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== Shorter lists ==
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[[Category:Participation]]
 
 
I think the main page would work better with shorter lists.  Here's a first attempt.  Do other people agree this is a good direction?  If there are few enough 'big topics' we can reasonably hope to have a picture for each - and more images would make this page more attractive.[[User:James|James]] 13:20, 26 September 2007 (PDT) 
 
 
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== Popular pages ==
 
 
 
* [[Recording Tips]]
 
* [[Current Features]]
 
* [[Tutorials]] - how to perform common tasks in Audacity
 
* [[Lame Installation]] for MP3 encoding
 
* [[Special:Recentchanges|Recent changes on this Wiki]] ''(a page generated by the system)''
 
* [[Feature Requests]]
 
* [[Release Notes]] for stable and unstable versions
 
* [[MostPopularSearches]] - Want to [[Contribute|contribute]] to the Wiki?  These are the things people want to know about.
 
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== Problems? ==
 
* [[Mixer Toolbar Issues]]
 
* [[USB turntables]]
 
* [[Windows Issues]] - Including 98,XP and [[Windows Vista OS|Vista]], and [[Group Policy Installation]]
 
* [[Mac Issues]] - Also [[OS/2 Issues|OS/2]]
 
* [[Linux Issues]]
 
* [[MP3]] - [[Lame Installation]] for MP3 encoding
 
* [[how to import files from iTunes]] including M4A/M4P
 
 
 
== Beyond Audacity ==
 
* [[Other Programs]] that may be useful in conjunction with Audacity (sound creation, post-processing and others) and [[AudacityComparisons|comparisons]] to other programs with similar features.
 
* [[Portable Audacity]] - Audacity on your USB key.
 
* [[AudacityVendors]] - Audacity and Ebay, and advice for people who've bought or want to sell Audacity
 
* [[SitesThatRecommendAudacity]]
 
* [[VendorsThatBundleAudacity]] - Including [[USB turntables]].
 
* [[CreatedUsingAudacity]]  - links to music and other audio created using Audacity
 
* [[Audacity in Education]] - how Audacity teaches young people about music and sound
 
 
 
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== Technology ==
 
* [[Plug-ins]] - [[Ladspa Plug-ins|Ladspa]], [[Nyquist Plug-ins|Nyquist]] & [[VST Plug-ins|VST]]
 
* CD Audio [[how to import CDs|importing]], [[how to burn CDs|burning]] 
 
* [[FLAC]]
 
* [[ASIO Audio Interface]]
 
* [[DMA mode]]
 
* [[Recommended sound devices]] - information on using specific recording devices or sound cards with Audacity 
 
 
 
==General Audacity topics==
 
*<span class="plainlinks">[http://audacityteam.org/wiki/index.php?title=Special%3AAllpages&from=&namespace=2  User Pages]</span>
 
* [[About Audacity]]
 
* [[Current Features]]
 
* [[Release Notes]] for stable and unstable versions
 
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== Using Audacity ==
 
* [[Tutorials]] - how to perform common tasks in Audacity. <span  style="font-style:italic">[[Image:Atlantic.gif|25px]] Some [[MultiLingual|foreign language]] tutorials are available. </span>
 
* [[Specific Tasks]] - creating drum tracks, audio restoration, tips on [[EffectsTips|effects]], [[NavigationTips|navigation]], [[Selecting Audio|selecting audio]], [[Aligning Audio|aligning audio]], [[PlaybackTips|playback]], [[Changing the current language|using other languages]], [[File Management Tips|file management]], [[Sending your work to others|sending audio to others]]
 
* Recording [[Recording Tips|Tips]] and [[Troubleshooting]]
 
* [[Mixer Toolbar Issues]]
 
* [[CrashRecovery|Crash Recovery]]
 
* [[KeyboardLayouts]]
 
* [[Audacity for blind users]]
 
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== Developing Audacity ==
 
* [[Contribute]] - How developers and others can help us improve Audacity
 
* [[SummerOfCode|Summer of Code 2008]] - Google's program for sponsoring Open Source.
 
* [[Developer Guide]] - Overview of developing Audacity including [[Developer_Guide#Platform_Specific_Guides|compilation instructions]]
 
* [[Quality|Ensuring Quality]]
 
* [[Built with Audacity]] - Variants of Audacity with special features.
 
 
 
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==Multilingual==
 
 
 
[[MultiLingual]]  - Read and write about Audacity in other languages:
 
 
 
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|[[Image:Flag_of_Brazil_small.jpg|40px]] [[Brazilian Portuguese Information]]
 
|[[Image:Flag_of_Taiwan.png|40px]] [[Chinese(Taiwan) Tutorials]] (中文(台灣))
 
|[[Image:Flag_of_the_Czech_Republic_small.jpg|40px]] [[Czech Information]] (Cesky)
 
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|[[Image:Flag_of_Holland.gif|40px]] [[Dutch Information]]
 
|[[Image:Flag_of_France_small.jpg|40px]] [[French Information]] & Tutorials (Francais)
 
|[[Image:Flag_of_Germany.jpg|40px]] [[German Information]]
 
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|[[Image:Flag_of_Greece_small.jpg|40px]] [[Greek Tutorials]] (Ελληνικά Άρθρα)
 
|[[Image:Flag_of_Italy_small.jpg|40px]] [[Italian Tutorials]]
 
|[[Image:Flag_of_Russia_small.jpg|40px]] <span class="plainlinks">[http://www.audacity.ru Russian Tutorials] (Русская помощь)</span>
 
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|[[Image:Flag_of_Spain.jpg|40px]] [[Spanish Information]]
 
|[[Image:Flag_of_Sweden_small.jpg|40px]] [[Swedish Tutorials]]<br>
 
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== Restoring pages after spam ==
 
 
 
This wiki has suffered spam attacks now and then. If it happens again, you may aid restoring it by following the instructions at the [[Removing Spam]] page.
 
 
 
[[User:Suf|Suf]] 12:55, 23 June 2007 (PDT) (modified)
 
 
 
== PlugIn / plug-in ==
 
 
 
The front page has instances of both.  I don't really care which is deemed canonical, but I was trying to search the page for instances of plugin/plug-in so consistency would be a good thing.  Perhaps PlugIn was written in camel case out of habit from other wiki systems, which treat those as WikiWords?  But MediaWiki doesn't care, so just pick one and standardize it.
 
Thanks, [[User:Philip|Philip]] 09:43, 13 March 2006 (PST)<BR>
 
<span style="color:green;font-style:italic">Unfortunately as we allow users to freely edit, we'll never get consistency (I'd  personally prefer all pages to have spaces between words for the reasons you state). But if any one wants to write a page with suggested standard words and phrases when writing here, go ahead. In the case of plugins, Audacity calls its folder "Plug-ins" (hyphenated) and I suspect that usage is the more correct. - Gale
 
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== vandalism and links without spaces ==
 
 
 
Is it possible to block regular vandals? It's not good to go two days with porn-spam on the front page. Also, some of the links on the main page don't contain fingerspaces. Should they be added? [[User:Tommylommykins|Tommylommykins]] 10:11, 9 November 2006 (PST)
 
<span style="color:green;font-style:italic"><BR>Yes sysops can block vandals indefinitely, prevent them creating accounts and automatically block the last IP address used by the vandal, and any subsequent IPs they try to edit from. Actually we're gradually getting rid of the pointed finger external links as many do not like them and instead encourage users to use [[Template:External]] for external links which makes links italicised with no pointing finger.  </span>
 
 
 
 
 
== Orphaned pages ==
 
 
 
There are really a lot of orphaned pages.  The only ways to get to these pages is by hitting the "Random page" link in the navigation bar, by hitting "Special pages" then "Orphaned pages" or by seeing them in the "Recent changes" list soon after they've been made.  Someone in charge of the wiki might want to check these pages and either delete them or create links where they would be appropriate.
 
 
 
(That really was the long way of saying that people really aren't going to see those pages)
 
 
 
[[Special:Lonelypages]]
 
 
 
You will also find that users have created pages for themselves which is redundant.  We have user pages that are linked when using our signature with 3 or 4 tilde like this <nowiki>~~~~</nowiki> <br>[[User:A Witt|A Witt]]
 
<br>[[User:A Witt|A Witt]] 16:05, 20 January 2007 (PST)
 
 
 
<span style="color:green;font-style:italic">Most of the orphaned pages have now been removed. The few remaining pages are still considered for actions. There is also a new page ([[Pages suggested for deletion]]) where anyone can suggest pages to be removed. (23:05, 9 July 2007 (PDT))
 
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== Need for a style guide? ==
 
 
 
Is there a need for a "style guide" for this Wiki? Recently the pages seem to become more and more colorful, and different editors use color slightly differently. Personally I think it would be a benefit to our readers if we kept to "general Wiki style", with only a few specific "Audacity Wiki styles". It would also benefit the editors, as it would limit the amount of html tags to be used.
 
 
 
Things that there could be a guide for are:
 
* Plainlinks or not for external links. ''(I prefer classic style, i.e. with the trailing little arrow icon.)''
 
* Use of '''''if you want to ... click [[here]]''''' or not. ''(I prefer writing out a [[descriptive link name]], not just '''here'''.)''
 
* Use of colors.
 
* How to format a page intro, before the first heading.
 
 
 
''([[User:Suf|Suf]] 23:30, 9 July 2007 (PDT))''
 
<span style="color:green;font-style:italic"><BR> Some colouring is I think useful to the users and lack of colour in my opinion is a serious drawback on technical Wiki pages. I think you agree with <span style="background-color:#CCFFCC; color:#a0522d">  this</span> for application menu paths (the principle if not the colours). I have been using green for something that is a HINT or an advisory and #BA55D3 for an imperative type of declaration.<BR><BR>
 
It is not easy to draw rules about "here" or "descriptive names". Sometime the flow of the text makes it easier to say "you can download the XYZ software [here]." Also can you add a mouseover to links giving a description? Some say you should put a plain text link so you can copy and paste it easier for future use, but that seems to be discouraged on Wikis and should only be done in exceptional cases because of the length of many URLs. <BR><BR>
 
How to format a page intro. might be good. E.g. "_TOC__"  to force a table of contents when there are less than four categories is little known.<BR><BR>
 
Plainlinks or not are controversial. I hate the classic trailing arrow myself and Wiki and non-Wiki links should display in slightly different colours. Against this Internet Explorer seems to add the space where the trailing arrow would otherwise be anyway, and I have not yet figured a way that makes plainlinks persist across paragraphs in a Wiki so quite a few extra tags are sometimes needed to use them. You can use double breaks within a span as I did here.<BR><BR> 
 
I think you can go too far regimenting style on a Wiki. It is a place for creation and within reason there ought to be some latitude if what is being done "differently" is an aid to intelligibility. For example someone might come up with something that looked so good that we might want to use it regularly in our own contributions. - Gale </span>
 
 
 
 
 
==Sound Tracks from within Wikimedia==
 
 
 
Are there plans for a demo section of Audacity created sound files here?  We would like to be able to reliably create sound tracks and activate them from within wikimedia software at en.wikiversity.org so if a demon section is planned it would be helpful to us if good notes could be taken.  If such were emailed to me I could relay them to our developers and users or the notes could be posted here or at en.wikiversity.org as part of some tutorials in building web presence for user products.  Thanks for reading!  [[User:Mirwin|Mirwin]] 16:00, 3 November 2006 (PST)
 

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