Help:Advanced User Guide
This help document is only intended for users that wish to create or edit more advanced parts of pages on the site. (Or, feel free to use knowledge gained here to edit other wikis as well!) Although it is useful to know, the vast majority of users on this site will probably not be using this information. Additionally, this information is usable on almost all wikis, but for a list of tricks that specifically work on our wiki and a select few others with the extensions we run, see the Wiki Tricks section.
Manually Editing Pages
If you want to edit a particular page, you should first log in so you don't have to deal with any CAPTCHAs. Then click on the edit tab along the top of the article. You'll be taken to a page displaying the text of the article in its MediaWiki form, and you can just go in and make whatever changes you like. When you are done, click Show preview at the bottom to make sure it looks the way you want. If it does, click Save page.
Experimenting: If you need a place to mess around and try things out, go to the Sandbox. This is on the MediaWiki site and you don't have to clean up after yourself--they send a 'bot' around to do it every so often. NOTE: The software on our site is not completely identical to the software on the MediaWiki site, so occasionally things will work differently in the sandbox than on this site.
The code for the main page, or other pages organized into boxes, might look intimidating to edit if you've never used a Wiki before. The boxes are made with a template called Box, which has parameters for HEADING and CONTENT. Hence, to edit the content of a particular box, simply scroll down the edit page until you find something that says "HEADING = heading of box you want to edit", and then make your changes to the text after CONTENT just under that.
You can use LaTeX to display a math formula on this wiki, by enclosing it in <math>...</math>. Go here for a list of some LaTeX tutorials online.
First of all try the formatting bar at the top of any Edit page! It the series of buttons right above the editing box that begins with the B for bold and I for italics.
If you want to post a link to a website outside of this Wiki, just type the full url; for example http://www.swarthmore.edu shows up as http://www.swarthmore.edu. If you wish to use text for the link other than the url of the site, put that text after the url inside the brackets; for example, [http://www.swarthmore.edu Swarthmore College] shows up as Swarthmore College.
To link to a page within this Wiki, simply enclose the page name in double square brackets; for example, [[Main Page]] will link to the Main Page.
How to make lists
To create a bulleted list, or add a new item to one, use an asterisk before the items. More asterisks indent the item further. So, for example,
* First item * Second item ** A subcategory of the second item ** Another one *** A deeper subcategory * Back to the main list The end.
...shows up as:
- First item
- Second item
- A subcategory of the second item
- Another one
- A deeper subcategory
- Back to the main list
For numbered lists, use the pound sign instead of asterisks; so
# Number one # Number two ## Subcategory ## Another subcategory ### Deeper subcategory # Number three The end.
...shows up as:
- Number one
- Number two
- Another subcategory
- Deeper subcategory
- Number three
To indent a whole paragraph of text, preface it with a colon. More colons indent further. So for example:
:You know, I could corrupt these children. Over the years, I could guide their innocent minds toward a life of wrongdoing--yes! I could mold them in my image, hone them into criminal geniuses, the only ones capable of carrying on my empire! Ah but who's got the time? Toss 'em in.
::~Fat Cat, from Chip 'N' Dale Rescue Rangers
- You know, I could corrupt these children. Over the years, I could guide their innocent minds toward a life of wrongdoing--yes! I could mold them in my image, hone them into criminal geniuses, the only ones capable of carrying on my empire! Ah but who's got the time? Toss 'em in.
- ~Fat Cat, from Chip 'N' Dale Rescue Rangers
Making boxes by indenting a space
If you want a quick way to make a question, comment, or notice stand out, you can put in in a box simply by beginning the line with a space. NOTE: In these boxes, normal text wrapping does not apply, so if the content of the box does not fit on one line, you need to manually put in the line breaks, and put a space before each new line.
The box will look like this.
If you don't use line breaks you get something like
NOTE: In these boxes, normal text wrapping does not apply, so if the content of the box does not fit on one line, you need to manually put in the line breaks, and put a space before each new line.
How to make sections and subsections
To create a section or subsection of a page, surround the section name with equals signs. The more equals signs, the smaller the section. The major sections of a page use two equals signs. So the code will look something like...
This is a main section of the page, with several subsections.
This is the first subsection.
Here's the second.
It has its own subsection!
==Another major section==
And so on.
As a final note, links and subsections may be combined by placing brackets or double brackets inside the equals signs.
Most of the editing advice given in the links belows are for wikis in general. Keep in mind that our wiki has been customized so that most pages will not be edited in the normal wiki fashion. Instead, remember that to edit a math image's page, you should use the "edit with form' tab at the top of the page.
If you have further questions about using the Wiki, check the following pages:
Keep in mind, however, that not everything described in the general Wiki help guides will work quite the same on this specific site due to modifications we have made. Anything that works differently has been documented in our Help pages, but if you are still having trouble please feel free to ask here.
There are also a number of things that work specifically on our Wiki, and other Wikis that have implemented the extensions we have. For even more cool things you can do, check out the Wiki Tricks section!
If you have questions not answered on in our help documents, you can post them here.