Help:Starting a new page

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Important: If you are a new editor wanting to create a page, be aware that you will need to create a Fanlore account first, and will need to wait four hours after creating it as an anti-spam measure. However, you can still edit other Fanlore pages while you wait!

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

Red text in a wiki article like this is a link to a page that doesn't exist yet (see Help:Links). If you click on it, you will be taken to the edit page for the new article. Add text and click save, and the new page will be created. However, first check that the page doesn't exist by searching for it; the red link may simply be misspelled.

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 with the following message:

There is currently no text in this page. You can search for this page title in other pages, search the related logs, or edit this page.

Click on edit this page. You will be taken to the edit page for that article, where you can create the new page by typing your text and clicking Save.

From the search page

In the search box on the upper right side of the page,

  1. Enter the name of the page you want to create
  2. Hit the Enter key or click the Go button
  3. If the page does not exist, a link to create the new page will appear in red at the top of the search results

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. Some examples of commonly used templates include Template:CharacterProfile, Template:PairingProfile, Template:GlossaryTerm, Template:FandombyText, and Template:PersonProfile. For help selecting an appropriate infobox, refer to 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 contain a complete outline of a page that can be copied and pasted to get you started, with sections that you can fill in or remove as needed. More of these are being added all the time! If you would like a template for a particular page type, feel free to request it on the Talk page. To date, the pages we have available include templates:

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.

For any other questions, you can use the Talk page or contact the Fanlore Committee