Help:Editing

So you want to help us out! First of all, thank you so much! To help get you started, this page will be like an extended cheatsheet of common wiki code and markup you'll likely be using while helping around the wiki.

For style guidelines and policies, please be sure to read our Manual of Style and Spoiler Policy! Now, on to the nitty gritty.

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[edit] Making a Page

Quick and simple, you can either click the "Create Page" link in the toolbox on the right, or search for the page with the title you want to give the page and click on the red link that shows up. Voila!

[edit] Templates

Many pages on the wiki utilize templates, so it's good to familiarize yourself with them. All templates can be found here. Common ones you'll find yourself using are the Infobox, Navboxes, and Message Boxes.

Some templates will require that you copypaste the basic code that creates them (such as the Infobox). Others can simply be called on the page wherever you put {{{CalledTemplateHere}}} on the page.

So for example, to call the Stub template, find exactly where in the page you want it (at the top, in this case) and write {{{Stub}}} and then when you preview or save the page, the called template will automagically appear!

[edit] Basic Markup

''Text'' for Italics.

'''Text''' for Bold.

==Words Here== creates a level 2 section heading. Creating one under it with more equal signs creates a sub-heading. The number of "=" directly correlates to its heading level.

Use an asterisk (*) to create a list. Multiples on the same line signify indention. So this:

* Item 1
** Stuff about Item 1
*** More info about Item 1
* Item 2
* Item 3

Becomes this:

  • Item 1
    • Stuff about Item 1
      • More info about Item 1
  • Item 2
  • Item 3

For numbered lists, the same rules apply, just use (#) instead of (*).

[edit] Links and Linking

[[Text Here]] will automatically link to the page named exactly what's between the brackets. To customize this--like when you need to insert a link in the middle of a paragraph but can't say the page's full name--then type [[Page Name|Words you want people to see instead]].

Page sections are also anchors. To link to a specific part of a specific page, use [[Page Name#Anchor|Text you want to see instead]].

You can also link to an anchor on the same page by simply typing [[#AnchorHere]].

Category links are added by typing [[Category:Category Name]]. Doing them like this automatically formats them to categorize the page they're on. If, for any reason, you need to link to a category page itself, just use [[:Category:Category Name]].

All of the above has been regarding internal links only. For external links, such as when making your reference lists, the formatting is slightly different.

A standard external link looks something like [http://YourSiteHere.com]. Leaving them like that will make them show up as numbers, but if you want to make them show up as linked text in a paragraph then do [http://YourSiteHere.com YourWords].

[edit] Images

To call an image, you first have to upload it. Once you've done that the basic syntax is [[File:ImageName.extension|options|caption]].

Image formatting is among the easiest to pick up, so to learn more about it, just read this page.

[edit] Discussion

Some pages will have talk pages where any number of users might have left notes or comments or a discussion might be taking place. When using these pages, please be sure to sign for yourself after every comment you make. To do this just put ~~~~ on its own line after whatever you wrote.

[edit] Before You Submit

ALWAYS preview a page you're making or editing before submitting any changes you've made. This will allow you to double check any formatting errors or typos you may've made and gives you a chance to fix them.

Though not always required for small edits, we appreciate you making edit summaries so that we know what to look for or expect in your edit.