The first thing to learn is basic navigation. Look at the top of this very page. You should see a number of tabs: "article", "discussion", "edit", "history", "move", and "watch". Each depicts a different status of the page. Every page on the wiki consists of three (3) documents: the article, the discussion, and the history. And there are three (3) actions you can take with every page: edit, move, and watch (or unwatch). Each is discussed below.
Look above and notice that article is selected. This page is the article, the primary fact page. The article is where facts, detailed text, intelligent information, goes. If something is incorrect on the article, you can go ahead and edit that information. If you want to chatter about some information on the article, say if something is wrong or if you know some obscure additonal information or if you simply want to voice an opinion, see discussion.
The discussion page is the feedback page. This is a separate page from the article; every article has a single page for discussion. Discussion is an open forum. It's where opinions fly and decisions get made. If you want to change something on a volatile wiki, propose it on the discussion page first. Others may chat about it, and someone might edit the primary page with your proposal. If you want to make a snide comment or chatter, put it on the discussion page.
If you want to change the text of a page, click the edit tab at the top; or click an edit link (to the right - you'll see one next to most titles). If you click the edit tab, you'll be presented with a form that has all of the text of the entire page in a large text box. If you click the edit link next to a title, you'll be presented with a form that has only the text from the title you clicked to the next title in a large text box. A page can be edited by more than one wiki editor at a time. The last person to submit their edit MAY have to merge changes, depending on how sweeping those changes are. If only a small section was edited and someone else edited a different small section, there won't be any clashes and likely no one will have to merge any changes. The page will instruct you on how to merge if this rare occasion occurs. If you're viewing an article and click the edit tab, you'll edit the article. If you're viewing a discussion page and you click the edit tab, you'll edit the discussion page, not the article it discusses.
If you're going to edit a section of a page, click the edit link that is closest to the top right of that section. That way you will only edit a smaller section of the page and will be less likely to cause a clash with another editor. This is preferable to clicking the edit tab at the top of the page. See the section on Section Titling below for more details.
History is the third distinct page (the other two being article and discussion). On a history, you can see the version control for the particular article and what changes it has gone through. If you're viewing a discussion page and click history, you'll see the history/versioning for the discussion page, not the article. By viewing history, you can see who changed what and when. This allows administrators (and pretty much, all users) to revert articles back to earlier versions if, for example, a jerkoff spammer comes by and annihilates a page, which has been known to happen (and which is why a wiki grants the ability to block an IP Address). Always take a look at a page's history to see if it's been changed since you last looked at it, or recently. If a page has been changed recently, there's a good chance that the editor may be making additional changes and it is a good idea to hold off on making your own changes to the page, though I wouldn't worry too much about discussion pages. Go take a look at ths history now to figure out who's been writing this article, or who's been editing your article. You can select two different versions and compare differences.
Move is sort of an editing action. You can move entire pages to rename them or regroup them (see groups later). Move will ask if you want to move the discussion page as well. Move is helpful for organizing, and I believe that the wiki handles all directing links accordingly. Move isn't used much, as generally proper organization is laid down early in this life of a wiki, and this is when most moves occur.
Watch is only useful if you frequent the "my watchlist" link (found at the top of the page near your login name). If a page is watched, you can click "my watchlist" to see when it was last changed and by whom. You can set in your preferences that any page that you edit gets automatically watched. This functionality is turned off by default, but a reliable editor should turn it on and use "my watchlist" frequently. If a page is watched, the tab at the top will read unwatch. If you watch an article, you do not automatically watch the related discussion, and vice-versa.
Above the tabs is a link to your username. If it's red, that means that there is nothing on that page. Maybe you should edit in. In the next step, you'll learn how to do so. Also note that there is a my talk link. That's a personal discussion page for you. If you want to leave someone a message, put it on their talk page. They'll get notified the next time they click on a wiki page that someone has left them a message.
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