In an effort to keep information organized into neat, appropriate "boxes", MyWikiBiz content is classified into fourteen different Spaces. This page will briefly outline what each of them is intended to hold.
(By the way, each Space, other than Special Pages, has its own "Talk" mirror, where users can have conversations about topics or articles, without affecting the articles themselves. So technically, MyWikiBiz has twenty-seven (27) Spaces, including each "Talk" area.)
Spaces available for editing by users
The first nine (9) Spaces are generally available for editing by all registered users of MyWikiBiz.
The grand poobah of MediaWiki Spaces, Main Space is where contributors write articles about any topic under the sun -- except that on MyWikiBiz, we have a rule that Main Space is reserved for things that don't have standing in a court of law, including deceased persons with inactive estates.
Main Space articles must conform to NPOV and cannot contain any link spam. Most Main Space articles are intended to be freely edited by the MyWikiBiz community, and their contents are released under the provisions of the GFDL. There is one major exception class:
Some Main Space articles that have been lovingly created by one or two contributors may qualify for evaluation by MyWikiBiz's Editorial Review Board (ERB). Upon successful endorsement by the ERB, the Board shall protect the article from any further editing by the MyWikiBiz community, the copyright shall be recorded in the original contributor's name, and the GFDL license shall be removed. General contributors and the original authors may still comment about the article on the appropriate "Talk" page.
Naming: To create a page in Main Space, one simply appends the article title to http://www.mywikibiz.com, with a slash "/", followed by the title of the article. For example: http://www.mywikibiz.com/Sir_Isaac_Newton.
The mighty muscle of MyWikiBiz's many Spaces, Directory Space is where contributors write articles about any topic that has standing in a court of law. This would include commercial enterprises, property, non-profit organizations, governments and agencies, living people, and deceased persons with active estates.
A contributor can set up his or her very own Directory Space page about themself or their business, and no other users can edit it. That's how the Directory Space pages work -- if you create it, you own it.
Users are allowed to create Directory Space articles about entities which they do not own or have a legal interest in. Of course, you may not use MyWikiBiz to libel others. Also, if and when the rightful owner of an article topic appears, they can and will "claim" the space, which will be transferred immediately by a MyWikiBiz sysop.
Users who are not the rightful legal owners, but still wish to create Directory listings for other entities, can do so as long as the listings are not created merely to be parked. If, in the judgment of MyWikiBiz management, Directory listings, which have been created by non-legal owners, do not provide content of value, then they may be reverted and/or removed.
Naming: To create a page in Directory Space, one appends the word "Directory:" For example: Directory:Van_Doren_Oil.
When you just want to communicate casually about yourself, talk about what you do within MyWikiBiz, or even post your resumé but do so anonymously, the User Space is where to go. You can jazz up your User Space page(s) just about however you'd like; but keep in mind that most other users of MyWikiBiz do not have their Special:Preferences set to retrieve User Space content when they conduct a search on MyWikiBiz. Users communicate with one another by leaving messages on the User "Talk" page, which is accessed by the tab second from the left on the user's User Space page.
Naming: To create a page in User Space, one appends the word "User", a colon ":", and the name of the user to http://www.mywikibiz.com. For example: http://www.mywikibiz.com/User:MyWikiBiz
Despite its name, Image Space isn't just for pictures. On MyWikiBiz, when you want to upload images, documents, presentations, or audio files, they come into being in Image Space.
Naming: To create a file in Image Space, you should typically use the link in the lefthand sidebar labeled Upload file. Once the file is uploaded it will be given an address which appends the word "Image", a colon ":", and the name of the file to http://www.mywikibiz.com. For example: http://www.mywikibiz.com/Image:Talking_Points.ppt
This is where pages are further defined when contributors begin collecting different pages into categories. For example, there are Category Space pages grouping together things like "States of the United States" or companies listed on the "New York Stock Exchange". If you want to learn more about categories, see Help:Annotation.
Naming: To create a page in Category Space, one appends the word "Category", a colon ":", and the name of the category to http://www.mywikibiz.com. For example: http://www.mywikibiz.com/Category:Citation_templates
This is where pages are further defined when contributors begin relating one page to another. For example, there are Relation Space pages describing semantic relations like "Located In" or "Page Owner Of". If you want to learn more about relations, see Help:Annotation.
Naming: To create a page in Relation Space, one appends the word "Relation", a colon ":", and the name of the relation to http://www.mywikibiz.com. For example: http://www.mywikibiz.com/Relation:Has_Capital
This is where pages are further defined when contributors begin assigning specific values to pieces of information on a page. For example, there are Attribute Space pages describing semantic relations like "Country Code" or "Latitude". If you want to learn more about attributes, see Help:Annotation.
Naming: To create a page in Attribute Space, one appends the word "Attribute", a colon ":", and the name of the attribute to http://www.mywikibiz.com. For example: http://www.mywikibiz.com/Attribute:NAICS_Code1
Those various attributes found in Attribute Space that have units (of measure) will specify their datatype in Type Space.
If you imagine MyWikiBiz as a bookstore, the founders of MyWikiBiz set up Portal Space to be your guide to the various "departments" within the bookstore. While we could have organized around the Dewey Decimal System, or the Library of Congress Classification Outline, or even ZIP codes, we ultimately decided that the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) heirarchy is a fantastic way to organize our directory's content. Anything that has to do with an industry, a field of specialization, a hobby, or pursuit can probably be classified into a particular NAICS code. We ask all contributors to try to label or semantically tag their topics with NAICS codes whenever they're authoring content. That way, their work shows up in our (protected) Portal:List of articles that identify a primary NAICS code, and it provides another powerful way for advanced users to find specific content.
Naming: To create a page in Portal Space, one appends the word "Portal", a colon ":", and the name of the category to http://www.mywikibiz.com. For example: http://www.mywikibiz.com/Portal:Retail_Trade
Spaces with restricted access
The remaining five (5) Spaces are generally reserved for editing by sysops and other users of MyWikiBiz who have been granted access privileges. If you have been a contributor to MyWikiBiz for at least 30 days, have at least 100 edits under your belt, and you wish to be granted access to restricted spaces, you may contact Gregory Kohs at this contact page
MyWikiBiz Space is where we communicate to users information about MyWikiBiz policies, guidelines, and tools.
Pages that attempt to assist users with using MyWikiBiz more effectively are found in Help Space.
MyWikiBiz makes use of many amazing Template Space templates, which are used to duplicate the same content across more than one page. Users with access to them can change a template in one place, and it will immediately propagate to the pages that use it.
MediaWiki Space is where we communicate information about the actual software that drives MyWikiBiz.
At the bottom of the lefthand sidebar, there is a link for Special Pages. We strongly encourage the curious to click there and discover the many pre-coded files that help ennumerate the many facets of MyWikiBiz.