MediaWiki Help

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[edit] What is all this Wiki stuff?

Here's a walk through of everything that you see on this and other pages at this site.

At the top and to the right side are functions for logging in, user preferences, watchlist, and a personal user page and user:talk page. If you are not logged in you will see a Create an account or log in link. Although this wiki doesn't allow account creation so you must have an existing DigiPen account to use it. Below but to the left side are links to the article and it's talk page, as well as edit, history and other functions if you're logged in. These are both mostly wiki things for contributing to this site, if that's not what you're doing then you can just ignore them for now.

The left side begins at the top with our logo, clicking on it takes you back to the beginning of the site. Below it are the navigation links to the whitelist pages which don't require a login to view. Next are links to other digipen.edu websites. If you have access to other restricted namespaces you will see a hidden pages section next. Below that is the search function, useful for finding things. The toolbox is the last item on the page it has links to things like Recent changes, which pages link to the current page, and other special things. At the very bottom you'll find information that pertain to this website such as the policy, about, and disclaimers.

[edit] How do I use the Wiki Website

First you should login. This way you'll see all the functions that we're going to learn about instead of just a few of them. The Wiki language is pretty easy and powerful and looks good as plain text unlike that scary html stuff that requires a special webpage editing program. If your curious you can find a page with some format you want to use, like an image or bullet points, and click edit, then click show preview and you'll see the page, and below it the raw un-wikified source for that page, which you can edit and preview again. Most of the basic editing functions are on a toolbar at the top of the edit box. They include (from left to right):

  • ''' Bold text ''' - three quotes ' around the text.
  • '' Italic text '' - two quotes '' around the text.
  • [[Link title]] - Internal link, it's red if the page doesn't exist yet, please don't create these two pages.
  • [http://www.digpen.edu link title] - External link, they have a little arrow and box icon.
  • ==Major Headline== - two equals = around the text makes it a Major Headline.
    • ===Sub Header=== - three equals = around the text makes is a sub Headline.
  • [[Image:Example.jpg]] - Images, which need additional Help:Images.
  • [[Media:Example.mp3]] - Media, which need more Help:Media.
  • <math>Insert formula here</math>
  • <nowiki> </nowiki> - Ignores wiki formatting.
  • --~~~~ - Signature, for signing discussion on :Talk pages, like this. --Rfulcher 16:13, 11 July 2007 (PDT)
  • ---- - This produces a horizontal bar, like the one below.

You can usually hover the mouse over buttons to see what they do.

[edit] Advanced Wiki Website Help

Until I get around to adding more here you can get advanced help at the WikiPedia:Help:Contents page, keep in mind that the Wikipedia Help is extensive as this external site is an encyclopedia.

[edit] Other Help Templates

These can be included in articles where needed.

[edit] Template:Discussion Help

  1. Comment on existing topics using the edit button near that topic.
  2. Use the Plus (+) button to add an entirely new topic to this discussion page.
  3. Use colons (:) to indent your replies, the more :: you use the more indentation.
  4. Sign your posts using the squiggly button or --~~~~ which results in: --Rfulcher 18:38, 10 July 2007 (PDT)
  5. Try to always add a summary of your edit, and always preview your changes before saving.
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