Flat Earth Wiki:Getting Started

If you wish to contribute to the Flat Earth Wiki, you'll first need to create an account. To do this, go to Special:Userlogin. Enter your desired username and password, and click on the 'Create new account' button.

Once registered, it is advisable to consult the Rules for information on all of the policies, rules, and regulations of the wiki. If you're unsure how to use the wiki software the Flat Earth Wiki is based on, check out this help page.

If you're not interested in reading through everything quite yet and just want to start writing articles, you must at least look at some of the finished pages in order to get a sense of what is expected. After that, you can start contributing!

If you're unsure of a good place to start, simply click on the random page link on the left toolbar; if you see a red link on a page, it means that there is no content on that page. You can make it blue by adding content to that page. A better way to find pages that need to be written is to look at the Wanted Pages List. Do not feel limited to contributing to only these choices. If you have an idea for a useful or informative page, feel free to contribute it!

If you are not familiar with wikicode, here's a short guide:

Basic WikicodeEdit

  • Text Formatting: To make text bold, use three apostrophes (') around the text, such as '''Flat Earth'''. This will produce Flat Earth. To make text italic, use two apostrophes (') around the text, such as ''Flat Earth''. This will produce Flat Earth.
    HTML is enabled for the wiki, so you can use the HTML alternatives such as <b>bold text</b>, <i>italic text</i>, or <u>underlined text</u> (or any combination of the three).
  • Links: Whenever you mention something that has an article in the Flat Earth Wiki, be sure to link to it. This can be done by putting two brackets around a word. For example [[Overlook]] will produce Overlook. Sometimes you will need to change the word displayed while linking to a page. In this case, use a pipe (|) between the article's name and the text you would like to display. For example, [[:category:NPC|NPCs]] will produce NPCs.
    • Wikipedia Links: To link to any page in Wikipedia, simply use a "Wikipedia:" before the article name. Example: [[Wikipedia:Main Page|Wikipedia Main Page]] will link to the Wikipedia Main Page.
    • External Links: To link to another website, a single bracket around the URL will produce a link. Instead of using a single pipe to specify the text displayed, just leave a space between the URL and the display text. [http://flatearthwiki.com Flat Earth Wiki] will produce Flat Earth WIki.
  • Categories: Categories help sort articles into useful groups. Categories are also added similarly to links. To categorize an article, link to the category's name, but add in "Category:" before the name. For example, [[Category:Guides]] will add the page to Category:Guides. To link to a category, use a colon (:) before "Category:", such as [[:Category:balls]] will produce a link to Category:balls without adding the page to the category.
  • Images: To link to the image, use normal image syntax but add "Image:" before the image name. For example, [[Image:Finger.jpg]] will produce Finger.jpg. Images must be uploaded to the Flat Earth Wiki before they can be linked to. [Upload Image]
  • Headlines: Headlines are created by placing equal signs (=) around the headline text. The level of headline depends on the number of equal signs. = Headline = is the highest, followed by == Headline ==. Generally two equal signs (== Headline ==) are used for general article headlines.
  • Templates: Templates are pages that have predefined text already in place. A template can be used by placing the article name between two curly brackets ( "{" and "}" ). For example Template:Template is used to mark rare items. Many templates have parameters that can be filled. This is done by |ParameterName=Value. Parameters are usually listed and explained on the template page if used.