Creators Manual

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Writing an article in 3 short steps

  • Before writing an article, YOU MUST READ THE GUIDELINE FOR THAT TYPE OF ARTICLE or your article may at worst be deleted. List of Guidelines
  • To start writing an article, write the title of it in the search bar. If the article does not already exist,it will give you the option to 'create page' so click it.
  • The Rules of wiki editing must be kept to at all times.


Step 1: Don't write a title, the name of the page will appear at the top of the article

Step 2: An article should be at least one short paragraph long. See below for guides on all aspects of this.

Step 3: Make sure you write all the categories your article belongs to at the bottom of the article. Here is an example:

[[Category:Artifacts]] [[Category:Bold Artifacts]]

Please note that when saving any changes you have made to an article, you should tick the 'minor edit' box at the bottom unless you have just created a brand new article. This prevents the 'recent changes' page from being muddled up and makes the job of moderators much easier.

  • Never sign an article, or changes you make to an article.

Formatting

Most templates you're likely to use will have documentation about how to use it, and if you use the What links here special page (listed under Tools in the sidebar to the left) you'll see a list of pages that use that particular template, so you can see it in action.

Some commonly used templates include {{Guild}}, used to present a nicely formatted summary of a guild's stats on its page; the {{Usergod}} and {{Hero}} templates, used in the articles for god and hero pages respectively, and {{Monster}}, used in many monster articles.

'It is very important that you don't edit any page with Template: at the start of the page name. Editing the templates is not how you use them; putting the name of the template in double curly brackets {{like this}} in the page you want to use it is what you need to do.

  • How to write Bold text — 3 apostrophes on each side of text
'''Example'''

appears as:

Example


  • How to write Italic text — 2 apostrophes on each side of text
''Example''

appears as:

Example


  • How to write Bold Italic text — 5 apostrophes on each side of text
'''''Example'''''

appears as:

Example


  • Write a clickable link to an article inside this wiki — encase title of article to be linked to (which is case sensitive) in double square brackets then a pipe symbol and the intended appearance
[[Pets|All about pets!]]

appears as:

All about pets!

Note: the pipe symbol is above the backwards slash key (\) on many keyboards, type Shift+\ to access it.


  • Write a clickable link to an external page — Encase link with single square brackets then after the link, type a space, then write the intended appearence of the link
[http://www.example.com/ Example link]

appears as:

Example link


All the above have shortcuts that can be used by highlighting the intended text then clicking on the appropriate button on top of the input box


  • How to write bullet points — write an asterisk at the beginning of the line
* Example

appears as:

  • Example


  • How to write a numbered list — write # at the beginning of each line. spaces will separate the number sequences.
#point
#pointy
#pointer

#pointthesecond

appears as:

  1. point
  2. pointy
  3. pointer
  1. pointthesecond

Headings

Headings should be used at the beginning of a new paragraph about a new topic.

==Level 2 Heading==

appears as:

Level 2 Heading


There are various levels of heading which can be used to give structure to an article. The heading you should use is the level two heading although you may also use smaller sub-headings. The level is decided by the number of equal signs on either side. E.g:

===Level 3 Heading===

appears as:

Level 3 Heading


Images

Uploading

Image files must be uploaded to the Godwiki server in order to be used in an article. They can be uploaded either before or after editing the article where the image will be used.

To upload images before editing, visit the special page Special:Upload and use the form there to place images on the server.

Please note that images should only be uploaded if they are for immediate use in an article. Godwiki is not an image-hosting platform, and images should never be uploaded "in case they're useful" or "to be used at some point". Images which are not used in articles may be deleted without notice.

Placing in articles

More information: See Help:Pictures on The Other Wiki.

Images can be used in articles by typing the name of the image file into different codes.

To use the full version of the file (which will rarely look very good):

[[Image:Example.png]]

To use a 200 pixel wide rendition of the image:

[[Image:Example.png|200px]]

To use a 200 pixel wide rendition in a box in the left margin with 'write text here' as a caption:

[[Image:Example.png|200px|thumb|left|write text here]]

Link to the wiki page for the image, without displaying it:

[[:Image:Example.jpg]]

Directly link to the image itself, again without displaying it:

[[Media:Example.png]]

Uploading referenced images

When your edits are saved, you will see clickable links in place of any referenced images which are not available on the server. For each image link, you will need to do the following:

  1. Click the link to visit the upload page for that image.
  2. Make sure the file extension (for example .png) of the image you wish to upload matches the filename used in the article.
  3. Use Choose file to select the local image you wish to to upload.
  4. Fill out the rest of the upload form.
  5. Select Upload file to submit the form and transfer the image to the server.

The image will now be displayed on the article.

External Links

You may wish to include an "External Links" or "Further reading" section at the end of your article. This should be done by writing external links (see "Formatting", above) and using bullet points. Here is an example of how it should be done:

This code:

==External Links==

* [http://www.example.com/ Example link 1]
* [http://www.example.org/ Example link 2]
* [http://www.example.net/ Example link 3]

appears as:

External Links

References section

Footnotes and citations can be added with <ref> tags like this:

There are 600 cows<ref>as of 2012-09-15</ref> which roam the fields.

appears as:

There are 600 cows[1] which roam the fields.

Note that there's no space between cows and <ref>.

Then at the very end of the article, add this:

== References ==
<references/>

which appears as:

References

  1. as of 2012-09-15

Conclusion

Now that you know enough to write a good wiki article, you can contribute! Thank you for reading. This guide originally developed by God Spode.

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