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General Help (These are the things I find myself saying all the time to new users!) ;)[edit]

  1. Sign your talk page edits with: ~~~~
  2. Use the "This is a minor edit" checkbox for minor edits. You can turn this on permanently in your preferences.
  3. Use the preview button, all edits appear in the Recent Changes which some of us look over. Try not to clog it!
  4. Have a look at GWW:USER and GWW:GUILD for info on User and Guild pages respectively.
  5. If you have any questions, ask! There's always someone who's happy to help and there's a list of helpers here ;)

Massive Help Guide!

Editing a Talk Page[edit]

When writing on a talk page you can use ==New section== ===Subsection=== ====Sub-subsection====

Normally only ==New section== is required, and it's just used to signal a whole new topic to discuss.

On talk pages you use : to indent. Each time you reply to someone's edit you indent once.

You should also sign the edits you make to talk pages (but only the edits you make to talk pages), this can be done using ~~~~

Editing a Page[edit]

Ok onto editing a page, all articles have an edit tab at the top, click it to edit a page. Many articles are broken up into sections, it's usually easier to just click the edit text for a particular section.

Ok once you've made your changes decide if your edit is a minor edit or not and mark the check box accordingly (the vast majority of edits made are minor). You may also find it useful to add an article to your watchlist. Before you save the page, it's generally a good idea to preview it first. Once you're happy with how it looks, add the edit Summary (a short sentence saying what your edit was is normally fine) and click Save Page.

For the basic ways to manipulate text such as: bolding and italicising, creating lists, etc. see here, here or here.

Editing wikis is generally straight forward but there are a few particularities to this wiki and wiki editing in general. I'm sure you'll learn plenty has you go but here are some tips to get you started:

  1. There's editing help here, here and here.
  2. Information on the correct formatting for each page is found at GWW:FORMAT
  3. Please don't wikify links (putting [[]] around a word) multiple times throughout an article. Wikifying the first occurrence is almost always sufficient.
  4. Create an account, it's easier to keep track of your edits, allows people to discuss things with you and gives your edits more authority.
  5. Don't write questions on an article, use its talk page to ask questions related to the article.
  6. When editing a page, try to make your summary comment short and relevant, it helps out those who are watching the Recent changes.
  7. To upload a picture, click the Upload File link on the left nav bar. When uploading pictures, don't use the BMP format, use PNG or JPEG (or in certain unusual circumstances GIF) but don't reduce the quality on JPEGs too much. You also need to read GWW:IMAGE so you can follow our conventions, particularly our naming ones. For example user page images have this format: [[Image:User Xasxas256 my first image]] and should have {{user image}} in the summary when you upload them.
  8. You can and often should add pages you edit to your watchlist (use the Watch tab up the top).
  9. Sign your Talk page edits with ~~~~, don't sign your article edits though!

Creating a page[edit]

Well the next logical step is learning how to create a page. Firstly by using the search on the left nav bar, make sure that the relevant page doesn't already exist. In particular make sure you try adding or subtracting an "s".

Once you're sure that a relevant page doesn't already exist you can go ahead and create the article. There's several of ways of doing this, probably the easiest is to type the name you want to use for the article into the search field and hit Go. Once the page loads, click on the create this page link.

Moving a page[edit]

Moving a page is not difficult but there's a few things to bear in mind. Firstly you need to decide if this is a simple move that nobody is likely to have any objections to (such as an article spelt incorrectly, things in your namespace etc.) or one that needs to be discussed first? If so you need to add the move template to the top of the article ({{move|Name of article to move to}} and say on the talk page why you think the article should be moved. If you're confident that the article is ready to be moved, use the move tab up the top (next to history). The old article will still exist, it will just redirect to the new one. At this stage you need to go back to the old article and click on left navbar link What links here and so you can then edit all the pages the have links to the old article and update them to link to the new article. When no pages link to the old article you can decide if you want to keep the old page or add the delete tag.

Quirks of wiki editing[edit]

Ok here's quirky things you can do on a wiki:

  • To directly link to something put a : in front it it. I.e. [[:Image:Bow type flow chart.gif]]. This is useful for things like linking to an image without showing it and for linking to categories without actually adding the article to the category.
  • If you want to display some text directly you can use test inside<nowiki> </nowiki> and the text inside the nowiki tags will not be wikified.
  • To create a redirect, you write: #REDIRECT[[Page to redirect to]]
  • If you want to improve the way you use images, [[Image:NA-icon.png]] is the simplest way to add an image, but you can change the images size, [[Image:NA-icon.png|25px]] will decrease the size to 25px wide. You can see what this looks like below. Finally, [[Image:NA-icon.png|right|frame|Caption]] will add a frame, which you can see to the right.

NA-icon.png NA-icon.png

Maintenance Help[edit]

If you find an article has been vandalised, go to the history of the article (it's a tab up the top), find the most recent unvandalised revision, select it, go to edit, copy the text out then open up the article again and save the old copy. The easiest way to detect vandalism is to keep track of the Recent Changes and use the "(diff)" link to see what's been changed. To request a ban on a user who's been vandalising the wiki or for some other reason, go to Guild Wars Wiki:Admin noticeboard and add a note there.

If you can see an article that you think should be deleted, you can flag this using {{delete|reason for deletion|speedy/~~~~}} on the articles page. Have a look at Guild Wars Wiki:Deletion policy for more info.

User/Talk Pages[edit]

Your talk page (aka discussion page) is where others can leave a note for you, questions, comments etc. and you can do the same on the talk pages of other users.


Have a look at Official Guild Wars Wiki FAQ and Guild Wars Wiki:Policy for an idea on how this site work ;)

About me[edit]

I'm a sysop, male and Australian. Oh I don't like over wikification either. You can email me too if you really want to for some reason.