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This is a list of frequently asked questions about using and contributing to the Risk Manual. If you have a question not covered in the FAQ pages please check the Forum or ask us directly.

How do I open an account?

You are only required to have an Risk Manual account if you want to become an Author and contribute / edit the Risk Manual content. You can create an account by filling in the form. If there are any problems with the account creation process please contact us at: info at openrisk dot eu.

How do I delete my account?

Contact us.

Why am I being logged out?

After a period of inactivity the wiki will automatically log you out for security reasons

Why am I having trouble logging in?

We don't know. Contact us at info at openrisk dot eu with further details.

How can I contact Open Risk?

See contact page for further information.

There is a significant typo / error in one of the pages

Please let us know of any major errors you may encounter. Even better, become a contributor and help us fix the problems!

How can I search the database?

Enter a search term in the search box located on the upper-right part of the wiki pages.

Why does my search return no results?

Your search may have been too vague and/or included many common terms which are not indexed. Try a different set of keywords

How do I edit a page?

Editing most Manual pages is easy, just click the "Edit" tab at the top of a Manual page. This will take you to a new page with a text box containing the editable text of the page you were viewing. In this box, you can type in the text that you want to add, using wiki markup to format the text and add other elements like images and tables. When you have finished editing, you should write a short edit summary in the small field below the edit-box describing your changes. Further editing instructions are given here.

How do I create a new page?

You are required to have an Risk Manual account to create a new article.

I got an error message when submitting the edited page

Occasionally, depending website activity and load, a submitted page might fail to be saved in the database which prompts an error message. Simply resubmitting should succeed. It is in any case a good idea to develop any longer contributions on a separate editor and have local copies.

I don't want to write an article but would be interested in topic X/Y/Z

Please let us know and we will kick-start something for you. Consider joining the Google+ community to discuss Open Risk Manual developments

Can I write an article in a language other than English?

At present we do not support of multilingual environment for the content. This may change in the future.

Can I include an image?

After much thought we concluded that the Open Risk Manual content should not rely on bitmap images (png, jpg etc.). The reason is that bitmap images cannot be improved upon with reasonable effort and hence hinder the collaborative nature of the wiki. When some form of visual presentation is necessary the preferred format is GraphViz. The markup for such diagrams is actually stored on the wiki and can be improved upon easily.

Why was my article deleted?

If you look at the address where your page was, it should have a red box above it that shows the user who deleted it and their reason (which appears in italics). If the reason is not helpful, or you disagree with it, you can click on the "talk" link to send them a message and ask.

How do I change the name of an article?

You move the article by using the "move" button (you can see it by clicking the downward-pointing arrow to the right of the "edit" button). But in order to do this, you must have an account that has reached confirmed status, meaning it must be at least four days old and have made at least ten edits.

How do I cite the Risk Manual?

Check the License terms when including Open Risk Manual content in other publications. Latex bibtex (to follow)

Who writes the articles of the Risk Manual?

The intention is that almost all articles are written by multiple editors, not just one. If you click on the "View history" tab at the top of an article, a list will be displayed of all the contributors to the article and when their contribution was made. If your purpose is to cite the Risk Manual, see the question above.

Can I rely on the Risk Manual for legal, regulatory or other critical issues?

In a word, NO. For starters, Open Risk cannot guarantee the validity of the information found here for any specific jurisdiction or risk management context. Further, the content of any given article may recently have been changed, altered by someone whose opinion does not correspond with the state of knowledge in relevant field etc.

Who owns the Open Risk Manual?

Contributing Authors to the Risk Manual agree to release the material under a Creative Commons Non-Commercial Non-Derivative license. Check the license details here.

What are the key features of the Creative Commons license

Content can be used freely and shared, subject to proper attribution. The content cannot be used for commercial purposes (you cannot charge other users for this content) and it cannot be branched into a derivative product.

  1. The non-commercial clause is aiming to deter free-riders and protect the authors contributing content.
  2. The non-derivative clause is aiming to preserve the integrity of a single "golden source". Differences of opinion should be accommodated within the articles. Any effort to create an alternative risk management knowledge database should not use the Risk Manual as base.

Why not just write Wikipedia articles?

Wikipedia is an epoch changing concept. Open Risk Manual entries should not replicate relevant and good Wikipedia content (instead we should make links to such content). The Risk Manual aims to accelerate the process of completing a consistent set of technical reference resources for risk management. Read more about the aims and strategies here.

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