Violinwiki:Guide for beginning editors

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Welcome to the Violinwiki and thank you for coming here. This site needs violin teachers, music historians, luthiers, violinists or fiddlers, simply anyone having the knowledge about the violin matter that can be published and is willing to share the knowledge that would otherwise be lost.

It may be overwhelming when you come to the wiki for the first time, below you can find a few pieces of advice how to start.

First: Look around

If you have not done so yet, just browse through Violinwiki pages, look at their layout, their formatting and writing style. You may click View source to observe wikitext. Once you think you gained some experience you may decide where to put your knowledge about the subject.

Second: Where

You have the knowledge about a particular violin subject and want to publish it at Violinwiki. First, check Missing article. That will give you an overview of areas where Violinwiki can be expanded. Second, check Special:WantedPages. The result is a list of the red links. The red link means that an article of that name is waiting to be written. If you find the red link with the name that corresponds to your need, you just need to click on it and can start editing (not yet, please keep reading for a little while).

If the red link with the name you want does not exist, check Category:Stubs. Stubs are just very short articles waiting to be completed. If you still have not found your subject, use Search window at the top right corner or Special:Search. In the search results you may find a page that contains the words corresponding to your subject. Then depending on the contents of the page you may add your information to the existing page or make links out of the key words to a new page. When you know the destination for your article you can think about how to edit it.

Third: How

The minimum you need to know how to create or edit articles is to click on the red link or the Edit button and to click on the Save button and that is all, the information is saved. But to create good and beautiful articles requires a little more.

  • Violinwiki:Capabilities shows what can be done on Violinwiki, from editing to embedding videos.
  • Help:Cheatsheet shows the most frequent formatting.
  • Help:Edit toolbar makes life even easier for the editor by showing how to format text using Editor toolbar. (Though when you gain experience you may find writing wikitext directly is sometimes faster and more convenient.)
  • Help:Wikitext examples shows many examples of the formatting. You do not need to know all of that for your start, with frequent edits you will gradually absorb most of it.

Fourth: Summary

There is a field Summary just above the Save button. Whenever you edit the page please remember to fill in the summary describing the action you did.

Fifth: Read again

  • FAQ. It may contain answers to your questions. If it does not, add your question there.
  • Violinwiki guidelines. They contain more detailed information than this brief introduction and links to further pages.
  • Naming conventions. If you add information to the existing pages or create new pages from the red links, the page names are already defined. If you need to create a page out of scratch, please follow the name conventions so that the page fits into the structure of the Violinwiki and can be found easily.
  • Template guide. Several types of articles (Book, Piece, Teacher, Composer) are best created by using corresponding article templates.

Sixth: Be bold

If you have not done so yet, it is time to create an account and start experimenting in your or Violinwiki sandbox. Sections Username policy and User password of Violinwiki guidelines provide recommendations for user creation. No need to feel intimidated by wiki text formatting. Violinwiki is a collaborative site, knowledge is first, another editor may fix typos or formatting.

Seventh: Create your user page

Once you create your account, create your userpage. Help:User page and User page policies show you what and how.

Eighth: There is always help

There is an extensive help, the front page is Help:Contents. It is not necessary to read all the help pages before you start editing, the good choice is Help:Reader and Help:Editor.