Background on the wiki project

Currently, the wiki runs on – and will subsequently be reachable also under

Why a wiki for tango?

  • During the “map” project we realized that there is so much that is part of the tango world, which is never captured or linked together.
  • It is time to bring all knowledge together to help others not start from scratch.

Why not use existing wikis?

  • Wikipedia - Will only allow for encyclopedic knowledge
  • - is mostly a database for tango music information
  • - seems to be a dead project. If it takes off, we might want to merge into it, share some knowledge/data, or not.

Where can I learn more about the base ideas built into the wiki?

I’m excited about this. I have a lot of content I would be happy to contribute to a wiki and I imagine there are a lot of other people who do as well! Maybe we can schedule a fall Wikithon (like a Hackathon) where we ask all the tango people to dedicate a weekend to wikifying their content here???

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Just got my account set up and made my first page! Very satisfying somehow. Yay!!

@daniel I’d like to play with setting up fields/a template for a really broad People page that might prompt people to share areas of expertise/contribution. I couldn’t figure out how to do that? This one doesn’t seem editable — any suggestions?

Please go to, and edit the Schema for People. The schema basically defines both the form and the template basics. After the schema is finished, the corresponding pages must be created, which, I think, only an admin can do; it might overwrite things, so I’d want to see that it doesn’t.

The more advanced templates we will have, the less these auto-generated templates are useful.

Dear @mitramartin , to better get into the flow of designing schemas, I suggest you

  1. Check out Special:Properties for semantic data fields that are already available
  2. Take a look at existing schemas, such as in Category:Projects or Category:Blogs

Thanks @daniel . Ok, I think I get it, will need to practice. This is really powerful!

Here are some fields I am thinking of for People. Would love to hear how this sounds: (Feel free to move this to a different Topic?)
Roles(s) — E.g., in tango, like Social Dancer or Musician
Areas of Expertise
Works (e.g., could be Projects, Blogs, Publications, etc.)
Social (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter)

How does that sound as a starting point?

I tried that, see my page

You can, too:

If you already have a person, you can add the template “People profile”, save, and reload, and then click “edit using form”


The semantic properties are great, because we can do things like this: A list of all pages that have websites linked (always current, and auto-generated)

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@daniel , When I click on the name of a red-colored person that appears in a sidebar info box like on a Project, in order to create a page about them (like Mara or Mitra on the Tango Map page), I’m not getting the Person content category. Is there a way that this type of page could appear in this context?

If you create a page through that way, you need to add the people profile template, save, reload, and then the link is created and the form is accessible.

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Hi Daniel,
I added a page about Gema-Frei tangos. But I wasn’t sure which Category/Form to use. At the moment it’s listed as a Project. But perhaps there is a better category? I’m planning to cross reference with the list of Gema free tangos recordings that’s being marketed in Germany (just the composition titles, not the recording details).

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That’s great. A template is just that, a starting point. Essentially it asks for some data, and formats it in a structured way.

The Wiki is still based on Text, structured tags, and formatting, and the templates just take care of this otherwise need to be repeated a lot.

My thinking for structure:

  • If there is a project or initiative to collect and maintain the list, that would be the project.
  • The list of gema-free tangos (and maybe how to obtain them) would be a separate page.
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@Korey what a great resource and good use-case for a wiki