Tutorial

This tutorial is designed to help members & potential members of the site get the most out of it.

Finding Information

There are few ways of finding information on the site, you can either;

  1. Use the search window at the top right of the screen.
  2. Use the side menu to the left of the screen
  3. Select a subject from the Tag Cloud
  4. If you are a member of the site you can also type a term into the new page window. (It is located at the bottom of the LHS side menu.) If the page already exists, the screen will grey out and you will get the following error message.
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Don't panic, just click on "Jump to it" and you will be transported to the page you were looking for.
Despite the error message this is my favorite way of finding information. If the page exists you are transported there immediately, and if it doesn't you have the opportunity to create the page you were looking for. If you write a few words about the subject, with a bit of luck someone else will notice the edit and add a bit more information to the page and before you know it the site will have the information you were looking for originally.

Joining the site

You don't have to join the site to use it, but if you want to be able to edit pages you will have to at least sign up to Wikidot, and even if you don't want to edit pages it gives the people who do edit pages some encouragement when a few new members join.

Adding & Editing Information

There is a separate page that explains How to Edit Pages, but there are a couple of common questions you might like answered before you start adding & editing information.

What if I accidentally delete something important?

It is impossible to permanently delete information from the wiki unless you have special administrator permissions. If you click on the history button at the bottom of this page you will see that every version of this page that ever existed is listed there. If you accidentally delete something you shouldn't, it is very easy to go to a previous version and restore it. So edit away.

Exersizes

A tutorial wouldn't be a tutorial unless it included a few exersizes, so here are you're tasks should you choose to accept them

Exersize 1 - Post a comment to the Forum

Posting to the Forum is very easy. Just click on Forum or Recent Posts in side menu and post away.
Check the Recent Posts page to make sure your comments have been registered

Exersize 2 - Edit the test page.

  1. Click here to open the test page.
  2. Click on the edit button at the bottom of the page.
  3. Edit away.

Exersize 3 - Add a link to a page.

Adding a link to a page is also very easy. All you need to do is to put triple square brackets around the name of the page you want to link to (while in edit mode). The code below would create a link to this page for example.

[[[Tutorial]]]

  1. Highlight the above text and hit "Control C" or just remember it!
  2. Go to the Test Page again.
  3. Click on the grey "edit" button at the bottom the page.
  4. Paste the copied text into the page (press "Control V") or type it in if you have just remembered it.
  5. Click the grey "save" button at the bottom of the page.
  6. The link - the word "Tutorial" in blue should appear on the page.
  7. Click on the link and if you have done everything properly you should end back here.
  8. If you like you can go back to the Test Page and delete the link so that the next person to do the tutorial has something to do.

Exersize 4 - Tags.

Tags are a very useful way of finding and listing pages. Most of the lists on this site are produced using tags.
If a page has any tags they will be listed at the bottom left hand side of the page.
This page (unless someone has removed it) has been tagged with the word "tutorial".
If you then click on the large "hide" tag you will go to a list of all the pages with the "hide" tag.
To add or remove a tag from a page click on the grey "tags" at the bottom of the page. A tags window will open up and you can add a tag to or delete a tag from the list.
Try first deleting and then adding the "tutorial" tag to this page.

Exersize 5 - Upload an image

Uploading an image to a page is also quite easy.

  1. Click the grey files button at the bottom of a page.
  2. Click on the "upload new file" link that appears at the bottom of the page.
  3. Click on the "select files" button that appears below that.
  4. Browse and select the files you want to upload from your computer.
  5. Click on the "upload files" button.
  6. When the upload is complete refresh your browser & the new image should appear in the gallery below.
Sorry, no images found attached to this page.

Exersize 6 - Invite a fiend to join the site.

The more people that know about the site and contribute to it, the more useful it becomes.
If you know someone who might be interested in joining the site sending them an invitation simplifies the process.
To invite an acquaintance to join the site, use this form.

Exersize 7 - Create a new page

Users creating pages about subjects they know about, is what makes the site grow, so I'd encourage everyone to create at least one new page.
There are two ways of creating a new page:

  1. By entering the name of a page into the new page window at the bottom of the side menu.
  2. By following a red link, and clicking on "create page".

In both cases the edit window will open up and you can start typing in text.

If you can't think of a subject to create a page about, try clicking on "Site Tools" then "Wanted-Pages" at the bottom of any page for a list of pages that have been linked to, but not yet created.

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