User:K6ka/Help:Editing

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It is very easy to edit the contents of The Sims Wiki:

  1. Click the Edit button at the top of the page.
  2. Make your changes to the text.
  3. Click the Publish page button.

That's it!

Principles of editing[edit | edit source]

On The Sims Wiki, you are encouraged to be bold. What this means is that, if you see a problem in an article, or if you notice a mistake, you are encouraged to go straight ahead, click that Edit button, and make those changes. If you make a mistake, don't worry: other people can help fix them! If you think you "broke" something, that's okay too: all edits made to a page are saved in the page history, meaning that you or anyone else can reverse those changes at any time!

An "edit" is counted whenever you click that Publish page button. This means that your edit can be as big as adding several paragraphs to a page, or as small as fixing a typo. Whatever the case may be, make sure you are aiming to improve the wiki. If you are trying to improve the wiki, then it doesn't matter whether your edits are big or small—they all matter, and they all count towards the same goal: making a better wiki with each edit!

Edit summary[edit | edit source]

Main article: Help:Edit summary

Before you click the Publish page button, you have an option to enter a short note (less than 500 characters, usually) in the edit summary box. An edit summary lets you briefly describe the changes you have made. You do not need to put too much thought into this: a simple note, like "Fixing a typo" is okay. Edit summaries are optional, but it is good practice to leave one.

Edit summaries are publicly visible, and will be stored alongside your edit. It helps other people track the changes made to the wiki.

Preview[edit | edit source]

It is a good idea to use the Show preview button before you save your changes. This will show you what your changes will look like before it is published for the world to see. This can help you to correct mistakes and fix any errors in your edit.

Editing environments[edit | edit source]

The Sims Wiki currently offers two editing environments for its users: one is an older, classic form of editing through wiki markup; and a newer "What You See Is What You Get" editor that's easier to use. To use the newer VisualEditor, just click the regular Edit button. To use the classic wiki markup editor, click the Edit source button.