Chapter 2. Contributing Content to a Wiki

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Introducing the basic skills needed to use wikis

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Navigating wikis

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Editing text on a wiki page

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Creating links to wiki pages

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Attaching files to wiki pages

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Printing wiki pages

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Playing it safe with wiki pages versions

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Using the Changes link to see what’s up with a wiki

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In the world of wikis, the fundamental act — the source of all value, the golden spike, the first cause, the chicken before the egg — is creating a page. Your journey to mastery of this skill of terrifying power begins right now.

If you imagine these words spoken from a mountaintop with lightning flashing all around, take comfort in knowing that finding your way around wikis and creating wiki pages isn’t terrifying at all. After understanding a few simple rules and ideas, almost anyone can create a wiki page. And that, my friend, is a big reason why wikis have become the sensation they are.

Millions of wiki pages have been created by average Joes and Josephines all over the world. Wikis have been used to create encyclopedias, manage projects, document technology, and even write books (like this one, for example). The knowledge carried on wiki pages has been used and improved by millions of other people. However, the whole ball can’t start rolling until ...

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