Help:Editing

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So you want some help on writing and editing articles on this wiki yea?

Please feel free to add new sections to this article or add stubs for possible sections.

General Guidelines

Use Headings when you can, add a comment to the "Summary" field before saving and make sure the minor edit checkbox is correct.

Using Headings

If your going to break down your article into sections or your article is just a bunch of different lists then you need to use headings.

First, you dont' need to place the article title in a heading. It's already at the top of the page. If your unhappy with the title, rename the article.

Headings are done by surrounding the title of the heading with '='. The more of them, the deeper the heading. To elaborate, your basic heading should be in this format:

==A Main Heading==

Now if you want a sub heading underneath that you would use:

===A Sub Heading===

Use headings when ever you can because MediaWiki will generate a nice table of contents to browse your article. Headings also provide a way to shortcut to a particular section in your article.

Lists

Creating a list is easy. Place a '*' at the very beginning of a line i.e. no spaces before the asterix. Example:

  • List1
  • List2
  • List3

The above list is generated by using this wiki code:

* List1
* List2
* List3

Displaying raw text

If you want to put a snippet of code or add text without it being automatically formatted by the wiki you can do this easily by putting a single space at the beginning of each line.

This is some raw text.

You can also use MediaWiki syntax to disable formatting:

<nowiki>Do not format this text Mr. Wiki</nowiki>

Linking

Linking to other articles is very easy. Just place two square brackets around the name of the article:

[[Wookie]]

You can get a little fancy and use different text. For example if you want the link to say "an article about wookies" instead of Wookie, you would use this syntax:

[[Wookie|an article about wookies]]

If you want to link to another website you can simply use the full URI (including the http). For example: http://irishgamingwiki.com. But like an article link, you can use different text. The only difference is that you use only one set of square brackets and you use a space instead of a pipe ('|'). Example:

[http://irishgamingwiki.com The best Irish gaming site ever]

This would give: The best Irish gaming site ever

Minor Edits and the RSS Feed

Please be aware of the "This is a minor edit" checkbox when saving pages. If you just correct a bit of grammer or some spellings, please mark it as a minor edit.

If you save the page that is not marked as a minor edit, it gets included in the RSS and Atom feeds (and then also on Planet Irish Gaming).

If your doing a series of edits on the same page, make sure all your edits, except the last one, are marked as minor. This prevents flooding of the RSS feed.