CarpeWiki Help

New to Wiki? New to this wiki and suddenly finding that everything you thought you knew about Wiki editing just went straight out the window? Trust me, we've all been there. Hopefully this page will help!

If you have a question that is not answered here, feel free to ask at the OOC community and we'll answer it to the best of our abilities.

What is a Wiki?

This is a Wiki! Okay, that was unhelpful. A wiki is a handy online database that allows everyone to create and edit their own pages! It's especially useful for things like Online Roleplays because all members of the game can join (for free!) and quickly and easily create reference pages for themselves and all of their characters. This provides everyone with a single location where they can let people know who they play, what those characters have done, and details about the world in which they live.

How do I join?

In the upper right hand corner of the page as you look at the wiki, there should be a link with the option to “create account.” Do that. You must join Wikidot to be able to join a wiki built on Wikidot, but don't worry, it's quick, easy, and harmless (and free!). Then, join the Wiki with the button in on the top of the sidebar to the left of the page, the one that says “Click Here to Join!” You will be prompted to either enter our password, or apply for membership. Immediately after entering the password, or once you've been approved if you applied for membership, you can create and edit pages for yourself and your characters!

How do I make a wiki page?

See that sidebar along the left hand side of the page? A ways down, just above the tag cloud, is a “New Page” field. Enter the name of the page that you want to create and hit enter, and you'll be taken to the edit screen for your new page. From there you can copy and page in one of our convenient templates, linked from the Wiki Start page, and begin entering your information!

Alternately, if you create an internal link on a page and it turns up red, that means that the page does not yet exist. If you click on this link, you'll also be taken to the edit screen for your new page.

What's a template?

A template is a handy tool that allows you to start from a basic blank form designed for whatever type of page you wish to make, with basic coding already laid out for you. There are templates for new Typists, Characters and a variety of Fandom types. Whenever you create a new page, simply click on the "Initial Content" drop-down menu just beneath the title of the page, and chose the template that matches the page that you are trying to create. The appropriate template will be added to the Edit box with all relevant code included, and you can simply add your information under the appropriate headings. This makes the process of creating a page much quicker and more streamlined than starting from scratch, as well as providing consistency across the many Wiki entries. The templates are also available linked from the Start page and under the Template tag, which can be found in the tag cloud on the sidebar if you'd like to have a look at how the pages are put together, or if you need to add a section from the template to a previously existing page.

Do I have to use everything in the template?

It's nice to, so that other players can get all of the information they might need about the typist, character or fandom that they're looking up. It also gives the wiki a nice, unified look. However, if you're making your typist page and you don't have a character for a particular section, no musical characters for example, or no video game characters, feel free to leave that section off! You can always add it back in later if you pick up a new character from a different media type.

What's a tag?

Tags are used to organize the Wiki pages, so that we can all find what we're looking for. Once you've created your shiny new wiki page, look down at the bottom of the page. One of the options there is “Tags.” Clicking on that will open a field where you can enter the tags appropriate to your page. For a list of tags used on the Wiki, see the tag cloud on the sidebar or the table at the bottom of the Start page. Please note that tags on Wikidot do not include spaces! If you add spaces when inputting your tag, each word will show up as its own tag and that just confuses everybody.

How do I make bold, italic, underlined or strikethrough text?

It's very simple! When you edit, there's a handy set of icons across the top of the editing box, just below the Title please. Click on them and it will provide the appropriate coding. Alternately, if you'd like to do it yourself, keep in mind that standard HTML or BBS coding will not work! Instead, type this:

**Bold**, //Italic//,  __Underline__, --Strikethrough--

That will give you Bold, Italic, Underlined, or Struckthrough text.

How do I make an internal link to another Wiki page?

There are four buttons in the middle of the Editor bar that resemble a chain link, the two on the right have to do with internal links. They look like there is a page corner next to the chain link. The rightmost button is the “Page Link Wizard,” if you click on that a box will pop up with two fields: “Page Name” and “Anchor Text.” Enter the name of the page you wish to link to in the “Page Name” field, and if you want to use alternate text, enter that in the “Anchor Text” field. The button next to the wizard will simply insert the code, replace “page name” with the name of your page, and you're good!

To create the link without using the button, simply type three square brackets around a word or phrase that is also the name of a page on the Wiki. For example, if you are creating a typist page for yourself and wish to link to your characters' pages, simply type it as:


It will appear as Ambarussa on your saved page.

Can I change the text of an internal link and still have it go to the right page?

Yep! If you've made your link through the button on the Page Link Wizard you had the option to type in different link text when you've made your link. If you didn't use the button, when you type your link you can add your chosen link text at the end like so:

[[[Ambarussa|This is a link to Ambarussa's Wiki entry]]]

It will appear on your page as This is a link to Ambarussa's Wiki entry. Remember that the actual page link goes first!

How do I make an external link to another website?

It's very similar to creating an internal link, only using the two chain link buttons on the left. Like the buttons for internal links, the one on the right is the “URL Link Wizard.” When you click on it, a box will pop up just like the Internal Link Wizard, and you can enter your URL and desired anchor text in the provided fields. This one includes a tickybox to open your link in a new window (but it really means tab).

[ This is a link to Google]
[* This is a link to Google that will open in a new tab]

It will appear on your page as This is a link to Google or This is a link to Google that will open in a new tab.
An external link can also be made in the same way as an internal link with triple brackets, if this is easier for you to remember!

How do I add a table of contents to a Wiki page?

If you started your page from a template, a table of contents is already included! If you look at the code with the Text Editor, you'll see a short line somewhere that looks like this:


If you've deleted it by accident or because you didn't know what it was, simply type that at the top of your page if you want your table to appear at the top of your page, or at the point of the page where you want the top of the table to start. The table will always automatically align to the left side of the page.

There is also a Table of Contents button in the Editor! It's the one that says “toc.” Isn't it nice when things are simple?

How do I make the sections of my Wiki entry show up in my Table of Contents?

Make sure that you've made the beginning of each section into a Heading! Anything that you make into a heading will automatically appear in your table of contents exactly as you've typed it. Just remember to start a new line after your desired heading, otherwise everything you type until your next line break will be considered part of the heading.

How do I make a heading?

In the Editor bar, next to the option for underlined text, there is a drop-down menu. It probably says "Normal" to start. Click on that and you will find several options for different sized headings, choose the one that works best for you and type! Headings are indicated in code by a series of plus signs (+) followed by a space in front of your text, where the more plus signs you add the smaller the heading will be. One plus sign on either side of your text will give you the largest, boldest heading, and a heading with six plus signs on either side will look pretty much like normal text. Don't forget the space between the plus signs and your text! Without the space, it won't display correctly on your page.

How do I add an image to a Wiki page?

In the Edit buttons, look for the green buttons on the far right, next to the link wizards. The one on the left will insert the code for an image, the one on the right will open the “Insert Image Wizard.” It will ask you for the image source, either an external URL, an attached file or, and provide a field for the complete URL of the image. If you want to double-check that you have the right file and that the Wiki is seeing the image correctly, you can click on the “Check It” button, and it will display your image for you to see! Below that is a drop-down menu for you to chose the position of your image. The default option is “no position” which means left. If you chose to align your image to the right side of your page, please choose “right with text wrapping (float).” That will ensure that your text still begins at the top of your page, just aligning right will leave a gap in your page!

To upload an image to the Wiki itself, save your page and then look at the list of links at the very bottom. Click on “Files” and follow the prompts to upload your image. If your image is attached to your page (was uploaded while you were on that page), all you need to use is the name of the file! Otherwise you need the full URL.

By default an image will be aligned to the left (see an example here), but if you have a banner you may wish to align it to the center (see an example here).

If you want to change the alignment in the text editor, simply add a symbol or two within the double brackets, in front of the rest of the text like so:

[[image imageurlgoeshere.jpg]]

[[=image imageurlgoeshere.png]]


[[f>image imageurlgoeshere.gif]]

You may have noticed that yes, you can upload animated .gifs!

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