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Reefswaggie, good luck, and have fun.Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 05:26, 5 July 2013 (UTC)
Any time. I don't believe there's a way to set a preference for what kind of articles you can find. Is there any particular area of biology you're interested in? My own suggestion would be to plunge in with a particular species, or a particular genus, and look around to see what's available. Wiki Project Biology would be another place to ask around and have a look; most WikiProjects have their own sets of rules that may be a bit different from others', so you can get a feel for what they do and how they work.
As for editing - just go to the article you want to edit. If you click on any of the "edit" links on that page - at the side, at the bottom, within the article depending on what skin you're using - they'll let you edit the article. Like, say, Biology...go to the links that say "edit this page".
That help? --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 19:06, 5 July 2013 (UTC)
Also...looking at your edit history, I see you're getting the hang of things. That's what I'd recommend, too...just look at a few things and edit as you go along, if you see anything you think needs changing. That's how I got started, way back when. :-) --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 19:08, 5 July 2013 (UTC)
I'm not sure about citing yourself,'s the sort of thing that could be dicey. Personally, I wouldn't have any problem with it, as long as your sources are accurate and they're not the only thing you rely on. I'm not sure others would feel quite the same, though. I'd recommend waiting a bit with that; get settled in as an editor first before doing something like that. Say a few months - give people a chance to get to know you
As for me? I'm not a science-y type in the least; I studied art history in college. Now I work for a US government contractor in Washington, DC, which is where I grew up. (Well...just outside DC, really. But nobody knows Hybla Valley, Virginia.) I'm sort of an editor-of-all-trades; I'm what they call a WikiGnome, doing little bits and pieces to make things run smoothly. It's great fun; makes me feel I'm doing something useful with my downtime.
Ser Amantio di Nicolao is a fairly minor operatic character, in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi - I wanted something operatic, as a huge opera fan, and loved his name enough that I adopted it. What about you? I can guess the "reef", but what about the "swaggie" bit? --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 05:44, 6 July 2013 (UTC)

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Grise Fiord[edit]

Looks good to me so far. If you want to link to another wiki article, surround it with square brackets, like [[this]]. The reference looks fine, too...there's a tool, called Reflinks, which you can use to convert naked link titles into titled references, if you ever want. It's quite useful. --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 14:42, 8 July 2013 (UTC)

Yes - certainly. Just look at the heading on this section and add one like it; you can do it as many times as you wish. --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 12:36, 13 July 2013 (UTC)

Baird's Trogon[edit]

Check out this dif to show what happened; it appears to have happened thanks to VisualEditor, which I don't know anything about. (It's new; I never used it before, so I don't know what it's capable of. I should probably play around with it a bit.)

As for why the link is showing as "[1]", that's just because you didn't title it. The simplest way of formatting it would be thus: [ Species fact sheet] from or however you'd like to title it. (There are more formal and more complicated ways to title links, but this is the way I prefer to do it, honestly.) I've done it on the page so you can see how it looks. --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 05:28, 19 July 2013 (UTC)

For some reason, VisualEditor is placing "<nowiki>" tags around anything you're adding in. That's the problem - the "<nowiki>" tag overrides wiki syntax. Just remove it and you should be fine.
For the image: if you want to link to an outside image, I'd suggest not using the "<ref>" tags. Just start a new section titled "External links" and put the image link there, making a link like I showed you to do in the earlier reference. --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 05:46, 19 July 2013 (UTC)
That's odd. I'll have a look in the morning - I'm afraid I have to be off to bed shortly. You might want to mention some of your issues here - the coders might have an idea. At the very least, it would help to let them know what you're running into so they can maybe smooth out some of the bumps. --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 05:54, 19 July 2013 (UTC)

ok thanks for your help... I have written to them. Reefswaggie (talk) 08:54, 19 July 2013 (UTC)

What I have found helps most of all in learning the ins and outs of Wikipedia is just to plunge in and start looking at edits. I learned most of the syntax just by opening up pages, but not editing them; I'd just take a look at the formatting and see what I could learn. It's a great way to become familiar with what can be done.
As for talkpage etiquette, there really aren't any rules - everyone has a different way of doing it, depending on what you feel comfortable with. --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 06:27, 20 July 2013 (UTC)

That worked a treat - I was able to see how articles were referenced and a bit of copying and pasting allowed me to duplicate the format and add references to articles. Reefswaggie (talk) 05:46, 22 July 2013 (UTC)

jellyfish issue[edit]

Ok i deleted the offending section, explained why on the talk page and am waiting with baited breath to see if I get slammed by the other editors for it. will let you know how i go :) Reefswaggie (talk) 09:44, 2 February 2014 (UTC)


I'm afraid I'm not very much help when it comes to IRC, as I've never used it. Sorry.

On the jellyfish venom issue, there are a number of ways you can handle it. If you don't find any supporting information online that doesn't link back here, I think it's safe to remove the information, so long as you identify what you're doing in your edit summary. You can also open a discussion on the article's talkpage. What I'll sometimes do if I run into suspect information in an article is to try and trace it - open the article history, and see who added the information. That usually gives me grounds to decide how I want to proceed.

And thanks - happy new year to you, too! --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 05:54, 2 February 2014 (UTC)

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WikiProject Gastropods[edit]

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Thanks for the warm welcome. I am still finding my way around and learning how to edit (a steep curve!) Reefswaggie (talk) 23:30, 3 February 2014 (UTC)

I've been contributing for almost 10 years and I still encounter every now and then some difficulty. The easiest way around is to watch how others have done it and then copy their method or templates. The most difficult part is the taxonomy and finding the most recent version of it. For sea snails we have WoRMS, an authoritative database (but even then I have to send to them regularly a correction of their data). But there is no such definitive database for land snails. You will have to search for the latest views of the taxonomic experts (if you can get by the paywall). There is still a lot of work to be done in our project. I've done it with pleasure and I hope you'll be able to say the same. Cheers. JoJan (talk) 14:49, 4 February 2014 (UTC)

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