As part of an effort to get more of the wiki's members to write pages that DON'T require constant revision and editting by staff members, some of us have taken it upon ourselves to write this guide.
By the end of the guide, we hope that the average user will be able to...
- Write a Page
- Do Basic Page Coding
Writing a PageEdit
Clearly, this is the MOST important part. When writing a page, please be as clear and precise as possible. Try not to have a bias for, or against whatever you're writing about; try to be objective and informative (don't let your opinion show, otherwise people won't read what you write). Be sure to include links to other helpful articles (as described below). Be sure to fact (and spell) check! As always, try not to repeat yourself, and remember that college students who study writing daily will be reading what you write. We will not be amused if it looks like it was written be a preschooler. But, that said, do your best, and if you find you're having difficulties, ask for help or hit submit and send it to a staffer (we are here to help).
When you hit "enter" in visual mode, it creates a weird line-break that's three times the size it should be. Haven't figured out why. However, when you do it in source mode, unless you do it multiple times, it is useless. Again, haven't figured out why.
When you intend to do a new line (such as I just did), type in <br /> as many times as you want to go down new lines.
To play with fonts, and turn them into italics of bolded, simply place '' around the section to be italicized. To bold the text, simply put three ''' on either side of the text. You CAN do both. To underline something, merely type in <u> before the text, and </u> after the text. Strikeouts work in the same way, only with a S rather than a U. Additionally, italics and bolding can use I and B respectively.
Bullet points are... well, bullet points. A bullet point is done using an asterisk (*) and creates a little dot. Each subsequent * after the first one (such as **) creates a new "indented" sub-bullet point, such as these ones. Makes it nice and even. They must be the FIRST character on that line, however. To do a numbered bullet point, use a # rather than a *.
What is an onsite link? It takes you to another page on THIS wiki. Merely enter [[ and ]] around what you want to be a link. However, it must be the EXACT page name (same case, grammar, and spelling!), otherwise it will not work. If you hit preview, and the link is red, the page DOES NOT exist. If you want to "disguise" an onsite link, and have it without having to work the exact name in, you can write it like this [[Real Page Name|Desired Page Name]]. Now, the | acts as a divider, between what you're referencing, and what you want to call it.
An off-site link takes you to another, non-NWN2 wiki page. To create an off-site link, you can put in the raw URL (the "address" or what you type to go to that page). Or, you can name it, by putting it into brackets, like so: [URL desired page name]. There MUST be a space between the url and the desired page name. Beyond that, you are free to run wild.
A "section" (and, by extension the Table of Contents or "TOC") is used to denote different sections or subjects on one page. These can be used to create shortcuts, via the TOC. To create a section, merely create a new line, and place == on either side of it. Each subsequent = will cause it to go down a "level", so you can have a header for one section, and then sub-headers.
Please don't use these, except sparingly. These are just to separate sections. To create a line break, just insert ---- on a new line.
Files help liven up a page. They can be anything from a video to an image, to a short animation. Simply insert [[File:File Name.File Format]] to have the file appear at its default size. However, because some files can be larger than our wiki was meant to visually handle, you can put limiters and even turn them into links. You can even do both, and have small captions.
A file "dimension" is ALWAYS inserted as pixels. You may want to play around with it for a bit before you hit submit. The standard computer monitor is usually set (by default) somewhere between the 1024 and 1440 pixel range (our wiki was built to accommodate that). Our wiki space is only about 700 pixels wide, so please don't go over that, or you WILL have staff charging down on you. To insert a file size limit, merely put in [[[File:File Name.File Format|Pixel Size px]]. Please keep in mind that it only affects the horizontal dimensions, and, as such, the vertical will stretch or shrink to accommodate, so you may have a real skinny, really tall picture. Or vice versa. Keep this in mind, please.
Files as LinksEdit
To turn a file into a link, you need to put it as [[File:File Name.File Format|link=Desired Page]]. Clicking on the image will now take you to the page.
Templates are chunks of coding, designed for quick and easy use so you don't have to copy/paste massive strings of code, and inflate the size of the wiki a thousand times. However, before use, please consult with a staff member to ensure you're using the correct template, and using it correctly.
Why is categorizing important?
That's a very good question that's been asked many times. Categories serve as folders and directories. Think of this wiki as a book. Books are broken down into sections and chapters. The categories would be an organized set of tables of content. Without that, you can still (eventually) find what you're looking for, but it becomes far more difficult.
You can set a page into a category by two means. On the right side of a page under edit is a section labeled "categories", which will occasionally attempt to help you (it's not perfect). Additionally, you can insert categories, using the [[Category:Category Name]] command anywhere on the page. Please make sure you're using a valid category, however, as we don't want/need categories of one page. Spelling, grammar, and case ALL factor in.