Help:Editing pages

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There are two different possibilites to help gaining more content in the wiki:

  • First: edit existing articles. This helps to increase the articles quality. Edit and add content to improve, update and complete the article. Especially wikis in existence for a longer period of time this is very important.
  • Second: create new articles and edit, link or render the text. Creating new articles means increasing the amaount of information. This is very important during the initial phase.


The following will explain how to edit and save articles. We will show you the easy way by using the WYSIWYG editor. But sometimes it is necessary to use wikicode that is why these descriptions are linked in the articles.


It's very easy to edit the contents of a wiki:

  1. You must be logged in to edit the wiki.
  2. Click  "Edit" at the top right of the article.
  3. Make changes to the text.
  4. Click the "Save page" button below the editing area.


It's as simple as that!


Editing rules, editing conventions, and formatting

The number one rule of wiki editing is to be bold. Go ahead - make changes. Other people can correct any mistakes you make, so have confidence, and give it a try! There are all kinds of editing conventions, rules, and philosophies for the editing of wiki pages, but the "be bold" rule is the most important of these!

An edit can contribute whole new paragraphs or pages of information, or it can be as simple as fixing a typo or a spelling mistake. In general, try to add or edit text so that it is clear and concise. Most importantly, make sure you are always aiming to do something which improves the contents of the wiki.

When you need to use some type of formatting, such as for a new headings or bolding of text, you do this using wiki syntax or the buttons in the editing toolbar above the editing zone. The are links from the main "Help" page to help with the common types of formatting used.

Preview

You may want to use the "Show preview" button to see what your change will look like, before you save it. This isn't something to worry about too much, but it's good to get into the habit of eliminating mistakes in your own work, by using a preview before saving, rather than saving, then having to do another edit just to make one or more minor corrections. Be sure to SAVE after you Preview!

Discussion

Every article has its own "Comment" page where you can ask questions, make suggestions, or discuss corrections. You can only add to the comments pages after you have logged in.