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Animation Wiki Beginner's Guide

Discussion in 'Animation Wiki Discussion' started by GWOtaku, Oct 18, 2009.

  1. GWOtaku

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    Special thanks to MonkeyFunk for drafting the majority of this document, which I've added to here and there.

    Welcome to the Animation Wiki Beginner's Guide. If you're new to the Wiki and feel overwhelmed, that's fine - here are the absolute basics that you need to know to get started. f you are interested in detailed discussion of the Wiki's features and writing guidelines, you can refer to the main guide.

    This thread will be left open. If anyone has something to add or has further tips for new users, post em in reply here!

    Logging into the Toon Zone Wiki

    First off, there's a bit of a hitch with logging in - you've got to do it twice before you can edit the Wiki.

    Visit the Wiki and click the "log in / create account" link near the top of any given Wiki page. This takes you to a login page within the Wiki; enter in your forum name and password (don't forget to check the "remember me" box, or you'll have to do this every time you edit a page).

    Next you'll be taken to a second login screen - this time the regular one used by the Toon Zone forum. Enter your name and password again and you'll now be able to edit the Wiki.

    Creating a new article

    To create a new article, enter its name into the search box on the left and hit the "Go" button (not the "Search" button, that won't work). You will be taken to a page which says, amongst other things:
    Click on the "create this page" link and you'll be taken to a page where you can create your article.

    Basic coding

    Putting ''two apostrophes'' around a piece of text will convert it into italics. Use '''three apostrophes''' to make it bold, and '''''five apostrophes''''' to make it bold and italic. Put [[two square brackets]] on either side some text, and it'll become a link to a Wiki page of the same name; put ==equals signs== around your writing to create a subheading. For example...

    ...will, when edited into a Wiki page, look something like this:

    That's really all you need to know to get started on writing an article - see the Wiki Guide for more advanced information.

    Basic Editing

    Writing text in the Wiki works like it does on the forums or in a word processor. When editing, you can use the function bar at the top to create bold and italicized text with ease, as well as links.

    When you edit articles substantially, it's very helpful to leave a short comment about what you changed. This will help users and contributors alike see how articles are evolving. This is especially encouraged when it comes to correcting serious mistakes, false facts, or vandalism.

    Basic rules

    The Toon Zone Wiki has four golden rules:

    1. Don't say anything that's factually incorrect
    2. Don't say anything that's obviously subjective ("Family Guy isn't as good as The Simpsons", for example)
    3. Don't give away too many plot details
    4. Don't lift text from other sources without permission (brief quotations are fine so long as the source is acknowledged)
    That's all you need to keep in mind when you're just starting out. Beyond that, you're invited to skim through the "Writing an Article" section of the Wiki Guide (the Citations part in particular is worth a look if you want to write a top-notch article).

    Need help?

    If you ever run into a problem working on an article, click the "discussion" link at the top and you'll be taken to a forum thread where you can talk about the matter with your fellow posters.

    That's about all you need to know to get you started as a Wiki contributor. Have fun!

    Appendix: The Quick Reference Guide to Animation Wiki Code

    Italics: ''Italic text''
    Bold Text: '''Bold text'''
    Internal Wiki Link: [[sample cartoon]]
    External Link: [http://www.example.com sample link title]
    Lists: Use an asterisk for each line. *Item/paragraph 1 and so on
    Article Headline: ==sample headline==
    Subheadline: ====sample subheader=====

    Image Placement: [[Image:sampleimagefile.jpg|right]]. "Left" is also possible. This works for images uploaded via the "upload file" feature in the toolbox. Beginners can place this code above paragraph text for effective use.
    Audio files: [[Media:Example.ogg]]. These must be uploaded just like pictures.
    General Categories: {{sample category}}.
    Stub Category: {{stub}} Use for brief or obviously incomplete articles. This is a very important category.
    Decade Categories: {{1960s animated series}}, {{1960s animated shorts}}, {{1960s animated features}}. These three work like so for all other decades (50s, 80s, 2000s, etc). These are excellent basic categories to use for sorting a new cartoon article on the Animation Wiki.

    The Function Bar

    Use this to insert most basic code quickly and easily. It looks like this on the edit screen:

    The button use from left to right is: Bold, italics, internal link, external link, headline 2 (for article headlines), embedded file (for pictures), and file link (for audio files). The last four are unimportant to everyday editing and you don't need to worry about them.

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