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If you've used Wikipedia before it's all the same as that, otherwise read below:

Contents

Basically...

You go to a page you want to change and click 'edit'. If you can't click edit then you're not allowed to change it, otherwise you are. Then when you're finished click 'save' and your changes will be saved.
Please practice in your user page first.

Creating a new page

New pages are created by using squared brackets, like this: [[]] The name of the page you wish to link to will be inside. If the page already exists, it will be in blue: Seoul becomes Seoul. If the page does not exist, it will be in red.

Uploading an image

To upload an image:
Simply click the 'Upload file' link on the left-hand pane (Toolbox)
Click 'Browse' button and select the file you wish to upload.

You can also put images that are on another page simply by putting the url address of the image and saving.

For more indepth info read below:

Logging in

First thing that you've got to do is log in. You don't actually have to do that to view the site or use it in a casual sense, but if you want to make any kind of decent changes to the site then you'll need to. You'll find the create account/log in thing at the top right hand corner of the screen. When you sign up the system will automatically send an email and you can log in and start doing things.
Part of the reason for the log in policy is to stop casual 'vandalism' of pages, which is a problem on Wikipedia.

There are four levels of user on this site:

There's random people who come in off the net: Their IP address is recorded when they edit.

There's logged in users. This is what everyone is when they sign up for an account. This give a whole lot of other 'powers'. Like uploading things and editing most pages. At this point the ability to move pages is not assigned to logged on users. This is to help protect against unwanted changes.

When you log on you will see some new text come up along on the top of the screen: User name, my talk, preferences, my watchlist, my contributions, log out.
Clicking on the first of these take you to your 'user page' which you can put anything you like about yourself or your business.
Then there's 'my talk' where you can have back and forward communication between people. If you want to say something to someone else on the site you should to to their 'my talk'. You do this by going to any page they have edited, click the history tab and you should see their user name and talk page. Otherwise, to find someone, go to Special:Listusers which gives you a searchable list of all the users.
'preferences' give you a whole bunch of preferences like your email address and 'nickname' (which is your screen name). Don't worry no one can find out your email address, or real name if you don't want to. Not even me (Andrew Rutherford) I mean, it might be in the system somewhere but I don't know how to access it!)
'my watchlist' is a bunch of pages which you're keeping tabs on to see what happens on them i.e other people editing or commenting on them.
'my contributions' is a list of pages that you have edited.
And 'log out' is obviously to log out!

The 'Tabs'

Now, You'll see some 'tabs' along the top left hand corner of the pages by the logo: Article, Discussion, Edit, History and Watch.

'Article' is what you're reading. It's how the page looks when it's being read.
'Discussion' is where you can see what people are saying about the page, and this is where you talk with other people if there's a dispute about how to edit a page.
'edit' is the exciting bit, click this and the page is replaced with its underlying 'guts'. It may look scary but actually it's quite simple.
'watch' - By clicking this you can put the page onto your watchlist as above.
'history' - This shows you all previous versions of the page - it's 'edit history'. So if you go to a page and it doesn't have what you expect then you can go to the edit history and find it there. You can also 'revert' a page to an earlier version if that is necessary.

How to Edit

OK, now down to business. If you were to click the 'edit' tab then you will get a window with the text in a pane, in a scary looking format. But it's not that scary! Above the pane there are some buttons:
Bold, Italics, Internal link, External link, Level 2 headline, Embedded Image, Media file link, Math formula, Ignore wiki editing, Signature with timestamp, Horizontal line.
Actually it tells you all of that if you hold your cursor over the icon for a few seconds, which is true of most things on the edges of the page.
What they do:

Bold: If you highlight a word and click this it will be bold on the page when you save it.

Italic: Same as above

Internal link: If you highlight a word and click this it will become a link within this website. The page it links to doesn't have to exist yet. But if you make it a link, if someone clicks on it and then a page will come up saying that 'this page doesn't exist yet, but would you like to create it?' So this is a way to create a new page. Links where pages exist will appear in blue and where one doesn't, in red.

External link: This is for links off this site. It's easier to use than html formatting because you just put the URL (web address) e.g. http://www.postphilosophy.com/korea/ highlight it, click external link, then it would look like this: [1] to call the link something you just put a gap between the end of the address and the last bracket and then write it in e.g. [http://www.postphilosophy.com/korea/ Postphilosophy Korea] which looks like: Postphilosophy Korea. Easy hu?

Level 2 headline: When you start a new page, the headline will be created automatically from the page name, then within the page you can create subtopics by highlighting a word or words and clicking the Level two headline icon.

Embedded image: This is for putting an image in the page e.g: File:Example.jpg (I'll put something there soon) You can upload images on the Special:Upload this is one of the many 'special pages' which you can find a list of at: Special:Specialpages there you can find many fun things, that I don't even know about yet.

To adjust the size of the image you put: |???px| after the image name in the link '???' being a number e.g for the image: Rees_Statue_Queenstown.jpg you could put: [[Image:Rees_Statue_Queenstown.jpg|250px|]] to make it that size or: [[Image:Rees_Statue_Queenstown.jpg|100px|] to make it smaller.
If you then click on the image it goes to the full size.

You can also use |left| to put an image left (with text wrapping)
or |right| to put it right. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------->


You can embed images on other websites. You just pop in the address of the image. e.g: http://en.wikipedia.org/upload/b/bc/Wiki.png
Wiki.png

For more info on images go to this page

Media file link: I think this is for things like sound files, although I haven't been able to get it to work yet. At the moment if you upload a sound file you may have to link to it as an external link but I'll try to fix this as soon as I can.

Math formula: I don't know much about this, I suppose it is what it says.

Ignore wiki formating: You can use this if you want to show what wiki formating looks like without having to apply it as I did earlier with external link, or you can put a whole bunch of html with this before it. If you know html you can often apply it here as well, without having to necessarily put in that tag. E.g the 'br' tag is very useful for line breaks.

Signature with timestamp: The best place to use this is when you're having a discussion with someone and you want to identify yourself without having to type you name - You just click it and it looks like this: --Andrew 22:25, 15 November 2006 (CST)--Barnes 00:03, 20 August 2006 (CDT)

Horizontal line: You use this to start a new section it looks like this:


Some other stuff

If you want to reply to someone else's' comment or essentially use what 'tab' does on your keyboard then you just put a ':' between the start of the line and the first word.

It looks like this
you can put more e.g.: '::' to make a bigger gap

One other thing you can do for a quote or something is put a space between the start of the line and the first word and that gives you a box eg:

So I applied, basically...

At the bottom of the edit page you have three buttons:
Save page, Show preview and Show Changes.

Save page, saves the page and shows you what it looks like. Only click this when you've finished editing that page. For any tests or just to see what it looks like click:
Show preview, shows what the finished page looks like if you click save without having to save it and clutter up the page history (and show the world your mistakes)
Show Changes, shows what you have done compared to the previous person.

Well that about finishes that. If you have any other editing tips log on and share your knowledge on this page.


Creating a new page

To create a new page you can do it in three basic ways:

1: You can type it in the URL field after the title= and it will ask you to create one, if there isn't already one with that name e.g: http://www.queenstown.net.nz/index.php?title=Create new page

2: You can create a link in an existing page, and when someone clicks on it the 'create new page' page will come up.

3: You can search for something, and if it doesn't come up a 'create new page' dialog probably will. This is probably the best way to create a page in the public space, as it ensures that you don't double up.

If you want to create a page that you have primary control over, go to your user page and put it's name after your user name in the URL e.g. or me my user page URL is:

http://www.queenstown.net.nz/index.php?title=User:Andrew

So it would be: http://www.queenstown.net.nz/index.php?title=User:Andrew create new page

Good Luck - have fun! --Andrew 21:50, 15 October 2006 (CDT)


Administrators

Above the 'logged in user level' there's 'admins' short for administrators: These have the power to 'protect' pages so they can't just be changed by anyone.
You can find who all the users and admins on the site are by going to The Special pages: Special:Listusers

Spam

From time to time you may see spam cropping up on the site. There are various things that can be done about it. The first will probably be to require users to confirm via email that they have signed up for the site. Protecting pages to sysop level also stops it on particular pages. Wikipedia also has an anti spam list which stops people from putting in certain identified spam links when they edit. I will probably enable that if it becomes a problem.

Anyone who becomes a problem on the site can be blocked by an admin.

See Policy for information about spam and blocking.

Email

Don't put your email address in plain form on the wiki. This makes it possible for a spambot (an automatic internet search program) to find your email address and start sending spam to it.
Instead, use the built in form, by specifying an email address in your preferences and putting the following in an edit window:

[[Special:Emailuser/username]]
e.g.Special:Emailuser/Andrew - to email me.

Remember!

  • Preview pages before you save and...
  • Leave a quick summary when you edit especially if it is on a page that others use.
  • The recent changes page is your friend for seeing what's been happening lately on the site.
  • Put something in your user page so people know who you are.

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