Help talk:Editing

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I don't really want to interfere if you're working on this, but I think it's important to make a start, so I'll put it here and you can copy it across if you choose to use it -- DHeadshot 17:57, 10 October 2009 (GMT)

You might want to have a look at the page history - it hasn't been updated in three years, so I think you can safely say that it's not being worked on :-) I think it's not really worth putting editing help on here, there are a number of useful guides already out there and we may as well link them instead of trying to duplicate them here. Documenting wiki-specific elements (like the Box template) might be useful though. -- Malvineous 10:25, 13 October 2009 (GMT)
Fair enough. I just would have thought it would be useful to have it all to hand. I certainly learned a lot writing it... -- DHeadshot 22:57, 14 October 2009 (GMT)
If you don't want it here, do you mind if I stick this on my User page then as a personal reference? -- DHeadshot 10:41, 16 December 2009 (GMT)
Since this has been here for more than a year now, I'm thinking of moving it to the actual page. Any objections? -- DHeadshot 01:16, 20 October 2010 (GMT)

Formatting Tags

Formatting How to do it
Italicised Text
''Italicised Text''
Bold Text
'''Bold Text'''
Bold and Italicised Text
'''''Bold and Italicised Text'''''
Underlined Text
<u>Underlined Text</u>
Centred Text
<center>Centred Text</center>
Superscript and Subscript
<sup>Super</sup>script and <sub>Sub</sub>script

Quoted Text

<blockquote>Quoted Text</blockquote>
Struck Out Text
<strike>Struck Out Text</strike>
: Indentation
Horizontal Divider
Horizontal Divider
Link to Home
[[Main Page|Link to Home]]

( Any link = [[Linked Page|Label]] )

Link to Tutorials section of Home
[[Main Page#Tutorials|Link to Tutorials section of Home]]

( Any link to page section = [[Linked Page#Section Name|Label]] )

Link to PCKF
[ Link to PCKF]

( Any external link = [Website_URL Label]] )

Link to Tom Hall on Wikipedia
[[wikipedia:Tom Hall|Link to Tom Hall on Wikipedia]]

( Any Wikipedia link = [[wikipedia:Linked Wikipedia Page|Label]] )

Ignore Wiki ''Formatting''
<nowiki>Ignore Wiki ''Formatting''</nowiki>
Written ''Formatting''
Written ''Formatting''</pre>
Blah Blah
Blah<!-- Invisible comment that only the editor of the article can see! --> Blah
Insert an image with a caption
[[Image:Silcar4Game.png|frame|Insert an image with a caption]]
  • A list
  • of unordered
  • bullet points
  • with a
    • nested set
    • of points
  • and
  1. An ordered
  2. numerical list
    1. with nesting
    2. of numbers
  3. and
    • bullets
    • within
    • it
* A list
* of unordered
* bullet points
* with a
** nested set
** of points
* and

# An ordered
# numerical list
## with nesting
## of numbers
# and
#* bullets
#* within
#* it
A Simple
table in
the centre
{| border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5" align="center"
! A
! Simple
| table
| in
| the
| centre
A Simple
table on
the left
{| border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5" align="left"
! A
! Simple
| table
| in
| the
| left

Quote from the in-game help file.

{{Box|Quote from the in-game help file.}}

(Notes included in comment tags -- DHeadshot 19:00, 10 October 2009 (GMT))

Updated 16:54, 2 September 2010 (GMT)

How to start a line with an asterisk

(This is just to pass on knowledge to those who haven't worked it out yet)

If you start a line with an asterisk ("*"), this happens:

  • crash*

This can be fixed by replacing the asterisks with "&#42;" and enclosing it with line breaks (failing to do this will cause it to be displayed in line with the surrounding text):


Thus creating:


This of course takes up a lot of room in the code. However, if you indent the text, the line breaks are unneeded:


The same techniques work with other characters, e.g. &#35; for "#", &#58; for ":", etc.

A full list of such special character codes can be found here.

-- DHeadshot 10:34, 16 December 2009 (GMT) and 10:37, 16 December 2009 (GMT)

Or you can just put the text inside <nowiki> tags:


-- Malvineous 13:57, 11 July 2010 (GMT) Good Point -- DHeadshot 13:33, 12 July 2010 (GMT)

Good Point -- DHeadshot 13:33, 12 July 2010 (GMT)

How to link to a category

Seems if you want to link to a category without putting the page there you can simply precede the link with a colon (":"), e.g.:

[[:Category:Stubs|list of pages needing more information]]


list of pages needing more information

Now, I'm probably the only on currently here who didn't know that, but I'd beter write it here anyway for newbies and myself when I forget... --DHeadshot 15:59, 27 June 2010 (GMT)

FYI it's also useful when you want to link to an image without displaying the image: screenshot -- Malvineous 13:59, 11 July 2010 (GMT)

Simple Table Breakdown


-- DHeadshot 16:24, 27 June 2010 (GMT)

Citing Sources

Mostly, sources here don't need to be cited, but for when they do here is a helpsheet:

Wiki Text Method
Citation Needed[citation needed]
Citation Needed{{citation needed}}
Make a reference[1]
Make a reference<ref>This is a reference, honest!</ref>
Re-use a reference[2] (2nd usage[2])
Re-use a reference<ref name="eg">Example</ref> (2nd usage<ref name="eg"/>)
List references at the end of an article:
  1. This is a reference, honest!
  2. 2.0 2.1 Example
List references at the end of an article:

Hint: do this in its own section called "Notes" or "References" or "Sources" or something!

-- DHeadshot 16:49, 2 September 2010 (GMT)

Discussion Comments

I just noticed the Wiki text relating to signing your comments in discussions disappeared in the last update. I therefore offer this to help:

Signature Example Method
Standard signature DHeadshot 17:06, 2 September 2010 (GMT)
Dateless signature DHeadshot
Date only signature DHeadshot 17:06, 2 September 2010 (GMT)
Signature for most comments (use this one) -- DHeadshot 17:06, 2 September 2010 (GMT)
  -- ~~~~

-- DHeadshot 17:06, 2 September 2010 (GMT)

Inserting files

(Copied from the file help section not usually visible...)

To include a file in a page, use a link in one of the following forms:

  • [[File:File.jpg]] to use the full version of the file
  • [[File:File.png|200px|thumb|left|alt text]] to use a 200 pixel wide rendition in a box in the left margin with alt text as description
  • [[Media:File.ogg]] for directly linking to the file without displaying the file

-- DHeadshot 15:12, 7 October 2010 (GMT)


Syntax: #REDIRECT [[Page to redirect to]]

-- DHeadshot 14:31, 12 November 2010 (GMT)