Creating A New Page
Before creating a new topic, be sure it doesn't exist or something similar. To do so enter a search in the left sidebar or go to the [Special:Search] page. If you're confident it does not exist and are happy with the page title, it should show up in red at the top of the page indicating the page does not exist. Click on the red link and it'll take you to the edit window.
The most important thing to consider when structuring an online encyclopedia is the importance of Page Titles. Consider them like search terms, if someone was looking for all the Cubs pitchers to ever win the Cy Young, what would they type into a google search?
Chances are something like Cubs Cy Young Winners which would be a very appropriate title for a Wiklifield page. It's the Wiklifield policy that most pages should be prefaced or include the Cubs, so that users searching from an external search engine (Google, Yahoo, etc) for Cubs-related material will find this site. Of course, that's within reason, a Player Page doesn't need it, but Baseball America Prospect Rankings should be Baseball America Cubs Prospect Rankings. In most cases, the appropriate punctuation is Cubs', but no one types that into a search engine so it's best to avoid it.
Overall, be concise, but descriptive...
It's also important to note that two page titles are certainly appropriate if a redirect is used.. While someone searching on the web may be looking for Cubs Cy Young Winners, if they've already found Wiklifield, they'd likely just type in Cy Young or Cy Young Winners. That's where redirects come in to play.
So to sum up, think of page titles as a two level search term. There's the more focused search that a user might type into a large online search enginge like Google, where they would likely type in something like Cubs Cy Young Winners and then there's the broader search that someone that has found Wiklifield would type in knowing they're already in a Cub-centric site, such as Cy Young Winners. Please try to account for both cases.
It's important to try and account for potential redundancy in page titles. Using the Cy Young example above, we'd like the page to be located at Cubs Cy Young Winners, but we realize that the Internet is for lazy folks and they would likely just type in Cy Young or Cy Young Winners if they've already found this site. Now the appropriate page may show up in the search results, but it's wise to try and direct users as quickly as possible to the information. That's where Redirects come into play. So once you create your page and think that a second or possibly third page is suitable, go through the process of creating a new page as described above and just include this line.
#REDIRECT [[Redirect Page]]
Just replace Redirect Page with the page title where you want the page to go to.
Alright, you're almost ready to start a page, but we like categories around here. To see if your content fits into one of our categories, visit the Category Index and see if something already exists. Also, when creating a new page, you'll see drop-down box labeled "Select Category" below the text area box. You can select current categories from there. If you want to create a new category, follow the instructions below.
To add a category to a page, simply use the following at the top of the page.
where NAME is replaced with the appropriate text. Pages can have multiple categories, just cut and paste and add them after each other.
To create a sub-category for an item, such as under, first create a new page and use the category syntax mentioned above to create a new category. Once you save the page, you'll see the category as a red link under the article. Click on that red link and you can enter information and text for the new category and you'll see the drop-down meno saying Select Categories at the bottom of the edit box. Select a category for the new category page and it'll show up as a sub-category.
Mediawiki software generally uses standard HTML but it also has its own markup language. You can of course also use the toolbar at the top of the editor window. A cheatsheet is available at wikipedia or look at their full help section. A link in red on the site means a page does not yet exist and needs to be created. Just click on the red linked item and start. A link in blue means their is a page with that title and has been started.
The best thing to do is grab a page you already like and use it as a template. By simply clicking the "edit" tab at the top of any page, you should be able to see the wiki source code. Just copy and paste into your new page.
Please note, table of contents are automatically generated once there are 4 headings in an article using the equal sign markup. If you're still searching for answers, try typing Mediawiki and your question into google and the answer is likely out there. Or the main Mediawiki help site.
Either way, it's best when setting up a table to set up one row with the correct number of columns and then cut and paste for each subsequent row. So, if you want a table with four columns, you can type this:
which will look like this:
|Column 1||Column 2||Column 3||Column 4|
Hit preview and make sure it looks okay to you. If it does, just copy from <tr> to </tr> and paste it after the last </tr> and before the </table> tag for each row that you need.. If you're a an editor at TCR(or have your own HTML editor), you can also create a table in the standard editor for our site, hit "disable rich text" and copy and paste the html code for the table that you created.
If you want the table to be sortable, just add this piece of code in the table tag: class="wikitable sortable", so it should look like this:
<table border=1 class="wikitable sortable">
The Cubs Rookie of the Year Winners is a good example of sortable tables.
You can upload images by going to the Upload page or click on "Upload File" in the toolbox on the left sidebar.. Please note that currently file size limit is 96 MB and only jpg, jpeg, gif and png extensions are accepted. Uploading a photo means you own the rights to that photo and you are giving Wiklifield, its owners and users rights to distribute and profit from it.
You can also hyperlink to an image residing on another server by simply pasting in the URL of the image. If you paste the following:
it will display
(AP Photo by Ross D. Franklin / July 23, 2008)
The attribution was added at the bottom manually. Be sure to credit the owner of the photo, the photographer and date, if known, whenever citing or uploading an image.
To insert an image, use the toolbar above or the following syntax.
* [[Image:File.jpg]] to use the full version of the file
* [[Image:File.png|200px|thumb|left|alt text]] to use a 200 pixel wide rendition in a box in the left margin with 'alt text' as description
* [[Media:File.ogg]] for directly linking to the file without displaying the file
We would love if you could cite any work using the MLA style. Wiklifield's main purpose is to capture the history and facts of the Cubs, so best to back-up all work with the proper attribution.
Wherever you want to put a footnote use the <ref></ref>tags with the citation between the tags and then create a new section at the bottom of the page that reads
The software will put the footnotes at the end of the article.
For example, typing out
He was later inducted into the Morehead State Athletic Hall of Fame. <ref>"A Hall of Famer". October 2007. The Daily Independent. http://www.dailyindependent.com/editorials/local_story_304162403.html</ref>
will result in
He was later inducted into the Morehead State Athletic Hall of Fame. 
will result in
- ↑ "A Hall of Famer". October 2007. The Daily Independent. http://www.dailyindependent.com/editorials/local_story_304162403.html
If you copy and paste blocks of text (and please do so sparingly), use the <blockquote></blockquote> tag. You'll get an excerpt that looks like this:
Doesn’t trust hands consistently enough against hard velocity yet. Just needs to learn to disciple to unlock full average and power abilities. Believe player will adjust to hard pitching.
You can embed videos from Dailymotion, FunnyOrDie, Google Video, sevenload, Revver or YouTube.
To embed video on a page use the code:
where youtube is the service followed by the unique id number. On a youtube video, look at the address bar and the code after the equal sign is the unique id number. For example, this video of Starlin Castro, the url is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjbU3hBjMqI and the ID number is FjbU3hBjMqI. It will look like this:
If you want to resize the video, add a width parameter where 250 is the width in pixels
It will look like this.
250 is a good size for what it's worth.
- ↑ Klima, John, "Pro-Side Scouting Report: Starlin Castro, SS, Cubs". December 6, 2009. http://baseballbeginnings.com/2009/12/06/starlin-castro-report/