Gamepedia Help Wiki:Tutorial/Editing
Editing most Gamepedia pages is easy. Gamepedia uses two methods of editing: classic editing through wiki markup (wikitext) and through a new VisualEditor (VE). The explanations on this page deal with wikitext editing (the method most used). For information on using the VisualEditor, see the last section of this page. More detailed information about wikitext editing is included in the next section of the tutorial.
Normally editing is chosen by clicking the
Edit tab at the top of a Gamepedia page (or on a section-edit link). This will take you to a new page with a text box containing the editable text of the page you were viewing. In this box, you can type in the text that you want to add, using wiki markup to format the text, and add other elements like images and tables that are explained later in this tutorial.
First, any time you edit a page, it is considered good etiquette (or "Wikiquette") to enter an explanation of your changes in the Edit summary box, which you will find below the edit window. It is okay for your explanation to be quite short. For example, if you are making a spelling correction, you might just type "typo" or "grammatical error" in the summary box. Also, if the change you have made to a page is minor, such as correcting a grammatical error, check the box "This is a minor edit" (this box is only available if you have logged in).
Second, you should always use the Show preview button. After you have entered a change in the edit box for the, click the Show preview button instead of Save page. This lets you see what the page will look like after your edit, before you actually save. We all make mistakes; this feature helps you catch them before other people see them. Using Show preview before saving also lets you try format changes and other edits without cluttering up the page history.
Save the page
Done the edit summary? Previewed the page? Then you are ready for the final step: Click the Save page button.
Images, sounds and videos enhance articles greatly. A file that is already hosted on a Gamepedia wiki or the Hydra Commons can be inserted with the basic code "
Image:" can be a substitute for "
File:" with no change in effect; the choice between the two is purely a matter of editorial preference.) Using "
thumb" generates a thumbnail of an image (the most common placement option), which is typically sized differently from the original image. Several options can affect a thumbnail's placement and size, and there are other methods for placing images not in a thumbnail format, such as in a frame, table or "infobox", which this summary page does not delve into.
Only logged in users can upload files under an appropriate title. The first step in uploading a file is to determine its copyright status. All files uploaded on the Hydra Commons are available on all Gamepedia wikis.
- For more details on how to insert pictures into articles, see Basic images. For more advanced image syntax, see Advanced images.
If you find an article that you believe is misnamed, please do not copy and paste the contents of the old article into a new article — among other things, it separates the previous contributions from their edit history (which we need to keep track of for copyright reasons). The preferred method is to move the page to the new name (you need to be registered to be able to do that). If it is your first move, please read the warnings on the move page carefully, as there are a number of issues to consider before moving a page. Principles for choosing titles of articles are described under article titles. If a "disambiguation" page is involved, it is best to review disambiguation.
- For more information, see Moving a page.
Registered users and anonymous users alike may create articles. Before creating an article, please search the wiki first to make sure that an article does not already exist on the subject, and please also review the article titling policy for guidance on what to name the article.
- For more details on how to create an article, see Starting a new page.
Some pages are protected from editing. These pages have a
View source tab instead of an
Edit tab. If you feel a protected page should be edited, use the article's talk page to recommend an edit and a user with the ability to edit the protected page will respond to your request.
- For more information, see Protected pages.
If you ever make a change that gets reverted by another editor, discuss the change on the talk page. The BOLD, revert, discuss cycle is a popular method of reaching consensus, and may be useful for identifying objections, keeping discussion moving forward and helping to break deadlocks. Edit warring (repeatedly overriding or reimplementing contributions) is highly discouraged and may lead someone to be blocked from editing to prevent further disruption. Disruptive editing is not always intentional, as new editors may simply not understand the ins and outs of Gamepedia.
Alternative method of editing
VisualEditor is a way to edit pages without needing to learn wikitext markup. It works more like a word processing application and is available to anonymous editors and editors who registered after June 10th, 2015. Editors registered prior to this date can opt in to have the editor enabled.
- For more information, see VisualEditor User guide on the MediaWiki wiki.