Welcome to the OrthodoxWiki Community Portal! We're glad you've chosen to stop by, explore and take part in the ongoing work of creating and developing the world's first online community-edited encyclopedia of Orthodox Christianity.
Whatever else a wiki is, it is fundamentally about community, about bringing a group of people together for a particular work or conversation. You are formally invited to join this conversation and to take a role in shaping it. Your host is FrJohn, assisted by a team of sysops to help with the management of the site. Many thanks to everyone who has devoted some time towards making this place a valuable resource for people!
Please feel free to start a new discussion by creating a new article or category. What do you know about? The life of a saint? Do you know some excellent Byzantine chant CDs? An episode from Church History? Share the knowledge! Have you read an excellent book? Post a review. See something missing? Add it! Want to adopt OrthodoxWiki in a language besides English? Let us know! Driven to submit a new logo? We'd love to see it!
Take a look at the numerous articles we now have in multiple categories for some ideas for what we've already been developing, but don't feel limited by what you see there, either.
How to contribute
Hop right in—just click edit (at the top of any page or section) to begin. Read the help files for details on creating and editing articles. Be sure to take a look at the Style Manual for our official community standards and guidelines for articles. Test and experiment in the Sandbox. Also be sure to take a look at the Community Portal for news about ongoing projects and as a gathering point for our work here.
Don't worry about messing up or breaking OrthodoxWiki—your work can always be cleaned up and honed by others, which is part of the spirit of this project. Take a look at existing articles which may be similar to yours, and model yours after those. You may also feel free to grab relevant content from Wikipedia (it's under a free documentation license), "Orthodoxize" and expand on it, and then put it here (be sure to leave in only the links relevant to OrthodoxWiki). A lot of our starting content came from there.
The WYSIWIG editor helps with most browsers. We also recommend the Wikipedia Extension for Mozilla Firefox. If you're using FireFox, you can also make use of Live Bookmarks for quick access to Recent Changes, New Pages, or many of the other Special pages.
Some links about wiki community life worth exploring include:
- OrthodoxWiki:Meta Reflections (Discussions about the kind of project we're engaged in here)
- OrthodoxWiki:Administrators (Sysop to-do's & general notes for admins)
- OrthodoxWiki:Categories (Organization of articles and categories)
- OrthodoxWiki:News (Updates about what's happening on OrthodoxWiki)
- OrthodoxWiki:Questions (Post questions, ask for answers)
- OrthodoxWiki:Anything Goes (The name says it all!)
- Category_talk:Featured Articles (Nominate or contest a featured article)
- OrthodoxWiki:Suggestions (Suggestion Box for new articles and projects)
- OrthodoxWiki:Help wanted (A place to solicit help for specific articles and projects)
- OrthodoxWiki:Buzz (reverse links and "what they are saying" )
- Relevant Wikipedia Articles (Some ideas for starting points)
Community Policies & Guidelines
- Style Manual
- Spam Battleplan
- Help:Citing OrthodoxWiki
- Help:InterWiki links - a list of our custom interwiki links
Please note: Users are not allowed to have more than one account. This is not just to forestall funny business, but also to prevent confusion.
Copyright and Permissions
- OrthodoxWiki:News#May_5.2C_2005 - an important note on using images from OCA.org
- OrthodoxWiki:News#March_4.2C_2005 - using icons from Holy Transfiguration Monastery (Boscobel, WI USA)
Newsfeeds for recent pages
RSS and Atom. For new pages: RSS and Atom. Many other Special pages also have newsfeeds available (e.g. "popular pages", "users", "wanted pages", etc.). They're a great way to keep up with what's happening on this site.
Joe has released a small link-icon for OrthodoxWiki: . Please feel free to plaster it all over the internet! You can save the image locally and then add it to your webpage using the XHTML code below (with no line break and the image path adjusted if necessary). You can make more buttons that match the color scheme of your website here or here.
<a href="http://orthodoxwiki.org/" title="OrthodoxWiki: The Orthodox Open Encyclopedia"> <img src="Orthodox-wiki.png" alt="OrthodoxWiki" /></a>
He's also uploaded the "wiki theme icon" in different sizes for folks to play around with: fullsize, (32x32), and (16x16). Other contributions are always welcome. (We'd be happy to upgrade the graphics on the site if we had something that looked nicer.) Thanks Joe!