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The way that [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki wikis] work can seem awkward at first, perhaps a little bit restrictive. However, these small restrictions on how you add content to the wiki mean that as the wiki grows, all its content remains tidy and useful. If you're wondering what a fully grown wiki looks like, look no further than [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia Wikipedia], the most popular and famous wiki.  
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The way that [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki wikis] work can seem awkward at first, perhaps a little bit restrictive. However, these small restrictions on how you are able to add content to the wiki mean that as the wiki grows, all its content remains tidy and useful. If you're wondering what a fully grown wiki looks like, look no further than [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia Wikipedia], the most popular and famous wiki.  
  
The [[Main Page|#3CityLink]] wiki is built in exactly the same way as [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia Wikipedia] (using the [https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki Mediawiki] software). This is becuase - like Wikipedia on a smaller scale - the [[Main Page|#3CityLink]] wiki is an attempt to document a mass of knowledge, which is distributed between a large community of people: everyone who participated in [[Main Page|#3CityLink]].
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The [[Main Page|#3CityLink]] wiki is built in exactly the same way as Wikipedia (using the [https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki Mediawiki] software). This is becuase - like Wikipedia on a smaller scale - the [[Main Page|#3CityLink]] wiki is an attempt to document a mass of knowledge, which is distributed between a large community of people: [[Portal:People|everyone]] who participated in [[Main Page|#3CityLink]].
  
  
This article gives a rundown of the basic things you might need to know when contributing to this wiki.  
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This article gives a rundown of the basic things that you might need to know when contributing to this wiki.  
  
 
For ''loads'' more information to help you, visit the [https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki Mediawiki wiki].
 
For ''loads'' more information to help you, visit the [https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki Mediawiki wiki].
  
 
== Creating an article ==
 
== Creating an article ==
A wiki is made up of articles. An article is simply a single entry in the wiki database, it displays as an individual page. For example, you are reading the article titled "Help". To create a new article on this wiki:
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A wiki is made up of articles. An article is simply a single entry in the wiki database, it displays as an individual page. For example, you are currently reading the article titled "Help". To create a new article on this wiki:
  
 
'''1. Type the thing you are looking to create an article about into the search bar, top right.'''  
 
'''1. Type the thing you are looking to create an article about into the search bar, top right.'''  
  
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If an article already exists on the wiki which is about the same thing, or relates to it, then take a look and if you can add to it or improve it, do that! Doing things this way makes sure that content isn't duplicated on the wiki.  
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If an article already exists on the wiki which is about the same thing, or relates to it, then take a look and if you can add to or improve it, do that! Doing things this way makes sure that content isn't duplicated on the wiki.  
  
  
'''2. If there isn't yet an article about your topic, just click red link which will be automatically presented in the search results. This will take you straight to the text editor so you can create your article.'''
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'''2. If there isn't yet an article about your topic, just click the red link which will be automatically presented in the search results. This will take you straight to the text editor so you can create your article.'''
  
 
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== Editing an article ==
 
== Editing an article ==
  
Any article* on this wiki can be edited, by anyone. This is the most important aspect of how wikis work. This is how the knowledge which is distributed amongst a large group of people can be translated into a meaningful single document.  
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Any article* on this wiki can be edited, by anyone. This is the most important aspect of how wikis work. This is how knowledge which is distributed amongst a large group of people can be translated into a meaningful single document.  
  
 
<nowiki>*</nowiki>apart from the main page.
 
<nowiki>*</nowiki>apart from the main page.
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'''1. Click the "edit" button at the top right of any article.'''
 
'''1. Click the "edit" button at the top right of any article.'''
  
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'''3. When you're finished making your changes, click the "Save page" button at the bottom of the text-editing box to commit your edit.'''
 
'''3. When you're finished making your changes, click the "Save page" button at the bottom of the text-editing box to commit your edit.'''
  
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== Adding images ==
  
=== Adding images to an article===
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You can add images to articles by using an external image hosting service. I recomend [http://postimage.org/ postimage.org], it's free, very simple to use and allows you to resize images very easliy.
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'''1. When editing an article, open a new tab in your web browser. Visit [http://postimage.org/ postimage.org].'''
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'''2. Select the image you want to use by clicking the "Browse" button. '''
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'''3. Resize your image by selecting the "''640x480 (for message boards)''" option from the drop-down menu and then click "Upload it!". (This is generally a good size for our purpose.)'''
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'''4. Once the image has uploaded, scroll down underneath the preview and copy the "''Direct link''".'''
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'''5. Return to editing the article and paste the image link straight into the text, wherever you would like the image to appear. Thats it!'''
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