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Help:Editing

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Editing Best Practices[edit source]

Use A Sandbox[edit source]

For major overhauls create a Sandbox (a subpage) in your userspace and copy the page code to the Sandbox and edit it there until you have a finished product. Then copy from the Sandbox to the original page.

You can create any number of subpages and they are perfect for Sandboxes, to-do lists, etc. For more on subpages, see this help page.

You should also use subpages/Sandboxes when working on new pages until they are at a useful state. This way incomplete and/or confusing information is not presented to a reader.

Always Provide An Edit Summary[edit source]

You can force the web app to prompt you if you submit a change without an edit summary. The option is in Preferences -> Editing Tab -> Editor section. Check to enable "Prompt me when entering a blank edit summary."

Pro tip: Be careful using Wikitext in the summary as it will be rendered when viewing the "History" page.

Clean Up After Yourself[edit source]

If you move a page and create a redirect, you should work through everything that links to the redirect page and point those links to the new page so that eventually the redirect can be deleted. This helps avoid spaghetti redirects.

In the "Tools" section of the main menu on the left is a special page: Special:WhatLinksHere/Help:Editing. Following that link on any page will provide a list of all pages that link to it.

Archiving Pages[edit source]

Never "blank" a page, or clear all content to effectively delete a page. If an item or feature has been removed from the game, there is a process for archiving the item or feature. Instructions are here: Help:Removed_Items. See also Help:Deleting.

Editing Syntax[edit source]

In addition to the Wikitext examples below, you can also insert HTML into pages.

Anywhere in a line:[edit source]

Description Input Result
Italicise text ''italic'' italic
Bold text '''bold''' bold
Strike-through <s>strike</s> strike
Underline <u>underline</u> underline
Superscript <sup>superscript</sup> superscript
Subscript <sub>subscript</sub> subscript
Internal page link (within wiki)
With display text
[[Help:Editing]]

[[Help:Editing|Target Page]]

Help:Editing

Target page

Internal image link [[:File:Wiki.png]] File:Wiki.png
Internal category link [[:Category:Images]] Category:Images
External page link (off-wiki)
With display text
URL shown
[http://www.curse.com/]

[http://www.curse.com/ Display Text]
http://www.curse.com/

[1]

Display Text
http://www.curse.com/

Signing comments

(for talk pages)

~~~~ Coaster 02:36, 13 April 2011 (UTC)

Only at the beginning of a line:[edit source]

Description Input Result
Image Resized [[File:Wiki.png]]

[[File:Wiki.png|75px]]

Wiki.png
Wiki.png
Image thumbnail with caption

(defaults to right side of page)

[[File:Wiki.png|thumb|Caption Text]]
Caption Text
Image with different landing page [[File:Wiki.png|link=Main Page]] Wiki.png
Headings

(a table of contents is created
with four or more of these)

= First Tier =
== Second Tier ==
=== Third Tier ===
==== Fourth Tier ====
===== Fifth Tier =====
====== Sixth Tier ======

UNABLE TO DISPLAY

Numbered List

#Point One
#Point Two
#Point Three
##Three Subpoint One
#Point Four

  1. Point One
  2. Point Two
  3. Point Three
    1. Three Subpoint One
  4. Point Four
Bullet List

*First Point
*Second Point
*Third Point
**Third Point Subpoint One
*Fourth Point

  • First Point
  • Second Point
  • Third Point
    • Third Point, Sub-point One
  • Fourth Point
Indented Lines or Paragraphs

No Indent
:First Indent
::Second Indent
:::and so on

No Indent

First Indent
Second Indent
and so on