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Interested in creating a page in Age of Intrigue's wiki, but not sure how to go about it? This page will give you the basics of wikifying and show you how!
So, this is your first experience with writing articles in a wiki? Don't worry! It's really not as hard as you may think; those of us who've got experience earned it through that lovely thing called trial and error. The preview function in the editor is lovely for playing around with your page until you get it just the way you want it, and, wiki software saves all versions, both past and present, of a page, so any changes you make are not irreversible. Moreover, there will always be other friendly and helpful users willing to jump in and correct a typo or update information as needed.
So, don't be shy: jump on in and get your hands dirty in the page editor. If you run into a roadblock along the way, there are several others whom you can ask for help. For instance, you can send Fluff a PM on the boards or talk to them in chat (which may be a quicker way of getting your question answered).
Maybe you're something of a scholar when it comes to Restoration theatre or perhaps you fenced in college and could help our players out by sharing your insights. If you don't really have an idea jumping out at you, but would like to get involved on the wiki, you can always help us out by creating a page for something listed on the wanted pages. Once you have an idea for a page, the first thing you should do is search for it (using the search box located in the menu to the left), to see whether or not an article for that subject has already been created. If it has, you will automatically be taken to that page; if it hasn't, you will see the following message:
There is no page titled "such-and-such". You can create this page
Below that may be a list of links turned up by the search that may be relevant to whatever it is you're looking for. Before you create a page, scroll through these to make sure you won't be creating a duplicate of something else. For instance, no page may exist for Alexander Merrywether but one for Alexander Merriweather certainly does. If you're sure you want to create the page, then go ahead and click on the create link which will be in red.
This touches on another point: all links on the wiki pages that are in red indicate a page that has not yet been created. Clicking on these links will take you to the editor so that you can start a page for that item.
The Wiki Editor: Overview
The wiki editor was designed to make creating and editing articles as easy as possible. All you have to do is type (or copy and paste) your text into the box and go from there. The buttons located at the top of the editor space will help you format your page - hovering your mouse over each one will tell you what they do. However, below you will find some helpful formatting codes most often used in writing articles on the site. For a comprehensive list of formatting codes, please refer to How do I edit a page?
You may italicize text by typing two apostrophes on either side of it. Thus:
''italicized text'' will give you italicized text.
You may bold text by typing three apostrophes on either side of it. Thus:
'''bolded text''' will give you bolded text.
Bold and Italicized Text
You may bold and italicize text by typing five apostrophes on either side of it. Thus:
'''''bolded and italicized text''''' will give you bolded and italicized text.
Headers can be created by surrounding the header text with equal (=) signs.
Section headers are denoted by two equal signs like so:
== Section Header ==
and each subheader is denoted by adding an extra equal sign to both sides of the text each time the header becomes more nested. So,
==== Smaller Subsection ==== is nested beneath === Subheader === which in turn, is nested beneath the == Section Header ==.
Linking to Another Wiki Page
You can link to another page on this wiki by enclosing the link text within two pairs of square brackets. Thus:
[[Main Page]] will link you to the Main Page.
If the wiki page already exists, the link will show up in blue (or purple if you've already viewed it). Otherwise, it will show up in red and clicking on it will take you directly to the editor to create the page.
A piped link refers to links to other wiki pages that don't use the page's actual title. In order to code a piped link, you should type two pairs of square brackets around the link text, a pipe character (|) separating the article title from the text you want to display as the link. For instance:
[[Main Page|Home]] will give you Home.
These are the easiest to do. You can either just type the URL directly into the editor, or, give it a title by typing one pair of square brackets around the link text like so:
[http://www.ageofintrigue.com/board Boards] will give you Boards. Note the nifty little symbol after the link? That tells you that clicking on it will navigate you away from the wiki site.
Often, you don't need to do more advanced types of formatting than what has been covered above. For instance, the wiki software automatically creates the table of contents for your page when you hit the "save" button. However, if you're interested in really snazzing up your page, you can find a comprehensive list of formatting codes at How do I edit a page?
Saving and Publishing
Once you've finished writing up the information for your page and you've got it formatted to your liking, all you have to do is click on the "Save Changes" button beneath the editor, and voilà! Your page has been saved and will now be visible to other users. Congratulations on creating your first page!