The village barn dance [music]
by Mollie King — Montreal Delmar music, c1909
Let the shindig begin!
Briefly, I’m happy to announce that I’ve framed out an article about Videodance on Wikipedia. The barn-raising has begun! It is by no means finished, but at least the basic foundation and frame is there. Please help put up some posts and beams in there! You can just nail in a shingle, or board up the whole outside. Whatever you feel inspired to do is wonderful.
Some info and tips about using Wikipedia:
As Shosana of Dancespiration observed, Wikipedia is a complicated beast. First you will need to register and sign all your rights away to any material you put up there, and then you need to promise that you will not plagiarize or use anyone else’s content without their consent. Even then that may not be good enough, so just get used to screen after screen of expository legalese as you first get initiated to the Wiki program. All this is in the name of the free-flow of information, so it’s cool…
Then, when you get initiated, you can edit any material you want,
however you will need to get used to their formatting system which is a
form of text code. I recommend keeping their tutorial window open as you go about making your first edit. It will save much time and frustration.
When you go to the Videodance article you will see at the bottom that I classified it as a “stub“.
This means that it is an incomplete article in need of expansion. You
can just click on that line to get to an edit window for the whole
article, or you can click on the  links at the end of every
section in the article. We should keep the article classified as a
stub for a while until it is completely constructed and decked out with
references, notes and links. Once she’s roofed and shingled then we can
have a good ole contra dance!
“Barn Dance” from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
is good to internally link to any names or items that may have articles
in Wikipedia (many things do, so just use the [[double brackets]] and
preview to see if it links). If it does it will show up as blue, if not
it will show up as red. Also, if you state a fact, they like it if you
provide an end note and reference your source at the bottom under
“Notes”. Any external links you make should also be listed at the
bottom under “Links”.
Oy, now after all this defining and polemical thought, I’ve got to go study my media management coursework… No rest for the weary, but I’m feeling productive today!