Help:Starting a new page


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There are several ways to start a new page


Before you start - Becoming a trusted user

On the ISXKB wiki only trusted users can edit and create pages. Becoming a trusted user is very simple:

  • Log on/create an account, if you haven't done so already.
  • You must provide a valid email address in your preferences. An email address is not required to create an account, but it's required to become a trusted user, ie. to add new or change existing pages.
  • Go to the Special:Emailuser/Vincenzo page and let Vincenzo know that you would like to create/edit pages.
  • Once Vincenzo has elevated your account to the trusted user list you can edit and create pages and help improve and extend the ISXKB.

Introducing these measures was required because of the amount of spam edits/creations. Having a user account alone turned out to be not sufficient enough as there are obviously many robot programs around that work themselves automatically through the account creation and the final spamming process.

Using Wikilinks

MediaWiki makes it very easy to link wiki pages using a standard syntax (see Links). If you (or anyone else) creates a link to an article that doesn't exist yet, the link will be coloured red, like this.

Clicking a red link, will take you to the edit page for the new article. Simply type your text, click save and the new page will be created.

Once the page has been created, the link will change from red to blue (purple for pages you've visited) indicating that the article now exists.

Using the URL

You can use the wiki's URL for creating a new page. The URL to an article of the wiki is usually something like this:

  •    or

If you replace ARTICLE with the name of the page you wish to create, you will be taken to a blank page which indicates that no article of that name exists yet. Clicking the "edit" page tab at the top of the page will take you to the edit page for that article, where you can create the new page by typing your text, and clicking submit.

From the search page

If you search for a page that doesn't exist (using the search box and 'go' button on the left of the page) then you will be provided with a link to create the new page. (Note that this technique doesn't work if you use the 'search' button).

Create redirects to your new page

Don't forget to setup redirects when you create a page. If you think another person may search for the page you've created by using a different name or spelling, please create the proper redirect(s).

To create a redirect, the first line of the page should read #REDIRECT [[Destination]] where Destination is the page to which people should be redirected. This must appear as the very first line of the page.

Protect your new page

If desired, once you create your new page, you should protect the page and allow only the type of users you would like to edit the page.

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