The idea of a wiki is that everyone can easily create, format, and organize new content. All changes are tracked and can be "undone" (i.e., reverted to an earlier version) if necessary. You need to log in before editing because we have had trouble with spammers. Just e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to be given a login ID and permission to edit or add to the wiki.
If you are a first-time user, check out the Wiki 101 page, which shows you how to make a simple edit. This page includes more detail on how to add special "wikitext markup" formating when editing a page (e.g., making words bold, adding links, and creating headers). The best way to learn how to use the advanced formating features is to try them out. But, please practice your editing on the Sandbox page and not this one.
Common Editing Markups
The table below includes examples of the most common markups (see Help:Wikitext examples for the complete list). You can use the editing toolbar to help with some of these.
|What it looks like||What you type|
''italicize text'' '''bold text'''
Headings organize your writing into sections. The Wiki software can automatically generate a table of contents when at least 3 headings exist. If you don't want it to, type in __NOTOC__
Using more equals signs creates a subsection.
A smaller subsection
Please don't skip levels, like from two to four equals signs.
== Section headings == ''Headings'' organize your writing into sections. The Wiki software can automatically generate a table of contents when at least 3 headings exist. If you don't want it to, type in __NOTOC__ === Subsection === Using more equals signs creates a subsection. ==== A smaller subsection ==== Please don't skip levels, like from two to four equals signs.
* First bulleted list item * Second bulleted list item ** Sub-bulleted list item
# First numbered list item # Second numbered list item ## Sub-numbered list item
[[Main Page]] and [[main Page]] link to the same page. [[Main page]] does not (i.e., capital letters only matter after the first letter) [[Main Page]]s [[Main Page | The main page]] [[Main Page#Using_the_Wiki | Using the Wiki section]]
http://www.medshelf.org [http://www.medshelf.org MedShelf] [http://www.medshelf.org]
[[Ignore Wiki Formatting]]
<nowiki>[[Ignore Wiki Formatting]]</nowiki>
Editing Best Practices
Summarize your changes
- Write a short edit summary in the small field below the edit-box. This helps other community members who view the Recent Changes page keep up on what is new and determine if they should review your edit. Also, make sure and only use the minor edit checkbox for edits that don't change the meaning of the content (e.g., such as fixing spelling).
Consider Logging in first
- Each time you make an edit, the system will keep track of your username (if you are logged in) or computer's IP address (when you are not logged in). Some wikis will require you to log in before editing, but even if you are not required to you may want to in order to let other community members know that you have made the edit.
Ask before making major structural changes
- If you want to make major structural changes to the wiki (e.g., changing existing page names, reorganizing the Main Page) please discuss it with the Wiki Team first or add your suggested change to the content section of the Suggestion Box.
- Help:Starting a new page
- Help:Renaming a page (also known as "Moving a page")
- Help:Organizing pages