Guidelines for Making and Editing Pages

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While you may already have experience making and editing blogs or social media posts, this page exists to help you in making and editing pages on this wiki.

The Basics

Here are some basic guidelines and tips :

  • Before creating or editing a page, you will need to make an account.
  • Look at other pages and articles to see how those pages are laid out and organized.
  • Before making a page, consider practicing through editing pages, to familiarize yourself with how to make pages.
  • Get some feedback on your work, to refine it before making or changing pages.
  • Gather references for your work, so that you may add citations to what you write.

Things to Avoid

  • Advertising. While creating pages about companies and businesses is more than alright, try to avoid language that overtly promotes or endorses a business in writing.
  • Attacks on people, businesses or organizations. Threats, defamation, or harassment of subjects is forbidden, especially when directed towards living people or active organizations.

Things to be Careful About

  • Make sure you are editing the correct page before finalizing your changes!
  • Be careful when referencing other published works. Avoid plagiarizing content, and provide citations when needed.
  • Be careful when making pages on living people or active organizations, and be sure to cite such pages.
  • Be careful when making pages about controversial topics. Try to avoid advocacy for any particular viewpoint on politics, religon, or anything else. Always try to maintain a neutral viewpoint when writing articles.

Editing Conventions

Don't be afraid to edit articles! Fixing mistakes in articles can be incredibly helpful, and if your edit ends up making other mistakes, don't worry! Other users can then fix those mistakes. After you edit, please record what you edited in the Summary box at the bottom of the editing page. A summary doesn't need to be long, something as simple as "Fixed a typo" or "Added more information about the parade" will suffice. The summary will be stored alongside your edit and will help to keep track of changes made.

Adding Citations

Citations are an important part of any article, and they ensure accuracy and credibility in articles. To add an in-text citation, you use a <ref> tag, which denotes that the text given is a reference. It would look like this:

<ref>E. Miller, ''The Sun'', (New York: Academic Press, 2005), 23-5.</ref>

Then, at the very bottom of the article, simply place this code:

==Notes==

<references />

Basic Formatting

Here are some options for basic formatting in your articles:

  • To do italics, simply put ''italics''
    • Italics
  • To do Bold, simply put '''bold'''
    • Bold
  • To do bold and italics at the same time, simply put '''''Bold and Italics'''''
    • Bold and Italics
  • To insert text without it being formatted, simply put a <nowiki> tag before the text and a </nowiki> tag after the text.
  • To do section headers, simply place the text between ==Two Equals Signs==. You can add additional equals signs, up to six on each side, to decrease the size of the header.
  • Bulleted Lists can be made by placing an asterisk ( * ) before each item that you wish to be bulleted. To have sub-bullets, simply add more asterisks, so, for example, a bullet of a bullet would have two asterisks ( ** )
  • Numbered Lists can be made just like bulleted lists, but with pound signs ( # ) in place of asterisks.
  • Indentation is done similarly, with a single indent being a single colon ( : ), a double indent being two colons ( :: ), and so on.

Formatting Pictures

The basic formatting for an image is [[File:filename.extension|options|caption]]

Options can be one or more of the following, separated by "pipes" ( | ):

  • Format Option. Controls how the rendered image is formatted and embedded in the rest of the page. Can be border and/or frameless, frame, thumb (or thumbnail).
  • Resizing Option. Can be one or more of the following:
    • {width}px — Resizes the image to fit within the given maximum width in pixels, without restricting its height;
    • x{height}px — Resizes the image to fit within the given maximum height in pixels, without restricting its width;
    • {width}x{height}px — Resizes the image to fit within the given width and height in pixels;
    • upright — Resizes an image to fit within reasonable dimensions, according to user preferences (suitable for images whose height is larger than width).
  • Horizontal Alignment Option. Controls the horizontal alignment (and inline/block or floating styles) of the image within a text (no default value). Can be left, right, center, or none.
  • Vertical Alignment Option. Controls the vertical alignment of a non-floating inline image with the text before or after the image, and in the same block (the default vertical alignment is middle). Can be baseline, sub, super, top, text-top, middle, bottom, or text-bottom