Creating an article

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If you have access to a wiki you can create an article/page! Here's how.


[edit] General principles

  • Search to see whether someone has written a similar page before you start one yourself. Choose the title carefully.
  • Review conventions of the project you are working in regarding e.g.:
  • Naming conventions.
  • Whether a separate page is justified; perhaps it is better to add the text to a related page (especially if the text is not very long); that page can always be split later, after it has grown.

[edit] Three Methods For Starting a Page/Article

[edit] Starting a page from a link

To start a new page, you can click a link to the new page. This takes you to edit mode of the non-existing blank page, which allows creation.

You can create a link to a new page by editing an existing page, adding the text you would like to be the title of the new page/aricle and surrounding that text with two square brackets. Here is an example:

[[new page]]

New page links typically look different from links to existing pages. Depending on settings, a different colour is used. Links to non-existent pages are created with [[New page name]] from the wiki editor. (In this case, the empty page "New page name" would be created).

[edit] Starting a page from a search

Just type a title in the search box on the left, if the page you want to create doesn't exist simply click "Create article", and start writing.

[edit] Starting a page through the URL

Using the web browser address bar to enter a URL to a new page is an easy way to start the new page process. Easier still is editing the pagename part of a URL for an existing page. Using the URL for the new page displays the default 'no article' message. The default page has the usual Edit this page link, which can be used to begin adding content.

[edit] Protecting a page from being created

It is not really possible to protect a page from being created, but one can create a page with a standard text and then protect that page. Note that sometimes a terminology like "This page should not be created." is used even though for the system the page exists.

[edit] Non-existing pages showing info

Category and image pages are partly dynamically generated, and partly editable. A category page contains a list of pages in the category, an image page may contain an image and info from Commons. Thus if the page does not "exist" it may still show info.

The edit page of a "non-existing" category page shows the pages it contains. However, the edit page of the local page of an image on Commons neither shows the image, nor the editable content on Commons, not even in preview, it does not even indicate that viewing the page provides an image and other content from Commons.

A link to a "non-existing" category page is treated as a link to a non-existing page, even if the category is non-empty.

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