DCCWiki:Quick Start

DCCWiki, a community DCC encyclopedia.

Quick Start

Start a new page. Type first, stylize last.

The Basics

DCCWiki is an editable web site powered by a free software called MediaWiki. MediaWiki (which is an amazing package for wiki installations, by the way) allows anyone to edit any page within the wiki. To edit a page, you simply click on the edit button at the top of a page, here:


The text of the page will be displayed inside an editable textarea. You’ll see some square brackets and other formatting markup; we’ll go over that in a minute. For a simple typo, you can just change the word that’s misspelled. To preview your changes without saving them, you can hit the “Show Preview” button. (It's highly recommended doing this first, even for a little typo correction.) When you’re satisfied with your changes, press the “Save Page” button. Your changes will appear immediately.

Before you hit the Save button for the first time, enter a line summarizing it. Are you deleting spam? Linking text that should’ve been linked but wasn’t? Adding a section? Say so in the Summary field.

Also know that it’s good practice to check off the “minor edit” button for, um, minor edits. A typo or formatting correction or rearranging of existing text all qualify as minor edits. (Note: you must be logged in to see the minor edit checkbox.)


Once you save the page, your change will be noted in DCCWiki’s Recent Changes which lists all the changes which happen on a daily basis. Also, the change will be listed in the History section of that particular page. Any revisions can be rolled back and diff’ed against other versions of a page. That’s the beauty of DCCWiki: anything can be done and undone and corrected and added to realtime, and there are full logs of all of the activity, time-stamped and available for everyone to view and review. Don’t think your change will go unnoticed, because it won’t. The place is crawliing with readers and writers and your change will be swept away immediately if it’s not correct or legit.

To read more about editing a page, see DCCWiki’s How to edit a page entry. Then, to give it a try yourself, head over to the Sandbox. This is a special page set up for new DCCWiki editors who want to practice - but not on a real article.

Formatting and linking conventions

Links and formatting within an article is acheived using special DCCWiki markup. For example, a section header is denoted with equal signs, like so: == Section Header Name == A subsection is: === Subsection Name ===

An external URL like this - Lifehacker - would be achieved like this: [http://lifehacker.com Lifehacker] DCCWiki’s User Guide offers a full reference for MediaWiki markup.

Just the facts, ma’am

DCCWiki isn’t a place for opinions, judgements, self-promotion, spam, rumors or speculation. DCCWiki instructs:

Always use a neutral point of view, as DCCWiki is not a place to promote points of view. Write as if the information is a non-judgmental news article. If needed, include multiple view points.

Cite your sources so others can check and extend your work.

At first writing like a reporter may feel awkward to non-journalists, but presenting cited facts and not opinion is core to making DCCWiki a legitimate source. Unfounded opinion or subjective observations in an entry will be deleted.

Your DCCWiki user page

Once you get started editing DCCWiki, consider creating a DCCWiki user account. A user account is your community identity, which will be listed next to your changes, and in turn will list all the edits you’ve made throughout the site in one place.

Additionally, logged in users have access to advanced preferences and editing options. While anonymous changes are welcome, in general, you and your changes will be recognized within the DCCWiki community only if you have a user account. A history of worthy edits will build your reputation as a DCCWikipedian. See more about user accounts at the Why create an account? page.

Everyone’s an expert on something; DCCWiki aggregates that expertise and makes it available to everyone.

Be bold but not reckless

DCCWiki’s advice to editors is be bold but don’t be reckless. (Pretty good life advice, as well.) The introduction to DCCWiki page says it best:

Don’t be afraid to edit pages on DCCWiki—anyone can edit, and we encourage users to be bold…but don’t be reckless! Find something that can be improved, either in content, grammar or formatting, then fix it. Worried about breaking Wikipedia? Don’t be: it can always be fixed or improved later. So go ahead, edit an article and help make Wikipedia the best source of information on the Internet!

So poke around and be bold, but not reckless. You never know what stray facts you may have rattling around in your head that might benefit everyone in a DCCWiki article.

Where help is needed

If all this linkage is overwhelming, then simply start here at the DCCWiki Tutorial, a step-by-step guide to editing, formatting, registration and other wiki functionality.

Open Office can export MediaWiki text files, allowing you to quickly create tables without getting into the arcane details.

Welcome to the world of contributing to DCCWiki. Happy editing!