GUIDE TO EDITING THE TWC WIKI
Editing Existing Pages
Making New Pages
Security of the Wiki and Ownership of Information
Anyone can edit existing pages on the TWC Wiki, add new pages and add or amend categories. Any subject relating to the whole TW Community, the entire Total War series of games, the people, mods and modding may be included. Other topics could also be included for instance articles on history, geography and archaeology which might be useful in modding or understanding the games. Articles relating to useful software, links to other useful sites and reference material would also be suitable.
The success of the Wiki depends on as many people as possible lending a hand to add content and refine the existing articles. You can edit the Wiki without even logging in (in which case your IP address will be recorded against your changes). It is preferable though that you do log in; you can make new account on the Wiki very easily with just a user-name and password, you don't have to use the same username as on TWC but it is helpful.
Editing Existing Pages
When you visit any page which isn't protected (most pages except the front page) you will see an edit tab at the top and edit links by each subsection on the right hand side. Click on any of these and you will see the text of that part of the page as it was written by the previous user. Editing that text is very similar to editing your post on the forum. You have box where you actually change text, a few handy shortcuts to commands at the top (bold, italic etc) and a preview button. Do use the preview function to check you have the desired result before saving your changes.
The way the Wiki formatting works is slightly different from forum reply (vBcode) format, for more detailed advice see here. Examples of common things you may want to use in Wiki format:
Bold: '''Three apostrophes around text'''
Italic: ''Two apostrophes around text''
Headings: headings are set by using equals sign around name, adding a new heading to an article automatically adds it to that pages content list:
==Main Page Heading==
====Smaller Subsection Heading====
Link to another Wiki Page: [[page name]]
Link to another Wiki Page but with different description visible in link:
[[page name| description]]
Link to external page: [http://www.twcenter.net click here] that gives you a link saying "click here" which takes you to http://www.twcenter.net, note the space between the URL address and link text.
Image: if you already have an image hosted elsewhere you can use a direct link to your image in which case just paste in the whole URL without any formatting around it. It is preferable though that you upload the image directly to the Wiki so that images aren't lost if hosting expires. To upload click on "upload file" on left hand side of page; for source filename browse for your image on your hard disk; for destination filename use some descriptive name ending with file extension. eg: File_name.jpg .
To include that image on a page use: [[Image:File_name.jpg]]
If you already have a forum page you wish to convert you can try using automated formatting converter created by Simetrical, although some more minor formatting by you may be needed: here.
Making New Pages
When editing an article you can add an internal link to a page name that does not exist yet, e.g. [[new page]]. If you click on that link on either the preview page or the saved version, it will take you to a page with the title "new page" which will have an edit window and the description "You've followed a link to a page that doesn't exist yet. To create the page, start typing in the box below...". Add text and save the page, you will have created a new page. Typing in an address in the URL bar of your browser to a page that does not exist e.g.
will give you the same option.
Before adding a new page, please do have a look around relevant categories and check using the search function that the page doesn't already exist or have a slightly different spelling etc. Please note that the page names (URL addresses) are case sensitive.
You can add a new or existing page to a category by adding
[[Category:RTWModding]] to the bottom of the page (where RTWModding is the category you want to add the page to). If you want to add a page to a category that doesn't exist yet type http://www.twcenter.net/wiki/Category:New_Category_Name
in your browser URL bar, when you get to the category page add some text and save (basically the same procedure as making new page). You can then add [[Category:New_Category_Name]] to the pages you want to appear in that category. Note that one page can appear in as many different categories as you want, just use one category after another, eg:
[[Category:TWC Hosted Modifications]][[Category:RTW Mods]]
Before doing any radical changes to the category system, please check with other users. Leave a message in the talk section of the page/category you want to amend, or post in this thread.
Security of the Wiki and Ownership of Information.
Please don't worry about accidentally damaging the Wiki or about other people vandalising information you have added. Each page has a history attached to it, in the event of any problem the changes made previously can be viewed and the original state of the article restored if necessary.
Unlike forum tutorials etc. your name may not remain associated with the information you post (though if you edit whilst logged in your name is forever associated with the history of the article) and others can edit information afterwards. The success of the Wiki does rely on a generosity of spirit from content providers, the 'problem' with others being able to edit your information is also the Wiki's greatest claim to success. If the original poster loses interest in updating information - or does not have time to do so - other users can take over, so any information displayed has the greatest chance of remaining up-to-date.
If you want to add information posted by another user on a TW forum or other website, please do seek their permission first. Apart from any agreement with them it would also be courteous to include "based on post by Fred on blah.com" at beginning of article.