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Help:Editing

So you've decided you want to help us with the Exorace Wiki? Glad to hear it! Well here is how to get started.

Create an account

You do not have to log in to read Exorace Wiki. You do however have to be logged in to edit articles. Just about anyone can edit almost any article at any given time as long as you have registered an account.

Introduction

Editing most Exorace Wiki pages is easy. Simply click on the "edit" tab at the top of an Exorace Wiki page. This will bring you to a new page with a text box containing the editable text of the original page. When you are finished with an edit, you should 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 . To see how the page looks with your edits, press the "Preview" button. To see the differences between the page with your edits and the previous version of the page, press the "Show changes" button. If you're satisfied with what you see, be bold and press the "Save" button. Your changes will immediately be visible to all Exorace Wiki users.

You can also click on the "Comments" tab to see the corresponding talk page, which contains comments about the page from other Exorace Wiki users. Click on the "new section" tab to start a new section, or edit the page in the same way as an article page.

You should also remember to sign your messages on talk pages and some special-purpose project pages with four tildes (~~~~), but you should not sign edits you make to regular articles. In [History, the software automatically keeps track of which user makes each change.

Minor edits

A check to the "minor edit" box signifies that only superficial differences exist between the version with your edit and the previous version: typo corrections, formatting and presentational changes, rearranging of text without modifying content, etc. A minor edit is a version that the editor believes requires no review and could never be the subject of a dispute.

Major edits

All editors are encouraged to be bold, but there are several things that a user can do to ensure that major edits are performed smoothly. Before engaging in a major edit, a user should consider discussing proposed changes on the article discussion/talk page. Once the edit has been completed, the inclusion of an edit summary will assist in documenting the changes. These steps will all help to ensure that major edits are well received by the Exorace Wiki community.

A major edit should be reviewed to confirm that it is consensual to all concerned editors. Therefore, any change that affects the meaning of an article is major (not minor), even if the edit is a single word.

There are no necessary terms to which you have to agree when doing major edits, but the recommendations above have become best practice. If you do it your own way, the likelihood of your edits being reedited may be higher.

Wiki markup

The wiki markup is the syntax system you can use to format an Exorace Wiki page. Here you can find some useful tips to getting started. For getting more tips, read this Wikipedia article.

Headings

For a top-level heading, put it on a separate line surrounded by '=='. For example:

  == Introduction ==

Subheadings use '===', '====', and so on.

Italic or Bold Style

Mark words using this styles: italics or bold

What you type:

 Mark words using this styles: ''italics'' or '''bold'''

Links and URLs

What it looks like What you type
The Alien Barbarians are NPC's.

The Alien Barbarians are [[NPC's]].

The Alien Barbarians are Non-Player Characters.
  • Same target, different name.
  • The target ("piped") text must be placed first, then the text to be displayed, second

The Alien Barbarians are [[NPC's|Non-Player Characters]]

Everyone loves admin is a page that does not exist yet.
  • You can create it by clicking on the link.
  • To create a new page:
    1. Create a link to it on some other (related) page.
    2. Save that page.
    3. Click on the link you just made. The new page will open for editing.
  • Please do not create a new article without linking to it from at least one other article.

[[Everyone loves admin]] is a page
that does not exist yet.

The character tilde (~) is used when adding a comment to a Talk page. You should sign your comment by appending four tildes (~~~~) to the comment so as to add your user name plus date/time:
User:admin 13:40, Dec 12, 2008 (GMT)
Adding three tildes (~~~) will add just your user name:
User:admin
and adding five tildes (~~~~~) gives the date/time alone:
13:40, Dec 12, 2008 (GMT)
  • The first two both provide a link to your user page.

The character '''tilde''' (~) is used 
when adding a comment to a Talk page. 
You should sign your comment by 
appending four tildes (~~~~)
to the comment so as to add your 
user name plus date/time:
: ~~~~
Adding three tildes (~~~) will add 
just your user name:
: ~~~
and adding five tildes (~~~~~) gives 
the date/time alone:
: ~~~~~

  • Redirect one article title to another by placing a directive like the one shown to the right on the first line of the article.
  • It is possible to redirect to a section. For example, a redirect to Portal:Beta Server#Beta Server will redirect to the Portal:Beta Server page, to the Server Overview section, if it exists.

#REDIRECT [[Portal:Beta Server]]

#REDIRECT [[Portal:Beta Server#Beta Server]] will redirect to the 
[[Portal:Beta Server]] page, to the Server Overview section, 
if it exists. 

  • To put an article in a category, place a link like the one to the right anywhere in the article. It does not matter where you put these links while editing as they will always show up in the same place when you save the page, but placement at the end of the edit box is recommended.

[[Category:Beta Server]]

  • To link to a category page without putting the article into the category, use an initial colon (:) in the link.

[[:Category:Beta Server]]

Lists

What it looks like What you type
  • 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.
* ''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.
  1. Numbered lists are:
    1. Very organized
    2. Easy to follow
    Previous item continues
A new line marks the end of the list.
  1. New numbering starts with 1.
# ''Numbered lists'' are:
## Very organized
## Easy to follow
#: Previous item continues
A new line marks the end of the list.
# New numbering starts with 1.

Images

Only images that have been uploaded to Exorace wiki can be used. To upload images, use the upload page. You can find the uploaded image on the image list.

What it looks like What you type
A picture: logo.jpg
A picture: 
[[Image:logo.jpg]]
With alternative text: Exorace wiki's logo.
With alternative text:
[[Image:logo.jpg|Exorace wiki's logo.]]
  • Alternative text, used when the image is unavailable or when the image is loaded in a text-only browser, or when spoken aloud, is strongly encouraged.
Floating to the right side of the page using the frame attribute and a caption:
logo.jpg
Exorace wiki's logo

Floating to the right side of the page 
using the ''frame'' attribute and a caption:
[[Image:logo.jpg|frame|Exorace wiki's logo]]
  • The frame tag automatically floats the image right.
  • The caption is also used as alternate text.
Floating to the right side of the page using the thumb attribute and a caption:
logo.jpg
Exorace wiki's logo

Floating to the right side of the page 
using the ''thumb'' attribute and a caption:
[[Image:logo.jpg|thumb|Exorace wiki's logo]]
  • The thumb tag automatically floats the image right.
  • The caption is also used as alternate text.
  • An enlarge icon is placed in the lower right corner.
Floating to the right side of the page without a caption:
Exorace wiki's logo
Floating to the right side of the page
''without'' a caption:
[[Image:logo.jpg|right|Exorace wiki's logo]]
A picture resized to 30 pixels... logo.jpg
A picture resized to 30 pixels...
[[Image:logo.jpg|30 px]]
Linking directly to the description page of an image: Image:logo.jpg
Linking directly to the description page
of an image:
[[:Image:logo.jpg]]
  • Clicking on an image displayed on a page
(such as any of the ones above) also leads to the description page
Linking directly to an image without displaying it: Exorace wiki's logo
Linking directly to an image
without displaying it:
[[:Image:logo.jpg|Exorace wiki's logo]]