Help:Getting started

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Oberwiki is a '''wiki''' site, which means anyone can add and edit information. You don't have to be a student, or live in the area, or be a graduate — just have an interest in Oberlin.
 
Oberwiki is a '''wiki''' site, which means anyone can add and edit information. You don't have to be a student, or live in the area, or be a graduate — just have an interest in Oberlin.
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You might check out [[Community portal]] to see what's new around the site and if there's anything that needs doing. There's also a [[Special:Wantedpages|list of titles that need content]].
  
 
If you're curious, you can read [[Oberwiki:About|more about Oberwiki]] or [[Wikipedia:Wiki|more about wikis in general]].
 
If you're curious, you can read [[Oberwiki:About|more about Oberwiki]] or [[Wikipedia:Wiki|more about wikis in general]].
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== Creating a page ==
 
== Creating a page ==
  
'''In a nutshell:''' search for the title of the page you want to create in the "Search" box on the left. If there's no page with that title already, you'll see a link to "<span style="color:#903;text-decoration:underline">create this page</span>" (and then some search results).
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'''In a nutshell:''' search for the title of the page you want to create in the "Search" box on the left. If there's no page with that title already, you'll see a link to "<span style="color:#903;text-decoration:underline;cursor:pointer" title="no, this isn't a link">create this page</span>" (and then some search results).
  
 
'''What can you write about?''' Anything you want, that's related to Oberlin college or town in any way. Facts are great, but so are opinions, as long as you sign that they're yours (type four tildes: <tt><nowiki>~~~~</nowiki></tt>).
 
'''What can you write about?''' Anything you want, that's related to Oberlin college or town in any way. Facts are great, but so are opinions, as long as you sign that they're yours (type four tildes: <tt><nowiki>~~~~</nowiki></tt>).
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Enter text in the large editing box, and put a summary of your edit in the Summary box below it. You can preview your edit with the "Show preview" button, and when you're done, hit the "Save page" button.
 
Enter text in the large editing box, and put a summary of your edit in the Summary box below it. You can preview your edit with the "Show preview" button, and when you're done, hit the "Save page" button.
  
Once your new page has been created, it's visible to anyone — and editable by anyone.  
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Once your new page has been created, it's visible to anyone — and editable by anyone.
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When listing events, include the four-digit year in the date. That will avoid confusion next year, and so on.
  
 
For more information check out [[Help:Starting a new article]].
 
For more information check out [[Help:Starting a new article]].
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'''Formatting:''' Oberwiki uses a special way of formatting text (making links, tables, lists, etc.). See [[Help:Editing]] for a description.
 
'''Formatting:''' Oberwiki uses a special way of formatting text (making links, tables, lists, etc.). See [[Help:Editing]] for a description.
  
'''Images''' can be put in pages in a couple different ways. The easiest is to look at through [[Special:Newimages|the gallery of uploaded images]], and then stick <tt><nowiki>[[Image:<imagename.extension>]]</nowiki></tt> in the page.  
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'''Images''' can be put in pages in a couple different ways. The easiest is to look at through [[Special:Newimages|the gallery of uploaded images]], and then stick <tt><nowiki>[[Image:<imagename.extension>]]</nowiki></tt> in the page.
  
 
== More info ==
 
== More info ==

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