American Petanque Directory Wiki

Overview of wikis and wiki editing

A wiki is a website that allows its viewers to use a web browser to add, modify, or delete its contents. (Wikipedia, for instance, is a wiki.) To learn more about wikis, this short YouTube video explains the basics. Or you can consult the Wikipedia article.

The American Petanque Directory (APD), like all wikis, consists of a number of pages, or entries. To edit any entry, navigate to the entry and click on the EDIT icon (which looks like a little pencil). This will open a screen where you can edit the entry. You can edit it in either a SOURCE mode or a VISUAL mode.

  • SOURCE mode allows you to edit the wiki markup, which is very much like the markup used by wikipedia and other wikis. In SOURCE mode, you can create a wiki link simply by entering the name of the wiki page and enclosing it in square brackets.
  • VISUAL mode allows you to edit in WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) mode, very much like using a word processor like Microsoft Word. In VISUAL mode, you can create a link by highlighting the appropriate text and clicking on either the "internal link" or "external link" editing button at the top of the screen.

Here are some links for other helpful information.

What kinds of entries to add

The APD is designed to contain entries for petanque groups and terrains. For each entry, try to provide a link or links to relevant web sites, blogs, or Facebook pages. If none of those is available, then try to provide at least a contact telephone number or email address.

How to add an entry

Go to the page for the state in which the club or terrain is located. Edit the page to and add an entry for your club or group. The title of your entry should consist of—

  • the name of the city in which the club is located
  • a space + a dash + a space
  • the name of the club.

Like this

Santa Fe - La Mesa Petanque Club

After the name of the club, put a short bullet list giving information about your club.

  • The first bullet should give contact information for the group. If the club has a website or a Facebook page, provide a link to it.
  • After that, a few bullets should give high-level information about when and where the club plays.
  • Keep the entry short. It is, after all, just a directory listing. Leave it to the club's website to provide detailed information.

After you have finished creating your entry, click the Publish button to publish your update.

Here is an example of a listing for a petanque group:

==Tucson - Tucson Petanque Club==
* The Tucson Petanque Club is an informal group of Tucson residents and winter visitors. 
* We play on Sundays (and sometimes other days) from mid-October through the end of April. 
* See our web site for detailed information about us & directions.

How to remove an entry (don't delete it!)

If you find a dead entry (for example, for a club that has died), don't delete it. Strike it out and add information about when the club died. That way, if someone comes looking for information about the club, he will find information about its current status.

Podunk - Podunk Petanque Club
  * As of Dec 12, 2012, this club no longer exists.

To do this, you need to know how to produce a strike-out effect like this when editing the wiki.

  • If you are editing in Source mode, enclose the text in <strike> ... </strike> HTML tags.
  • If you are editing in Visual mode, highlight the text that you want to strike, and then click on the abc (Strike Through) button. If you don't see the abc button, click on the more + button, which will open a second button-bar — the Strike Through button will be the second from the left.

How to provide a SAFE email address

Do not put your your email address in an entry. If you do, spambot programs (which constantly rove the Web, looking for email addresses) will find it, and your INBOX will be flooded with spam email. If you feel that you must leave an email address, see our page on how to make a safe email address.

How to add a picture to an entry

Edit the entry in VISUAL mode. The buttons for adding a picture (an "image") will be in the upper right-hand corner.

Adding an image is a two-step process.

  1. Upload the image from your computer to the wiki.
  2. Insert the uploaded image into your wiki entry. At that time you will be able to align the image (left, right, center), choose its display size, and add a caption.

Images sometimes "float" away from where you put them. To stop this, put this code at the end of the entry—

<br clear="all"/>

How to add a Google map

See our entry on How to add a link to Google Maps