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Editing a page at the Forgotten Realms Wiki has a lot in common with editing a page at Wikipedia. If you are new to editing wikis, we recommend you read the Wikipedia Help for a general introduction.

ReferencesEdit

This wiki is in the strong position of being able to provide accurate, verifiable sources for the information it provides. This is unlike Wikipedia where certain information is difficult to cite. Help:Citing sources provides a guide to providing clear, accurate referencing. If you come across an article on this wiki that is not referenced, you should add the {{unreferenced}} template.

CleanupEdit

Many articles on the wiki require cleaning up because they are not laid out properly, they were put together by an inexperienced editor, or more and more information has been added without consideration for the article as a whole. You can edit these articles so that they read better and contain properly formed wikilinks. Don't confuse cleanup with referencing: it is possible to have a perfectly referenced article that still requires cleanup, because it has spelling errors, for example.

CategorizationEdit

The category hierarchy is a detailed structure intended to allow browsing to find similar articles or articles about broader or narrower subjects. For example, a reader starting from a page about a town on the Sword Coast might use categories to browse for other towns, other towns on the Sword Coast, or other settlements in general on the Sword Coast. If you come across articles in need of extra categories or categorized wrongly, you can update them so that they are more correct.

VisualEditor

The VisualEditor

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The classic editor

Editing on Wikia is generally as simple as clicking the 'Edit' button on a page. Doing so will take to you an edit page where you can start to make changes to the page - such adding new information and media, or updating the formatting.

Depending on whether you are logged in, you may receive a different editing experience:

Help:VisualEditor
Most anonymous and newer users will see the VisualEditor, a completely new editing experience based around showing you an accurate visual representation of your changes.
Help:Classic editor
Other users will see the classic editor - this includes the older visual editing experience and basic source wikitext editing.

Quick tips

Once in an editor, you can use the available tools to quickly add and remove information, change the formatting, add new media, update the page's layout and much more! Once you're done making your changes, just click the 'Publish' button to update the page.

Don't be afraid if you 'break' anything. All edits to a page are stored in the page history, and if something does go wrong you can simply revert to an older version.

Choosing an editor

Logged in users can choose your default editor from a dropdown list in your user preferences (found here).

Setting Meaning
No preference Shows whichever editor has been set as default for the wikia you are on - VisualEditor, classic rich-text or source. (Note: this preference is being phased out)
Wikia's new VisualEditor Shows the new VisualEditor on all wikias
Wikia's classic rich-text editor Shows the classic rich-text editor where already enabled. If not, the source editor is shown.
Source editor Shows the basic source editor on all wikias

A WikiFeatures switch can be flipped by local administrators to change the default editor for logged in users. Anonymous users will generally always see the VisualEditor by default.

Additionally, the alternative editors can still be found under the 'Edit' button dropdown - for example, you can still access the classic editor from the dropdown even if the VisualEditor is the default.

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