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A brief guide to the basics of editing.

The first step towards creating or modifying to content is to create an account. To do this, simply click the "Log in/Create account" button at the top right corner. From here you can create a username and password, and an email address to link to the account. Entering an email address is not mandatory, but is recommended.
The edit window

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How to edit

Once you have logged in, each page will have an "edit" button at the top. When it is pressed, a box opens with the page text in editable form. When you have finished editing, pressing "Save page" will update the page to include your changes. See Help:Editing for more information.

Page formatting is achieved using "wiki markup". Most of this is very simple, for example an internal link is produced by using square brackets [[like this]], so [[Smile ticket project]] produces the link Smile ticket project. A table of some of the most common functions is given below. A fuller list is given in Help:Formatting, or you may find it useful to print out Wikipedia's "Editing cheatsheet".

Description You type You get
applies anywhere
Italic text ''italic'' italic
Bold text '''bold''' bold
Bold and italic '''''bold & italic''''' bold & italic
Escape wiki markup <nowiki>no "markup"</nowiki> no ''markup''
only at the beginning of the line
Indent text

:Single indent
::Double indent
:::::Multiple indent

Single indent
Double indent
Multiple indent
Headings of different levels.
An article with four or more headings will
automatically create a table of contents.

=level 1=
==level 2==
===level 3===
====level 4====
=====level 5=====
======level 6======

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3
Level 4
Level 5
Level 6

Creating a page

There are several ways to create a page, but the two simplest are:

  • Typing the page name into the search box

If the page does not exist, you will be given the option to create it.

  • Creating a "red link"

If in the course of editing, you create a link to a page which does not yet exist, it will show up as a red link. If you click a red link, you are given the option to create a page of that name. This is a useful way to create pages, as it interlinks related information for the convenience of the reader.

Categories

When creating a page, it is useful to put it in one or more categories, so that pages relating to similar subjects can be found and monitored more easily. To do this, at the bottom of the page, insert one or more links in the form [[Category:Name of Category]]. A full list of the existing categories is given at Special:Categories

Tracking changes

On each page, next to the edit tab is a tab marked "history". Clicking this gives a list of all edits made to the page, along with the time of the edit and the name of the user who made it. Clicking on the date shows the way the page looked on that date - all previous versions are stored, and can be restored if required. A chronological list of changes made anywhere in the wiki is given by the "Recent changes" link on the left hand side.

For tracking changes to certain pages, each user has a watchlist. To add a page to your watchlist, click the tab marked "watch" to the right of the edit tab. To view your watchlist, click "my watchlist" at the top of the page. If you have specified an email address, you can also receive notification of changes to watched pages via email. To set this up, click "my preferences" at the top of the page, and select "E-mail me when a page on my watchlist is changed" in the user profile tab.

See also

Help:Contents - The main help index. If you cannot find the answer there, try looking in the Wikipedia help pages - this wiki uses the same software as Wikipedia, so a large majority of the functionality is the same. If you are still stuck, leave a message at User talk:Simon, or email using this form.