|MediaWiki Handbook: Contents, Readers, Editors, Moderators, System admins, Researchers +/-|
On a wiki, it is customary to allow readers to edit content and structure. Changes are tracked, and are revertible. User rights are configurable, so you may need to create an account or log on first.
This is a brief overview of the editing and contributing process. The Editor table of contents lists a few longer versions and a list of detailed descriptions of specific topics.
- 1 Editing basics
- 2 Most frequent wiki markup explained
- 3 Further reading
- 4 Links to other help pages
Review policy and conventions
- Make sure that what you want to write belongs where you want to put it. The operator of the site likely has specific plans for the site, and your content might be deleted or unappreciated. You can always use the talk pages to ask questions or check to see if your idea will be accepted. Please make note of the license your contributions will be covered with.
- To start editing a MediaWiki page, click the Edit this page (or just edit) link at one of its edges. This brings you to the edit page: a page with a text box containing the wikitext: the editable source code from which the server produces the webpage. If you just want to experiment, please do so in the sandbox, not here.
Type your changes
- You can just type your text. However, also using basic wiki markup (described in the next section) to make links and do simple formatting adds to the value of your contribution.
Summarize your changes
- Write a short edit summary in the small field below the edit-box. You may use shorthand to describe your changes, as described in the Edit_summary_legend .
Preview before saving
- When you have finished, click Show preview to see how your changes will look -- before you make them permanent. Repeat the edit/preview process until you are satisfied, then click Save page and your changes will be immediately applied to the article.
Most frequent wiki markup explained
Here are the 6 most frequently used wiki markups. If you need more help see:
|What it looks like||What you type|
You can italicize text by putting 2 apostrophes on each side.
3 apostrophes will bold the text.
5 apostrophes will bold and italicize the text.
(4 apostrophes don't do anything special -- there's just 'one left over'.)
You can ''italicize text'' by putting 2 apostrophes on each side. 3 apostrophes will bold '''the text'''. 5 apostrophes will bold and italicize '''''the text'''''. (4 apostrophes don't do anything special -- there's just ''''one left over''''.)
You should "sign" your comments on talk pages:
You should "sign" your comments on talk pages: <br> - Three tildes give your user name: ~~~ <br> - Four tildes give your user name plus date/time: ~~~~ <br> - Five tildes give the date/time alone: ~~~~~ <br>
Headings organize your writing into sections. The Wiki software can automatically generate a table of contents from them.
Using more equals signs creates a subsection.
A smaller subsection
Don't skip levels, like from two to four equals signs.
Start with 2 equals signs not 1 because 1 creates H1 tags which should be reserved for page title.
== Section headings == ''Headings'' organize your writing into sections. The Wiki software can automatically generate a table of contents from them. === Subsection === Using more equals signs creates a subsection. ==== A smaller subsection ==== Don't skip levels, like from two to four equals signs. Start with 2 equals signs not 1 because 1 creates H1 tags which should be reserved for page title.
marks the end of the list.
* ''Unordered lists'' are easy to do: ** Start every line with a star. *** More stars indicate a deeper level. *: Previous item continues. ** A new line * in a list marks the end of the list. * Of course you can start again.
A new line marks the end of the list.
# ''Numbered lists'' are: ## Very organized ## Easy to follow A new line marks the end of the list. # New numbering starts with 1.
Here's a link to a page named [[Official position]]. You can even say [[official position]]s and the link will show up correctly.
The weather in Moscow is a page that doesn't exist yet. You could create it by clicking on the link.
[[The weather in Moscow]] is a page that doesn't exist yet. You could create it by clicking on the link.
You can link to a page section by its title:
If multiple sections have the same title, add a number. #Example section 3 goes to the third section named "Example section".
You can link to a page section by its title: *[[List of cities by country#Morocco]]. If multiple sections have the same title, add a number. [[#Example section 3]] goes to the third section named "Example section".
Wiki markups and codes
- Help:Wikitext examples
- Help:Wikitext reference
- Help:Reference card - a one-page summary of important commands, to be printed out and used next to the computer
- Help:HTML in wikitext
- HTML elements - introduction to HTML
- Help:Starting a new page
- Merging and moving pages
- Protecting pages
- Deletion policy
- For others, look at the table ("tools" part) on your right hand side
Links to other help pages
- Help contents
- Meta · Wikinews · Wikipedia · Wikiquote · Wiktionary · Commons: · Wikidata · MediaWiki · Wikibooks · Wikisource · MediaWiki: Manual · Google
- Versions of this help page (for other languages see further)
- What links here on Meta
- Go · Search · Stop words · Namespace · Page name · Section · Backlinks · Redirect · Category · Image page · Special pages · Printable version
- Tracking changes
- Recent changes (enhanced) | Related changes · Watching pages · Diff · Page history · Edit summary · User contributions · Minor edit · Patrolled edit
- Logging in and preferences
- Logging in · Preferences · User style
- Starting a new page · Advanced editing · Editing FAQ · Edit toolbar · Export · Import · Shortcuts · Edit conflict · Page size
- Links · URL · Piped links · Interwiki linking · Footnotes
- Style and formatting
- Wikitext examples · CSS · Reference card · HTML in wikitext · Formula · List · Table · Sorting · Colors · Images and file uploads
- Fixing mistakes
- Show preview · Testing · Reverting edits
- Advanced functioning
- Expansion · Template · Advanced templates · Parser function · Parameter default · Variable · System message · Substitution · Array · Calculation · Embed page
- Special characters · Renaming (moving) a page · Preparing a page for translation · Talk page · Signatures · Sandbox · Legal issues for editors
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