Help:Starting a new page

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This page explains the mechanics of creating a new wiki page and lists resources for how to develop the content of the page.

Things you will need to start a page:


How do I create the page?

There are several ways to create a page.

Using Wikilinks

MediaWiki makes it very easy to link wiki pages using a standard syntax (see Links). If you (or anyone else) create a link to an article that doesn't exist yet, the link will be coloured red, like this.

  1. Check that the page doesn't exist by searching on it; the red link may simply be misspelled.
  2. Click on the red link; you will be taken to the edit page for the new article.
  3. Add text and click save, and the new page will be created.

Once the page has been created, the link will change from red to blue (purple for pages you've visited), indicating that the article now exists.

Usually this is the best way to create a new page, because it means that right from the start, the page will be linked from at least one other place on the wiki (and typically you will want to link to it from other related pages later). If you are creating a new page without creating any link to it, you may need to ask yourself: Does this page really fit in with the topics already covered in the wiki? Also, how are you expecting visitors to find this page? Normally there is no reason to create a page without first creating a red link to it.

Using the URL

You can also use the wiki's URL to create a new page. The URL to a Fanlore article looks something like this:   

If you replace ARTICLE with the name of the page you wish to create, you will be taken to a blank page indicating that no article with that name exists yet. Clicking the "edit" page tab at the top of the page will take you to the edit page for that article, where you can create the new page by typing your text and clicking submit.

From the search page

If you search for a page that doesn't exist (using the search box and the go button on the left side of the page), then you will be provided with a link to create the new page. Note that this technique doesn't work if you use the search button.

What do I put in the page?

First, a template

Now that you've got a blank edit window, you can start by copying and pasting an infobox template into it. These templates contain a summary of information about the topic. For help selecting an appropriate infobox, see Help:Template Guidelines or the topic-specific help pages below.

Note: Not every type of page has a perfectly tailored infobox to go with it (yet). If you can't find the right template, there may not be one. Don't let that stop you! If there is a template, someone else will be happy to find and add it later.

We've also got a few "page templates" that include infobox templates, section headers, and other commonly used wiki code so you don't have to start from scratch:

user:Kylara created some wiki code generators as well:

Help for articles on specific topics

The following help pages include instructions and suggestions for how to organize and develop articles on various topics:

Editor's block

If you think there should be a page about a certain topic, but you're not sure how to approach it or you don't know everything there is to know about the topic (who does?), feel free to start the page anyway! You can add a few notes, an introductory statement, and/or some headings for other editors to fill in.

Be sure to add a stub template to indicate that the article needs more material. Copy and paste {{Stub}} into the article.

Check out the stub category to see what stub articles look like.

Finishing touches?

Add categories

You can always add categories later, but here are some resources on Fanlore categories:

Create redirects to your new page

Don't forget to set up redirects when you create a page. If you think another person may search for the page you've created by using a different name or spelling, please create the proper redirect(s). See Help:Redirects.

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