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What is Traderpedia?
As the name suggests, Traderpedia is an encyclopedia for traders, written collaboratively by members of Trade2Win. The important distinction between Traderpedia and conventional information sources is that Traderpedia can be expanded and improved by any member who wishes to do so. Thus you are all warmly invited to make changes to existing articles and/or create new articles, as you wish. In this way, the currently youthful Traderpedia has great potential to mature and grow into a comprehensive information resource to the benefit of all members.
How can I help?
Don't be afraid to edit pages on Traderpedia: anyone can edit any page, including this one, and we encourage members to be bold! Find something that can be improved, either in content, grammar or formatting, then fix it. If you think an article is biased, try and make it more neutral. Or create a brand new article on a subject with which you are familiar, whether it be the smallest technical indicator or a rigorous critique of efficient market theory. If you have an article in mind it is worth using the search box on the left to see if anyone has written it first. There's also a list of all the articles here. Worried about breaking Traderpedia? Don't be: it can always be fixed or improved later, as a record of all changes to a page is kept and old pages can be restored if necessary. So go ahead, create a new article or edit an existing one and help make Traderpedia the best source of information for traders on the Internet!
How do I get started?
Although the Traderpedia software may seem daunting at first, the majority of articles can be created and/or edited very simply. To edit, click the "edit" tab at the top of any article. The edit toolbar at the top of the edit page that is opened from this tab has many of the frequently used markup tools you will need, such as bold, italic, links, section headings etc. Articles are formatted, or marked-up, in a special language unique to the Traderpedia software and in most cases only a tiny proportion of the markup symbols need be used. There are comprehensive help files linked below, but a good way to familiarise yourself with the conventions is to go to a page already created, such as Technical Analysis and, as descirbed previously, click the "edit" tab at the top of the page. From the edit window you will be able to see how the various elements of the page are formatted.
Cross linking between articles is at the core of the Traderpedia experience. It allows one to click smoothly from page to page like a spider strolling across its web. There is no definite hierarchy as such, although the main topics provide a starting point on the Main Page. If you are writing an article and use a word that you feel deserves a separate explanation in itself, then make that word into a link using double square brackets as explained below, e.g "John was a futures trader until he moved to options". Some articles will be simple, specific definitions that need no further explanation of their terms, while other more general topics will positively bristle with links.
Each article has a unique URL but it would be clumsy to have full links within articles, so we link to them like this: [[Technical Analysis]] which shows up on the page as Technical Analysis. If you want the text to be different to the link use a pipe: [[Technical Analysis|TA]] which would appear as TA. The pipe character is usually found by SHIFT-backslash (/). Links can also be inserted to pages that have not been written yet, and they appear in red. Clicking on a red link brings one to a blank page that can be edited. There are lots of red links to blank pages, just crying out for a helpful member to create the relevant content!
To create a page from scratch, i.e you haven't arrived at your desired blank page by clicking a red link (presumably because one does not yet exist or you cannot find it) you have to type the URL into your browser. e.g If you wanted to create a page on Jesse Livermore then you would type http://wiki.trade2win.com/index.php/Jesse_Livermore. You do not need to use the underscore when linking to this page from other articles but the browser requires it.
Occasionally you may wish to link to an external source. This is done like this: [http://www.squigglebrush.com Trade squigglebrushes now] where the text to be shown on the page appears after the link.
Most topics can be approached in this way:
Please use these section headings, where applicable:
Discover how to create headings and section breaks here
If creating a new page it is good practice to name it in the singular, e.g. "Stock" not "Stocks". If creating a new page to which you have not followed a red link, then to avoid the page being an "orphan", i.e. nothing links to it, think of pages that might benefit from a link to your new page, search for them and add a link accordingly. For instance if you wrote a piece on the Price / Earnings Ratio then it would be sensible to find the Fundamental Analysis page and add a link to your new piece, if there was not one there already, and indeed any other relevant pages, such as Earnings.
This Style Guide gives more detail.
Articles can be discussed from the discussion tab at the top (next to the edit tab). Please include your user name if you leave a comment.
The sandpit is a place to practice your editing and creation skills if you are afraid of working on an established article.
Useful help topics