Help:Basic Editing

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Create A New Page

There are two ways to create a page, both very simple.

Method 1:

  • On a page that already exists, you can create a link to the page you want to create. For example, if you wanted to make a page about your gang, you could go to the Moped Army page and edit it with the following markup.
[[Your Gang]]
  • Then it will look like this: Your Gang.
  • Then click on the link and it will take you to a blank edit page where you can create your page.

Method 2:

  • In the search box on the left side of the page, type the desired name of the page you want to create.
  • If a page with that title already exists it will show up, if not you'll see a sentence that reads "There is no page titled "whatever you searched for". You can create this page. Click on the link that says "create this page" and a blank edit page will arise. Type away!

When to use which method?

  • Method 1 (placing a link on a page that already exists) is generally preferred, because the new page will already have a page linking to it. Method 2 will create "orphan pages" which have no pages linking to them - you'll have to go find a place to link from them if you want anyone to see it.

Important Note

  • Please do not use ampersands (&) in article titles -- everything after the & will be dropped, and then you'll be wondering where your article went.

Editing A Pre-existing Page

At the top of the page you will see four different "tabs." They are:

  • article
  • discussion
  • edit
  • history
  • move & watch are also present if you have a user name.

To edit the page you are on, click the "edit" tab and it will take you to the edit page.

Basic Wiki Markup

To get you started, here are the basics in Wiki markup language. MopedWiki's MediaWiki software (the same software that WikiPedia uses) supports some but not all HTML. Wiki language isn't hard either, just a bit different.

Text Formatting

What it looks like What you type
You can italicize text by putting two apostrophes on each side.

Three apostrophes will bold the text.

Five apostrophes will bold and italicize the text.

(Four apostrophes don't do anything special -- there's just 'one left over'.)

 You can ''italicize text'' by putting two 
apostrophes on each side. 

Three apostrophes will bold '''the text'''. 

Five apostrophes will bold and italicize 
'''''the text'''''.

(4 apostrophes don't do anything
special -- there's just ''''one left
over''''.)

A single newline generally has no effect on the layout. These can be used to separate sentences within a paragraph. Some editors find that this aids editing and improves the diff function (used internally to compare different versions of a page).

But an empty line starts a new paragraph.

When used in a list, a newline does affect the layout.

A single newline generally 
has no effect on the layout.
These can be used to separate
sentences within a paragraph.
Some editors find that this aids editing
and improves the ''diff'' function
(used internally to compare
different versions of a page).

But an empty line starts a new paragraph.

When used in a list, a newline ''does'' 
affect the layout.

You can break lines
without a new paragraph.
Please use this sparingly.

Please do not start a link or italics or bold on one line and close it on the next.

You can break lines<br>
without a new paragraph.<br>
Please use this sparingly.

Please do not start a [[link]] or 
''italics'' or '''bold''' on one line
and close it on the next.

The nowiki tag ignores Wiki '''markup'''. It reformats text by removing newlines and multiple spaces. It still interprets special characters: →

<nowiki>
The nowiki tag ignores 
Wiki '''markup'''.
It reformats text by 
removing
newlines    and multiple
 spaces.
It still interprets special
characters: &rarr;
</nowiki>
The pre tag ignores Wiki
 '''markup'''.
It also doesn't     reformat
 text.
It still interprets special
characters: →
<pre>
The pre tag ignores Wiki
 '''markup'''.
It also doesn't     reformat
 text.
It still interprets special
characters: &rarr;
</pre>

Leading spaces are another way to preserve formatting.

Putting a space at the
beginning of each
line stops the text   
from being
reformatted. It still 
interprets Wiki
markup and special
characters: →
Leading spaces are another way to preserve formatting.

 Putting a space at the 
 beginning of each
 line stops the text   from 
 being
 reformatted. It still 
 interprets Wiki
 ''markup'' and special 
 characters: &rarr;


HTML tags

You can use some HTML tags too. However, you should avoid HTML in favor of Wiki markup whenever possible.

What it looks like What you type

Put text in a typewriter font. The same font is generally used for computer code.

Put text in a <tt>typewriter
font</tt>. The same font is 
generally used for <code>
computer code</code>.

Strike out or underline text, or write it in small caps.

<strike>Strike out</strike>
or <u>underline</u> text,
or write it <span style=
"font-variant:small-caps">
in small caps</span>.

Superscripts and subscripts: X2, H2O

Superscripts and subscripts:
X<sup>2</sup>, H<sub>2</sub>O
Centered text
  • Please note the American spelling of "center". The British spelling "centre" will not work properly.
<center>Centered text</center>

The blockquote command will indent both margins when
needed instead of the left margin only as the colon does.

<blockquote>
The '''blockquote''' command will indent 
both margins when needed instead of the 
left margin only as the colon does.  
</blockquote>

Invisible comments to editors ( ) only appear while editing the page.

  • If you wish to make comments to the public, you should usually use the talk page.
Invisible comments to editors ( <!-- --> ) 
only appear while editing the page.
<!-- Note to editors: blah blah blah. -->


Organizing your writing

What it looks like What you type
Section headings

Headings organize your writing into sections. The Wiki software can automatically generate a table of contents from them.

Subsection

Using more equals signs creates a subsection.

A smaller subsection

Don't skip levels, like from two to four equals signs.

Start with two equals signs not one because one creates H1 tags which should be reserved for page title.

== Section headings ==

''Headings'' organize your writing into 
sections. The Wiki software can automatically 
generate a table of contents from them.

=== Subsection ===

Using more equals signs creates a subsection.

==== A smaller subsection ====

Don't skip levels, 
like from two to four equals signs.

Start with two equals signs not one 
because one creates H1 tags
which should be reserved for page title.
  • Unordered lists are easy to do:
    • Start every line with a star.
      • More stars indicate a deeper level.
    Previous item continues.
    • A newline
  • in a list

marks the end of the list.

  • Of course you can start again.
* ''Unordered lists'' are easy to do:
** Start every line with a star.
*** More stars indicate a deeper level.
*: Previous item continues.
** A newline
* in a list  
marks the end of the list.
* Of course you can start again.
  1. Numbered lists are:
    1. Very organized
    2. Easy to follow

A newline marks the end of the list.

  1. New numbering starts with 1.
# ''Numbered lists'' are also good:
## Very organized
## Easy to follow
A newline marks the end of the list.
# New numbering starts with 1.

Here's a definition list:

Word 
Definition of the word
A longer phrase needing definition
Phrase defined
A word 
Which has a definition
Also a second one
And even a third

Begin with a semicolon. One item per line; a newline can appear before the colon, but using a space before the colon improves parsing.

Here's a ''definition list'':
; Word : Definition of the word
; A longer phrase needing definition
: Phrase defined
; A word : Which has a definition
: Also a second one
: And even a third

Begin with a semicolon. One item per line; 
a newline can appear before the colon, but 
using a space before the colon improves 
parsing.
  • You can even do mixed lists
    1. and nest them
    2. inside each other
      • or break lines
        in lists.
      definition lists
      can be
      nested 
      too
* You can even do mixed lists
*# and nest them
*# inside each other
*#* or break lines<br>in lists.
*#; definition lists
*#: can be 
*#:; nested : too
A colon (:) indents a line or paragraph.

A newline starts a new paragraph.
Often used for discussion on talk pages.

We use 1 colon to indent once.
We use 2 colons to indent twice.
3 colons to indent 3 times, and so on.
: A colon (:) indents a line or paragraph.
A newline starts a new paragraph. <br>
Often used for discussion on talk pages.
: We use 1 colon to indent once.
:: We use 2 colons to indent twice.
::: 3 colons to indent 3 times, and so on.

You can make horizontal dividing lines (----) to separate text.


But you should usually use sections instead, so that they go in the table of contents.

You can make horizontal dividing lines (----)
to separate text.
----
But you should usually use sections instead,
so that they go in the table of contents.

Furthering the Wiki

Places That Need Some Love

Please see Rainy Day Edits for a list of places that need some love.

Core Principle of Wiki

One of the core principles of a Wiki is that everyone has an equal share in shaping it. Everyone can edit and that is part of the beauty of Wiki. MopedWiki needs your help to determine its course in the future. The best way to do this is to be bold and edit pages without fear. Don't worry about messing up pages because it's easy to fix, and there are other editors who are happy to help you.

Need More Help?

For more in-depth guides to specific types of editing, check out the links in the box below. You may find the articles listed there useful in your wikiventures.

If all else fails, leave a message here or shoot an e-mail here, and your questions will be answered.


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