The Spaceinvasion Wiki is a wiki, meaning that anyone can edit any unprotected page and improve articles immediately for all readers. You only need to register to do this. The Spaceinvasion Wiki uses wiki markup (wikitext).
Some pages, like the main page, are protected from editing. These pages have a
View source link instead of an
Edit link. You can still edit these pages indirectly, by submitting an "edit request" – by clicking on the
Discussion link at the top left of the page and making a comment.
When adding content and creating new articles an encyclopedic style with a formal tone is important. Instead of essay-like, argumentative, or opinionated writing, Wiki articles should have a straightforward, just-the-facts style. The goal of a Wiki article is to create a comprehensive and neutrally written summary of existing mainstream knowledge about game aspects. Ideally all information should be cited and verifiable by reliable sources.
Editing most wiki pages is simple. The Spaceinvasion Wiki uses classic editing through wiki markup (wikitext). Wiki markup editing is chosen by clicking the Edit tab at the top of a page (or on a section-edit link). This will take you to a new page containing the editable contents of the current page. Wiki markup is used extensively throughout the site for such things as hyperlinks, tables and columns, footnotes, inline citation, special characters and so on.
When you have finished editing, you should write a short edit summary in the small field below the edit box. You may use shorthand to describe your changes, as described in the legend. To see how the page looks with your edits, press the "Show preview" button. To see the differences between the page with your edits and the previous version of the page, press the "Show changes" button. If you're satisfied with what you see, be bold and press the "Save page" button. Your changes will immediately be visible to all wiki users.
Note: Do not sign the edit summary line with your ~~~~ signature, as it does not work there.
A check to the "minor edit" box signifies that only superficial differences exist between the version with your edit and the previous version: typo corrections, formatting and presentational changes, rearranging of text without modifying content, etc. A minor edit is a version that the editor believes requires no review and could never be the subject of a dispute. The "minor edit" option is one of several edit options. Editors should not feel that marking a change as minor devalues their effort.
All editors are encouraged to be bold, but there are several things that a user can do to ensure that major edits are performed smoothly. Before engaging in a major edit, a user should consider discussing proposed changes on the article discussion/talk page. Once the edit has been completed, the inclusion of an edit summary will assist in documenting the changes. These steps will help all to ensure that major edits are well received by the Wiki community.
A major edit should be reviewed to confirm that it is consensual to all concerned editors. Therefore, any change that affects the meaning of an article is major (not minor), even if the edit is a single word.
There are no necessary terms to which you have to agree when doing major edits, but the preceding recommendations have become best practice. If you do it your own way, the likelihood of your edits being reedited may be higher.
When performing a large edit, it is suggested that you periodically, and before pressing "Save page", copy your edits into an external text editor (preferably one without formatting, such as Notepad). This ensures that in the case of a browser crash you will not lose your work. If you are adding substantial amounts of work, it is also a good idea to save changes in stages.
Generally sources are added directly after the facts they support at the end of the sentence and after any punctuation. The Spaceinvasion Wiki permits editors to use any citation system that allows the reader to understand where the information came from, and strongly encourages use of inline citations to do so. Common methods of placing inline citations include footnotes, shortened footnotes and parenthetical references.
Inline citations are most commonly placed by inserting a reference between
</ref> tags, directly in the text of an article. When one saves, that will display in the text as a footnote (e.g.), and the source you keyed in will appear on the page in a collated, numbered list corresponding to the footnote numbers in the text, wherever a template or
<references /> tag is present, usually in a section titled "References" or "Notes". If you are creating a new page, or adding references to a page that didn't previously have any, don't forget to add a references section with this display markup.
A file that is already hosted on the site can be inserted with the basic code "
Image:" can be substituted for "
File:" with no change in effect; the choice between the two is purely a matter of editorial preference.) Using "
thumb" generates a thumbnail of an image (the most common placement option), which is typically sized differently from the original image.
Every article on the Wiki has a talk page, reached by clicking the Discussion tab just above the title. There, editors can discuss improvements to the content of an article. If you ever make a change that gets reverted by another editor, discuss the change on the talk page! The BOLD, revert, discuss cycle is a popular method of reaching consensus. It is very important that you conduct yourself with civility and assume good faith on the part of others. Edit warring (repeatedly overriding or reimplementing contributions) is highly discouraged.
Most other types of pages on the Wiki also have associated talk pages, including the User page each editor is assigned once they sign up. When other editors need to contact you, they will usually do this by leaving a message on your talk page. When someone has left you a message that way, you will see a notice the next time you log in or view a page on the Wiki.
- Sign your contributions to a Talk page by using four tildes (~~~~), which produces your username and a time/date stamp.