Article Creation Guide

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Creating Articles

  • First and foremost, visit the rules section.
  • Next, Use the search field to find out if the topic has already been made. If it has been made, that page should load up for editing. Otherwise, if it has not been created yet, you should see a "create this page" highlighted in red on the search results page, towards the top. Click on the link to get started editing.

Wiki Links

Creating links to other wikis within your article is easy to do. So lets say you wanted to send someone to the Purple Fuzzy Bunny article, you can do so by placing square brackets around the word, like this.

  • [[Purple Fuzzy Bunny]]

If this article exists, the link will be blue. If it doesn't exist, then the link will be red. This could also be a good way to suggest that someone should create that article.

In some cases, it may be necessary to create a link to an article that uses different text. This is achieved by writing

  • [[Willpower|Gatekeeper]]

To see the result, compare Gatekeeper with Gatekeeper. On that note...

Redirect Pages

In Underlight, we have many names for similar concepts, and on this wiki, a lot of the information is organised into categories, which can make directing readers to a particular page somewhat troublesome. Here are a few examples:

  • Library of Idoaclese, the old name for Library of Souls.
  • Umbric Planes, a common misspelling of Umbric Plains might cause trouble for someone using the search box.
  • Chakram, which actually does not have its own page but is a subsection of Category:Talismans.

It is not always efficient to use the above method of having text link to a page of a different name. This is what redirect pages are for. If an article erroneously links to Umbric Planes or a user searches for the term, the Umbric Planes page will automatically redirect them to Umbric Plains. To achieve this, create a new page for the redirect term (in this case, 'Umbric Planes') and write:

  • #Redirect [[Umbric Plains]]

Of course there is little point entering anything else as users will probably miss the information.

If you need to access a redirect page, the best way is to search for it. The page it redirects you to will then contain a link near the top saying (in our example) "Redirected from Umbric Planes". Clicking the link will take you to the almost bare redirect page, so it can be edited.

Headings

If you want to stay organized, use headings. Eventually after using three or four headings, you'll see a Table of Contents appear in your page. This will make it easier for visitors to read through your article. Headings, like what you see above this text, are made by using

  • ==Headings==
  • ===Subheadings===
  • ====More Subheadings====

Text Manipulation

  • Italicized text <-----------------> ''Italicized text''
  • Bold text <----------------------> '''Bold text'''
  • Bold and Italicized <--------> '''''Bold and Italicized'''''

Categories

Categories are used to keep articles organized. Creating one is easy, just add

  • [[Category:Nightmares Gone Wild]]

to the end of your article, and voila, your article will be tied to that specific category. Now you can browse to the "Category:Nightmare Gone Wild" and see that your article is added to the list alphabetically. You will also notice that at the end of your article, there will be a box showing that this article belong to the "Category:Nightmares Gone Wild" category.

Adding your article to an already existing category is done the same way.

If you would like to create a link to a category without actually adding the page to that category, for example Category:Foci, simply write it like this:

  • [[:Category:Foci]]

Of course this can be put anywhere on the page.

Wiki Tables

There is an incredibly detailed and varied number of things you can do with Wiki tables, and you can find all the examples of them on the page linked below in links and references. This example will just be a quick and dirty way to make nice little hidden info boxes.

First, you need to add the code to start the table, as follows (note, the first two characters are the most important, and are the curvy bracket { followed by a vertical bar |, together, referred to as a pipe):

  • {| class="wikitable" style="width:100%"

Note: 'style="width:100%"' makes the table fill the horizontal width of the page, without this the table will automatically size itself to fit the content instead.

Then you need to add a title (header) for the table, which starts with an exclamation mark, for example:

  • ! Important Information

Then you add the following characters to separate your header from the body of your table:

  • |- (inserts horizontal line, separating rows)
  • | (starts next cell of the table)

Finally, after the paragraphs you want within the table, close the table with a close pipe:

  • |}

Together, it all looks like this:

Sample
{| class="wikitable" style="width:100%"
! Important Information
|-
|

<insert heaps of important information on the topic that needs to stand out>

|}

And produces this:

Important Information

<insert heaps of important information on the topic that needs to stand out>

Collapsible Wiki Tables

Collapsible wiki tables can be used to add heaps of information to an article that is nice to have, for example an art that has been modified from an earlier version, but maybe doesn't need to take up space every time you look at the page.

Using the same steps as above, you need to modify the class from "wikitable" to "wikitable collapsible collapsed" like this:

  • {| class="wikitable collapsible collapsed"

It should look something like this:

Sample
{| class="wikitable collapsible collapsed" style="width:100%"
! Old Art Information
|-
|

<insert heaps of old information about your favorite art, say Vampiric Draw>

|}

And produces this:

Links and References

Please visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:How_to_edit_a_page to learn more about wiki code. I just listed a few of the commands from this URL that will help you get started. If you feel there should be anything else added to this article, please feel free to add it.