Contributing to the MariaDB Knowledge Base
Like MariaDB, the Knowledge Base is developed by a community of contributors like you. Want to get involved? Create an account or log in with your existing OpenID account, then share your expertise on any article in the Knowledge Base.
Can't find what you're looking for? Click Ask a question here on any category page. Contributors and MariaDB experts answer questions on the Knowledge Base and create articles for common questions. View the open questions and help us help other users.
BTW: The Knowledge Base is not an appropriate place to ask about purchasing support for MariaDB. Instead, please use the MariaDB contact page.
Keep in touch with other Knowledge Base contributors. Join us on IRC on the #maria channel on Freenode, and join the Maria Docs group and mailing list on Launchpad. Don't forget to introduce yourself.
See Contributing to the MariaDB Project for information on contributing to MariaDB itself.
Improving existing articles
If you spot an error, or a way to improve or enhance an existing article, just click on the "Edit" button.
When you are finished editing the article, please add a revision comment. This will help our editors as they review edits.
Contributing original articles
Creating an article for the Knowledge Base is similar to asking questions. First, navigate to the category where you feel the article should be. Once there, double check that an article doesn't already exist which would work. It is usually better to improve an existing article (if possible) than to create a new one.
If you determine that a new article is needed, click on the "Create Article" button. If you are logged in and you don't see that button, you are probably viewing an article, not a category. In which case, you need to use the breadcrumbs near the top of the page to navigate up to the parent category.
Add your content, as well as an excerpt. You can preview the content before creating it to make sure the links and formatting are all correct.
When editing an article — or creating a new one — you can select whether to subscribe to it. When you are subscribed to an article you will receive an email every time the page is updated. To unsubscribe from a page, click on the Subscriptions button, then Unsubscribe, or click on the Edit button, uncheck the subscribe box and click Save.
Articles, questions, and comments are formatted in the Creole markup language. The Editing Help page has information on the various supported tags and macros. If you are familiar with MediaWiki or other wikis, you should have no trouble getting up to speed with Creole.
Translating Knowledge Base articles
See the Translation HOWTO for information on translating Knowledge Base articles.
How to view your (and others') edit history
You can view your or another editor's recent edit history by clicking on a username from a history page, or going directly to a URL of the form
Contribution statistics for all users are located here: https://mariadb.com/kb/stats/users/
- Create new articles in English. This does not mean that we believe the content should only be available in English. We would like the content to be available in as many languages as possible. However, so that we can verify the accuracy of a new article, it first needs to be written in English.
- Use US English.
- Write text that is not overly complex, and likely to be understandable by second-language English speakers.
- Wikilink to other articles generously.
- Be bold. As long as the content is accurate, don't be afraid of poor English or not understanding all the markup conventions - someone else will usually come along to correct these.
- Use title case for page titles (capitalizing each significant word, such as
Server System Variables, not
Server system variables). Do not capitalize short function words such as
- Capitalize only the first word of section headings (e.g.,
Style notes, not
- All articles should have an excerpt, ideally one that slightly expands on the article title. The excerpt is what appears beneath the article title when when listed on a category page.
- Embed code samples in the appropriate macro, such as the code macro or the sql macro.
- See Editing Help for help with formatting.
The MariaDB issue tracker (JIRA) can be used to report and track tasks and mistakes in the Knowledge Base (choose
Documentation as a component when submitting a knowledge base issue in JIRA). If you find something that needs improvement, just edit the page or, if you're unsure, discuss your idea on the maria-docs mailing list.