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Welcome to the tutorial. This is a simple guide to editing on the Depression Wikicity.

What is the Depression Wikicity?

Tutorial 1

Click our icon to go directly to the main page at any time

The Depression Wikicity is a community website that you can edit. All the articles here can be edited and improved by any visitor.

How do I create an account?

You don't have to create an account to edit, but it is a good idea to do so. It's free, and very easy.

  1. Click on the "Create an account or log in" link in the top right of any page.
  2. Fill in your chosen user name and a password (remember, this user name will show against all your edits)
  3. Type in your password again in the "Retype password" box.
  4. If you want to, add your email. You don't have to add an email, but it will mean that you won't lose your account if you forget your password.
  5. Click the "Create new account" button.

What can I do here?

Don't be afraid to edit - anyone can edit almost any page, and we encourage you to have a go! Find something that can be improved, either in content, grammar or formatting, and fix it.

You can't break Wikicities. Anything can be fixed or improved later. So go ahead, find a page and edit.

For more help on how to edit, go to page two of this tutorial.



See "edit" tab above? On Wikicities, you can edit articles right now, even without logging in.

Where can I edit?

Tutorial 2

Click edit to change an article

You can edit any page where you can see an edit tab. The changes that you make will show on the page as soon as you save.

Pages that start with "User:" are personal pages. It's considered polite to ask before doing major edits to these pages.

Some other editing tips

  • Explain your edit in the "Summary" box. This is between the edit window and the bottom row of grey buttons. You only need to type a short message here, for example "added introduction".
  • Use the "Show preview" button to check your edit before saving. Remember to save your preview before moving on.
  • If you are logged in, you can mark an edit as minor by checking the "This is a minor edit" box. This lets other editors know your edit is very small.

Make your first edit right now:

  1. Click edit above
  2. Type a message
  3. Click Show preview to check what you have written
  4. Click Save page to save your writing
That's all you need to know to start editing. But if you would like to learn more about how to format your text, go to page 3 of this tutorial


Test edits...

The next step is to format your text.

How do I make a link?

Tutorial 3

Format your text with simple code

  • To make a link, you surround the link word with square brackets [[like this]]

If the page exists, the link will be blue. If it's not been created yet the link will be red.

How do I make italic and bold text?

Single quotes are used for italic and bold text.

  • Italics are made with ''two single quotes''
  • Bold is made with '''three single quotes'''
  • Text can be made italic and bold with '''''five single quotes'''''

How do I make headings?

Headings are made with equals signs.

  • A top level heading is made with:

==two equals signs==

  • Subheadings are made with:

===three or more equals signs===

Try formatting now:

  1. Click edit above
  2. Try to add some formatted text
  3. Click Show preview to check what you have written
  4. Click Save page to save your writing
To learn how to make lists and indents go to page 4 of this tutorial


Test edits...

It's often useful to indent your text, or make lists.

How do I indent text?

Tutorial 4

indents and lists can improve your page

  • To indent text, you start the line with one or more colons (:)

:This will be indented,
::This will be indented further,
:::The more colons, the larger the indent.

This will give you:

This will be indented,
This will be indented further,
The more colons, the larger the indent.

How do I make bulleted lists?

Bullets are made in a very similar way. But this time they use asterisks (*). The more asterisks you use, the bigger the indent.

*This gives a bullet,
*If you go onto the next line, the bulleted list continues,
**Just as with colons, the more asterisks, the bigger the indent.

This will give you:

  • This gives a bullet
  • If you go onto the next line, the bulleted list continues.
    • Just as with colons, the more asterisks, the bigger the indent.

How do I make bulleted lists?

Numbers use the number sign or hash symbol (#). If you use more than one hash, you can make sub-lists.

#Numbers work in the same way,
#Go onto the next line to carry on the list,
##Two or more number signs will give you sub-items,
##You can cary on with the sub numbers...
#Or go back to the original list.

This will give you:

  1. Numbers work in the same way
  2. Go onto the next line to carry on the list
    1. Two or more number signs will give you sub-items
    2. You can cary on with the sub numbers...
  3. Or go back to the original list.

Try formatting now:

  1. Click edit above
  2. Try to add some indented, bulletted or numbered text
  3. Click Show preview to check what you have written
  4. Click Save page to save your writing
To learn how to make lists and indents go to page 5 of this tutorial


Test edits...

Links are a vital part of your pages. They are the main way that people will move around the site.

More on internal links

Tutorial 5

Links are your path around the wiki

We saw how to make internal links on Page 3 of this tutorial. But you can also change the appearance of internal links:

To use words other than the article title as the text of the link, you can use a pipe character "|"

For example, if you wanted to make a link to the Main Page, but wanted it to say "Depression Wiki" you would write:

[[Main Page|Depression Wiki]]
It would show as:
Depression Wiki

You can also add extra letters directly outside the double square brackets to change the link text. This is useful for plurals:

For example, you would write:

Try one of our quizzes.
It would appear as:
Try one of our quizzes.

How do I link to other Wikicities?

There are two ways of linking to other Wikicities.

If the City is in the Wikicities:Interwiki map, then you can link simply by adding the name of the City to your link.

[[Creatures:Norn]] will link you to the "Norn" page on the Creatures Wikicity, and will look like this: Creatures:Norn

Interwiki links also work to some other wikis such as Wikipedia. See the Wikicities:Interwiki map for the full list.

If the city isn't in the interwikimap, then you can still link to it by adding "Wikicities:c" to the link.

[[Wikicities:c:Photography:Main Page]] will link you to the main page of the Photography Wikicity, and will look like this: Wikicities:c:Photography:Main Page

You can make that link look tidyer by using a pipe again:

[[Wikicities:c:Photography:SLR camera|SLR camera]] will still link to the "SLR camera" page, but will look like this: SLR camera

How do I link to external sites?

If you want to link to a site outside of Wikicities, just type the full URL for the page you want to link to.

http://www.google.com/

It is often better to have the link text show something more useful than the URL. You can do this with single square brackets.

The alternative text goes after the URL, with a space inbetween (not a pipe this time).

[http://www.google.com/ Google search engine] will look like this: Google search engine

Try adding some links to this page:

(please do not add any links that might upset those following you.)

  1. Click edit above
  2. Try to add some internal, interwiki or external links
  3. Click Show preview to check what you have written
  4. Click Save page to save your writing

You have now completed the tutorial, and have all the basic knowledge to edit this wiki.

For some ideas on where to go next, see page 6 of this tutorial


Test edits...

If you didn't log in at the start of this tutorial, you might like to create your own username.

You're welcome to edit anonymously, but there are many benefits to creating one.

Explore the Depression Wiki...

Become a part of the community...

Find out more...



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