Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I edit a page?

Main page: How to Create and Edit Pages?

It's easy to edit most of Ingredientia's pages: just register and open an account. Then, click the "Edit" tab at the top of a Ingredientia page. Unfortunately, you do need to have an account to edit editable pages; we tried without this but the servers keeled over within 24 hours because of spamdexing and keeping on top of this spammy traffic was too much for one person - for this lack of wikiness, I apologise, but needs must. This takes you to a new page with a text box that contains the editable text of that page. Using this box, you can type in the text that you want using wiki markup to format the text and to add things like images and tables. When you've finished, it helps if you write a short edit summary in the small field below the edit-box that explains your changes.

For more detailed editing, visit MediaWiki and search for processes and wiki or other coding.

To add images: How to Add Images?

How do I create a new page?

Main page: How to Create and Edit Pages?

You do need an Ingredientia account to create a new article - register here. For the benefits of an account, see Why create an account?.

To create a new page in your userspace, create an internal link from elsewhere in Ingredientia, click on create which takes you to a text box. Using this box, you can type in the text that you want using wiki markup to format the text and to add things like images and tables. When you've finished, it helps if you write a short edit summary in the small field below the edit-box that explains your changes. Try and make sure that there is enough relevant content and that it's practicable/useful. But don't be worried if it is rough and unfinished, just start the ball rolling and you or others can expand, tinker and shape your page through the edit process.

Also, short and relevant is good, so pages do not need to become long and windy.

Why is Ingredientia incomplete and why does it contain errors?

Ingredientia is a very new wiki (started July 2015), so it is full of gaps. In fact, it is more a skeleton than a fully useful resource at this stage, with only very few people working on it at the start - in fact only one person (User:Steenbergs) for much of the creation of Ingredientia's structure and first sections. But we've started and anyone is welcome to help us with the adding of copy, correcting errors and improving the wiki - as we say in Britain "many hands might light work!" or more prosaically it's a collective project for our shared understanding of food and drink. Any help would be gratefully received - thank you.

Can it succeed?

Ingredientia is an idea, which will succeed or fail depending on whether others get inspired by the concept. Currently, it is no more than that and the enthusiasm of one or two initial contributors. Can it succeed when there are big established food and drinks resources - BBC, Allrecipes and Wikipedia's Cookbook? Perhaps, perhaps not. Only time will tell, but we can but try. Or to misuse Burke: "Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little."

Why is the logo an onion?

It's tongue-in-cheek as well as vital to Ingredientia's DNA.

  • Tongue-in-cheek: when Axel Steenberg began the wiki, he read Wikis for Dummies. This said that logos and branding were key to the success of wikis, so he decided we needed a logo. We wanted something round like the incomplete spherical jigsaw of Wikipedia, but not the bitten apple of Apple. So why not an onion! Onions are a key ingredient for most styles of cooking. And we just happened to have an onion designed for Steenbergs' Sage and Onion Stuffing.
  • Vital: Ingredientia needed a brand per Wikis for Dummies. Onions have layers, and each layer peels away to to another level from the outside in - just like Ingredientia. Then there is the phrase "know your onions" which means being knowledgeable about your subject. So why not being geeky about ingredients and how to use them, which are all Ingredientia is about.

Who owns Ingredientia?

The domain name, servers, costs and brand of Ingredientia are owned and part of Steenbergs Limited (Steenbergs), a small, family-owned English business involved in organic foods. Therefore, the content belongs to Ingredientia and so Steenbergs. However, Steenbergs has decided to give the content for general cooks and users away as a free, public access resource under the global commons, because we believe it is part of humanity's shared social heritage and Ingredientia is meant to be a fun and practical resource. Furthermore, Steenbergs hopes to be able to provide this content indefinitely without any advertising on the wiki. We do, however, reserve the right perhaps to seek donations to keep Ingredientia free or to add premium services that might require payment, e.g. technical data for industrial and commercial users.