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This Quick FAQ is simply to help you, the community, update this wiki to a competant standard.

Unlike alot of wiki's, the Australian Music Wiki does not require heavy referencing, or any for that matter. The reason behind this, is that alot of content and information here is either subjective, opiniounated or biased. Any information should not be taken as 100% fact.

On another note, content is made by the people, for the people, that is, information pertaining to certain individuals is most likely placed their, by said individual.

Australian Music Wiki hopes to one day be the home for all musicians in Australia, where bands both large and small will have their own BIO's to share, their own histories and legends to write, as they happen. Fans can find old local talent and follow the current members careers.


The wiki's text uses a similar syntax to MediaWiki, the engine that powers the infamous non-profit organisation wikipedia.


ContributeEdit

First of all, you will need to know how to ADD content.

To the top right of the page, there is a small grey box with 'Contribute' inside it. Clicking this will bring a drop down menu of options, Including 'Edit this page', 'Add a Photo', 'Add a Page', 'Wiki Activity'.

Edit This PageEdit

This option will bring up the text editor and display the entire text for the current page you are on. Here you can edit any text and add content to the page.

Add a PhotoEdit

This option will bring up the upload window within your browser. If it does not load, you may need to update your Flash plugin with Adobe.

The photo will be kept under the Wiki's collected image data, which can be used by anyone on the site. This is useful for those who want to re-use images, for example the Australian Music Wiki Logo can be re-used by simply clicking any 'Add Photo' button and selecting the image.

Add a PageEdit

This option will be the driving force of the Australian Music Wiki. It adds a 'Page' to the wiki site. Here you can create a page about your band, or you as a musician or your back-catalogue. It is VERY IMPORTANT you correctly spell the 'Title' as this will be what you internally link to. This is also 'CASE SENSETIVE'.

More on linking later.

Wiki ActivityEdit

This option will take you to the Wiki update page, showing all the recent updates made on this wiki.


Edit TextEdit

This will guide you to using 'linking' and 'text editing' and 'page creation' including 'categories'.


LinkingEdit

Wiki's are most notable for their linking. That is, the use of turning text, such as 'Australian Music Wiki' into a clickable link to another page that describes or has more information on that term/band/musican etc.

E.g. Australian Music Wiki

(NOTE: Blue text means the link is active and is connected to an adress. A RED link means it has not found the page and the link is BROKEN or does not yet exist).

There are two ways in which this is accomplished;

In text Syntax and the clickable 'Hyper-link' button in the Text editor tools.

SyntaxEdit

Double brackets are used before and after the input destination. This is case sensetive so be careful. By using "[" on both sides without spaces you can link too the given title. For example, If I wanted to link to my musicians page during a sentence, I would use the syntax; (Abbreviated because the code would hide the brackets)

Double > [Benjamin Lance Murrell] < Double.

This will search Australian Music Wiki for the title of the page typed between the double ['s. Simple no?

But what if you wanted to hyper-link OUTSIDE of this wiki? Perhaps Youtube or other media? Then you should use the Hyper-link option in the text editor.

Hyper-LinkEdit

The hyper-link appears in the Text editor tools, situated above the body of text window. Along with it is the Bold and Italic options. The third option is an image of three links moving diagonally. A few ways to use this feature;

Outside wiki link; Paste in the desired link on the first empty input. Make sure it has 'Http://' before it!!! and by chance if the wiki doesn't do it automatically, select the option 'To an External Link'. The Second input box will be used to write what word should be shown, instead of the entire website.

E.g. http://www.youtube.com OR Youtube. As you can see, both link to the same web address.

The hyper link can also use the syntax, instead of the web adress, you can type in (Case sensetive) the title of the page, and then the word which will show in the body of text, instead of the whole title. This is useful if by chance your full name is bothersome to write down and prefer shorter names. Benjamin Lance Murrell Vs. Ben.


Text EditingEdit

When editing Text, there isn't a specific way set. A new page will most likely appear blank. First of all, If writing your musician or band page, you will not need to re-write a heading with your band name etc ... The title of the page should have that information and serve to also be the main heading.

In the text editor, their is a dot point setting, Number point, indent paragraph and well the opposite of indent. Then there's the drop down menu.

This menu serves to show all your information in categories, and it automatically adds a 'Content Box' at the top of your page for quick page jumping to the sought text.

As it is with a blank page, the drop down box will say 'Normal Text'. This is used for basic body of text and most of your writing will use this option. The heading options are numbered 2 though 5.

Heading 2 Edit

Heading 2 works as a main content heading. In the contents box it will appear as a whole number;

1. Cars

2. Electronics

etc ...

Heading 3 Edit

Heading 3 works as a sub category after the 'heading 2' option. This will add one decimal point and a following number depending on how many sub categories you use.

1. Cars

1.1 Seats

1.2 Steering

etc ...

Each Heading works like this down to heading 5.

Heading 5Edit

1.Cars

1.1 Seats

1.1.1 Instructions

1.1.1.1 Inserting Seat-Belt

The last option shouldn't be touched upon unless you understand codeing.


Page CreationEdit

When creating a page, it is important to remember everything is Case sensetive! The title of your page should be the most basic information, usually just your name.


MusicianEdit

Musician Pages should have;

The Musicians real name as the Title. Capitals are required.

In the body of text, put in Aliases as the first line in Italic.

Add a photo if you can of the musician. (optional)


BandsEdit

Band pages should have;

The bands whole name as the title. Capitals required where used.


CatalogueEdit

Catalogue pages should have;

Musicians page TITLE name, followed by the word 'Catalogue'. Capital cases must be used where required.

This will ensure your catalogue will always be associated with you.

E.g. Benjamin Lance Murrell Catalogue Though when linking to the catalogue, it is not required at all to use any of the pages titles.


CategoriesEdit

Categories can easily be forgotten but are usefull for people searching for just bands, or just musicians, or even 'Seeking Musician'.

On the right hand side of a new page is a heading 'Category'. You can think this similar to 'Tags' on youtube videos etc. Though on this Wiki we will try to use only a selection of Categories. These are 'Band', 'Musician', 'Seeking Musician' and 'Disbanded'.

BandEdit

Type in 'Band' in the input box in the category area, then press enter. This will add your page to the category of 'Band'.

Do not use WITH 'Disbanded'.

DisbandedEdit

Type in 'Disbanded' in the input box in the category area, then press enter. This will add your page to the category of 'Disbanded'.

This is useful for people seeking information on members or material from bands who have broken up over time.

Do not use WITH 'Band'.

MusicianEdit

Type in 'Musician' in the input box in the category area, then press enter. This will add your page to the category of 'Musician'.

This is where all the information about you will exist.

Seeking MusicianEdit

Type in 'Seeking Musician' in the input box in the category area, then press enter. This will add your page to the category of 'Seeking Musician'.

'Seeking Musician' is usefull for musicians who are seeking to jam, perform or set up new bands. This is a BETA feature. This category can be added with 'Musician'.


- Sparky