To Do

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The idea of editing a wiki is terrifying! Many people reading this are first time wiki editors - there's a huge mountain of information in front of you and you don't know what to do with it. To that end, we've tried to make this as painless as we possibly can.

Can't statement Solution!!
My grammar is terrible! Many other people are more than happy to help proof your content!
I have no clue how wiki formatting works Just populating a page with text is good enough, many many people know how to and enjoy formatting.

You can also read up in our Formatting Guide.

I don't want to destroy someone else's work Leave their work there, and add your additions or changes below it
Someone already wrote this, and it's a mess A wiki is a community effort! Suggest / add your changes, and we'll be much better for it
I know this is wrong, but I don't know the actual answer Make a note on the page stating that, either directly, or with a [citation needed] tag
I don't have images of this No problem! Add the information and add the 'needs photos' tag to the article.
This page doesn't exist yet Just make it. If there's something similar, what you write will be merged or replace what's already there.

Where to find the "Advanced search" to look for any combination of section and need help categories

General rules for the To Do list

  • Completed tasks should be crossed out instead of deleted.
  • Use bullet points
  • Feel free to add categories based on who works on what - list who that is

Cheat sheet for how to ask for help / how to help / categories to find where to help
Help needed Link Source code for this tag and category
Any of the below IN a given category (ex: Needs images in Photography) Advanced search N/A
Needs images {{Image Requested}}
Needs citations
Needs cross linking
Needs clean up
Subsection request
Expert needed
General / Other
Reformatting request
Rewrite request
Relocat request

How to help!

The ant keeping wiki is a huge project that always needs more volunteers! This page is meant to guide you through what you need to know to contribute to the wiki.

  • Make an account
  • Join the discord Most discussion regarding changes, additions, formatting, citations, everything, is discussed on the discord. It's pretty quick and painless to sign up, but not mandatory.
  • Scan below for to see what you can help with!

Things every page needs

  • Images are critical for visual appeal and showing by example.
  • Crosslinking to other subjects in the wiki is important for immersion in the wiki and general feeling of continuity.
  • Citations so that the information presented is credible.
    1. Priority of citations - if you cannot find one, go on to the next one.
      1. Research papers
      2. User journals
      3. Pers. Comm
  • See also section helps users find more content
  • IF THE PAGE IS NOT COMPLETE then the page needs a clean up box so that editors know how they can help it and readers know that we're aware of the problems

Things every page needs to be checked for

  • Is this page written from a neutral stand point?
  • Will people navigating to this page be able to find what they're looking for?
    • If not on the page itself, then are there links to where they can find it?
  • Does this page index well on google?

Things that should be considered

  • Can any of our transcluded content fit in here?
  • Would this page benefit from a gallery?
  • Would any of the content on this page be good for the "Did you know?" boxes?
  • Is there a main article for any section of this page that could be linked to?

Required inclusions for specific pages

  • User journals
    • There must be a summary of findings at the top of each journal
  • Caresheets
    • Link to the genus page
    • Info box
    • Rest TBD

Checklist for soft launch

Soft launch is when we can open up the wiki to community editors. Some of these may be repeated elsewhere in the to do list - this is just our list for soft launch

Soft launch includes opening up generalized pages. This is not for caresheets, which is lower priority and further down the line due to complexity, need of established journals and other things preventing us from starting on it.

  • Basic page format done, soul 6/21
  • Get a few examples out there
    • 3 or 4 completed page examples
    • 1 or 2 journal examples
    • At least a couple portals completed and ready to go
  • Requested pages list populated

Backend (xanuri, jester)

  • Short urls ~Jester
  • Remove "main page" section from front page
  • Migrate the 6 boxes on front page to our 6 portals
    • Biology Portal ~ Xanuri (talk) 23:08, 20 June 2019 (UTC)
    • Anting Portal ~ Xanuri (talk) 17:23, 24 June 2019 (UTC)
    • Ant Care Portal ~ Xanuri (talk) 17:23, 24 June 2019 (UTC)
    • Photography Portal ~ Xanuri (talk) 19:55, 21 June 2019 (UTC)
    • DIY Portal ~ Xanuri (talk) 19:55, 21 June 2019 (UTC)
    • Community Portal ~ Xanuri (talk) 17:23, 24 June 2019 (UTC)
  • Add the multiple category search, if it's not a huge problem This is already possible by triggering Advanced Search ~ Xanuri (talk) 21:49, 20 June 2019 (UTC)
  • Fix the double url problem Jester
  • Bring over the 'did you know' template transclusion (from here: ~soul
  • Fix wikicommons links not pulling images. Jester
  • Nice to have
    • Citation color difference or other indication of if it's citing a paper or if it's citing a journal or user page
  • Ant-Keeping_Laws once completed, add link to bottom footer of website as per Xan request on Discord.

CSS Problems (soul)

  • Absolutely nothing. The css is perfect. How dare you suggest otherwise?
  • Background image style
  • 6 icon main page width uniformity Fixed for the most part, 6/21 - soul

Volunteer mobilizing (soul)

  • Create clean up transclusion boxes and categories to go with the clean up
  • How to help page
  • Add requested photographs page
  • Add requested articles page

Organizational (soul)

  • Reorganize the drop menus to be more helpful to everyone
  • Establish what needs to be included in user ant journal pages

Requested pages

  • Community
    • Notable antkeepers
    • Notable myrmecologists
    • Other notable people in ant keeping
    • Ant Keeping Forums
    • Ant Keeping Shops
    • Ant Keeping Related Youtube Channels

Other categories of to do down the line (need volunteers)

  • Addressing citations
  • Contributing and finding photos
  • Cataloguing the discord history for photos and information (and asking for permission for those photos)
  • Events in the discord to gather photos for various species
  • Assigning heads of various portals
  • Complete Ant-Keeping_Laws

FROM Main Page


Learn Begin Special topics
Introduction to ant keeping Getting started Laws around ant keeping
Ant keeping for parents Troubleshooting & Common issues Hibernation
History of ant keeping Humidity
Terminology Heating colonies


Topics Browse Create Learn Supplies References
Journals List of user journals Create your own colony journal Learn how to care for an ant colony Caresheets
Galleries Browse user galleries Create your own gallery Learn how to do macro photography Macro photography gear Macro photography related sites
DIY Browse user DIY projects Document your own DIY project Learn how to create ant farms DIY Supplies
Anting Browse anting reports Create an anting report Learn about anting Anting supplies Flight reports and weather trackers
Myrmecology List of subjects etc


Stage Finding a queen Founding stage Food Formicariums
Beginner How to purchase a queen Test tube founding chambers Pre-packaged foods for beginners List of vendors and basic equipment
Intermediate Beginner anting Semi-claustral founding Feeder insects List of DIY guides
Advanced Advanced anting Lab founding setups Advanced nutrition List of user DIY projects


Requested contributions References
List of requested images
List of pages with requested clean up
List of pages with requested reformat
List of pages with requested clean up
List of pages with requested rewrite
List of stubs that could use expansion
List of expert needed articles
Pages that need citations