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When editing an article on A Wheel of Time Wiki, there is a small field labeled "Edit summary" under the main edit-box. It looks like this:


The text written here, up to 200 characters, will appear on the Recent changes page, in the page revision history, on the diff page (for comparing revisions), and in the watchlists of users who are watching that article. See m:Help:Edit summary for full information on this feature.

You might find text in this box enclosed in /* and */ marks even before you entered anything, which should be the title of the section that you edited if you used the section editing feature. (E.g. /* Guidelines */ would be there if you edited the Guidelines section of this page.) Add your summary after this text. You may want to check the help available on section titles in edit summaries for more details.

Guidelines Edit

Provide an edit summary is one of A Wheel of Time Wiki's (proposed) Policies. Even a short summary is better than no summary. Accurate summaries help people decide whether it is worthwhile for them to check a change. Summaries often pique the interest of users with an expertise in the area. This may not be as necessary for "minor changes", but "fixed spelling" or at least "typo" would be nice even then. If there is text enclosed in /* and */ already there (which, again, denotes a section title), leave that and add your summary after this text.

When uploading an image one should supply an upload summary. Please see Uploading images for full information on this feature.

Use of edit summaries in disputes Edit

If a content dispute develops, proper use of edit summaries is critical. Edit summaries should accurately and succintly summarize the nature of the edit, especially if it may be controversial; if the edit involves reverting previous changes, it should be marked as a revert in the edit summary. In controversial situations, avoid using edit summaries to carry on debates or negotiation over the content or to express opinions of the other users involved. Doing this may actually exacerbate the situation, because it naturally encourages the other party to respond in the same manner - in other words, by making an edit and using the edit summary - and what might have been productive dialogue instead becomes an edit war. In these situations, it is better to discuss changes to article content on the Help:Talk page. In non-controversial cases, it is occasionally workable to negotiate changes using edit summaries, but it is still important to describe the edit in the summary. I


Sometimes it is acceptable to use an abbreviation in the edit summary to make known what you are doing. Some common examples follow:

  • rv - revert to older version
  • rd - made redirect page
  • typo - revert
  • cat/re-cat - categorized
  • new - created new page
  • dab/disambig - disambiguated link/made disambiguation page
  • + - add (describe/summarize new material)
  • -/del/rm - delete (describe/summarize deleted material)
  • mv - moved page or section (give destination/source)
  • see talk - explanation on associated talk page
  • wikify - added wiki markup/wikilinks to existing page
  • sp - spelling correction (helpful to note what was corrected)

This page introduces the basics for getting started with editing on Wikia and a walkthrough of the Wikia editor. You may wish to visit the linked pages to learn more in-depth details of editing.

Note: the information below is for the classic Wikia editor. For information on using the new VisualEditor, see Help:VisualEditor.

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Watch a quick tour of the Wikia editor

Step by step

Anyone can edit a wikia, and generally you don't even need to have an account to edit! (There are some circumstances which can restrict editing.)

  • To edit a page, simply click the Edit button which is located by the title of the page.
  • The editor will then load, allowing you to make changes to the page - adding or removing text, photos, videos and much more.
Wikia editor2

The classic Wikia editor

Editor features

  • Visual Mode: This mode is generally the default and allows you to make edits that will appear similar to how they will on the published page.
  • Source Mode: This mode allows you to edit the page using wikitext.
    • You can disable the Visual Mode entirely by visiting the "Editing" tab in your preferences, opening the "Preferred editor" menu, then selecting "Source editor".
    • This mode may be preferred for editors who need to edit complex templates frequently.
  • Edit Area: This is the main content area where you can add text, media and adjust the format of the page.
  • Toolbar: The toolbar allows you to format text, making it different sizes and styles. You can expand and condense the toolbar to view more or less tools.
  • Feature Modules: The right pane also includes modules that allow you to add features and media such as photos, slideshow, videos and tables. You can access templates to use on the page and add categories. The preview and publish buttons are found at the top of this area.

Basic editing tips

  • Once the editor is opened, you can use the toolbar, features modules and free form edit area to add or adjust to the page content.
  • To see how your page will appear once it's published, click on the preview button. This will pop up a window that shows the page as it is currently designed. You can also choose to view how the page will look at the minimum and maximum sizes that other users might see.
  • If you like your preview, hit publish and your edits will be pushed live.
  • If you don't like your preview, you can keep editing until it appears as you would like it to.
  • To let others know what you added, fill in a summary above the publish button.

Finally, don't be afraid if you 'break' anything. All edits to a page are stored in the page history, and if something does go wrong you can simply revert to an older version.


Due to some issues with Internet Explorer 11, the editor's visual mode is not currently available when using this browser. It may be re-enabled at a future date.

See here for an explanation of Wikia's editor user preferences.

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