Help:Editing pages

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It only takes a few clicks to edit the contents of a wiki page:

  • Click the edit tab at the top of the page.
  • Make changes to the text.
  • Click the Save page button.

Simple as that!

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Editing rules and conventions

The number one rule of wiki editing is to be bold. Dive in and make changes. Other people can correct mistakes later, so have confidence, and give it a try! There are all kinds of editing conventions and philosophies governing the editing of wiki pages, but the "be bold" rule is the most important!

In general try to write clearly and concisely and be sure you always aim to improve the wiki with your edits. A valuable edit might contribute whole pages of information, or it might simply fix a typo.

Toolbar: formatting

When you need to use some type of formatting, e.g. new headings or bold text, use wiki markup.

The toolbar above the edit window provides buttons that automatically insert wiki markup into the page: screencap of the edit toolbar

  • B - bold text
  • I - italic text
  • Ab - internal link: Help:Contents
  • Globe - external link: OTW web site
  • A - section header
  • Picture frame - embed an image
  • Trumpet - embed other file formats
  • Square root - create math formula (using LaTeX)
  • Red circle - nowiki text - ignore possible wiki formatting
  • Squiggle - sign a talk entry with your user name and date (used on Talk pages)
  • Line - insert horizontal line

For example, to create a heading for a section of the page, click the A button, and then type the label inside the double equals signs (==).

See also the Editing Cheatsheet or Help:Formatting for common types of formatting.

Edit Summary

Before you save a change, you can enter a short note in the Summary box describing your changes. Don't spend too much time thinking about this. Just try to give a little description of what you changed, e.g. "fixed typo" or "added more information about sunflowers".

The summary gets stored alongside your edit and allows people to track changes in the wiki more effectively.

Show Preview

It's a good idea to use the 'Show preview' button to see what your changes will look like before you save, especially considering each saved edit displays in recent changes as a separate entry. Try to eliminate mistakes in your own work by using preview before saving rather than saving several minor corrections afterwards.

Discussing edits

Every article has its own "talk page" where you can ask questions, make suggestions, or discuss corrections. See Help:Talk pages.

Other types of editing

Any user can start a new page on the wiki. See Help:Starting a new page and Help:Naming Conventions for more information on this topic.

Gardeners and administrators can also move (rename) and delete existing pages.

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