See something you'd like to change or add, but you've never edited an open encyclopædia before? This overview was written to help absolute beginners get started.

Help:Overview of a Wiki

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Registering

To register, go to the page for creating an account. You will have to enter the following:

  1. A user name (we recommend you use your real name, although that's up to you)
  2. The password you would like to use.
  3. Two words that you identify from a picture of them.

There are two other optional items you can enter:

  1. Your e-mail address (it won't be shown publicly).
  2. Your real name (This is rarely used at present)

You then click Create account, and as long as there are no problems, you will immediately be registered and logged in.

In order to get started with editing articles, you only have to do the following:

  1. Register
    Registering only takes a moment (see the box at right) (there are no long Terms to read and agree to, although there is a page that we ask you to read at least the first few lines of). You will be able to start editing as soon as you have registered.
  2. Go to the page you want to edit.
  3. Click an "edit" link and start editing.
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When you log in, the "view source" tabs (top) change to "edit" tabs (bottom).
For more on editing, see Editing for beginners.

There's a lot more you can do, though, some of which is explained below.

What is a Wiki?

A "Wiki" is a web-site which, like this one, allows many people to edit the web-pages on the site. This includes adding new pages, adding to or changing existing pages, adding pictures (only some editors can do this), adding links to other pages or sites, and formatting.

The way it does that depends on which Wiki software is used, but this site uses MediaWiki, the most popular Wiki software, also used by Wikipedia, CreationWiki, and many other sites. On this site, editing is restricted to those who have registered, although registration is free and automatic (you don't have to get approval or wait for someone to process your registration).

The software also allows an individual to do a number of other things:

  • They can see the history of changes to the page.
  • They can reinstate an old version of the page (handy if someone makes bad changes to it).
  • They can see who made what changes.
  • They can take part in, or read, discussions about the content of the page.

Discussions

To read or take part in discussions about articles, click the discussion tab at the top of the page.

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If the discussion tab has red text, there are no discussions there yet, but you can start one.

Page histories

To see the history of changes to an article, click the History tab at the top of the page.

You will then see something like the picture below:
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If you want to see what the page looked like on a particular date, then click on that date. Alternatively, you can select two different versions of the page and compare those to see what changes were made. Once you are looking at an old version, you can step through versions forwards and backwards.

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