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Guidelines for Creating a Topic Page

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Topic pages introduce a topic by providing relevant background information and peer-reviewed guidance. These pages are generally between 100 and 500 words in length. The purpose of these pages is not to document every formula and procedure relating to a topic, but rather to give an overview of the topic and point the user to Best Practices Resources where the topic is addressed in a more comprehensive manner.

Where appropriate, headings should be included to organize and distinguish between subsections of a single Topic Page. If more than a few subsections are needed to convey the information for a single topic page, the creation of new subtopic pages for each of the subsections should be considered. This will help keep Topic Pages concise and focused, thereby increasing the ability to link between subtopic pages and reducing the potential for redundancies in content.

Watch the Dam Safety Toolbox Tutorial: Creating a New Topic Page for additional help.

Naming and Creating a New Topic Page

Care should be taken when naming a new Topic Page. Avoid simplistic titles or terms that can mean multiple things or apply to more than one discipline. Rather, names of Topic Pages should be as specific as possible. For example, if creating a page about the design of relief wells, the page should be called "Design of Relief Wells." If it was simply called "Design", this generic page title may inadvertently auto-link to other pages on the website where the term "design" is used but a link to the very specific topic of relief wells is not appropriate.

An easy way to create a new page within the wiki is use the "Search Toolbox" utility in the header of the site to search for the exact title of the page you wish to create. If the page or something similar already exists on the site, it will open or appear within the search results. In cases where similar content or page titles already exist, the existing page should be edited where possible to avoid duplication of content. If the page does not exist, an option to create this page will appear at the top of the search results. The title of the page should appear as red text indicating that an internal hyperlink has been created, but the linked page does not yet exist. By clicking on the red title link, the contributor is taken to the content editor for the new topic page. The contributor then simply follows the instructions and template below to complete the creation of the new topic page.

Typical Topic Page Content

At a minimum, a Topic Page will include a page name/title and introductory text (e.g., a definition of a given term). A thoroughly developed Topic Page may include any and all of the following content:

  1. Topic Page Title (see section above regarding the importance of naming a new Topic Page)
  2. Breadcrumb Menu Navigation Links
  3. Introductory Paragraph (typically 100 to 500 words in length)
  4. Pertinent Figures or Images (for demonstrative or aesthetic purposes)
  5. Links to Related Subtopic Pages or Sections with Guidance on Related Subtopics (when content for related subtopics is limited).
  6. List of Examples that illustrate the concepts explained in the previous section(s). These can be links to content on other websites such as ASDSO's, news articles, videos, etc.
  7. List of Best Practices Resources that are applicable to the topic of interest. Best practices resources are defined as documents that are highly vetted and widely accepted in the dam safety industry (e.g., federal agency documents).
  8. List of Other Resources that are applicable to the topic of interest. Other resources are not as thoroughly vetted as best practices documents, but are still valuable resources for dam safety professionals. Examples include guidance documents and tools developed by state dam safety agencies, landmark technical papers, or academic research.
  9. List of Trainings that are applicable to the topic such as webinars, presentations, etc.
  10. List of Citations (if any) used in the previous sections.
  11. Revision History should be included at the bottom of every page.

Resources, Trainings, and Examples

When creating and updating a Topic Page, it is important to make sure that the content is supported by links to the best resources that are available about that topic. Contributors and moderators should review the following lists of resources that have been uploaded to the Dam Safety Toolbox and add links to topic pages as appropriate.

If important references are missing from the website, they should be added to the site as part of the Topic Page creation process and subsequently linked to the Topic Page in accordance with the following:

New Topic Page Template Code

The following template code should be copied and pasted into the editor when creating a new Topic Page to facilitate the process of creating, formatting, and reviewing new content. Contributors should add or delete sections, pictures, and code as necessary for a specific topic.

<!-- Default code to remove table of contents and add line break at top of page -->
<!-- Add Category to drive breadcrumb menus -->

<!-- Insert image using {{Picture}} template -->
<!-- Add image file name (ex.image.jpg) -->
|image= 1.jpg
<!--Add link if applicable -->
<!-- Add picture caption -->
|caption= This is a dam.

<!-- Introductory paragraph or topic page summary -->
Paragraph text

== Heading Title ==
Paragraph text

== Examples ==
{{Website Icon}} <!-- Internal Link Format --> [[Page Name | Internal Link Text]]
{{Website Icon}} <!-- External Link Format --> [ExternalURL Displayed Text]
{{Video Icon}} <!-- Internal Link Format --> [[Page Name | Internal Link Text]]
{{Video Icon}} <!-- External Link Format --> [ExternalURL Displayed Text]

<!-- To facilitate updates to the website, do not include the year/date of a reference listed here in the Best Practices Resources section. -->
== Best Practices Resources ==
{{Document Icon}} [[Page Name | Title, Author]]

== Other Resources ==
{{Document Icon}} [[Page Name | Title, Author]]

== Trainings ==
{{Website Icon}} <!-- Internal Link Format --> [[Page Name | Internal Link Text]]
{{Website Icon}} <!-- External Link Format --> [ExternalURL Displayed Text]
{{Video Icon}} <!-- Internal Link Format --> [[Page Name | Internal Link Text]]
{{Video Icon}} <!-- External Link Format --> [ExternalURL Displayed Text]

<!-- Citations will automatically populate if instructions on the "Guidelines for Inserting a Citation" are followed. -->

<!-- Revision history information -->

Revision ID: 7797
Revision Date: 01/18/2024