Help:Editing pages

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It's very easy to edit the contents of a wiki. It only takes a few clicks.

  1. Click the “Edit” at the top of the page.
  2. Make changes to the text.
  3. Click the “Save page” button.

Simple as that!

Editing rules, editing conventions, and formatting

The number one rule of wiki editing, is to be bold ("osado" - mas no imprudente). Dive in and make changes. Other people can correct mistakes later, so have confidence, and give it a try! There can be all kinds of editing conventions, rules, and philosophy governing the editing of wiki pages, but the "be bold" rule overrides these! However: please take into account the terms and conditions that apply for the use of the WIKIdeVEGA.

In general try to write clearly and concisely and make sure you are always aiming to do something which improves the wiki contents. An edit might be to contribute whole paragraphs or pages full of information, or it could be as simple as fixing a typo or spelling mistake.

When you need to use some type of formatting e.g. new headings or bold text, you do this using wiki syntax. See Formatting text for some of the common types of formatting used.

Edit Summary

Before you save a change, you can enter a short note in the Summary: box describing your changes. Don't worry too much about this, or spend too much time thinking about it, but try to give a little description of what you just changed e.g. "fixed typo" or "added more information about sunflowers".

The summary gets stored alongside your edit, and allows people to track changes in the wiki more effectively.

Preview

It's a good idea to use the “Preview” button to see what your change will look like, before you save it. This is also related to tracking changes because every time you save, this is displayed to others as a separate change. 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 several minor corrections afterwards.

Discussion

Every wiki page has an associated talk page which can be used for discussion and communicating with other users. Talk pages can be accessed by clicking the “discussion” tab at the top of the page. Simply edit the page as normal to add your comment.

A talk page is actually very similar to any other wiki page, but it is in the “Talk” namespace, to keep it separate from the articles in the “(Main)” namespace (See Help:Namespace@MediaWiki). As with any wiki page, you can edit it, link to it, and view the editing history.

Having discussions on a free-form wiki page will seem strange at first. It helps if everyone follows some simple editing conventions:

  • Always sign your name after your comments. Use the four tildes “~~~~” wiki syntax (or the signature button signature button in the toolbar above editing textbox). For more information see Help:Signatures@MediaWiki.
  • Start a new discussion with a ==level 2 heading== at the bottom of the page (or use the “+” tab)
  • Indent replies with colons (:) at the beginning of the line.

For further reading on talk pages please look at: Talk pages @ MediaWiki


Wiki User Level: Wiki User Level::Novice

Content of this and other "Help" pages was taken and adapted from the Help pages of the MediaWiki.