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My Shortcuts[edit]

ToDo [edit]

Welcome Wagon[edit]

MUST READ: Links for newcomers:

  1. Sign Your Posts on talk & discussion pages using four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically produce your name and the date; three tildes will produce your name only; five just the date.
  2. Questions? ==> check out Where to ask a question, Village pump, or ask on someone's talk page XXXX
  3. Write to the target audience: A related question, is who should the pages be written for? Most writers are in college or past college. However, there is evidence that most readers are high-school students, or others not too familar with a topic. (Else, why would they be looking it up in an encyclopedia?) What is obvious or of minor relevance to a CS student or grad, may be very unclear or important to a high-school student, someone who is thinking of returning to college, or just someone looking for information (but not a learned treatise). Of course, Wikipedia has yet to define its target audience very well.
[Hint: If, for some reason, you are unable to fix a problem yourself, feel free to ask someone else to do it or show you how. (Check out the Welcoming committee). Wikipedia has a vibrant community of contributors, including many who are specially qualified, who have a wide range of skills and specialties, and many of them would be glad to help. As well as the wiki community pages there are IRC Channels, where you are also more than welcome to ask for assistance.]

Really, Really Important things[edit]

Spelling/Grammar checking[edit]

Whenever doing anything but minor editing, copy and paste to a word-processor with real time spelling/grammar checking!

(or use a tool-bar with a built-in spellcheck such as Google Toolbar.)

Information & Resources for Contributors & Editors[edit]

Not an exhaustive list, just some of the main features of Wikimedia.

More Style Stuff:[edit]

See also[edit]

Other Links:[edit]

Map of Wikipedia Informational Documents:[edit]

Map of Wikipedia Informational Documents.    Click here to see a readable exploded map.

User herostratus userpage graphic out of control.jpg


  • Write first for the Educated Layperson (that's hard... But I would suggest using the "New Scientist" as a style example).
    • ...then try to do it better and write for the beginner (that's harder)
  • If an educated layperson can't figure it out by following the wikilinks, then it's too hard.
    • Yes, we're experts (more or less) but we're writing for a general audience. We could write a clever, concise, deep sentence to explain something...but it's useless if it isn't easy to understand.
  • Eschew argot, jargon, technicality and cant.


How Users Read on the Web

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Indenting by one space causes this box to form and suppresses certain codes.


To insert an image into an article, edit the article and insert

[[Image:FILENAME.jpg| -- | -- | -- |Caption]]

For example, [[Image:Wiki Fairy.gif|thumb|right|160px|[[Wikipedia:WikiFairy|A Wiki fairy in the wild.]]]] Gives you the image on the right, where the caption is a wiki-link.

To have an image deleted, edit its description page and put
{{deletebecause|redundant to image FOO.jpg}} (but of course you would insert the name of the FOO.jpg image. Everything to the right of the | is comment. )



To go (back) to a Redirect Page itself (e.g., to change or delete the redirect), use the link in the (Redirected from Redirect Page) line, which appears at the top of the target page, just below the line 'From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.' (For this line to appear, you must first Go to the Redirect Page.)

Box Formats[edit]

Date rank - name main space
last 30 days
rank change
Month 27, 200x 000 UserName 0000 000 ↑ 000

Formatting ISBN[edit]

  • simply typing ISBN 3-540-60521-5 produces the special reference display ISBN 3-540-60521-5

$$$ Barnstar:[edit]

Be generous in your Barnstar awards.

Image:$$$ barnstar.png|Identify Barnstar Congratulations!!! I hereby award a $$$ Barnstar to SomeEditor for Some Reason beyond the call of duty!

UserName ~date~ (UTC)

Test Templates:[edit]

'Test' Templates for newcomers' greetings and vandals' 'greetings.'

HTML Colors:[edit]

HTML Colors for use in color=color Wikipedia (named color) codes, e.g., in place of the color=#FEDCBA98 (hexidecimal color) codes.

Personal Detritus[edit]