Wiki help

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A wiki is a type of website that is easily editable by many people. You can watch a video about editing the crisiscommons wiki. This wiki runs on MediaWiki, a common wiki platform that is also the same software Wikipedia runs on.

  • edit: to change a page, hit the "edit" tab at the top of any page, and type your changes in the edit box that appears. You can format how the text appears by using markup codes (below).
  • preview: if you want to see how an edit appears before you save it, click the "preview" button (next to "save" at the bottom). If you're happy with the edit, click "save".
  • page history: to see the history of who else has changed the page, and how the text has evolved, click the "history" tab at the top of the page. Note: this means mistakes are easily fixable -- you can always edit a previous version of the page to bring it back.
  • discuss: to discuss the contents of the page with other people on the wiki, click the "dicussion" tab at the top of the page and leave a comment. You can sign your name (if you're logged in) like this: ~~~~
  • watching pages: if you are logged in and want to keep an eye on changes to the page, click the "watch" tab at the top of the page. Now changes to this and any other pages you've watched appear when you click "my watchlist" in the upper right hand corner.
  • userpages: if you are logged in, you can edit your userpage to tell other people who you are. Just click on your username in the upper-right hand corner and edit the page (it will be in the format [[user:myusername]].
  • page titles: make page names short, but descriptive. Remember that you can redirect alternate page titles to the main page, but if you use a very generic page title to describe just one thing it will have to be sorted out later (so don't call a page "dictionaries" if it is only a list of Creole dictionaries -- call it "Creole dictionaries" instead so that the page "dictionaries" can link to that page, the page about Spanish dictionaries, etc. Please see Wiki help/page naming conventions for more guidelines on page titles.

Editing help

Below is a cheatsheet of common markup, or codes that you put in the page to format text. For more editing help, see:

  • Wikipedia's help pages -- covers everything for editors
  • the MediaWiki help pages are similar, with more of a focus on wiki administration
  • Categories: to add a category to a page, add this code to the bottom: [[Category:nameofcategory]]. Replace nameofcategory with the actual name. To create a link to a category in text, put a colon befoe the work "Category" like [[:Category:nameofcategory]] You can see a list of all existing categories here. (For more (much more) about Cats please see Wikipedia's Category help page.)
  • Templates: for template-specific help, a good resource is the chapter in How Wikipedia Works
  • All pages: to see all pages on the wiki (helpful for organizing purposes) go here
  • questions? A few people here are good with wiki syntax; try asking user:SpikeUK or leave a message on this articles "discussion" page above.

Wiki Cheatsheet

Description You type You get
Italic text



Bold text



Bold and italic

'''''bold & italic'''''

bold & italic

Internal link
(within Wikipedia)

[[Name of page]]
[[Name of page|Text to display]]

Name of page
Text to display

External link
(to other websites)

[ Text to display]

Text to display

Redirect to another page

#REDIRECT [[Target page]]

Going to the first page title automatically takes you to the target page instead.

Section headings

Applies only at the very beginning of lines.

A Table of Contents will automatically be generated when four headings are added to an article.

(=Level 1= is used only for a page's title, and is generated automatically.)
== Level 2 ==
=== Level 3 ===
==== Level 4 ====
===== Level 5 =====
====== Level 6 ======

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Level 5
Level 6
Bulleted list
Empty lines between list items discouraged (see numbered lists).

* One
* Two
** Two point one
* Three

  • One
  • Two
    • Two point one
  • Three
Numbered list
Empty lines between list items restarts numbering at 1.

# One
# Two
## Two point one
# Three

  1. One
  2. Two
    1. Two point one
  3. Three
Indenting text

no indent (normal)
:first indent
::second indent
:::third indent

no indent (normal)

first indent
second indent
third indent

[[File:Example.jpg|thumb|alt=Alt text|Caption]]

Error creating thumbnail: File missing
Extra Talk Page markup


Username (talk) 21:13, 29 November 2015 (UTC)

See also