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Welcome new Wiki user
This area of our Wiki is used to introduce people to the Wiki and how it works. We assure you, it's quite easy! So, please take some time to read through these pages. Everything here is simplified to introduce you to browsing and editing on a Wiki!
New to Wiki's?
A Wiki is an encyclopedia written collaboratively by many of its readers. Lots of people are constantly improving Wiki's all over the world, making thousands of changes an hour. Inappropriate changes are usually removed quickly.
Don't be afraid to edit articles—anyone can edit, and we encourage you to be bold (but please don't vandalize)! Find something that can be improved, either in content, grammar or formatting, and fix it. Just remember you have to stay neutral!.
This Wiki uses its own markup language. This may seem very complex at first glance, but when you take a couple of minutes to look at the appropriate help page you can start editing very quickly. With regards to Wikipedia itself, a more extensive introduction on editing Articles can be found here. For experimenting with the Markup language we encourage you to use the sandbox. And remember to frequently use the 'Show preview' button as soon as you start editing 'real Articles'.
You can't break this Wiki. Anything can be fixed or improved later. So go ahead, edit an article and help make Scramble's Aviation Wiki the best information source on Aviation on the Internet!
The Help Articles
- The quick and easy way to start on this Wiki. A lighthearted approach on editing articles on the Wiki.
- The long article on editing. A more serious article covering editing.
- Editing further explained. A follow-on to the above, with examples showing what Wiki mark-up code actually does to your editing.
- The Cheat Sheet. The most used Wiki mark-up code.
- Referencing your sources. How to add references and footnotes in the articles you write.
- A "How To" on uploading images and linking to them in an article. Remember the old saying: A picture says more then a thousand words? Here's an explanation on how to get them on the Wiki and linking them into any (your?) article.
- A page with pre-formatted article templates. The place to find pre-formatted articles. This is done to keep the articles in a uniform style, as not to confuse readers to much.
- Excel to Wiki. Have your (museum) log in MS Excel? But don't want to type it all over again for that article you're planning? Here you'll find a description on how to export it directly from Excel. Some experience with Excel will come handy though.
- World maps. Creating an article and like to show a map with it? Then this should be your first stop!
- An explanation on the different user types on this Wiki. A place to see the status of your fellow editors. Is he/she a user or an admin?
- Creating an Account and Logging in. In order for you to start editing you will need an account. Once you create one, you can log in and start editing. If you already have an account for the Message Board you can use that for logging in.
- Special characters (non-latin) are sometimes used on this Wiki. When you get question marks, boxes or other symbols instead of those characters, this should be your first stop.
If you want to experiment with the Wiki syntax without editing actual Articles you are encouraged to use the Sandbox.