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Welcome to the Help Guide!

Where do I start?

  1. Find a page to improve. (You can start helping with the stubs here)
  2. Click "Edit".
  3. An "edit box" will open - type your new sentences or corrections.
  4. Click the "Show preview" button and when you are satisfied with the results of your hard work click the "Save page" button.

How do I format the text?

Most text formatting is usually done with wiki markup, so you don't have to learn HTML.

Bold and italics

Bold and italics are added by surrounding a word or phrase with multiple apostrophes ('):

  • ''italics'' is rendered as italics. (2 apostrophes on each side)
  • '''bold''' is rendered as bold. (3 apostrophes on each side)
  • '''''bolded italics''''' is rendered as bolded italics. (2 + 3 = 5 apostrophes on each side)

Headings and subheadings

Headings and subheadings are an easy way to improve the organization of an article. If you can see two or more distinct topics being discussed, you can break up your article by inserting a heading for each section.

Headings can be created like this:

  • ==Main heading== (2 equals signs)
  • ===Subheading=== (3 equals signs)
  • ====Another level down==== (4 equals signs)
  • =====Another level down===== (5 equals signs)

If an article has at least four headings, a table of contents (TOC) will be automatically generated.

Bullet points

To insert a bullet, use an asterisk (*). More asterisks in front of a paragraph means more indentation.
A brief example:

*First list item
*Second list item
**Sub-list item under second
*You can continue this thing forever

That appears as:

  • First list item
  • Second list item
    • Sub-list item under second
  • You can continue this thing forever

Numbered lists

You can also create numbered lists. For this, use the number sign or hash symbol (#). Using more #s will affect the level of indenting.
Example:

#First list item
#Second list item
##Sub-item under second item
#Third list item

Shows up as:

  1. First list item
  2. Second list item
    1. Sub-item under second item
  3. Third list item

Indenting

To indent text, place a colon (:) right at the beginning of a line. The more colons you put, the further indented the text will be. A newline (pressing Enter) marks the end of the indented paragraph.
For example:
This is aligned all the way to the left.

:This is indented slightly.
::This is indented more.

is shown as:
This is aligned all the way to the left.

This is indented slightly.
This is indented more.

Links

Links are important on wikis to help readers navigate.

Internal links

You can extensively cross-reference wiki pages using internal links. You can add links to existing page names, and also to names you think ought to exist in future.To make a link to another page on the wiki, just put the name in double square brackets.

For example, if you want to make a link to, say, the Main Page, it would be::[[Main Page]]
If you want to use words other than the page name as the text of the link, you can add an alternative name by adding it after a pipe "|" divider (SHIFT + BACKSLASH on English-layout and other keyboards).

For example, if you wanted to make a link to the Main Page, but wanted it to say "home page" you would write it this way:

View the [[Main Page|home page]]...

It would appear as:

View the home page...

External links

If you want to link to a site outside of this Wiki, you may just type the full URL for the page you want to link to.

http://www.google.com/

It is often more useful to make the link display something other than the URL, so use one square bracket at each end, with the alternative title after the full URL address, separated by a space (not a pipe). So if you want the link to appear as Google search engine, just type:

[http://www.google.com/ Google search engine]

Creating a new page

If you (or anyone else) create a link to an article that doesn't exist yet, the link will be coloured red, like this.

Clicking a red link will take you to the edit page for the new article. Simply type your text, click save and the new page will be created.

More help

Visit MediaWiki Help section.