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The User Manual is a guide for users in relation to their wiki-experience in Dead Space Wiki. It provides guidance on how to navigate around the wiki and how to edit the wiki effectively. For users new to the wiki-experience, it may look like a daunting and complex task. But don't worry, this guide is here to help explain in the most straightforward way possible!

Disclaimer Edit

First off, welcome to Dead Space Wiki! We hope that you've enjoyed reading the articles in this wiki. Hopefully you will stay around in this community and contribute to the wiki. As one once said, "the more, the merrier."

This guide is designed to educate users new to the wiki-editing experience, giving the best tips on how to write articles and the tricks of creating and mending the technical aspects of wiki-editing. Do not worry, not much mumbo-jumbo and technical jargon will be used in this guide. As per the opening paragraph, this guide will try to explain the ropes of editing in the msot straightforward way possible.

Like virtually all public wikis, every user can make alterations to the content in any articles and further improve them immediately for all readers.[note 1]

Navigating around the wikiEdit

The wiki can be viewed in two different themes (or more specifically, "skin"). The first is the default skin set by Wikia, the host of this wiki, called Oasis skin. This skin is essentially what anonymous users (i.e. IP users) would see. The second skin is Monobook, a MediaWiki skin that is available to all wiki. In fact, Wikipedia used Monobook skin by default before they switched to Vector skin (Vector is now the default skin by MediaWiki as of v1.17).

You can access Monobook theme by heading to your user settings, on the layout selection option. The only crux to doing this is that other wikis will be viewed in Monobook skin.

Key differences between Oasis and Monobook Edit

Oasis skin is a default skin set by Wikia whenever you create a wiki. The following is a summary of the differences between the two skins:

  • The Oasis skin's width is set to 960px, which is the web standard for most websites. Monobook, on the other hand, has no fixed width and changes accordingly to your browser's screenwidth.
  • Oasis utilises more image files than Monobook. As such, loading times are noticeably longer in Oasis than in Monobook.
  • Oasis has more new features than Monobook. However, in due time, these features will be available to Monobook.[note 2]

Navigating around Oasis Edit

Main article: Help:Editing

By default, Oasis provides users a WYSIWYG editing tool known as the Rich Text Editor. This template is particularly helpful for beginners as it provides on-the-spot features that you would normally find in a word processor software (i.e. Microsoft Words). The Rich Text Editor also features the ability to switch to Source Mode for those preferring to look at the technical content in an article.

Navigating around Monobook Edit

The wiki utilises a different editing tool for the Monobook variant known as "Source Mode".

Know your rights Edit

First and foremost, this wiki recognises the process of democracy but is not one of it.[note 3] While a proposal must be approved by a greater majority, it must also take legitimate concerns and issues into consideration.

Notes Edit

  1. The only exception to this would be protected content such as high-traffic articles leading to edit-wars and those frequently vandalised by users and/or spambots.
  2. These new features are commonly associated with stability issues, such as not functioning properly and efficiently as the developers wished it to be
  3. For more, see FAQ: Dead Space Wiki is not a democracy?

See also Edit

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