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 right side are functions for log 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. Slightly below your user line but to the top left side are links to the article itself and it's discussion/talk page, as well as edit, history and maybe other functions if you're logged in. The history has a great differencing engine to see how a particular Article has evolved over time. 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 menus begin at the top with our logo, clicking on it takes you back to the beginning/top of this 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, broken out by campus. If you have access to additional restricted Namespaces you will see a hidden pages section next with links to things you can access here on the inside site. Below that is the search function, useful for finding things. Finally the toolbox at the bottom right 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 site functions. 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, If enable the "Remember my login on this computer" it will be far less likely that your login session will expire and cause you to lose unsaved edit work in progress. Once logged in you'll see all the functions that we're going to learn about. The Wiki Markup Language is very basic and easy while also very powerful and it looks good as plain text, unlike that crazy WYSWYG generated html garbage that more complex website editors generate. When editing there is a toolbar which behaves much like traditional document editor to aid with style formatting. The best way to get started it to just edit or view source for any content or formatting you are curious about or would like to contribute to. When editing a page you should always enter a Summary of what/why and also use the Show preview and the Show changes liberally before you commit to Save page. We highly encourage you to follow the ITFAQ:InsideMediaWiki#Get_Inside_Notifications instructions so that you will always be watching pages you edit and will get smart notifications when others edit pages that you are watching.

Most of the basic editing functions are on a toolbar at the top of the edit box. They include (from left to right):

  • Insert special characters.
  • ''' Bold text ''' - three quotes ' around the text.
  • '' Italic text '' - two quotes '' around the text.
  • [[Link title]] - Native 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] - Native 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.
      • Headings have a maximum depth of 6 equals = and you should always avoid using a 1 single and sometime avoid 2 double depths.
  • [[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.
  • <code><nowiki></code> </nowiki> - Code Block + Ignores wiki formatting
  • <code></code> - Code Block (these three share the same icon)
  • --~~~~ - 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.
  • Insert a TAB character, great for aligning some fixed with or source content.

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 encyclopaedia.

[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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