Using Wikinvest

Getting Around the Wiki

Wikinvest works like any other website. Functional links are blue; red links lead to pages that don't exist yet (but you're welcome to create them). We also have a lot of other cool features:

At the top of the page is a "smart" searchbar - if you search for, say, "oil," it'll give you a list of articles that contain the word in it (if you can't find what you want, keep typing to refine the list). This is extremely helpful when you're trying to find companies with official names that are different from what they commonly go by. Underneath the bold font (the company name/page title), you'll see a list of concept/trends articles that the company article links to. Move your mouse pointer so that the grey link is underlined, and click to go directly to one of these concept/trends pages.

Normal Mode

Normal mode is your usual reading mode. There are also a number of other modes that you can access from a row of small blue links under the page title.

Edit Mode

You can edit most pages, and you are very welcome to do so. Once you click on "Edit," you'll find a page with a text box, a palette of buttons above it, and a light blue/grey window to the right.

  • Buttons palette: clicking on the buttons will let you replace sample text to make bold text, italicized text, and external links. It also lets you insert images, leave a signature, add a table, or insert symbols like "€," "£," and "¥." The "upload file" button brings up a popup window that you can use to upload images.
  • Help Window: When set to Tips, this displays the vitals of the Wiki markup language (what you use to edit Wikinvest articles). When set to Outline, this window lists a few key things to keep in mind as you write your article.

History Mode

All editable pages on Wikinvest have an associated page history, which lists all changes made to the page chronologically, the most recent at top (this may also be referred to as the revision history or edit history).

  • To view a specific version, click a date.
  • To compare an old version with the current version, click cur.
  • To compare a version with its predecessor, click last.
  • To compare two specific versions, tick the left radio button of the older version. A right column of radio buttons will appear; tick the right-column radio button of the newer version. Then click the "Compare selected versions" button.
  • Minor edits are denoted as m.

Discussion Mode

Use this page to discuss the main article (if the Discussion link is red, you will be the first contributor). This is your place to talk with other users about anything relating to the page, the company, the site, etc! Be bold, creative, and have fun(but please remain respectful at all times).

Discussion mode is a great way to sound your ideas off of other members. If there's a change you'd like to make but aren't sure about, this is the place to discuss it. Be sure to sign your Discussion/Talk page contributions!


Contributor Points

  • You'll earn points every time you change something on Wikinvest, from editing your user information to contributing to articles to adding stock chart annotations.
    • The more you change an article, the more points you get.
    • You get points for adding, moving, rearranging, and deleting text (provided that others allow your changes to stay).
  • If your changes endure, your reputation will increase. If others revert them quickly (suggesting low-quality contributions) your reputation will decrease.


As you contribute to Wikinvest, your Wikinvest title will increase. This title is a reflection of how you compare to other contributors on the site. As you earn more points, your title will increase.

Recognition Internal vs. External

As you contribute to Wikinvest, you become more exposed to other contributors, visitors and all members of the community. But most important, not only you gain respect from the Wikinvest community but also from any visitor to this home of investment knowledge.

But how does the status of Senior Associate or Director translate and impact your status offline? Here are some of the potential benefits for those who contribute with a passion:

  • It may help you stand out among other candidates in an interview for a financial service position.
  • You will receive invaluable feedback on your teaching and communication skills as you share your knowledge with the community.
  • You will be able to connect, discuss, share your knowledge with other professionals, students, and academics.

Thanks to Wikipedia and its contributors for sharing their help section and policies with us, from which portions of this article are drawn. This help content is licensed under the GNU GFDL

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