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== Wiki Editing is as Easy as 1-2-3! ==
 
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=== General Editing Basics ===
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'''All registered users of FamilySearch Wiki are invited to edit or add to Wiki articles.'''  
 
'''All registered users of FamilySearch Wiki are invited to edit or add to Wiki articles.'''  
  
Watch a [https://help.familysearch.org/kb/tutorials/en/fsdemos/FS_index.html?v=https://help.familysearch.org/kb/tutorials/en/fsdemos/Wiki-Edit video demonstration] of how to do basic editing.
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Watch a [https://help.familysearch.org/kb/tutorials/en/fsdemos/FS_index.html?v=https://help.familysearch.org/kb/tutorials/en/fsdemos/Wiki-Edit video demonstration] of how to do basic editing.
 
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There&nbsp;are a few things you should know about editing:
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*You must be signed-in to edit. If you haven't previously registered, [[FamilySearch Wiki:Registration Demo|click here]] to register.
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*To edit a page in the Wiki, you must click on the '''Edit This Page''' button on the top right of the page. You may also edit only one section of a page by clicking on the '''Edit''' button to the top right of the section heading.
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*You may [[Share your knowledge by adding to the Wiki|add to or edit a page]] in the Wiki. You may also [[Help:Copying and Pasting into a Wiki Page|copy and paste into a Wiki page]].
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*You must click the '''Save page''' button at the bottom of the editing page to save your work.<br>
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*You may sometimes encounter "disgruntled" or even "mean" people on the Wiki. Please read the Wiki [[FamilySearch Wiki:Policies|policies]] and [[FamilySearch Wiki:Guiding Principles|guiding principles]] to learn how to deal with such situations or receive help in the [http://forums.familysearch.org/en/forumdisplay.php?f=56 FamilySearch Wiki Forums].
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=== Editing rules, editing conventions, and formatting  ===
 
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In general try to write clearly and concisely and make sure you are always aiming to do something which improves the wiki contents. An edit might be to contribute whole paragraphs or pages full of information, or it could be as simple as fixing a typo or spelling mistake.  
 
In general try to write clearly and concisely and make sure you are always aiming to do something which improves the wiki contents. An edit might be to contribute whole paragraphs or pages full of information, or it could be as simple as fixing a typo or spelling mistake.  
  
When you need to use some type of formatting e.g. new headings or bold text, you do this using wiki syntax. See [[Help:Formatting]] for some of the common types of formatting used.  
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It is recommended that you first practice by making small edits, like correcting misspellings or adding a word. Then move on to making larger edits. You might then decide to  [[Create a page not linked from an existing page| create your own article]].
  
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You may sometimes encounter "disgruntled" or even "mean" people on the Wiki. If you do, please read the Wiki [[FamilySearch Wiki:Policies|policies]] and [[FamilySearch Wiki:Guiding Principles|guiding principles]] to learn how to deal with such situations.
  
=== Before you edit an article  ===
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=== Before you edit your first article  ===
  
Before you edit your first article, you should:  
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*[[Help:How to Register with the Wiki|Register with the Wiki]]  If you haven't previously registered, [[FamilySearch Wiki:Registration Demo|click here]] to register.
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Guiding Principles|Review Wiki guiding principles]]
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Policies|Understand Wiki publishing policies]]
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*Sign in to the FamilySearch website.
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*Go to the article you want to edit.
  
#[[Help:How to Register with the Wiki|Register with the Wiki]]
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== Editing ==
#[[FamilySearch Wiki:Guiding Principles|Review Wiki guiding principles]]
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#[[FamilySearch Wiki:Policies|Understand Wiki publishing policies]]
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=== Steps in Editing an Article  ===
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1. Click '''Edit This Page''' at the top right to edit that page. Or click the '''Edit Icon''' to the right of the section heading to edit that section. After clicking, the editing box will open.
  
1. Sign in to the FamilySearch website. If you haven't previously registered, [[FamilySearch Wiki:Registration Demo|click here]] to register.
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2. Search for the article you want to edit. In the search box, type the name or title of the article you want to edit. Press the '''Search''' button. Otherwise, [[Create a page not linked from an existing page|learn how to create a new article]].  
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2. Click in the editing box, where you want to make a change. Adding text in this wiki is just like any word processor, such as Word or Open Office. Deleting text is the same also. Most all the techniques you learned about using the mouse or the arrow keys also applies.
  
3. After clicking the '''Search''' button, you will see the search results page. Find the article you want to edit and click on the title to open the article.
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*For some common operations with the editor, see [[Help:The Editing Tool (FCK Editor)|Using the FCK Editor]].
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*You might see wording with marks other than strictly text. If you look closely they usually come in pairs, one before a word or phrase and a similar one after. This pairing of marks around that word or phrase sets it off for something special, such as making it bold or making it a link to somewhere else. You can edit all this as well, if you want. See [[Help:Formatting|Common types of formatting used]].
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*For more information on contributing to the FamilySearch Research Wiki, please visit the [[Help:Contributor Help|Edit and Contribute Page]]
  
4. Click '''Edit''' in the navigation bar page options,&nbsp;'''Edit This Page''' at the top of the page, or the'''Edit Icon''' out to the side of the heading. &nbsp;After clicking,&nbsp;the editing box will open.
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=== Preview  ===
  
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3. It's a good idea to use the “'''{{int:showpreview}}'''” button to see what your change will look like. This gives you a chance to catch your mistakes or to see other changes than need to be made.
  
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5. In the editing box, begin typing new text or editing existing text in the article. You may use the toolbar at the top of the editing window to format text, [[Create an internal link|insert links to other pages]], [[Create an external link|insert links to other websites]], and [[Help:Tables|add tables]]. For more details about how you can edit, [[Help:FCK Editor|learn more about the editing toolbar.]] You may also [[Help:Submitting images for approval|insert images or files into an article]].
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6. While editing, use the '''Show Preview''' button frequently. This allows you to review the edits and changes you've made and prevents your wiki <u>''session''</u> from timing out after twenty minutes of no activity. If your session times out, you will lose all the work you've done.
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We recommend you '''Save''' your work periodically, especially before you start reading reference material, after you enter a paragraph, or in stages while working on a time intensive task such as creating a table or list.
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7. After making any changes, be sure to <u>''summarize''</u> your changes in the '''Summary''' field below the editor window, and then <u>''save''</u> your work.
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To save, scroll to the bottom of the page and click the '''Save page''' button. ''WARNING: If you navigate away from your article without saving, your work will be lost. This includes clicking on links in the preview mode, and clicking the '''back''' button on your browser after saving. Remember, after saving the page, you may click the '''Edit''' link again to add or edit more material.''
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=== Edit Summary  ===
 
=== Edit Summary  ===
  
Before you save a change, you can enter a short note in the '''{{int: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''".  
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4. Before you save a change, you should enter a short note in the '''{{int:summary}}''' box describing your changes. No need to write down every detail, just try to give a simple little description of the changes you made e.g. "''fixed typo''" or "''added more information about sunflowers''". This summary gets stored alongside your edit, and allows others to [[Help:Tracking changes|track changes]] in the wiki more effectively.  
 
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The summary gets stored alongside your edit, and allows people to [[Help:Tracking changes|track changes]] in the wiki more effectively.  
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=== Preview  ===
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It's a good idea to use the “'''{{int:showpreview}}'''” button to see what your change will look like, before you save it. This is also related to [[Help:Tracking changes|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. &nbsp;Be sure to click on the '''Save''' button at the bottom of the page after you preview or you will lose your edits.
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=== Save  ===
  
Be sure to save all of your edits by clicking on the '''Save''' button under the bottom left hand corner of the edit box. &nbsp;If you are doing extensive editing, it is a good idea to save your work periodically so you don't risk losing it. &nbsp;Remember, previewing your changes does not save them, you must still click on the '''Save''' button.  
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5. It is recommend you '''Save''' your work periodically, especially if working on a time intensive task. After twenty minutes of no activity, you will '''lose all the work''' you've done. So scroll to the bottom of the page and click the '''Save page''' button.  
  
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=== Things you can do while editing articles  ===
 
  
*You can [[Help:How to Convert a Microsoft Office Document into Wiki Format|import text from other sources]]
 
*You can [[Help:Adding Links|add an internal link to a page within the Wiki]]
 
*You can [[Help:Adding Links|add an external link to a page at another Web site]]
 
*You can [[Help:Adding Links|create a new page linked from an existing page]]
 
*You can [[Copying and Pasting into a Wiki Page|copy and paste]] text into the Wiki
 
*You can [[Insert an uploaded image in an article|insert images into articles]] after [[Help:Submitting images for approval|images are approved]]
 
*You can [[Help:Tables|add tables to pages]]
 
*You can [[Help:How to add citations|add citations to pages]]
 
  
For more information on contributing to the FamilySearch Research Wiki, please visit the [[Help:Contributor Help|Edit and Contribute Page]]<br>
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=== Wiki Editing is as Easy as 1-2-3! ===
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Congratulations! You have just edited a Wiki page!
  
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#Before you can edit, you must first sign in. If you haven't previously registered, [[FamilySearch Wiki:Registration Demo|click here]] to register.
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#To see how this works, edit your own User Page. Access your User Page on the Navigation&nbsp;bar by scrolling down and clicking on your '''Username''' under "Personal tools."
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#When your User Page is displayed, click '''Edit '''near the top of the side bar. This will open the Rich Text Editor window. It will have the toolbar pictured above along&nbsp;the&nbsp;top of the editing window.
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#Select the '''Heading 2&nbsp;'''font&nbsp;in&nbsp;the "Format" drop down menu on the left side of the toolbar.
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#Type a heading title for the first section of your User Page, such as "John Doe's User Page" and press your Enter key. The "Format" will automatically change to the "default" format of '''Normal'''.<br>
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Congratulations! You have just created your first Wiki page!<br>
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Latest revision as of 23:00, 21 April 2015

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Contents

Wiki Editing is as Easy as 1-2-3!

All registered users of FamilySearch Wiki are invited to edit or add to Wiki articles.

Watch a video demonstration of how to do basic editing.

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 can be all kinds of editing conventions, rules, and philosophy governing the editing of wiki pages, but the "be bold" rule overrides these!

In general try to write clearly and concisely and make sure you are always aiming to do something which improves the wiki contents. An edit might be to contribute whole paragraphs or pages full of information, or it could be as simple as fixing a typo or spelling mistake.

It is recommended that you first practice by making small edits, like correcting misspellings or adding a word. Then move on to making larger edits. You might then decide to create your own article.

You may sometimes encounter "disgruntled" or even "mean" people on the Wiki. If you do, please read the Wiki policies and guiding principles to learn how to deal with such situations.

Before you edit your first article

Editing

1. Click Edit This Page at the top right to edit that page. Or click the Edit Icon to the right of the section heading to edit that section. After clicking, the editing box will open.

Edit 1.png

2. Click in the editing box, where you want to make a change. Adding text in this wiki is just like any word processor, such as Word or Open Office. Deleting text is the same also. Most all the techniques you learned about using the mouse or the arrow keys also applies.

  • For some common operations with the editor, see Using the FCK Editor.
  • You might see wording with marks other than strictly text. If you look closely they usually come in pairs, one before a word or phrase and a similar one after. This pairing of marks around that word or phrase sets it off for something special, such as making it bold or making it a link to somewhere else. You can edit all this as well, if you want. See Common types of formatting used.
  • For more information on contributing to the FamilySearch Research Wiki, please visit the Edit and Contribute Page

Preview

3. It's a good idea to use the “Show preview” button to see what your change will look like. This gives you a chance to catch your mistakes or to see other changes than need to be made.

Preview.png

Edit Summary

4. Before you save a change, you should enter a short note in the Summary: box describing your changes. No need to write down every detail, just try to give a simple little description of the changes you made e.g. "fixed typo" or "added more information about sunflowers". This summary gets stored alongside your edit, and allows others to track changes in the wiki more effectively.

Summary.png

Save

5. It is recommend you Save your work periodically, especially if working on a time intensive task. After twenty minutes of no activity, you will lose all the work you've done. So scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Save page button.


Summary.png

Congratulations! You have just edited a Wiki page!



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