Help:An introduction to editing

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Editing a page[edit]

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The edit button.

It's very easy to edit the contents of a wiki:

  1. Click the "Edit" page tab at the top of a page.
  2. Make changes to the text.
  3. Click the "Save page" button.

It really is as simple as that.

Editing rules, editing conventions, and formatting[edit]

Don't be afraid to make changes. Other people can correct any mistakes you make, so have confidence and give it a try!

An edit can contribute whole new paragraphs or pages of information, or it can be as simple as fixing a typo or a spelling mistake. In general, try to add or edit text so that it is clear and concise. Most importantly, make sure you are always aiming to do something which improves the contents of the wiki.

When you need to use some type of formatting, such as for new headings or bolding of text, you do this using wiki syntax or the buttons in the edit toolbar above the editing zone. See Help:Editing for some of the common types of wiki formatting used.

If you envision an especially large project which will affect many pages, or if you have an idea that you are unsure about, make sure to start a discussion on the Community Portal or the respective talk page and listen to what other editors have to say. Collaboration, consensus and compromise are key factors in ensuring a healthy and successful wiki environment, after all.

The tabs[edit]

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Other than the edit button, there are a number of other tabs which lead to different places and have different functions.

The first two tabs link to:

  • Page — the main content goes here.
  • Discussion — the article talk page where editors can ask questions, make suggestions, or discuss corrections.

The next few tabs are there to assist with editing the content of selected page:

  • Leave article feedback — this allows contributors to easily leave feedback on the discussion page. It will automatically create a new discussion section.
  • Edit — this leads to the raw wikitext and allows you to edit the content of the selected page.
  • History — this contains a list of every saved edit made to a page, with the date and the author of each edit beside it. Clicking on the date takes you to a previous revision.
  • Move — this tab is only available to logged in users who have made at least 10 edits and who have been registered for 3 days. This enables you to rename the page.
  • Watch/Unwatch — adds or removes the respective page from the user's personal feed/watchlist. This tab is only available to logged in users.
  • Refresh — refreshes the page's cache. This is useful when images do not show up properly. Note: sometimes the file itself needs to be refreshed in order to show up properly on the pages where it is used. This tab is only available to logged in users.

The bottom line[edit]

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When editing an article, there is first of all the text box where the page content is displayed. Below is another box followed by some guidelines.

The editing box shows:

  • Summary — users can briefly summarise the nature of their edits here. Note that the text within the slashes represent the header of the paragraph that is being worked on.
  • This is a minor edit — this signifies that the edit in question changed something small; i.e. grammatical or spelling mistakes that have been corrected.
  • Watch this page — any page can be added to a user's watchlist, which can be found on the top righthand side of the page.
  • Show preview — before submitting changes, users should make sure to view the page outside of the editing box to spot possible formatting or template errors.
  • Show changes — lists a visual comparison between the current revision of the page and the content added during the current editing session.
  • Editing help — opens the wikimedia help page in another browser tab for some general editing help concerning wikis.
  • Please note — notes some useful things to keep in mind.
  • Save changes — this saves any changes made to the page. Any edit can be reverted or rolled back in case something went wrong, so there is no need to worry about making mistakes.