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=== Before Creating an Article  ===
 
=== Before Creating an Article  ===
  
Before you create, edit, or add to your first article, you will need to:  
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Before you create, edit, or add to your first article, you will need to:  
  
'''1.  Register with the Wiki.'''  To learn how to do this, read the instructions given in the [[Help:How to Register with the Wiki|How to Register with the Wiki]] article. Or use the search box and search for the article: ''How to Register with the Wiki.''  
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'''1. Register with the Wiki.''' To learn how to do this, read the instructions given in the [[Help:How to Register with the Wiki|How to Register with the Wiki]] article. Or use the search box and search for the article: ''How to Register with the Wiki.''  
  
'''2. Understand Wiki Publishing Policies.''' The articles you create or edit will be viewed by millions of people around the world. You are responsible for your work. Therefore, it is important that you understand the Wiki's policies on copyrights and privacy. Click on the following links and become familiar with these policies before you create, edit, or add to any Wiki article.  
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'''2. Understand Wiki Publishing Policies.''' The articles you create or edit will be viewed by millions of people around the world. You are responsible for your work. Therefore, it is important that you understand the Wiki's policies on copyrights and privacy. Click on the following links and become familiar with these policies before you create, edit, or add to any Wiki article.  
  
*[http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/ Copyright Policies]  
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Copyrights|Copyrights]]  
 
*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Purpose and Appropriate Topics|Purpose and Appropriate Topics]]  
 
*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Purpose and Appropriate Topics|Purpose and Appropriate Topics]]  
*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Conditions of Use|Conditions of Use]]<br>
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Conditions of Use|Conditions of Use]]  
*[[Help:Naming conventions|Naming Conventions]]  
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Manual of Style|Manual of Style]]
*[[Help:The Editing Tool (FCK Editor)|The Editing Tool]]
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*[[Help:Naming conventions|Naming Conventions]]
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'''3. Sign in to FamilySearch Wiki. '''Enter your user name and password in the fields in the blue bar in the upper right corner of the page.
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'''4. Select a title for a new article carefully.''' See the [[#Tips|Tips Section]] at the bottom of this page.
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'''5. Search to see if there is an article similar to the one you want to create.''' Someone may have already created it. Adding to an existing article is easier than creating a whole new article. Duplicating an already existing article wastes your time and causes confusion for others.
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*To search for a similar article, type your '''''proposed title''''' in the Search box and click the '''Search''' button. A list of Wiki articles will appear.
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*If the search did not find your proposed title, it will appear on the first item in red. This means the article does not yet exist. Do not click on that item in red at this time. First check out all articles similar to the one you propose, to see if they are better suited to add the content you envision.
  
 
=== Follow These Steps to Create an Article  ===
 
=== Follow These Steps to Create an Article  ===
  
Watch a [https://help.familysearch.org/kb/tutorials/en/fsdemos/FS_index.html?v=https://help.familysearch.org/kb/tutorials/en/fsdemos/Wiki-Create video demonstration] of how to create an article.  
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'''1. To Create a New Article. ''' Do the search again, but this time click on the item with the red title. A blank editing box with an editing toolbar will appear.
 
 
Each time you create, edit or add to your article you will need to:
 
  
'''1. Sign in to FamilySearch Wiki. '''Enter your user name and password in the fields in the blue bar in the upper right corner of the page. Or, sign in by [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/extensions/FSAuthPlugin/FSOAuthPlugin.php?action=signin clicking here].  
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*Add text to this article and save it, then the article will be created. Creating an article and added text to an existing article are very similar.
  
'''2. Search to see if there is&nbsp;an article similar to the one you want to create.''' Someone may have already created an article similar to the one you want to create. It&nbsp;may be easier for you to edit or add to the existing&nbsp;article instead of creating a new article. To&nbsp;search for a similar article, type your '''''proposed title''''' in the Search box and click the '''Search''' button.&nbsp; A list of Wiki articles will appear.&nbsp; If there are similar articles, click on the titles to read them.  
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'''2. To Edit the Article. ''' Begin typing new text or pasting text you copied from somewhere else. You can use the edit toolbar for basic formatting and linking. To learn how to do more complex formatting, see the [[#Tips|Tips Section]] below.
  
:*If you find one you wish to add to or edit, go to '''Step&nbsp;3'''.
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*Graphics may be included in your article but they will have to be checked for appropriateness and approved by a WIKI administrator. ([[Request authorization to upload a document or image|Click here to learn how to submit images.]])
:*If there are no similar articles, go to '''Step 4'''.
 
  
'''3.&nbsp;&nbsp;To Edit or Add to&nbsp;an Existing Article. '''While viewing an aritcle you want to add to or edit, click on the '''Edit''' link at the top of the article.&nbsp;&nbsp; An editing window and tool bar will appear.&nbsp; Begin typing new text or editing existing text. You can use the edit toolbar for basic&nbsp;formatting and linking.&nbsp;To learn how to do more complex formatting,&nbsp;see the [[#Tips|Tips Section]] below.&nbsp;
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'''NOTE:''' To make your page better,[[Create an internal link| link your article]] to other pages in the Wiki. Make absolutely sure that you create a back-link to a more general article. For example, if you create a city page, make sure there is a link to both the county and the state. Failing to create a link back results in orphan pages in the Wiki.
  
'''4. To Create a&nbsp;New&nbsp;Article. '''If you didn't find an article on this topic, at the top of the search results screen, the title you searched for will be shown in red. This will be the name of your new article. Select your title carefully. See "Guidelines for Naming a New Article" in the [[#Tips|Tips Section]] at the bottom of this page. Click on the red title and a blank editing box with an editing toolbar will appear.&nbsp;
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*Enter the text of your article in the editing box.
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'''3. To Save Your Work.''' When you finish your article, scroll to the bottom of the page and add a edit summary of what you did. Make it brief, less than one sentence. Then click the '''Save page''' button.  
*You can use the edit toolbar for basic formatting and linking.&nbsp;For more&nbsp;complex formatting, see the [[#Tips|Tips Section]] below.
 
*You can import text from other sources.&nbsp;See the [[#Tips|Tips Section]] below.
 
*Graphics may be included in your article but they will have to be checked for appropriateness and approved by a WIKI administrator. ([[Request authorization to upload a document or image|Click here to learn how to submit images.]])<br>
 
*Information about the wiki editing tool is detailed in [[Help:The Editing Tool (FCK Editor)|The Editing Tool]] article.&nbsp;
 
  
'''5.&nbsp; Save Your Work and Final Article.&nbsp;'''&nbsp;When you finish your article, scroll to the bottom of the page and click the '''Save page''' button.  
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*We suggest you save often (a minimum of every five minutes). Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the '''Save page''' button. '''''Warning: If you navigate away from your article without saving it, your work will be lost.'' '''
  
*We suggest you save often (a minimum of every five minutes). Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the '''Save page''' button. '''''Warning: If you navigate away from your article without saving it, your work will be lost.'' '''After saving the article, you will have to click the '''Edit''' link at the top of the article to add or edit more material.
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*After saving the article, if you want to add or make changes to it, then just click '''Edit''' again.
*If you want to change an article after it is saved, click '''Edit'''.
 
  
 
=== Tips  ===
 
=== Tips  ===
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*Understanding the [[Help:Navigation|Navigation Bar]] to the right of the page.
 
*You can import text from other sources. See [[Help:How to Convert a Microsoft Office Document into Wiki Format|How to Convert a Microsoft Office Document into Wiki Format]]  
 
*You can import text from other sources. See [[Help:How to Convert a Microsoft Office Document into Wiki Format|How to Convert a Microsoft Office Document into Wiki Format]]  
 
*You can add an internal link to a page within the Wiki. See [[Create an internal link|Basic internal linking]].  
 
*You can add an internal link to a page within the Wiki. See [[Create an internal link|Basic internal linking]].  
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*Read instructions on how to [[Copying and Pasting into a Wiki Page|copy and paste]] in the Wiki.  
 
*Read instructions on how to [[Copying and Pasting into a Wiki Page|copy and paste]] in the Wiki.  
 
*Copyrighted material should not be posted without permission.
 
*Copyrighted material should not be posted without permission.
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Talk page guidelines|Talk page guidelines]]
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*[[Help:Questions|Community Center]] to answer questions, request individual training, or report problems.
  
 
=== FAQs  ===
 
=== FAQs  ===
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*Why does my sign in session go away when I edit?
 
*Why does my sign in session go away when I edit?
  
You need to save your edited content every few minutes to keep your edit session alive. However, if you've signed in, navigated to your User page and immediately lose the edit links on the left, most likely you're looking at a version of the page that the Web browser has cached on your machine. Just click the "refresh" icon in your browser while holding down your shift key and chances are, you'll see the edit links appear.  
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You need to save your edited content every few minutes to keep your edit session alive. However, if you've signed in, navigated to your User page and immediately close the edit links on the left, most likely you're looking at a version of the page that the Web browser has cached on your machine. Just click the "refresh" icon in your browser while holding down your shift key and chances are, you'll see the edit links appear.  
  
 
*Why aren't the changes I made showing up?
 
*Why aren't the changes I made showing up?
  
There are a couple possibilities. Perhaps you only "previewed" your changes and did not actually save them. Another reason could be that your page was cached by your browser, so you are seeing an old version. If you want to be sure that you're seeing the most recent version of a wiki page, go to "preferences", select "miscellaneous", then select "disable page caching" and click '''Save preferences'''.  
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There are a couple possibilities. Perhaps you only "previewed" your changes and did not actually save them. Another reason could be that your page was cached by your browser, so you are seeing an old version.  
  
 
*Can you set the session timeout longer? I lost my edits.
 
*Can you set the session timeout longer? I lost my edits.
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Before Creating an Article

Before you create, edit, or add to your first article, you will need to:

1. Register with the Wiki. To learn how to do this, read the instructions given in the How to Register with the Wiki article. Or use the search box and search for the article: How to Register with the Wiki.

2. Understand Wiki Publishing Policies. The articles you create or edit will be viewed by millions of people around the world. You are responsible for your work. Therefore, it is important that you understand the Wiki's policies on copyrights and privacy. Click on the following links and become familiar with these policies before you create, edit, or add to any Wiki article.

3. Sign in to FamilySearch Wiki. Enter your user name and password in the fields in the blue bar in the upper right corner of the page.

4. Select a title for a new article carefully. See the Tips Section at the bottom of this page.

5. Search to see if there is an article similar to the one you want to create. Someone may have already created it. Adding to an existing article is easier than creating a whole new article. Duplicating an already existing article wastes your time and causes confusion for others.

  • To search for a similar article, type your proposed title in the Search box and click the Search button. A list of Wiki articles will appear.
  • If the search did not find your proposed title, it will appear on the first item in red. This means the article does not yet exist. Do not click on that item in red at this time. First check out all articles similar to the one you propose, to see if they are better suited to add the content you envision.

Follow These Steps to Create an Article

1. To Create a New Article. Do the search again, but this time click on the item with the red title. A blank editing box with an editing toolbar will appear.

  • Add text to this article and save it, then the article will be created. Creating an article and added text to an existing article are very similar.

2. To Edit the Article. Begin typing new text or pasting text you copied from somewhere else. You can use the edit toolbar for basic formatting and linking. To learn how to do more complex formatting, see the Tips Section below.

NOTE: To make your page better, link your article to other pages in the Wiki. Make absolutely sure that you create a back-link to a more general article. For example, if you create a city page, make sure there is a link to both the county and the state. Failing to create a link back results in orphan pages in the Wiki.


3. To Save Your Work. When you finish your article, scroll to the bottom of the page and add a edit summary of what you did. Make it brief, less than one sentence. Then click the Save page button.

  • We suggest you save often (a minimum of every five minutes). Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Save page button. Warning: If you navigate away from your article without saving it, your work will be lost.
  • After saving the article, if you want to add or make changes to it, then just click Edit again.

Tips

Help-content.png Questions?
Visit the Get Help to receive help with contributing to the Wiki.


FAQs

  • Why does my sign in session go away when I edit?

You need to save your edited content every few minutes to keep your edit session alive. However, if you've signed in, navigated to your User page and immediately close the edit links on the left, most likely you're looking at a version of the page that the Web browser has cached on your machine. Just click the "refresh" icon in your browser while holding down your shift key and chances are, you'll see the edit links appear.

  • Why aren't the changes I made showing up?

There are a couple possibilities. Perhaps you only "previewed" your changes and did not actually save them. Another reason could be that your page was cached by your browser, so you are seeing an old version.

  • Can you set the session timeout longer? I lost my edits.

The session timeout is set for the PHP server, not for MediaWiki specifically. Session timeout is intended to help prevent other people from walking up to your computer and editing things with your Username when you've stepped away. Most PHP session lengths are 24 minutes by default. Therefore, it's a good idea to save your edits, say, every 10 minutes.