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Drew Pickles

So, you want to make your own article on the wiki? Well, before you go off and make an admin have to delete/edit ten pages of your hard work (which, may not be all THAT bad), we at the Barney Bunch Wiki are here to provide you with Barney Bunch: 101! AKA The Wiki Editing Guide/Handbook.

I, Mike5449, wrote this up for two reasons...

  1. So I myself, as well as others, have an easy to access reference for editing/article creation.
  2. To help newcomers avoid pointlessly creating articles that will be deleted (if not heavily edited).

Please use this resource when you need it! We will consistently ask of you to do so if you create an article. Note that I will likely add to this article over time. Mostly providing examples, images, etc. I also ask that any admins do so as well, as this will define more clearly what the wiki is looking for in terms of content (though, of course, this IS the Barney Bunch Wiki, you can't really go wrong there).

What this guide will help teach, if not provide reference for, is the following.

  1. How to Create and Edit Pages
  2. How to Upload Files (Eg. Images)
  3. Writing an Article
  4. Wiki Formatting
  5. How Talk Pages Work

Before we continue as well, I shall also provide to you the link for ALL THE HELP PAGES on the wiki. This will go into some basic details on things that this guide does not cover because it will take far too long.

Also, go over and create an account! You are unable to make any new pages or edits until you do so and log in. We had to implement this measure due to the ridiculous amount of spam pages regarding stuff about celebrities and the promotion of useless products and false news. The only reason you have to not create an account is if you were ban hammered by one of the admins. Otherwise known as the people you don't piss off.

Finally, don't try to read this article in one sitting. Go out, have a coffee, masturbate, browse other articles and differentiate between the good, the bad, and the swell. Do something other than read this all the way through. I guarantee you will forget it. Unless you are one gifted learner in which high school teachers and college professors must love you. I also take into account that you may only be here for a specific part, but that handy table of contents that comes with EVERY ARTICLE will let you tune into a specific part.

That being said, we are now ready to begin!

How to Create and Edit Pages

Whether you've seen the two help pages on it or not, I will go over in further detail how to create and edit pages. Depending on the skin you decide to use, things may look different. However, for the sake of ease, we will assume you are using the Vector skin (although, the difference is minor, and mostly regards positioning of particular elements).

If you are going to create a page, be sure to check ahead on writing an article. After all, you don't want to just go and start creating a bunch of pages with no true substance, right?

So, first thing is first, if you are going to create a page, you need to know the title of the page you want to create. This includes capitalization and punctuation rules.

  • FireGoron, NOT Firegoron.
  • HoodboyTails, NOT hoodboytails.

If, however, the subject in question uses lower case for the first letter of their name, the wiki will automatically want the first letter to be capitalized.

  • timmyt333 will become Timmyt333.
  • mike5449 will become Mike5449.

Similarly, you must understand subjects that use more than one word have specific capitalization rules as well. As a simple rule, words that are four letters or more, as well as proper nouns, must be capitalized. Also, if the title has a hyphen, then the word after the hyphen is capitalized as well (Shoe-In, Tune-Up, and so on).

  • Barney Bunch
  • Betty Bunch
  • M-san Bunch (This one technically has an error, can you spot it?)

That said, once you have the name understood, you must then search for it. If it exists, it will appear in the drop-down, or in the list of search results if you display all results. This means you can edit the page. If it doesn't already exist, then you can create the page in question by clicking the dulled red link. Alternatively, if you see any similarly dull red links and mouse-over the link in question, you can create the page in question. Give it a try, mouse over the red link to see the name of the page that it links to.

If you seek to edit a page, simply go to the page in question and click Edit at the top right of the page. Again, this assumes you are using the default Vector skin. You can also edit the specific sections, by clicking the Edit next to the heading.

Step by Step Instructions

An example of a search for a page that doesn't exist.
  1. Simply search above for the page you wish to make.
  2. If it...
    • Exists, it is available to edit.
      • It should also appear in the drop-down results.
    • Doesn't exist, it will appear red on any pages that it links from and in the search results.
  3. If you would like to create that page, just click the red text and you will be able to make the page with the title in question.
    • Alternatively, if you find any red links on any pages, you can click that to create a page with the specific title displayed via mouse-over. Try mousing over if you haven't above.

Uploading Files

Uploading files is going to be another part of your article writing, assuming the file doesn't already exist. Since most of the articles probably won't be on real people, shopped images aren't a large issue, but if they are on real people, just keep some discretion as to what is uploaded.

That said... Some rules.

  1. No porn. Especially anything illegal.
    • This includes hentai.
  2. Photoshops are okay. Keep them somewhat safe for work though. (See above.)
  3. No ear-rape sound files, as funny as they can get.
  4. If you are uploading a file that is not of your own, and the author/illustrator asks to be credited, give them credit.
  5. If an author/illustrator states not to redistribute the file, do not upload it.

To upload files, simply click here or scroll up and click the "Upload files" link to the left under the "Tools" heading. If you would like to upload multiple files, click here (you can also access this page through Special Pages>Upload Multiple Files). On the new page, you will be able to select a file (or files) and upload them. Keep in mind the applicable file types and the size limit.

  • Permitted Types: png, gif, jpg, jpeg, svg, ico, mp3, mid, wav, ogg, pdf
  • Maximum Size: 10 MB (per file)

Select the file(s) and it/they should upload right away. The name of the file(s) should be unique yet easy to remember. Be sure that it doesn't overwrite any other files, unless the image is an update to an old version.

You may input a description/summary, but only the summary is truly necessary, as it applies to the multiple file upload. Finally, click "Upload file" at the bottom.

The top of the page will yield the file's name. You'll want to remember this, or else you'll have to search through the file list later. The file list can be accessed via the file upload page.

Step by Step Instructions

  1. Go to the upload file page OR upload multiple files page.
  2. Make sure the file(s) isn't/aren't already uploaded.
    • This may take some searching.
  3. Select the file(s).
  4. Name the file(s).
    • Make sure the name(s) is/are unique.
    • Add a summary below if on the multiple upload.
  5. Click upload file at the bottom.

Writing an Article

This part is mostly going to regard the main writing process of the article. However, we will consider things in a chronological manner...

The Subject

Before any writing, the first thing we are going to consider is the subject-matter of the article. Herein, we shall simply refer to it as the subject of the article, but it overall regards a person, place, group, object, or in the most simple term, a noun which you will be writing about. In other words, what you are going to write about.

Of course, this is the Barney Bunch Wiki! We are going to be mostly regarding a bunch of swellness related content. But this doesn't mean that everything on here is all poopy cum buttsex. In fact, it could be the exact opposite, and could even involve the happenings of reality. It would be foolish to disregard the real and only indulge in the fictional, as many videos involve subjects from real life and from the fictional realm (see every Drew Pickles goes to video ever, or even X Talks About videos). To say that the Barney Bunch is solely based in the realm of fiction is to disregard a good portion of where we have been and what we are to become. However, I digress, the main point is that you can make articles that regard subjects that exist in reality or in fiction, as long as they connect back to the swellness in some way.

Keep in mind, there are a few limitations as to what you do write on, or at the very least, restrictions to the content of your writing. Never make pages on specific people, even a page on yourself. Not even other editors, site admins, and ESPECIALLY people you don't like. Majority of these articles will be deleted. If it must be made on a specific person, be sure not to attack them, or impose an ad hominem. I would also like to state, some people are warranted to have individual pages on their person, just that they themselves cannot write it. Examples of these people would be video makers.

Finally, make sure your subject has notability. Does it deserve a place here? Sure, X likes to shove dildis up his butt. There's one or two videos of him on YouTube. But look at Drew Pickles, Sonic, even Yogi Bear. Even Michelle doesn't have an article, even though she had maybe five videos and maybe ten people knew about her as a character. That's not to say that new characters can't have articles, but help build them up before creating an article about them.

Some examples of pointless articles, or articles that should be avoided...

  • An article on yourself. (Use your User:page for this. Do so by clicking your username at the top.)
  • An article on yourself made by a friend. (Again, just put it on your User:page.)
  • Any small-time subjects.
  • Articles on locations are fine, but don't go and make an article on EVERY AREA of Drewland. Add them as subsections to the main article.
  • Placeholder articles. In other words, one line stating an article is soon to come. Don't worry, it is not a race. Form a cohesive idea and write on it. Your article will still be here.
  • Similarly, don't write just a single line on an article, or maybe three lines. Add substance, give it details.
  • Articles with absolutely NO RELATION to swellness or Speakonia-related goodness.
  • Articles on characters who haven't been in many videos, or aren't recognized by community members.
  • REALLY LONG LISTS. Not to say these are completely bad. Some lists are long though. Too long. These are especially annoying when combining with any of the above elements.

The Structure

So, you have chosen a subject. Before you write, we shall consider the structure and overall style of the article. Remember, you will probably know a lot on the subject, but your readers probably won't. So I believe it should flow as follows.

FireGoron's page is a good example of proper structure.
  1. Summary with an image to the right side with an optional caption.
    We are including a summary as this will provide the reader with a quick insight as to what the article is about and what it will entail. Like the introduction paragraph of an essay, but not formatted in the style of five paragraph essays. This is meant to be quick.
    The image provides a picture of what the article regards, if any images can be obtained of the subject. At most, the image should have 250 pixel width, but no less than 150 pixels. This can be done with simple formatting, even if the original file has a larger or smaller width (just be aware that smaller images will appear blurry when enlarged).
    How the formatting of an infobox should look.
    If you are feeling ready, you can add the infobox for people. It is done so with this template. These are somewhat tricky, but are easy when you get the hang of it. They are ALWAYS aligned to the right. They must include a name first, followed by an image. A caption is optional. You may then add a birthday, birthstone, age, zodiac, residence, nationality, heritage, religion, sexual orientation (orientation), groups they are in (groups), a workplace (workplace), family, relationships, series of origin (origin), number of videos (videos), number of subscribers (subscribers), penis size, and finally, breast size. If you don't add a particular section, it won't appear, and you need not fill out everything. However, the order is absolutely important.
  2. Main Body
    This will include further details on the subject. Places should have descriptions on what it is like, people should have descriptions on their person, and overall it should account what makes them deserve a place on this wiki.
    After that, add any history that may be worth reading on. You can use Level Three headers to separate "eras" if you wish.
    The last part of the main body should include any other notable facts. Locations should detail all the smaller areas, if any apply (you should add these to sub-pages rather than the main page). People should have sections on anything interesting, achievements, etc.
    Do not forget to include images! They should be set to the right side of the page, or alternate between the left and right.
  3. Gallery
    This is optional, but highly recommended, as it gives the reader visuals to go with. The gallery should include all images in direct relation to the subject. However, if you added an image with the summary at the top, that image is to be excluded from this gallery.
  4. Trivia
    This is also optional but goes AFTER galleries but BEFORE all links. This is for things that wouldn't normally fit into the article but are still interesting facts to include, such as a character's favorite color.
  5. See Also
    This is important, as it gives the reader further articles to read on to understand other closely related content. They should be closely related to the current article. (Eg. Drew Pickles and Drewland.)
  6. External Links
    If any external links outside of the wiki must be made that are also closely related to the subject, this is a good place to link them.
  7. Categories
    These go last to help organize like articles together. We will cover how to categorize pages at a later point in this article.

Step One: Don't Write Anything

Now that you know what you are going to write about and have an idea of the structure, DON'T WRITE A SINGLE THING. Instead, go and learn about the subject. Learn all you can. Being that this is mostly Speakonia, you may have to talk to people if it's about a historical event, or go and watch 20+ videos. When that's done, lurk more and find out EVEN MORE on the article.

Of course, we also ask that you use discretion in finding info, making sure it is factual and true. Otherwise, you will look stupid and that's no good. Plus, you'll get edited, and sometimes quite heavily.

Be comfortable with the knowledge, know your subject. Then, and only then, can you begin a rough draft. As a tip, you can use your User:page for this, or wherever. If you want, go ahead and post it, but use the work in progress template. Simply put {{WIP}} at the top of the page if you do. Not comfortable with your rough draft? Rewrite it until you are. You can even ask an admin to move it for you.

Step Two: Write Everything

Assuming you can read and write, we're not going to pester you on this part. Here are the main rules...

  1. Write with proper grammar and punctuation. That means proper capitalization, too.
  2. Unless otherwise permitted, or used in quotes, write in third person. (Rare use of second person allowed too.)
  3. Use sections like we do here. You can even get fancy and add subsections, also like we do here.
  4. Link to other pages, and only link to that individual page once. The Drew Pickles, Speakonia, and Drewland pages, for example, are linked ONCE. Also, be sure to link them on the first use.
  5. Unless you want to be stubbed, get some pictures in.
  6. Add categories at the end.
  7. Use the preview button. It'll be your new best friend. Even the best of us forget that second apostrophe, the cost being looking like a total imbecile.
  8. DO NOT WRITE AN EXTREMELY LONG ARTICLE. No one wants to read through Artamène or some other really long novel. Cut down your info and get down to the essence.
  9. DO NOT WRITE AN EXTREMELY SHORT ARTICLE. Similar to the above, no one cares about a real quick article on some new character for the sake of including them in the swell art of bunch-ism. In other words, write something that actually has content to it.
  10. DO NOT WRITE A LIST. We already have tons of lists. Tons. If your article is mostly lists, then you'll meet the hammer... Okay, you won't. Still, we have way too many lists to count, and it has become a bit of a nuisance. Try to write articles on the characters in lists instead.
  11. DO NOT INTERNALLY LINK THE ARTICLE TO ITSELF. This is pointless. There is literally no reason to link an article to itself within itself. Doing so will give me a good laugh, but then I realize I need to edit your error.

Step Three: Recognition

You did it. You just submitted the article. Believe me when I say that I watch recent changes like a hawk. I do read those pages marked with N and I do edit a lot of things mercilessly (blame my inner failed first year education student for being so critical). However, I'm pretty chill. As long as it has images, is factual, and has categories, you should be fine.

At this time, you should probably link your new article in other related articles, and repeat the process when you write other articles.

How to Make a Crap/Unfunny Article

In terms of crap...

  1. No notability. If OSS and SDT don't know who it is, and they've tried doing searches, then we can only assume it was purely conjured for the sake of self-satisfaction.
    • Instead of writing on something that has no notability, look at the stubbed articles, and look at the lists. These will contain articles that either need help or need articles in general.
  2. The article gets stubbed. These need help. PERIOD. Contribute to it.
  3. Make it on some person or place personal to you. Nobody. Cares. At. All. Except. You. Don't. Write. This.
  4. Shameless promotion. Whether for yourself or a character/place that nobody has heard of, this is not wanted. Anyone can say that X sticks dildis up his butt. What makes that character unique? Not to start another Unestablished War, but develop your character, make them become an established and worthwhile part of the community. Raise them from the unfunny generic to a truly lulz-inducing faggot. THEN, after they're already well known from actual promotion, write on them.
  5. No links. Without links, Ganondorf will seize the island of Koridai, and just walk around his lair all alone in some crappy CD-i game. Kind of like this page, just kind of sitting there, alone.
  6. Linking every single word. This is purely pointless and makes your article look like crap. Also, you don't need to link the same thing more than once, as stated above.

In terms of unfunny...

  1. Strike-through. This is not funny. Idea is that the thing needs to be removed or replaced and the amendment is put in afterwards. Thing is, and try to follow the logic here, THIS IS A WIKI. If something needs to be removed or replaced, JUST DO IT.
  2. Over 9000. Anyone who puts this meme in is going to get over 9000 dildis up their anal. While that sentence may be funny, it's only due to the response including the unfunny meme in a more humorous manner.
  3. Unnecessary vulgarity. Yes. You can type SHIT FUCK CUNT ASS TITTY COCK CUM BITCH. You can also type probably well over fifty other vulgarities. But that doesn't make you funny.
  4. ???? and PROFIT! This joke is out of date and no one is going to laugh if you put it in your article.
  5. Memes in general. This isn't ED or Uncyclopedia, and even ED doesn't want you linking memes excessively.

Wiki Formatting

So you probably saw a lot of things in this article that makes you wonder how to convert plain text into something more. Whether it is prettier, more organized, or whatever you seek, the use of wiki formatting can accomplish that. This formatting section should continue getting new info as our wiki grows, so check back often.

We'll go from simple text formatting, to links, to lists, to images.

Headers

The thing just above this sentence is what's called a header, and above the first paragraph is another header. Technically, at the top of the page is yet another header.

What headers do is separate articles into sections. This allows them to be organized and, if needed, edited separately from the entire page.

Furthermore, headers are separated into three types.

  1. Level 1 Headers are the main titles of articles. Don't worry about these, you can't do anything with them, and probably shouldn't.
  2. Level 2 Headers are for the main sections that are being covered by the article.
  3. Level 3 Headers are for sub-sections to level two headers.

To add headers is quite simple in terms of typing.

For level two headers, type two equal signs, the title, and two more equal signs.
== Header 2 Title Here ==
For level three headers, type three equal signs, the title, and three more equal signs.
=== Header 3 Title Here ===

That is it for headers!

Bold and Italics

Though not in similar use to headers, bold and italics are similar in a way to how they are typed. Bold and italics are used to bring attention or highlight. Don't use these too much too often. If you really wanted, you could also do bold and italics at once, but there's few times you should actually do it.

As stated, they are similar to headers in typing, except this one uses apostrophes.

For italics, type two apostrophes, the text to be italicized, and two more apostrophes.
''Italics''
For bold, type three apostrophes, the text to be made bold, and three more apostrophes.
'''Bold'''
For bold AND italics, type FIVE apostrophes, the text to be formatted, and FIVE more apostrophes.
'''''Bold and Italics'''''

See? Quite similar.

Links and Piping

Links come in two forms. Internal and external. Internal links involve links on the wiki, and will (or, should) be much simpler than with external links. Internal links will probably be done far more than external links, as use of the internal link is done for categorizing as well.

I will also take the time to talk about piping. What this is, simply, is replacing the exact link text with a different set of text. Why do it? It should help shorten your article and make it look a lot better, as well as make a lot more grammatical sense in certain cases. Piping is slightly different between internal and external links, but it isn't a major difference. You will most likely want/have to pipe your external links. As a simple rule, remember that it is always link before text. In the case of internal links, piping can be ignored if the exact title is what you want to type and what makes the most grammatical sense.

In the case of categories, put this at the VERY BOTTOM OF YOUR PAGES. They are internally linked as Category:Name. If you want to link to a category without categorizing a page, it can be done by placing a colon before the category name.

For external links, type left square bracket, the link with "http://" at the beginning, and right square bracket.
[http://www.youtube.com]
Since the above will resulting link displays as something like [1], put a space and whatever your desired text is.
[http://www.youtube.com YouTube]
For internal links, type two left square brackets, the EXACT TITLE OF THE PAGE, and two right square brackets.
[[Drew Pickles]]
To pipe an internal link, type a vertical bar after the page name, and your desired text.
[[Drew Pickles|the gayest man alive]]
To link a category without actually categorizing, internally link as normal, but place a colon before the category name. Pipe if needed.
[[:Category:Video Makers|Video Makers]]

In the case of the piped external link, it should yield "YouTube" The internal piped link should display as "the gayest man alive" instead of the article title. As for the category, it should appear as "Video Makers" but won't categorize the page into the particular category.

Keep in mind, you can also internally link to particular parts of an article (as well as pipe it). To demonstrate, we'll use the Drew Pickles article, and the History section. To do this, internally link as normal to start.
[[Drew Pickles]]
Now press the hashtag/pound key (shift + 3) at the end of the page name.
[[Drew Pickles#]]
Finally, add the name of the section you want. Remember, capitalization is important. If it has spaces, replace them with underscores (_).
[[Drew Pickles#History]]
Pipe as normal.
[[Drew Pickles#History|History of Drew]]

It should turn out as, "History of Drew."

Templates

Templates are easy to cover. They involve curly brackets and the template name. What these do is place a longer set of code that would otherwise take too long and too much understanding to type out. Templates are there for everyone to access and use on pages, such as the quote template at the top of the page (named Template:Quote).

Some templates have instructions on their pages as to how to use them. Check out the quote template, for example. Others can simply be placed as is.

To put in a template, simply type two left curly brackets, the name of the template, and two right curly brackets.
{{WIP}}

This comes out as the Work in Progress template, like so.

Lists

This part can is quite long, but I'll try to summarize it as quickly as possible.

First of all, there will likely be only two types of lists that you will use, numbered lists and bullet lists. Use numbered lists for step by step instructions, rules, premises, or otherwise things that are ordered. Bullet lists are for things in no particular order, or can be used in conjunction with numbered lists to add secondary points to the main point.

For numbered lists, type a number sign, then the content of the number.
# I will appear as number one.
For bullet lists, type an asterisk, then the content of the bullet.
* I will appear as the first bullet.

The above yields the following.

  1. I will appear as number one.
  • I will appear as the first bullet.
To go to the next point in the list, hit enter, use the SAME SYMBOL, and continue like normal.
# I will appear as number one.
# I will appear as number two.
Similarly, this works with numbered lists as well.
* I will appear as the first bullet.
* I will appear as the second bullet.

These yield the following.

  1. I will appear as number one.
  2. I will appear as number two.
  • I will appear as the first bullet.
  • I will appear as the second bullet.

First line after without any symbols for lists will end the previous list, as you see here with this current sentence. Keep in mind though, that if we were to continue numbering, the next number would be regarded as one, and not three, since the previous list was interrupted by another,

Say that you want to have sub-points. First, start your list like normal, we'll say numbered will be the first.
# I will appear as number one.
# I will appear as number two.
Then, say we want two numbered sub-points to number two. Simply do THE SAME SYMBOL AS THE CURRENT LIST, then, do the desired symbol for the sub-list.
# I will appear as number one.
# I will appear as number two.
## I will appear as sub-point number one.
## I will appear as sub-point number two.

This will yield the following list.

  1. I will appear as number one.
  2. I will appear as number two.
    1. I will appear as sub-point number one.
    2. I will appear as sub-point number two.

Of course, it doesn't have to stop there, as long as you maintain the order...

  1. You could...
    1. Do something...
      1. Like this!
        1. Just keep in mind that...
      2. We don't do...
    2. More than two...
  2. Sub-lists. (At least not often.)

In code, this looks like...

# You could...
## Do something...
### Like this!
#### Just keep in mind that...
### We don't do...
## More than two...
# Sub-lists. (At least not often.)
Finally, say we want something like what we just did with sub-lists, but with use of a different type of list. This is something I myself prefer to do over using the same list.
Start off with a main list, we'll say this one is numbered to start. Three points.
# Barney Bunch
# Betty Bunch
# M-san Bunch
Now, do the same as with sub-lists, except use a DIFFERENT symbol. We'll do something like...
# Barney Bunch
#* Drew Pickles
#* Ned Flanders
#* Chaz Finster
# Betty Bunch
# M-san Bunch
However, we need to add a sub point to Chaz, as he is formally retired (or, he fell out of use, depends on who you ask). So we use the same first symbol, same second symbol, and put our next list element in. We'll say this one is a bullet.
# Barney Bunch
#* Drew Pickles
#* Ned Flanders
#* Chaz Finster
#** Said to be retired.
# Betty Bunch
# M-san Bunch

This list yields as...

  1. Barney Bunch
    • Drew Pickles
    • Ned Flanders
    • Chaz Finster
      • Said to be retired.
  2. Betty Bunch
  3. M-san Bunch

With that, you have braved the longest part on wiki formatting, the rest is fairly smooth from here in.

Image Formatting

Since images are a key part of articles that keeps them from being called crap, it is best that we cover the formatting.

You can insert images as they are in a very easy way. It is similar to when we dealt with internal links, but involves a different page type, File. As an example, I will use the old Mike5449 picture.

To insert an image with no border, internally link File:FileName.extension into your page.
[[File:OH_HELLO.png]]

This image is too big to waste space on, but it will appear on the line which I place that code on... IN FULL SIZE.

There is a far better code to use, and will likely be used in place of the full image, and is one I myself use a lot. This one involves a bit of piping, and depends on what is typed.

To insert an image with a specific width, type it as normal, but pipe it with NUMBERpx. This will always effect the width of the image, and the height will scale with it. You can also pipe in alignments. Just pipe in left, center, or right.
[[File:OH_HELLO.png|200px|center]]
This is what it looks like...
OH HELLO.png
An old image of Mike5449.

However, this is still useless to us, so we should make it a thumbnail. It will automatically align to the right and will be auto set to about 150 pixel width, unless otherwise stated. Keep in mind as well that it is skewed downwards, and that the top corner will be in line with the BOTTOM of the line that the code is entered on. In other words, the thumbnail to the right is in line with the top of the paragraph. It also adds a bit of a light grey frame around the image, and is much easier to look at.

To make an image a thumbnail, pipe in "thumb".
[[File:OH_HELLO.png|thumb]]

If you pipe a thumb, you can then pipe in comments and captions! This is quite easy, and is just like piping links otherwise. You can also add formatting inside the piped text, such as further internal linking. This is especially useful such as in an instance above with FireGoron's page.

To add a comment to your image, pipe in "thumb" and pipe in your text.
[[File:OH_HELLO.png|thumb|An old image of Mike5449.]]

That's all you need to know for image formatting!

Special Formatting

This next part will feel at least a little familiar to those who like to use BBCode. Only this time, it uses the greater than and less than symbols. This is mostly a legend of things to use, and most of it will be a really quick tutorial. All of them use similar beginning and end tags, except for a difference of one character.

  • <Example> of a start tag.
  • </Example> of an end tag.

Again, if you are familiar with BBCode, this should be easy. Herein, I will be referring to the symbols as "tag symbols" for ease of typing.

Age
This should prove very useful for those of you working on character pages. This is a TEMPLATE, meaning it uses curly brackets. It adds the number of years between two particular dates to the page. {{Age|Year|Month|Day|Year2|Month2|Day2}} is its full expression. You are required to use the first three parameters of Year, Month, and Day (in numerical value). Year2, Month2, and Day2 will allow you to specify a date at which the age is observed, and are optional. If you don't use the optional parameters, it will instead use the current date. If using dates before the common era (BCE/BC) you must use astronomical time (1 BCE is 0, 2 BCE is -1, 3 BCE is -2, and so on). The template will not check for input errors.
Alignment
Probably shouldn't be used except in the case of centering YouTube embeds, centering galleries, or as a way to center an intro to your talk page. This aligns everything in between its tags to that area. The tags are simply where the alignment goes. Left, center, or right. ALTERNATIVELY, there is a template you can do for this, particularly for some pesky templates like the one for infoboxes. The alternative way is to put in {{align|X|Content}}. Define X as left, center, or right. Replace content with whatever you want to align with that.
Code
This is used rarely outside of articles such as this one. It helps show the exact code of certain wiki elements. However, it may need to be used in conjunction with the ignore formatting tags. The tag is <code> for this one.
Color
Now, we don't recommend use of it, but you are free to use color in the articles you write. If we see rainbow text all throughout, it will likely get deleted. This one uses the "span style" tag and is a longer tag than most. The end tag is simply </span>. However, the start tag defines what color the text is, and reads as <span style="color:hex triplet or color name"> in which the hex color is something like #0000FF or simply Blue. Note: It is not recommended to use light colors on light backgrounds.
Gallery
The tag for this one is <gallery> and has a few rules to it. First of all, use it with the center tag to increase organization. Second, instead of, where one would normally use "File" to start off linking the images, this one uses "Image" but follows the same format otherwise. Third, you also have to enter a new line for every image. Finally... YOU CAN PIPE EACH IMAGE TO GIVE IT A CAPTION (also similar to the image formatting seen above). This can be quite useful if put to good use. Piping for this is done with a vertical line, like with internal links.
Ignore Wiki Formatting
Probably your best friend in some cases, this one is typed out as <nowiki>. This will ignore the formatting of anything in between the start and end tags. Can be useful in displaying codes or typing out the names of templates.
SimpleNavbox example.
Infoboxes and Navboxes
This is a more complex series of codes and use of templates. However, you can see the full tutorials for use of these via the internal links. Infoboxes are used in place of the usual "picture to the right" and Navboxes will assist in linking like articles together, and help with getting your own and other articles more visits as a result.
Line Break
Since entering a new line on your lists results in the list ending, we need a format such as this to assist in that. The line break is perfect for that. It only has an end tag, </br> and is the equivalent of hitting the enter key. This allows you to continue on your lists, but can have use elsewhere as well.
Math
Has the least use, but can be useful for calculating age. Otherwise is indeed without much purpose here. The tag for this one is <math> and the formula goes in between its tags.
Redirects
This particular one is reserved for admins in particular. However, users are allowed to use this too. This one also doesn't fit the pattern, in that, it mainly involves internal linking. What this does is add a redirect which sends the user to a linked page when the page that said redirect is on is visited, whether through search or otherwise (although, you can visit the page redirected from through the new page). Keep in mind, one should move all the content from the previous page to the new page before adding this. When ready, clear the page and add #redirect [[New Page Name Here]]. When adding this, be sure also that it is the page with less content that is being added to the page with more content, in other words, the page linked to.
Signatures
These are different from the other formatting displayed, but are really easy. It is only used on talk pages and show who posted the particular content. To do this, simply type --~~~~ and the contents of your signature will be inserted. You can edit your signature in your user preferences.
Subscript and Superscript
These two tags are used very little. I group them together because they are very similar. Subscript is a really small font that is similar to what one sees in chemical names such as H2O or P2O5. Superscript is also small, but is above the regular text, like when Wikipedia asks for citations, or makes citation links. The tags for these are <sub> and <sup> respectively. Everything between will be in that format.
YouTube
This will embed a YouTube video into your article. Use sparingly, as we don't have a template as of yet to allow for multiple videos that can be scrolled through. The tag for this one is <youtube> and in between the tags is meant to be the video ID. Use it with the center alignment for maximum effectiveness.

Talk/Discussion Pages

On this wiki, every page has a talk/discussion page. All of them begin with "Talk:" before the title of the page that they represent. What these pages are used for is mainly discussion, hence why they are called discussion pages on some. The reason why they are mainly titled as talk pages is because it allows you to talk about (or, in the case of user pages, talk to) the subject in question.

Talk pages work a little differently than others. However, they are relatively easy to pick up on. They essentially act as a forum in a wiki format, to put it simply. No rules of article writing are in effect, and almost anything goes. Certain talk pages may have a blurb before the main topics/threads. They can be accessed at the top left link on the page being visited.

An example of a topic on a talk page.

All new topics follow this order.

  1. Write a level two headline to create a new topic. You can also do this with the "Add Topic" link at the top right.
  2. Type the contents of your post underneath the header.
  3. Sign it at the end with --~~~~ so that people know who wrote it.
The same topic as it should look in the editor.

If you are creating a response, it goes something like this.

  1. Click edit at the end of a topic (level two header).
  2. At the end of the particular post you want to respond to, hit the enter key twice. You should now have a space between the line you are currently on, and the post's last line.
  3. Add a : on the current line. This will indent the entire post. You will need to do this the same number of times people did before you plus one.
  4. After this, type out your post as normal. Sign afterwards.

Summaries are completely optional.

Conclusion

That said, you now have all the tools to create and edit articles to your liking. We ask that you read over this guide a couple of times, or have it open in a separate tab when making your articles, just in case you forget something (again, the cost of forgetting one apostrophe is looking like an imbecile).

Please use the help pages to further your editing ability.

Good luck, and have a swell time!