This is part 1 of the series of editing guides of the Veloren Wiki. This guide is a step-by-step process to your first edit - ore, how to edit plain text with the visual editor.
This guide is made from the perspective of a logged-out user (or a logged-in user with default preferences).
Spotting an error
Finding an error to fix can sometimes be hard, but there are definitely pages that need fixing, the wiki is far from perfect. Let's assume you've found a page with something simple to fix (e.g. just something in the prose.) I have found such an example for this demonstation: the ___ page introduction contains some spelling mistakes.
Opening the editor
Opening the editor is simple; just click the Edit buton at the top right of a page.
You are now in the editor. It looks like the page, but some bits may move around, and there's an edit toolbar at the top. This is called the VisualEditor, a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor. It behaves like any word processor (e.g. Microsoft Word). Feel free to click around and explore the parts of a page and what they look like when left-/right-clicked.
Editing the page
Now, I'm just going to fix the mistakes in the introduction. This is just plain text; so to edit it, we just select where to type, and type there. You can select text to copy, paste, delete, etc. A new paragraph can be created by pressing enter.
Here is the finished page with the spelling mistakes fixed.
Saving the edit
Saving an edit is done by clicking 'Save changes' button on the top right side of the toolbar. Click it to open the save dialog.
In the dialog there's a textbox to put an edit summary, and three buttons, First we're going to check the 'Review your changes' button.
Changes are shown to you as a diff (which you may be familiar with if you use tools like git). The left column of text (with the green theme) is the currently viewable page, and the right column (with the blue theme) is the text as you've changed it. Lines with something that has changed have a thick left border, and lines with nothing changed are flat grey. Text that was added, changed, or removed is highlighted in green on the left, and the replacement (and new) text is highlighted in blue on the right. This text is in a markup language known as wikicode (covered in greater detail with later guides).
What we're looking for is twofold: double check our changes are what we want to do (proofread it), and see if anything has changed that should not have changed. The VisualEditor has persistent bugs that can cause it to insert/delete a lot of extraneous text. If you notice this has happened to you, it may be possible to fix it by using source mode (see source mode introduction guide); however, you might have to start the edit over. Luckily, our example edit seems fine so we'll continue.
It is optional but recommended to do this for every edit.
Clicking Return to save form brings us back to the previous form. Here we are going to add an edit summary and finally save the page.
An edit summary is a comment attached to your edit that isn't visible on the page itself, but is publicly viewable when looking at the changes that have been made. You should try to succinctly summarise your edit so that other editors can see what you've done. You can be as brief or descriptive as you like, but bear in mind there is a 255 characters limit. You can also use wikicode links in edit summaries, if you like.
I've gone with simply describing the edit as "Fixed spelling mistakes in introduction".
Now, we just click save. After a short time (don't close or reload the page during this' your edit may be lost if you do!), the edit is saved and the page is automatically reloads to show the newest version of your page.
And that's it! The edit has been saved and is viewable to all.
Common things to fix and not fix
There are several simple things you should fix if you see them, for example:
- Links to incorrect places
- Incorrect or outdated information
- Poorly-formatted/worded paragraphs
- The next guide in this series is Veloren:Editing/VisualEditor_basics, about using the VisualEditor to edit various parts of an article. You may prefer to skip straight to source mode with Veloren:Editing/Source_mode_basics
- Veloren Wiki:Style guide