PCGamingWiki:Editing guide/Article creation and editing basics
This sub-section handles all the basics of creating an article and editing it.
The 6 basic rules of wiki editing
- All writing in the wiki should be formal, clear, and neutral in nature. Statements on subjective elements without proper referencing are not allowed here.
- Text should be free of grammar and spelling errors.
- Text should always be written in the third person (i.e. never directly reference the reader).
- Research the topic thoroughly. Wikipedia and any search engine are the greatest tools available to a contributor.
- When in doubt, leave the field blank/unknown.
- Ask the moderators or editors for help if needed. They will be happy to assist.
- They can normally be found on the PCGamingWiki Discord server.
Creating a new article
- Note that as part of the anti-spam measures of the wiki, new accounts must make at least three (3) edits to an existing page and wait six (6) hours before the account can create new articles or upload a new file. A moderator or editor can assist in bypassing these restrictions by creating the article or upload the file if asked for assistance in the #wiki-support channel on the Discord server.
1. First, type in the name of the article to be created in the search box (for the wiki) and then press ↵ Enter. 2. If this article already exists, it will show it or show similarly-titled articles. If not, click the red "Create Article" link. 3. Type in the desired text into the text box and format the article nicely if possible. If not possible, do not worry; just pop onto the #wiki-support channel on the Discord server, and ask a mod for assistance. 4. Type in a Description for it (1).
5. Click "Save Page" to save the article (2). To see what it looks like before submitting it, click "Preview".
Wiki markup cheat sheet
Editing a wiki is slightly more complicated than a standard content management system. There is no WYSIWYG ('What you see is what you get') view of the document, and all layout is controlled through 'wiki markup'.
Simply click on the "Edit" tab on the top of the wiki page. A new page with a text box containing the editable text of the current page will be presented. In this box, the desired text can be added in. The toolbar above the text box can help with formatting. It can also auto-generate common sections and elements of an article.
- Never start a line with a leading space unless the special formatting it causes is required. Paragraphs can be separated with a blank line.
- When editing is finished, a short edit summary should be written up in the small field below the edit-box.
- To see how the page looks with the proposed changes, press the "Show preview" button.
A check to the "minor edit" box signifies that only superficial differences exist between the version with the current edit and the previous version: typo corrections, formatting and presentational changes, rearranging of text without modifying content, etc. A minor edit is a version that the editor believes requires no review and could never be the subject of a dispute.
Any change that affects the meaning of an article is major (not minor), even if the edit is a single word.
Once a major edit has been completed, the inclusion of an edit summary will assist in documenting the changes. These steps will help all to ensure that major edits are well-received by the community. There are no necessary terms the editor has to agree to when doing major edits, but the aforementioned recommendations have become best practice. If done in a style that is not consistent with the guidelines set out in the Editing Guide, the likelihood of the editor's work being revised will be higher.
When performing a large edit, it is recommended that the edits (before pressing the "save page" button) are periodically copied into an external text editor (preferably one without formatting, such as Notepad). This ensures that in the case of a browser crash, work is not lost. If substantial amounts of work is being added, it is also a good idea to save changes in stages.
Some pages are protected from editing. These pages have a View source tab instead of an Edit tab. These pages can still be edited indirectly by submitting an "edit request" - an editor with the ability to edit the protected page will respond to the request. A request can be submitted by clicking on the View source tab on that page and using the Submit an edit request link above the editing area.