, activism, and Goddessianism.
  • Persons: New or renowned writers, advocates, and/or contributors to the broadly defined theme of feminism, activism, and Goddessianism.
  • Networks and collaborations: New or renowned organizations that have contributed to the broadly defined theme of feminism, activism, and Goddessianism.
  • Artworks and creative projects: New or renowned artworks or creative projects that concerns a topic that can be housed under the broadly defined theme of feminism, activism, and Goddessianism.

Advertisement or event pages are subjected to deletion. You may like to consider joining a website, Mago Pool Circle[10], for your activities and promotions.


The First Year Plan

Following is the three-stage plan for 2017-2018 (tentatively, March 20, 2017-March 19, 2018).

Stage I: Authors can create and edit pages. Authors can't delete their pages but move their pages.

Stage II: Authors can create and edit pages. Authors can edit pages.

Stage III: Authors can create and edit pages. Users can edit pages.

Upon creating a page, we recommend you to use Sandbox for testing your page. Note that Mediawiki will request a simple registration in that you are going outside Gynapedia to use Sandbox[11]. Or use Template:Inuse.


Gynapedia User Groups for the first year

User groups and their rights[12]

*: All users including anonymous

User: Registered users (Users need to be assigned to the Authors group in order to create a page.)

Author: Registered accounts designated by Gynapedia Administration Circle

Patroller: Selected individuals who review and edit pages

Advisor: Selected individuals who suggest page topics, review, and edit pages

Bot: Accounts with the bot right (intended for automated scripts)


Gynapedia Handbook for Authors

This is just a brief list of tutorials. For all necessary details, see Gynapedia:Author's Handbook.

  • Use Sandbox for testing your page. Note that Mediawiki will request a simple registration in that you are going outside Gynapedia to use Sandbox[13]
  • How to maneuver Gynapedia contents[14]
  • How To Create A Page. Or see here [15].
  • How to upload an image, resize image, add caption and placement[16]
  • How to edit[17]
  • How to link[18]
  • How to create a table[19]. Or see here[20].
  • How Category works and how to use it[21].
  • How to move a page, see here[22].
  • How to use HTML restriction (header, color, etc), see here[23].
  • How to add and position Table of Contents, see here[24].
  • How to add Cite and Notes/References, see here[25] or for more complexed Cite[26].


Gynapedia Manuals for Patrollers and Advisors

  • How to delete and restore a page[27]
  • How to move a page[28]
  • What are bots and how the user group "Bots" works? [29]


Wiki Handbook

  • Mediawiki tutorials[30]
  • Images size, caption, placement and gallery[31]. Also see here[32]
  • How to cite sources[33]
  • User rights[34]
  • Advantages and disadvantages of using Mediawiki[35]
  • Mediawiki feature list[36]
  • Mediawiki principles[37]