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Totally reorganized this page.

NOTE: I split up BIO254:Toolbox OLD by lecture and paper. It was getting ridiculously long. Hopefully I didn't disrupt too much.

Other things I changed:

  • I added the Template:Bio254_Toolbox template.
  • I got rid of the "recent changes" at the bottom. It took up a lot of space on the page and a lot of time to load.

This should help make the page a whole lot more usable.

Ok, now I'm going to go edit some individual pages.

--Bio154JM08 02:50, 3 December 2006 (EST)


  • Include direct links to the "model systems" and "techniques" sections within each lecture and paper.
  • Include the title of each lecture and paper, so people know what it is.
    • Done. Although for the papers, I just referenced the first author. If you know what the citation should actually look like, please update it. =) --Bio154JM08 03:17, 3 December 2006 (EST)
  • You know what, though? Really, all of the experimental techniques should be on their own pages. Maybe the lectures should link to them or something. But that's more reorganization than I have time to do at the moment. --Bio154JM08 04:04, 3 December 2006 (EST)


  • Why won't table of contents work like they do in the real Wikipedia?
    • Reshma 13:35, 9 December 2006 (EST): What do you mean by this?
      • Bio154JM08 15:02, 9 December 2006 (EST): If you're logged in, you don't see the Table of Contents. If you're not logged in, though, you can see it just fine. =)
      • Reshma 17:25, 9 December 2006 (EST): Strange. I see the Table of Contents whether or not I am logged in. Hmmm.
      • Austin Che 18:37, 9 December 2006 (EST): After logging in, check preferences, misc, and the 'show table of contents' option. The default should be checked so you may have unchecked it at some point.
  • Why can't we use the "category" tag at the bottom, like you can in the real Wikipedia?
    • Reshma 13:35, 9 December 2006 (EST): Categories should work on OWW. Check out DNA ligation as a sample page with categories at the bottom.
      • Bio154JM08 15:02, 9 December 2006 (EST): Weird... I tried that but it didn't seem to work. That's cool, though. Note to whoever else is maintaining this page: if you have time, it would probably be best to remove that tacky/hacky "Welcome to the BIO154/254 Experimental Toolbox!" thing at the top, and instead add "[[Category:BIO254 Toolbox]]" to the bottom of all these pages. Then, maybe we should move the front page of the toolbox to "[[Category:BIO254 Toolbox]]".
  • Also, why aren't there edit locks!? Makes it much harder to collaborate... --Bio154JM08 03:21, 3 December 2006 (EST)
    • Reshma 13:35, 9 December 2006 (EST): What do you need edit locks? To avoid simultaneous editing of pages? Editing page sections rather than whole pages at once can help mitigate (but not completely eliminate) this problem. I'm not aware of a mechanism for edit locks in MediaWiki software. Sorry.
      • Bio154JM08 15:02, 9 December 2006 (EST): Yeah, to avoid simultaneous editing of pages, or at least to let users know when they're editing a page someone else is currently editing. At some point, I was editing this page while someone else was editing it, so when I saved it, I inadvertently reverted his/her changes (this was back when this page was one huge continuous mess). So I had to redo his/her changes manually. It's probably not a common occurrence, but I guess it would be nice to have edit locks for when it does happen. It's not a huge problem. Anyway, thanks for all your help, Reshma! ^_^
      • Austin Che 18:32, 9 December 2006 (EST): I'm not sure what you're asking for but if you try to save a part of a page which has been saved since you started editing, you will get an edit conflict and it will ask you to manually merge.