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Read below for step by step instructions on common LawBrain actions such as creating a new entry, editing existing entries, and commenting on entries. 

Creating a New Entry

Posting a new entry is easy!

  1. Log in/Register.  You can log in/register by selecting "Log In" under the topic "Personal tools" in the navigation bar to the left.  If you're new to LawBrain, simply follow the steps to create a new account.
  2. Search for an existing entry for the topic.  Once you've logged in, search for the desired entry in the search box to the top right.  If there isn't already an entry page for the topic or a page closely related to it, you will be prompted to create one.
  3. "Create Page"  Click "Create Page" to start the new entry.  You will be prompted to an editing page in which you can enter content.You can create an entry by using the default WSIWYG ("what you see is what you get") editor.  Alternatively, you also have the option to use traditional wiki markup language by clicking "disable rich editor".  A tutorial on wiki markup language is available here.  If you want to test out content or wiki markup, you can try it out in the "sandbox".  
  4. For wikitext users, take a look at the sample new article. If you are comfortable using wikitext, you can go to the Help:Sample New Article, click "edit", then select the "wikitext" option. Copy and paste the contents into the new article you are creating as wikitext. This will add the appropriate headings and you can fill in the the content.  
  5. Add content and references.  Add relevant content and references in accordance with the Community Guidelines, Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service.  Be sure to take a look at the disclaimers before posting. 
  6. Don't forget to add tags.  Tags/categories are a way to organize entries on LawBrain.  Enter relevant terms that describe the entry you created.  For example if you are creating a page for a legal term in family law, you can select "legal term", "family law" and any other words or phrases that effectively describe the content.  Be sure to separate multiple tags with a semicolon. You can view the "tag/category cloud" at the bottom of the home page or by selecting "Categories" under the "Navigation" topic to the left.
  7. Save your work.  Once you've finished, scroll to the bottom of the page and select "Save page" to ensure your work is saved. 

The changes will go live immediately.  Thanks for adding to LawBrain!

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Editing Entries

LawBrain is a wiki...a site that is interactive and edited by users like you! So as legal news breaks, important cases are decided, and new law is enacted, you can update the entries on LawBrain to reflect the changes in just a few easy steps.

  1. Log in/Register.  Similar to creating an entry, editing an entry also requires log in.  You can do this by selecting the option to log in under "Personal Tools" in the navigation bar in the top left of the screen.  If you are new to LawBrain,  simply follow the steps to create a new account.
  2. Edit. Once you've logged in, click on the entry page you want to edit and click the "Edit" tab in the tab on the top right.  You will be taken into a text editor.  Add, remove, revise content according the Community Guidelines, Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service.  And read through the  disclaimers. You can take a look at the "Discuss Edits" page, which is also a tab in the top right. This page shows past edits and discusses ways to improve the entry.  The comments may guide your revisions and can suggest new content that will make the entry more relevant.
  3. Add tags.  After you've edited the content don't forget to check the tags. Tags are ways relevant words or terms that help describe what the entry is about.  Users can also search for entries according to tags, so it is helpful to make sure every entry is tagged with useful terms.
  4. Save changes. Once your edits are complete and the entry's tags are up to date, be sure to save the revised page by clicking "Save page" on the bottom of the page.

The changes will go live immediately.  Thanks for editing and making LawBrain a source for relevant, up-to-date legal knowledge!

Sharing Your Opinion on an Entry

LawBrain is more than a place to create, edit, and read entries on legal topics.  It is also a place to talk about what you read.  The unique "opinion" feature allows you to weigh-in on content or respond to other user comments. It is easy to share your opinion.

  1. Log in/Register.  You can do this by clicking the option to log in the top left.  If you are new to LawBrain, follow the steps to register.
  2. Opinion tab.  Go to the entry you want to share your thoughts on.  Click the "Opinion" tab to the top right.  Here you can scroll through and read user comments.
  3. "Edit" to comment.  Click the "Edit" tab and you will be ushered into a text editor where you type in your opinion.  Be sure that your comment is permissible under the Community Guidelines, Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service for LawBrain. Also read through the  disclaimers.
  4. Save the page.  Once you've submitted your opinion, be sure to click "Save page" at the bottom of the screen.  You can also select the "watch this page" option at the bottom of the screen to be able to easily follow the discussion. Then, when you log in and click "my watchlist" to the top left, you will be able to see a list of the various pages you are following.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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