The basics of editing this Wiki

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The number one rule of wiki editing, is to be bold. Dive in and make changes. Other people can correct mistakes later, so have confidence, and give it a try! There can be all kinds of editing conventions, rules, and philosophy governing the editing of wiki pages, but the "be bold" rule overrides these!

In general try to write clearly and concisely and make sure you are always aiming to do something which improves the wiki contents. An edit might be to contribute whole paragraphs or pages full of information, or it could be as simple as fixing a typo or spelling mistake.

Basic Editing and Formatting Text

The first thing you need to do is learn basic editing and how to format text in the wiki. The goal of this step is to become familiar with wiki markup.

There are three ways to learn this and you can choose one or do all three.

  • Click the Edit button and just play around with the controls in the toolbar. If anything bad happens, just press "Cancel." Don't worry, even if you somehow broke something, an editor could fix it with 3 clicks of their mouse.
  • Read the following tutorials:
    • Basic editing - walks you through pressing the EasyEdit button and saving your changes.
    • Formatting text - how to format text with bold, italic, underline, colors, bullet points, numbered lists, and several other things.
    • Watch the following video on basic editing and formatting text. The video is 15 minutes long and has many examples. This approach is probably best if computers make you nervous and you want to go through it step by step.

Adding links

There are also three ways to learn how to add links:

  • Click the Edit button and play around with the "Link" button on the toolbar that pops up
  • Read the following tutorial: adding a link
  • Watch our video on adding links.

Add a Page

Read the Following tutorial: Starting a New Page

Adding Widgets

In order to increase functionality editors can add and use a variety of widgets to a page. We currently only have a limited number of widgets that can be used. To learn which widgets we have and how to use these check out TMSWiki:Widget Examples.

Some things to bear in mind

  • The TMS Wiki is built on a piece of software called Mediawiki, which is the same software used by Wikipedia.
  • The best way to learn how to edit is by experimenting, and a great place to play around and experiment while editing is by playing around with the Scratch pad. It is a special page that isn't used for anything other than as a scratch pad where people can make changes to build up their confidence with editing.
  • Don't worry about breaking anything. Because of the way that Mediawiki software is designed, any change you make that you don't like can be undone in a couple of clicks by an experienced user.
  • You can quickly find the parts of the wiki that are most in need of work by looking at Editor's Home Page, which has a to-do list and a bunch of resources for editors.
  • It is always good to tell us a little bit about yourself by editing your profile. Feel free to delete all of the text that it starts out with and replace it with whatever you feel represents you the best. If you have a TMSHelp profile, you can just paste in the text that you put there. Uploading a picture can work wonders (even if it isn't of you!), and will probably get you a spot in the top contributors box on the left.
  • When you make a new page anywhere, make sure to include the disclaimer at the bottom of the page. To do this simply add the code {{Disclaimer}} . This is the code for the Disclaimer template.

Talk Pages

Much like Wikipedia all of the pages on this site have a corresponding "Talk" page, which can be accessed by clicking on the "Discussion" tab in the top left of the page. This page is designed to hold discussions on design features for the specific page. If you have any ideas or suggestions on how to improve a page, you should put them in the "Talk" page. For discussions on TMS/PPD recovery and treatment please visit our forum.

DISCLAIMER: The TMS Wiki is for informational and support purposes only and does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment recommendations. See Full Disclaimer.