Help:Editing FAQ

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This FAQ answers the most common questions about editing Rd Engine. For full help on editing articles, see the Help page, and these help articles:

See Help:Browser notes.


[edit] How do I edit a page?

It's quite easy. Simply click the "Edit this page" tab located at the top of the page or the other edit link across from headings on the right hand side of the page, and type away. See How to edit a page to learn about making links, using bold and italics, linking to images, and many other things...

[edit] But I have problems editing with my browser!

See Help:Browser notes.

[edit] How do I make links?

A link is just the name of the page surrounded by double square brackets. It's also possible to make the link display text that is different from that of the link itself:
[[page name]]
[[page name]]s -- suffix text will display as part of the link
[[page name|display name]] -- the piped link: hide the page name and display something else (but use this sparingly, and never "click here"!)
[[page name (disambiguation)|]] -- the "pipe trick": the part in parentheses will not be displayed.
NB You don't need to put underscores ("_"), to act as space separators like you see in links. Spaces will work fine.

[edit] How do I rename a page?

Registered users with a little bit of editing history under their belt can move a page; this moves the page content and edit history to a new title, and creates a redirecting page at the old title. This method is better than just copying and pasting the content by hand, as it preserves the article's history, as required by our license. Use the "Move this page" link. Once you have moved a page, please click the "What links here" and fix the links to the old page (which will be labelled as a redirect in the "What links here" list). See How to rename (move) a page for more details.

[edit] How do I delete a page?

First off, please don't blank articles. Such changes will most likely get reverted soon afterwards, so they are pointless, too.
The procedure for deletions is explained at Help:Deletion policy. Articles that should be deleted are most commonly nominated at Help:Articles for deletion.

[edit] How do I edit a redirect page?

The easiest way to edit the redirected page is to click on the link you see at the top of the page after being redirected: "redirected from ...". For example, if you try to go to the William Jefferson Clinton page, you are redirected to the Bill Clinton page. At the very top of that page, you will see a message: "(redirected from William Jefferson Clinton)", Click on the William Jefferson Clinton link, and you will edit the redirect page. See Redirect.

[edit] How do I convert Unicode characters to HTML special characters?

  1. Edit the article just like you do UTF-8'd wiki sites.
  2. Then hit preview. You should get broken characters or mojibake, but don't delete them because they enable conversion of Unicode characters to HTML.
  3. While keeping broken characters, type articles. You probably want to copy the entire article before removing it then paste it after you get broken characters.
(see also Wikipedia:Special characters, in particular the section CJK characters)

[edit] How can I put pictures on my pages?

First, you need the right to publish the picture under the GNU Free Documentation License. This means that either you created the picture and therefore own the copyright, or it is in the public domain. If the picture is located on a server you control, you can refer to that image from your wiki page by simply including its URL, like this:
and it will be included. (Note it will only be linked, not displayed.) If instead you want to upload a picture to, you can use special:upload as a logged-in user and once it is uploaded, you can refer to it in your wiki pages as above, by including its file name :[[image:NameOfImage.png|Alternate Text]].
See also Image use policy.

[edit] How can I delete uploaded items?

Only Help:Administrators can delete uploads, but anyone can upload a new item with the same name, thereby replacing the old one.

[edit] How do I describe images?

Click on the image to get the description page. Also, when you upload the file everything you put in the upload summary is placed into the image description page. See Image:Great Horned Owl.USFWS-thumb.jpg for an example of what goes onto one of these pages.

[edit] How do I cite sources?

In short, can reference templates and the <ref> tag be used together?

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