How to Use This Wiki

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Joining the BBQ Wiki

  • You first need to set up an account to create or edit a page.
  • Click the create account link here or in the top-right corner of the wiki, fill out the required fields, and click the “Create account” button.
  • You’ll then receive an e-mail from MediaWiki Mail to confirm your account on BBQ Wiki. Follow the directions in the e-mail, and once you’ve confirmed your account as directed, you’re officially a new member of the BBQ Wiki. Grill on!

Creating a New Wiki Page

  • First, use the search box to look for a term. If it doesn't already exist in the wiki, you will be given the option to create an entry for that term. (Note: Be specific when searching for a term to avoid duplicating wiki page names.)
  • Click that red link to create the new Wiki page.
  • Now click on the red link. At that point, you'll be re-directed to a screen that states: "You've followed a link to a page that doesn't exist yet. To create the page, start typing in the box below (see the help page for more info). If you are here by mistake, just click your browser's back button."
  • Start adding text to the new page you're producing.
  • When you're finished adding content to the page, click the "Save change" button at the bottom of the page.

Editing an Existing Wiki Page

  • To edit the BBQ Wiki, just click "Edit" in the top-right tab of the page to open the text box.
  • Make your changes.
  • Click the "Save change" button at the bottom of the page.

How to Add Images

  • On the left-hand navigation, click the "Upload file" link. Then follow directions on that page for uploading your file to the wiki, and for how to add those images to wiki pages.

How to Create Categories on the Wiki

  • A wiki category groups wiki pages together based on topic for easy navigation.
  • A new category can be created by adding a new entry called "Category:Name of Category," with "Name of Category" being replaced by the actual name of the new category.
  • After creating a new wiki page, a category can be added to a page by adding "Category:Name of Category" in double brackets into the text box. (Note: Remember to replace "Name of Category" with the actual name of the new category.)

How to Add Links in Pages to Other Wiki Pages

  • Linking a word or phrase on a wiki page is an inter-wiki link, which is a link made to a new or existing page within the wiki.
  • To create a link to an existing page, the name of the page you would like to link to must be placed between a double set of brackets (or you can highlight the text you want to link, and select the link icon in the web editor, which will insert the double brackets for you).

How to Link to External Pages or Pages Outside of the Wiki

  • To link to an external web page, use single brackets around the text you want to link (or highlight the text you want to link, and select the globe icon in the web editor, which will insert the single brackets), and within the brackets, list the full url with "http://" to the left of the text you want to link.
  • Or you can link to a web page by listing the URL in the wiki page as in and that's exactly how it will appear in the text on the page.

For additional information on using this BBQ Wiki, consult the MediaWiki FAQ.

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