Solar Cooking
Solar Cooking
Last edited: 31 March 2020      

Below are conventions and instructions for article text and the various features on this wiki.


Metric, then Imperial[]

When including units of measurement, express the measurement in metric units first, then include Imperial units in parenthesis. For example: "This oven heats up to about 437 °C (225 °F) in an hour." Make use of these template: {{Degree|}}, {{DegreeF|}}, {{CM|}}, {{LT|}}, {{KG|}}, etc.


When using abbreviations for units of measurement (such as "mm" or "in"), insert a space between the number and unit. For example: "33 in" or "35 cm". Do not add a period after the abbreviation unless it is the last word in a sentence. Please do not use apostrophes or quotes to indicate units like feet, minutes, seconds, etc.: use the unit abbreviation (or spell out the unit of measurement, such as "3 cups").

Expression of Degrees[]

Degrees can be used to express:


Celsius first with Fahrenheit in parentheses. For example: 100 °C (212 °F). Use Template:Degree to do this automatically like this: {{Degree|100}}. For degree ranges, use {{DegreeRange|100|200}}. If you are starting with a weight in pounds, you can enter that into the {{DegreeF|212}} template to make the reverse conversion.


Use the {{KG|2.2}} template to automatically format weights in metric and imperial. For smaller weights, use the {{GM|2.34}}


Use the {{CM|3}} template to automatically format lengths in metric and imperial. To enter an inch measurement to arrive at the same output, use the {{Inch|3.5}} template.


Use the {{LT|3}} template to automatically format volumes in metric and imperial.

Latitude and/or Longitude[]

When referencing detailed Latitude and Longitude (such as specific geographic locations), use abbreviations for degrees, minutes, and seconds. Such as "Located at 34 deg, 32 min, 5 sec North".


Use the ° symbol when expressing angles. Use no space between the number and the ° symbol when writing out degrees of Latitude/Longitude, such as: "when using this oven with a sun angle of 60° or higher, configure the oven in the high-altitude setting".


Use "a.m." or "p.m." when referencing specific times of the day. Alternately, you can use "AM" or "PM" if you do not want to use periods. Ensure there is a space between the numerals of the hour and "a.m." or "p.m.", such as " 10:30 a.m., the oven had reached an internal temperature of 204 °C (399 °F)."


Express currency with the appropriate currency abbreviation followed by the amount. For example, USD 4.1 billion or EUR 14,000. For other currencies, consult the "Symbol" notation in the corresponding Wikipedia article.


  • When no other order demanded, list things in alphabetical order.



Only capitalize the first word of any phrase or heading unless it is a proper name (name of a cooker etc.)


Top News and New Content items should link directly to articles in the media, but when we have supplemental text on another articla page with a link to the resource, link to the internal page first.

Social media integration[]

Twitter feeds[]

Use this syntax:

<twitter screen-name="" />

Facebook videos[]

Use the {{FBVideo|}} template supplying the direct link to the video after the "|".



Main article: Image copyright tags


If the caption is a full sentence, add a period. Otherwise, no period.

Source Articles & Online Tools[]

Sources used for this article include:

Tools: The tool most frequently used by the author for conversions is Google; simply type "convert x [current units] to [new units]" and Google will provide you with a handy widget that not only gives you the conversion, but also allows you to type in new numbers or to convert in the opposite direction.


See Templates used on the Wiki.

News items[]

  • Whenever a news item is added to an the page of an NGO, individual, or manufacturer, copy the news item also into the News section of the corresponding country page(s) and to the New content.
  • When adding a images to go along with a news item on the Main page, be sure to protect the image to avoid vandalism.

Geographic locations[]

Be sure to include state and country, e.g., Sacramento, California, USA

Category order[]

Add the closest location first: Home state * Home country [* Project state * Project country...]

Contact info[]

The goal is to have each set of contact information on only one page of the site to avoid having to update change in multiple places. In general, put the contact info on the NGO and/or Manufacturer page and use {{See|Whereever}} to point to the page that contains the contact info.

Redirect pages[]

When creating a page for an NGOs acronym that redirects to the page with the full name of the NGO, add the "NGOs" category to the redirect page, but no other categories. This will cause the NGO to show up on a list of all NGOs, but will prevent it from showing up twice on the corresponding country page(s).

News vs. Articles in the media[]

On country pages, for example, add articles in the media to the "Articles in the media" section unless they contain newsy material. If so, then add them to news as well.

Deceased promoters[]

Remove all categories except the categories for the country/ies where the person has lived and/or worked. Add the "Deceased solar cooking promoters" category making sure to add the person's last name to the second field in the category pop-up. Also add to the article the "Archived page" category (not the "ArchivedPage" template) also add their last name. This will cause the person's name to appear in the "Archived articles" subsection of the "History" section of the corresponding country page(s) but their name will be removed from all other automatic lists such as {{Category:Individuals}} and their State category.

Archiving pages[]

Whenever it is no longer possible to contact an NGO, Individual, or Manufacturer, then the article can be deleted. However, if the page contains good practical or historical information, add the {{ArchivedPage}} template just under the {{GoogleTranslateLinks}} template at the top of the page. Then delete all categories except those dealing with its geographic location (country, state, etc.). This will cause the entity to no longer appear under contacts on the corresponding country page(s). However, a link to the archived article will show up in the History section of the corresponding country/state page(s).

Featured events[]

Whenever we list an international conference, place it in the FeaturedEvents template. Make sure that this file also contains the line...

==='''International conferences'''=== the top (note three equal signs and single quotes for bolding).

This will cause the event to show up in the Events section of every country page so that people find out about important conferences on their own country page. You can also place a short mention of the event in the corresponding country event page, but don't add images there or the image will appear twice on the country page in question.

Marking items as "NEW"[]

When adding a new item to a page add the template corresponding to the month you are adding it, e.g., {{NewApr15}}. This will cause the word "NEW" to appear next to the item until the template is question has its contents removed after one month (in this case on June 1, 2015). At the end of each month, clear all the content from the "New" template from two months before.

Image redirects[]

When you add a new design, make sure the photo is named properly, the image has the same categories as does the page where it appears, and the image page redirects to the article. On the category pages, this allows the image title to be clear and to be clicked to arrive at the article about that cooker type instead of being taken to the image page.


  • Use the word "Documents" since it is inclusive of reports, presentations, and publications.

Automatic translation[]

Entire page[]

All pages written in English should have {{GoogleTranslateLinks}} at the top of the page followed by two blank lines. If this template tag is followed by a {{Updated}} tag, then these blank lines can be omitted.

If the page is in any other language, then add {{GoogleTranslateLinksAuto}} template tag. This relies on Google Translates ability to automatically detect the language the page is written in. After you have done this, always test the translation by clicking on "English" and verify that the translation works correctly. Sometimes Google Translate is fooled by the English text surrounding the article text and incorrectly indicates that the page is already in English. If this is the case, then use one of the other translate templates that specify language, e.g. {{GoogleTranslateLinksFromSpanish}}, {{GoogleTranslateLinksFromFrench}}, {{GoogleTranslateLinksFromGerman}}, etc.

Links to individual external pages[]

When linking to individual url in another language, use the {{GoogleLink}} template: {{GoogleLink|}}. If it is necessary to add text for the link, then use {{GoogleLinkAuto}}, e.g. {{GoogleLinkAuto||Trinysol}}. URLs that have a "?" in them (thus a query string) can cause problems. Is this case add "1=", "2=", etc. to remedy this: {{GoogleLinkAuto|1=|2=Trinysol}}


Posting reported information[]

When posting a block of text sent, for example, from an NGO, write "NGO reports:" and put the text in quotes.


See this diff to see how to do references and how to make multiple references to the same source without repeating the source at the bottom of the page:

Verifying active status[]

Below is an example of the steps we took in 2017 to "Verified active 2017":

  • Our job is to go to each one and figure out if they are still active in solar cooking by one of these ways:
    • Check to see if the page has already been marked "Verified active 2016" or "Verified active 2017" by someone since the list below was generated.
    • Check for updated news on their wiki page (where we forgot to update the Verified active status).
    • Check their website for news and make sure it mentions solar or integrated cooking. Even if there is no date to know when they last promoted solar cooking, if they have left this on their website, then that probably means they are active or at least knowledgeable. If you find any recent news, add it to their page and to the corresponding country page(s).
    • Check their Twitter feed or Facebook page for recent posts that mention solar cooking. If we don't have a Twitter feed or Facebook page listed, then look them up on each service.
    • Check to see if their organization has been marked as more recently active and change it to that date.
    • Write to them and ask them if they are still active. If you do this, add the "Requested update" category and in the extra text field add the date like this: 1/17/16. Also add a notation like this next to the entity name below: Requested update 1/18/16
  • If still active then..
    • Edit the "Verified active 2015" tag to read "Verified active 2017". Remember that the second field needs to have the last name if the page is about an individual. Before you save the page, make a note in the "Edit summary" telling how you know they are active.
    • Change the "Last updated" template to today's date.
    • Do the same for their organization(s)
    • Shift-click all of the external links and make sure they still work. If they don't, see if you can find the page on the website where it used to be (presumably it having been moved). If not found there, copy the link into the Wayback Machine at and change the link to an archived version. If nothing found there, then delete the link.
    • Look for red links and fix these by one of these ways:
      • Check for misspeling or wrong capitalization and fix the link
      • Turn the link into an external link to a website or Facebook page, etc.
      • Remove the brackets from the text so it is no longer red and hot.
      • If the same text is linked multiple times in the same section of the page, leave only the first instant hot and remove the brackets from the rest.
    • If your editor has spellcheck, look for words that are underlined by the spellchecker and fix if necessary.
    • Reorder the categories as described here: NGO, California, USA, NGOs employing microcredit, etc.
    • Delete "I2N" and "A2J" categories.
    • Mark on this page "done (still active)"
  • If no longer active then...
    • Write to them and ask them why that are not longer working with solar cookers
    • If the page doesn't contain any useful historical information
      • Delete it (Write in the note field how you determined that they were no longer active.)
    • Else
      • Add {{ArchivedPage}} just under the "Updated" template
      • Remove all categories except those that deal with location (country and state)
      • Write "done (archived page)" next to the entity's name below.

Codes used[]

  • SME = Subject Matter Expert
  • PSME = Possible Subject Matter Expert

See also[]