A wiki is a linked set of pages which anyone can edit and expand. This freedom allows for unique expression and helps foster interesting and new ideas in an organic and very dynamic way.
If you see something you think is inaccurate or incorrect, you have the power to change it. If you see that something is incomplete, you can add more information. You can also create completely new content and tie it into the rest of the site. Likewise, others have the power to veto your changes. It is a delicate balance but one which ultimately leaves the users with the content they most want.
Never be afraid to change something or try something new!
IMPORTANT: In order to edit pages, you must first create an account. This is a very painless process and the only hurdle to contributing content.
Making an account is as easy as clicking a button and choosing an appropriate name (like BobSmith). If you would like to be able to retrieve a forgotten password, you should also enter a valid email address. That's it. After making an account you should check out the [[User:Template:User]] page and make a homepage for yourself.
Editing a page is as simple as clicking on the "Edit" button at the top of the screen. There are, however, many possible options for markup (i.e. making the page look pretty.) For your convenience, we have made a formatting toolbar, which works very much like a toolbar in a word processor. By highlighting text and clicking one of the buttons, such as Bold, the text will be surrounded by the appropriate markup to make it appear bold. More information on editing can be found over at Help:Editing. In general, just looking at how existing pages do things (by clicking on Edit and looking at the "raw" content) should let you figure out the markup -- which is very simple! (Always make sure you "Preview" before you "Save Changes", otherwise you might end up editing a page several times)
Some pages are protected from editing by sysops..
The most important concept, though, is linking. The idea is to have all pages linked together in a logical and intuitive way. To make a link to a page, type the exact name of the page you wish to link to, surrounded by double brackets. This means to link to the page Main Page I type [[Main Page]]. It's that simple. To make a link to a page that displays differently, such as a link to Main Page that displays as Hello World! you just write [[Main Page|Hello World!]].
Also, try to be descriptive in your linking. Don't use the "click here!" phrase: "For more info check Help:Contents" is bad! "Check out Help:Contents for more info" is good! (http://www.w3.org W3.org has some [[tips]] on good link style)
To link to a page outside the wiki, you write you link like [http://www.city.davis.ca.us/ this] which displays as this. Of course, you can also just write [http://www.city.davis.ca.us/] or http://www.city.davis.ca.us/ if you don't want any alternative text.
To create a page, first think about where you want this page to be linked from. Say you want to create a page about your favorite food recipe. Ideally, there should be a link to this recipe in Nepali Recipes or perhaps other pages as well. You would go edit Nepali Recipes to add a link to your page -- even though your page hasn't been made yet. Once you save your changes and click on the new link, you'll be given the opportunity to create the page!
TIP: If you can't think of a page to create, look over the Special:WantedPages. It is a list of pages which have been linked but have not been created. Perfect candidates for a write-up!
If this is unclear, just view the source (by clicking on the "Raw View" link at the bottom of the page -- or if you're lazy, just by clicking "Edit") of some pages! It will become perfectly clear after a few minutes.
To create a page without making a link to it first, simply type the name of the desired page into the search box. Then you will be prompted with the option of creating the page. But remember: because you made the page without first making a link to it, it might get lost in the sea of pages. Linking is very important for this reason -- If you don't link your new page from existing pages, then no one will be able to find it. Spend some time thinking about good places where you should make a link to your new page. Using the search box is very useful for finding phrases and material where you might want to provide a link.
Info Tab / Revision History
The wiki tracks all the changes made to all the pages, and this information is available at the top of the screen. Every edit of a page accounts for a new version, and clicking "History" at the top of the page allows you to see previous versions of the page.
After you've made an account, viewed the source of some pages, and played around with editing your home page. To make a homepage, simply click on your login name at the top left of the screen. This means if your name is EkNepali (it's not), you simply make the page with the title EkNepali and fill it with whatever you want (and easy way to do this: click on your user name in the upper right hand corner).
Then, you should check out Help:Editing.
- Link link link! After you've made a page you should search the wiki looking for places to add links to your new page. After all, if you make a page, shouldn't you make sure everyone else can see it? Occurrences of the page name are immediately candidates for links. Beyond this, you can get creative and link relevant text accordingly.
- Preview! Always click "Preview" before you click "Save Changes" in order to make sure everything looks right, etc! Even the best of us forget this all too often.