Important Note: the contribution system is not yet entirely
Event Acceptance / Rejection
The timelines published on this website are dynamically generated from timeline
entries stored in the database. Registered users can submit new timeline entries
or edit existing ones.
Note: None of the projects are currently open for online editing
It is recommended that before you begin editing or submitting new entries
that you (1) read a portion of the timeline you intend to edit in order to
acquaint yourself with the writing style and general format; (2) read the writing
guidelines listed below; and (3) click the “edit” link on several
entries to familiarize yourself with the wiki mark-up code that is used to
write entries. You can view an explanation of the special mark-up code by clicking
the Syntax Guide link when you
are on the edit entry page.
To add an entry, click the “add event” link at the top of the
page. To edit an existing entry, click the “edit” link above the
entry you would like to change. When you have finished, click the “preview”
button at the bottom of the page to preview the entry. If you are happy with
the final text of the entry, click submit. Your entry will appear as “pending”
until an editor can review your entry. If your entry is not reviewed within
48 hours, feel free to contact us.
After submitting a change or new entry to a timeline, your submission will
appear only to you and other registered users who have permission to view and
edit that timeline. The new entry or change will not be viewable to others
until it has been approved by an editor. A change may be rejected if it is
determined to be factually incorrect or the information is of poor quality;
if the supplied sources fail to back up statements made in the entry; if the
item is off-topic; or if the submission in not consistent with the site's standard
style and layout. In the case that it is off-topic, the entry may simply be
moved to a different timeline. You will (once the system is finished) be able
to track the status of your submissions on your “home” page. If
you believe that a submission has been unfairly rejected, contact us and another
manager will review the submission.
An entry that is submitted to a timeline may also, instead of being rejected,
be tagged a “work-in-progress” (WIP). Only registered users who
have edit permissions for that timeline can view or edit WIP entries. A color-coding
system is used to display the status of events to registered users—green
signifies the status is accepted, orange that a submission is still pending
review, and gray that the event is WIP.
Users who have demonstrated strong writing and analytical skills may be
invited to become an editor. Note that whether your views happen to agree with
the views of existing editors will not be an issue—on the contrary, we
are hoping that the editing team will grow to include a wide range of views.
Users who would like to begin a timeline on a certain topic should send
a request to us describing the proposed project. They should have at least
10 hours available each week to devote to the project and should have good
writing and analytical skills. If the proposed project is approved, the user
will become a manager of that project. As a manager, one may coordinate the
efforts of other users contributing to the timeline, respond to emails concerning
the project, and maintain the project's focus by keeping the timeline entries
If you discover any new bugs in the contribution system, please report them
. Please explain in as much detail as possible, where, how, and when the
problem occurred. You may also send suggestions to this address.
- Sometimes, after submitting an event, you are directed back to an empty
- The system will allow you to submit an event without a date.