Wiki tips

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Advice to new users

  • The nature of the DP Wiki allows any article to be edited by any user. What you see here may be changed in the future.
  • Don't worry about making mistakes!
  • Watch what's happening with "Recent Changes"
  • Explore using the "Random page" link at left
  • Practice editing in the Sandbox, perhaps referring to the editing tutorial
  • Again, anybody can edit any article. Fix what looks wrong, add what is missing, tidy up, move it around, proofread and reformat. No one person owns this content!

How to Search the Wiki

For detailed information on how to search for information on the wiki, please read How to Search the Wiki

Making your mark in the Wiki

Useful Special Wiki Pages

How to be notified of changes

By Watching pages

  • When you edit a page, you can tick the box next to "Watch this Page." This will add the page to your watchlist, which is accessible from the upper right of any page.
  • You can set a preference under "Editing" to automatically "Add pages I create to my watchlist" and/or "Add pages I edit to my watchlist".
  • For any page you want to follow, but not edit, just click the "Watch" link at the top left, in the gray horizontal bar. And if you get swamped, click the "My watchlist" in the upper right corner of any page, and you can trim some out!

By email

  • Edit your preferences (upper right of any page) and add your email address, and then confirm the address by clicking the link in the mail the wiki will send to you. Everything which changes on your watchlist (subject to the email checkboxes on the "Profile" portion of the preferences) will be sent to you.

By RSS feed

  • On the Special:Recentchanges page, in the sidebar, under Toolbox, there are two links labelled rss and atom. You can use these to subscribe to an RSS/Atom feed of recent changes. Note that if you go to a different version of the Recent changes page (e.g., the last 500 changes), the rss and atom links have a different link target, which doesn't appear to work.
  • There are also RSS and Atom feeds associated with the New Pages list.

Organizing discussions threads, with indenting

To simulate a threaded discussion on a Discussion/Talk page, use colons (:) to indent your paragraph under the paragraph to which you are responding.

For example, this paragraph was preceded with one colon(:). The "look" may remind you of a threaded discussion or code surrounding a forwarded e-mail message.
This paragraph was preceded with two colons (::). You can use colons to indent paragraphs on any page, of course, not just Discussion/Talk pages.
Three colons. Typing 3 tildes (~~~) will automatically insert your username into a page: e.g., Kraester.
Four colons. Typing 4 tildes (~~~~) will insert your username and a timestamp: e.g., Kraester 22:52, 26 May 2006 (PDT).
Five colons. Typing 5 tildes (~~~~~) will insert just a timestamp: e.g., 22:52, 26 May 2006 (PDT). chat, with signatures

You can structure a discussion to look like chat by placing tildes (3 (~~~) or 4 (~~~~)) at the beginning of every contribution. This can be easier to structure on the page, but is sometimes harder to maintain if anybody forgets to time-stamp their contribution.

The results look something like this:

User1 12:12, 1 May 2006 (PDT) Proin nonummy velit non turpis. Maecenas pellentesque congue nisi. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Class aptent taciti sociosqu ad litora torquent per conubia nostra, per inceptos hymenaeos. Suspendisse potenti. Nullam in nulla!

Aenean pharetra, pede vel molestie sollicitudin, tellus felis egestas odio, vitae adipiscing dolor orci nec purus.

User2 17:33, 1 May 2006 (PDT) Etiam sed lectus eget justo ultrices mattis. Mauris accumsan mattis nulla. Quisque aliquam venenatis lectus.

User2 18:08, 1 May 2006 (PDT) Nulla facilisi. Nulla facilisi. Pellentesque habitant morbi tristique senectus et netus et malesuada fames ac turpis egestas. Suspendisse augue. Ut at eros. Vivamus dictum interdum velit. Proin nulla lectus, pretium ultricies, euismod vitae, scelerisque nec, urna.

Giving yourself a Nickname

Want your name to be displayed as starting with a lowercase letter? I stumbled upon this little trick tonight. If you click on your preferences link at the upper right, and then choose the User profile screen, you can set a Nickname for yourself.

That Nickname will be the one which displays when you use tildes (~~~, or ~~~~) to insert your name into a page. So while my Username will stay as Kraester, I can use kraester as my nickname and have it display that way in the body of pages. (It appears that the Username will still be the one displaying in the History logs, however.)

For me this was kind of a nice trick to discover. I've been kraester for so long in so many places, Kraester seems like a whole other person. :) kraester 19:46, 1 June 2006 (PDT) :)

Printing Wiki Articles

The MediaWiki pages you see are not what you'll get when you print them (to paper or a file). Through the magic of CSS, the wiki avoids printing the navigation clutter, and cleans up the fonts and formatting significantly.

Of course, in the MonoBook skin, there is the Printable version link in your left navigation bar to show you the print version, as well.

Changing how wiki pages are rendered for you

There are a couple of ways that you can affect how wiki pages appear to you, without changing how they appear to others: skinning and custom CSS.

Changing your wiki skin

  1. Click on the preferences link at the very top of any wiki page, or click this link. Either link will bring up your Preferences page.
  2. Click on Skin. This shows you a choice of 4 different skins.
  3. Click on one or more Preview links to see how the Main Page would look using that skin.
  4. If you prefer one to your current skin, click on its radio button, and then click the Save button.

Changing your custom CSS

You can specify a set of CSS rules that will be imported into every wiki page that you view. To do this, you'll need to know the identifier for the skin that you're using. Usually this is just the name of the skin with spaces removed and translated to lowercase. So, for example, if you're using the "MonoBook" skin (which is the default), its identifier is "monobook".

  1. At the very top of any wiki page, click on your name. This will bring up your wiki user page.
  2. Your browser's URL field will say something like Append to this a slash, the identifier for you wiki skin, and then ".css". For example, if you're using the "MonoBook" skin, the URL would look something like
  3. Hit return or click the browser's Go button. This brings up a page dedicated to your custom CSS for the specified skin.
  4. Click Edit. This brings up a typical wiki editing page.
  5. Enter your CSS rules in the textarea. See below for suggestions.
  6. Click Show preview and Show changes as you like.
  7. When you're done, click Save page.

If you'd like the text on wiki pages to be bigger, you could try something like:

   body { font-size: 8pt; }

(For me, a font-size of 6.7pt appears to reproduce the default behavior, so 8pt is about 20% taller than usual. Experiment to find what's best for you.)

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