How to create a wikipedia account

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To create a my Social Security account, you’ll be asked to:

  1. Verify your identity by providing personal information about yourself and answering questions that only you are likely to know.
  2. Create a username and password you’ll use to access your online account.
  3. Confirm your email address or phone number by entering a one-time security code within 10 minutes of receiving it in order to help keep your personal information safe.

Do you have a security freeze or fraud alert on your credit report?

If you have a security freeze, fraud alert, or both on your credit report, you can still open a my Social Security account by temporarily lifting it.

  1. Contact our Identity Services Provider and request that they temporarily lift your security freeze or fraud alert.
  2. Create a my Social Security account online after lifting the security freeze or fraud alert.
  3. Reinstate the security freeze or fraud alert with the Identity Services Provider if needed. When you request a temporary lift of your credit freeze or fraud alert, the Identity Services Provider may automatically reinstate it after your temporary lift expires.

If you don’t want to temporarily lift your security freeze or fraud alert, you can visit your local Social Security office to open an account in person. For more information on security freezes and fraud alerts, read the Federal Trade Commission’s Credit Freeze FAQs.

Your personal my Social Security account is for your use only

Social Security is dedicated to protecting the information and resources entrusted to us, including your personal information and investment. For your protection, you’re the only one who can create your personal my Social Security account for your own exclusive use. No one can create or use an account on your behalf, even with written permission. Don’t share the use of your account with anyone else under any circumstances, as unauthorized use of this service is a misrepresentation of your identity to the federal government and could subject you to criminal or civil penalties, or both.

Collecting and Sharing Knowledge at Work

How to create a wikipedia account

Create a wiki and harness the power of collaboration.

Almost every organization needs to gather institutional knowledge, collate material from multiple sources, and share experiences and insights. And many companies achieve this by using wikis – web pages that can be worked on by multiple users.

But are wikis the best way to keep your information accessible and up-to-date? With a vast array of data-management and communication products now available, businesses have to choose their tools carefully. Wikis have moved on, too, giving organizations fresh options and new decisions to make.

In this article, we explore whether a wiki is the right way for you to collect and use information. If it is, we explain how to set up your wiki, and how to start using it effectively where you work.

What Is a Wiki?

A wiki is a website or online resource that can be edited by multiple users. Some wikis, such as Wikipedia, are publicly accessible. Others are used by organizations to manage information in-house, enabling teams to easily share knowledge and work together more effectively.

The Advantages of Wikis

In the right circumstances, a wiki can be a very efficient way to gather and distribute information. It can improve collaboration among team members who need to refer to, or work on, the same material. Anyone with the necessary editing rights can add ideas and observations as they occur, often in response to other people’s updates.

Because they’re online, wikis can make it easier for teams – especially virtual teams – to cooperate on tasks, share notes and suggestions, and contribute resources. Where several authors are updating the same piece of work, a wiki can aid version control, as it’s always clear which version is the most recent.

Wikis can be set up temporarily, to support discrete projects, or developed over the longer term as ever-evolving archives of organizational knowledge.

The flexible structure of wikis allows them to adapt as the information itself changes. Plus, by keeping a record of each step, edit by edit, wikis show how a project, an area of knowledge, or even a whole organization develops over time.

The Disadvantages of Wikis

However, in other situations, some of these potential benefits can, in fact, become problems.

When you let multiple users alter important information, inaccuracies can appear. Shared pages can quickly become cluttered and hard to navigate. And if people disagree about key points, conflict can arise – and be played out in public!

Wikis aren’t usually the best way to share definitive information that should not be edited, such as formal procedures or records. In these cases, consider using static web pages, databases, or other techniques and tools . You can still link to these from your wiki if you wish.

Wikis are not ideal for capturing conversations, either. Communication platforms such as Slack, Teams and Asana can give your team members safer and more sophisticated spaces for discussion and debate.

Even if you do decide to use a wiki, there are many different types, so you’ll need to select wisely in order to reap the benefits and avoid the pitfalls. And the first question to ask is: do you need to create a wiki at all?

Establish Your Need for a Wiki

Before building any type of wiki, it’s important to ask what business problem you’ll solve by doing so. What are the benefits of sharing knowledge in this way?

Perhaps you’ve identified the need for an accurate and up-to-date collection of team-building activities. If you gather these in a wiki, people in different departments will be able to add their own resources and share their ideas.

If you’re setting up a new project, a wiki might help your team to organize key documents, and add comments to them for others to discuss.

Or maybe you’ve noticed that important information about your company’s culture and heritage is being lost when people leave. With a wiki, everyone could contribute to a collection of knowledge that would remain in place even after they themselves had moved on.

You’ll likely get the most value from a wiki if the following points apply:

  • You’re trying to build up a “big picture” based on multiple perspectives.
  • You want to capture information that’s evolving or still being agreed.
  • Everyone on the team needs to see all the knowledge gathered so far.
  • There’s value in creating links to other information, either internal or external.
  • It’s helpful to see all the writing and editing steps that have led to this point.
  • It won’t be disastrous if errors appear, because they’ll quickly be spotted and fixed.

If not enough of these factors apply, or if you have difficulty stating how a wiki would benefit you, it’s likely the wrong approach. What’s more, if you already have effective ways to store, edit and communicate all the material you work with, a wiki may be more trouble than it’s worth!

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How to create a wikipedia account

One of the largest and most successful examples of a wiki site is Wikipedia, whose content is contributed by volunteers from different parts of the world. It is also edited and maintained by volunteers, while allowing anyone to contribute to the site. This has made it one of the top ten most popular websites globally, with hundreds of millions of readers each month and millions of articles in more than 250 languages.

A wiki is a great tool for communicating and working with other people on a project. It helps teams and organizations collect and capture knowledge and gather content from several sources, while sharing ideas and plans. If you’d like to actively capture and build knowledge, whether for your personal wiki or an organizational one, here’s how you can create your own wiki site.

Also read: How to Become a Wikipedia Editor

Setting Up the Wiki Site

There are a variety of options that can help you set up your wiki site. Among the wiki hosting options you can choose from are Windows SharePoint, MediaWiki and Wikia, which are free to use and will allow you to create your wiki site from scratch.

Paid services like Same Page offer templates and tools for you to get started. They also work with you to deploy your wiki site and maintain it. There are also options like TikiWiki, which allow you to host a private wiki on your enterprise’s intranet.

As you pick a free or paid wiki hosting service, consider why you need the wiki, the number of people involved in the project, and the time you’ll devote to the setup and maintenance of the site, plus the security level needed.

Creating a Wiki Site

The simplest and easiest way to create a wiki site is by using Google Sites. You don’t need technical know-how, plus its user-friendly interface lets you create easy-to-use and visually appealing wikis.

1. Sign up for an account in Google to create a wiki site with Google sites.

3. Click the “+” sign at the bottom-right to create a wiki site.

How to create a wikipedia account

4. Pick a layout template for your site.

How to create a wikipedia account

5. Pick a name that describes its purpose, and type that at the top left corner labeled “Untitled Site.”

How to create a wikipedia account

6. You can choose to share it publicly or with a group of people you work with. Go to the “Share With Others” icon at the top-right menu and click on it.

How to create a wikipedia account

7. Select who can access the wiki and make changes based on your selection, and give permissions either as “can view” or “can edit.”

How to create a wikipedia account

8. If you want specific people to access it, select Draft and click Change.

How to create a wikipedia account

9. Select “Anyone with the link,” and the people you share the link with will get access to the wiki.

How to create a wikipedia account

10. Customize your wiki’s theme.

How to create a wikipedia account

11. Click “Color and Fonts” menu and pick a header, background, font colors and image.

Also read: Zim – A Desktop Wiki

12. Click the Preview icon at the top-right to see your site before publishing.

How to create a wikipedia account

13. Google Sites allows you to insert Google documents like a presentation, spreadsheet, or photo album into your wiki site from the Insert tab.

How to create a wikipedia account

14. Click Publish once satisfied with your wiki site.

We’d love to hear your experience with creating your own wiki site. Share in a comment below.

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