Help:Editing

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BrickWiki (BW) is a Wiki, which means that anyone can easily edit any unprotected article and have those changes posted immediately to that page. Before you begin you should be familiar with the help:Style guide which outlines how BW handles things like set names or spelling conflicts.

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Basic Steps to editing

If you just want to experiment with wiki editing please do so in the Sandbox following these same steps.
  1. Click on the "Edit" tab at the top of an article or choose the [edit] link within an article to change that section. This will bring you to a page with a text box containing the editable text of that page.
  2. Make your edits.
  3. When you have finished, write a short edit summary in the small field below the edit box.
  4. If it is a small edit choose the "minor edit" box.
  5. Press preview to see how your changes will look.
  6. If you're happy with what you see, then press "Save" and your changes will be immediately applied to the article.

Once you are finished one or more edits you might wish to check out the Recent changes page where a list is created showing what pages have had what edits applied and when.


Wiki syntax quick reference

The following are the bare minimum need to edit a BW article. You might wish to look at: Wikipedia:How to edit a page or the Wikipedia Editing Cheatsheet for a more complete listing of markup possibilities.

markup result
''italic'' italic
'''bold''' bold
[[Main Page]] or [[Main Page| Main]] Main Page or Main
[http://crystalspace3d.org Crystal Space home] Crystal Space home
== Section Header ==

=== Subsection Header ===

Section Header

Subsection Header

# item
# item
# item

  1. item
  2. item
  3. item


Creating a New Page

If you have searched and found no article you can create a page from scratch in a couple of different ways.

Address Bar Method

  1. Following the Style guide and conventions, decide on an appropriate name for the article.
  2. In the address bar of your web browser change the URL from an existing article (e.g.: http://brickwiki.info/wiki/Adult_fan_of_LEGO) to the new title (e.g.: http://brickwiki.info/wiki/new article). Notice you do not need to start with underscores "_" between words.
  3. Press ENTER or RETURN on your computer keyboard and (assuming you have edit permission) a page will come up saying "There is currently no text in this page, you can search for this page title in other pages or edit this page."
  4. Choose "edit this page" and start composing the article.

Link Method

  1. While editing another article simply add the link to the article you want (ie: http://brickwiki.info/wiki/new article).
  2. Save the article you have been working on.
  3. Click on the new link on the edited page and a new page will come up saying "There is currently no text in this page, you can search for this page title in other pages or edit this page."
  4. Choose "edit this page" and start composing the article.

Redirect

A redirect is a page consisting entirely of the markup "#redirect [[destination page]]". This is used when an alternate title exists and helps navigation. If you created an article titled Adult fan of LEGO you would also want to create a redirect for AFOL.

Creating Subpages

working on this section. Tedward 17:14, 1 June 2012 (CDT)

Images

The best way to include an image is to first upload the image using the upload file page and then include it in the page using an ImageBox (but please make sure you are the copyright holder first, or that it can be used under Fair Use). Second best is to include an image from Brickshelf by using an ImageBoxBrickshelf. You can also include an external image by using an ImageBoxExt although this is somewhat discouraged. If you own the copyright (ie. if you took the photograph or rendered the computer graphics) and have no problem licensing it under a copyleft-style license [1] please do upload it.

Odd formatting after images

You can stop an image (or table) making the subsequent section(s) on the page look odd. Just before the first messed up section add {{clear}} to induce a smooth break after the image.

Accessible Images

See Accessible Images for advice on how to make your images as user-friendly as possible to visually impaired users.

Inline images

Whilst not recommended for big parts, sometimes you may wish to include an inline part image like follows: Log brick half-30136.png. To do this simply type {{PartImageInline|XXXX}} or {{PII|XXXX}} where XXXX is the LDraw part number.

Icon images

A list of icon images is here. Please include them using [[Image:NAMEOFFILE]].

Linking

  • Link to other articles on BrickWiki using double brackets. For example [[Main Page]] gives Main Page.
  • Link to certain other wikis (and a few non-wiki sites) using an Interwiki link. For example [[WikiPedia:LEGO|LEGO fun]] gives LEGO fun. The list of sites Brickwiki recognizes, and the prefixes to use for them, is contained in the interwiki table.
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