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== Creating a new page == == Creating a new page ==
-There are several ways to create a page, but before you start you should think of a name and search to see if it already exists or whether there are similar pages.+See [[Help:Creating a New Page]].
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-See [[Help:Creating a New Page]] for details on creating pages.+
== Editing, Formatting, Internal & External Links == == Editing, Formatting, Internal & External Links ==
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<pre>'''bold text'''</pre> <pre>'''bold text'''</pre>
-See: [[Help: Reference]] or+See: [[Help: Reference]]
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-[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Tutorial Wikipedia Tutorial] or+
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-[http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help:Formatting Mediawiki Tutorial]+
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Images are a little trickier to add as you must also dowload the file. However like other mediaWiki features, this has been made to be quite straight-forward. Images are a little trickier to add as you must also dowload the file. However like other mediaWiki features, this has been made to be quite straight-forward.
-See: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Picture_tutorial Wikipedia Picture Tutorial].+See: [[Help: Reference#Images|Adding an Image]]
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-'''Note:''' Please make sure you only download low resolution images as digital images can take up considerable space. Large images should be edited to reduce their size. MediaWiki recommends a maximum size of 1000 x 720 pixels. An excellent shareware program for editing file size is [http://www.irfanview.com Irfanview].+
==Etiquette and Legal Stuff== ==Etiquette and Legal Stuff==
As with any other community, unfortunately, there need to be a few rules: As with any other community, unfortunately, there need to be a few rules:
-*No objectional, illegal or items restricted by copyright or licenses+*No objectional or illegal items or items restricted by copyright or license.
-*Discussions or additions to articles should be made positive and so no flaming or put-downs+*All contributions should be positive and so no flaming or put-downs
-*This site is aimed at recording New Zealand History and so restrict your articles to this broad description+*This site is aimed at recording New Zealand History and so restrict your articles to this broad topic
-*There are many online resources for publishing private websites, family trees etc and so please restrict your articles to those with a public interest +*There are many online resources for publishing private websites, family trees etc and so restrict your articles to those with a public interest
In the end I must follow the law in the USA (where the site is hosted) and in New Zealand and also the rules that I have agreed to from the website's host [http://www.westhost.com WestHost]. As a result I must reserve the right to delete any material which I deem objectional or irrelevant and to ban users who repeatedly publish such material. In the end I must follow the law in the USA (where the site is hosted) and in New Zealand and also the rules that I have agreed to from the website's host [http://www.westhost.com WestHost]. As a result I must reserve the right to delete any material which I deem objectional or irrelevant and to ban users who repeatedly publish such material.
-Please read this excellent article for guidelines: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Etiquette Wikipedia Etiquette]+Please read this excellent article for guidelines: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Etiquette Wikipedia: Etiquette]
==Privacy== ==Privacy==
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See [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_domain Wikipedia: The Public Domain]. See [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_domain Wikipedia: The Public Domain].
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 +==More Help==
 +See:
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 +[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Tutorial Wikipedia: Tutorial] or
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 +[http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help Mediawiki: Help]

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Contents

Creating an account

Before you can edit or create a page you need to create an account by clicking the link at the top of each page, and then log in.

Creating a new page

See Help:Creating a New Page.

Editing, Formatting, Internal & External Links

Basic layout can be done very easily using the Icons above the edit box or by typing the control characters yourself, for example to create bold text you simply type:

'''bold text'''

See: Help: Reference


Previewing and Saving

Before you save a page:

  • Preview and spell check your contributions,
  • Put a note in the Summary as to why you are making the change or tick the minor change box if it is just a spelling, grammar or basic layout change,
  • Make sure you have links to take your readers to other pages and that you have added a Category or Categories,
  • While it seems silly to say this, do remember to SAVE your page!! As I have discovered, it is all too easy to click on a link in the article you are previewing and forget to save your work. If you do this, don't panic as you should be able to click on "Go Back".

Remember that every time you edit a page, a record is made in the database. You can review the changes made to any page, see the old versions and see who made the changes, by clicking the "history" tab at the top of the screen.

Adding Images

Images are a little trickier to add as you must also dowload the file. However like other mediaWiki features, this has been made to be quite straight-forward.

See: Adding an Image

Etiquette and Legal Stuff

As with any other community, unfortunately, there need to be a few rules:

  • No objectional or illegal items or items restricted by copyright or license.
  • All contributions should be positive and so no flaming or put-downs
  • This site is aimed at recording New Zealand History and so restrict your articles to this broad topic
  • There are many online resources for publishing private websites, family trees etc and so restrict your articles to those with a public interest


In the end I must follow the law in the USA (where the site is hosted) and in New Zealand and also the rules that I have agreed to from the website's host WestHost. As a result I must reserve the right to delete any material which I deem objectional or irrelevant and to ban users who repeatedly publish such material.

Please read this excellent article for guidelines: Wikipedia: Etiquette

Privacy

Any information you put in an article anywhere on the site is in the public domain.

See Wikipedia: The Public Domain.

More Help

See:

Wikipedia: Tutorial or

Mediawiki: Help

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