What is TalossaWiki?
"Wiki" is a Hawaiian word meaning "quick;" a wiki is a website that's designed to allow its users to quickly, easily, and collaboratively edit its contents. The most famous wiki is Wikipedia, and you can read more about wikis there.
TalossaWiki runs on free Mediawiki software from the Wikimedia Foundation, but it is administered as a project of the Ministry of Stuff of the Kingdom of Talossa. TalossaWiki is designed to be a continually improving source of information about Talossa, written by Talossans for themselves and for the curious.
It's very easy to edit the contents of a wiki. It only takes a few clicks.
- Click the "Edit" page tab at the top of the page.
- Make changes to the text.
- Click the "Save page" button.
Simple as that!
Editing rules, editing conventions, and formatting
The number one rule of wiki editing is to be bold. Dive in and make changes. Other people can correct mistakes later, so have confidence, and give it a try! There are all kinds of editing conventions, rules, and philosophies for the editing of wiki pages, but the "be bold" rule overrides these!
An edit can contribute whole new paragraphs or pages of information, or it can be as simple as fixing a typo or a spelling mistake. In general, try to add or edit text so that it is clear and concise. Most importantly, make sure you are always aiming to do something which improves the contents of the wiki.
When you need to use some type of formatting, such as for a new headings or bolding of text, you do this using wiki syntax or the buttons in the edit toolbar above. See Help:Formatting for some of the common types of formatting used.
Before you save a change, you can enter a short note in the Summary: box describing your changes. Don't worry too much about this, or spend too much time thinking about it, but try to give a little description of what you just changed e.g. "fixed typo" or "added more information about sunflowers".
The summary gets stored alongside your edit, and allows people to track changes in the wiki more effectively.
It's a good idea to use the "Show preview" button to see what your change will look like, before you save it. This is also related to tracking changes because every time you save, this is displayed to others as a separate change. This isn't something to worry about too much, but it's good to get into the habit of eliminating mistakes in your own work, by using a preview before saving, rather than saving several minor corrections afterwards.
Another option is the "Show changes" button which allows you to see the differences between the current version and your edited version.
Other types of editing
With wiki edits you can start a new page, move (or rename) a page, or even delete a page:
Remember you should always aim to improve the overall contents of the wiki with your edits.
Every article has its own “talk page” where you can ask questions, make suggestions, or discuss corrections. See Help:Talk pages