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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:

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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

ShorthandEdit

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)
VisualEditor

The VisualEditor

Wikia editor2

The classic editor

Editing on Wikia is generally as simple as clicking the 'Edit' button on a page. Doing so will take to you an edit page where you can start to make changes to the page - such adding new information and media, or updating the formatting.

Depending on whether you are logged in, you may receive a different editing experience:

Help:VisualEditor
Most anonymous and newer users will see the VisualEditor, a completely new editing experience based around showing you an accurate visual representation of your changes.
Help:Classic editor
Other users will see the classic editor - this includes the older visual editing experience and basic source wikitext editing.

Quick tips

Once in an editor, you can use the available tools to quickly add and remove information, change the formatting, add new media, update the page's layout and much more! Once you're done making your changes, just click the 'Publish' button to update the page.

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.

Choosing an editor

Logged in users can choose your default editor from a dropdown list in your user preferences (found here).

Setting Meaning
No preference Shows whichever editor has been set as default for the wikia you are on - VisualEditor, classic rich-text or source. (Note: this preference is being phased out)
Wikia's new VisualEditor Shows the new VisualEditor on all wikias
Wikia's classic rich-text editor Shows the classic rich-text editor where already enabled. If not, the source editor is shown.
Source editor Shows the basic source editor on all wikias

Anonymous users will generally always see the VisualEditor by default. In a few specific cases, the VisualEditor may not be available on a particular wikia.

Additionally, the alternative editors can still be found under the 'Edit' button dropdown - for example, you can still access the classic editor from the dropdown even if the VisualEditor is the default.

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