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General FAQs

Specific FAQs

Basic Usage

How do I edit a page?

To edit a page, simply click the edit link that appears on each page. Using the default MonoBook skin, this is in the form of a tab at the top of the page. A form will appear, containing the existing markup. When you have finished making modifications, click the Save button to commit your changes.

How do I create a new page?

There are several paths to creating a new page:

  • Create a link to the page on another page, then click on the red link which appears
  • Browse to the intended location of the page, e.g. http://www.foowiki.org/index.php/New_page and click on the edit link

On some wikis, a failed search for a page will contain a link which allows you to edit that page.

see Help:Starting a new page preved

How do I rename a page?

Registered users with a little bit of editing history under their belts can move a page; this moves the page content and edit history to a new title, and creates a redirecting page at the old title. This method is better than just copying and pasting the content by hand, as it preserves the article's history, as required by our license. Use the "Move this page" link. Once you have moved a page, please click the "What links here" and fix the links to the old page (which will be labelled as a redirect in the "What links here" list). See How to rename (move) a page for more details.
Images and other media files cannot be renamed. You may save a copy of the file to your computer, rename it there, and then upload it with the new name. Fix any links to the old file to point to the new one, then tag the old file with an "images for speedy deletion" tag: copy the template {{isd|New image name}} into the image's description page (filling in the new image name). This will add it to the Images for Deletion category, and an admin will delete it for you.

How do I edit a redirect page?

The easiest way to edit the redirected page is to click on the link you see at the top of the page after being redirected: "redirected from ...". For example, if you try to go to the William Jefferson Clinton page, you are redirected to the Bill Clinton page. At the very top of that page, you will see a message: "(redirected from William Jefferson Clinton)", Click on the William Jefferson Clinton link, and you will edit the redirect page. See Redirect.

How do I delete a page?

First off, please don't blank articles. Such changes will most likely get reverted soon afterwards, so they are pointless, too.
The procedure for deletions is explained at Forexpedia:Deletion policy. Articles that should be deleted are most commonly nominated at Forexpedia:Articles for deletion.

How do I delete a user?

Users cannot be deleted, but they can be banned and their passwords can be scrambled.

How do I make links?

A link is just the name of the page surrounded by double square brackets. It's also possible to make the link display text that is different from that of the link itself:
[[page name]]
[[page name]]s -- suffix text will display as part of the link
[[page name|display name]] -- the piped link: hide the page name and display something else (but use this sparingly, and never "click here"!)
[[page name (disambiguation)|]] -- the "pipe trick": the part in parentheses will not be displayed.
NB You don't need to put underscores ("_"), to act as space separators like you see in links. Spaces will work fine.
Apostrophe: If an apostrophe is used in a page title, it must be of the vertical typewriter variety, or the page may not link.

How do I delete an old version of a page?

For normal users it is not possible to delete a version of an old page. Pages can only be moved, not deleted.

Administrators can delete version, so they can not been seen by regular users anymore. They're still stored in the database, but they can be deleted using the SpecialDeleteOldRevisions-extension.

Are there any editing tutorials available?

There are several editing tutorials available, mostly on Wikimedia sister projects, such as Forexpedia. There are also markup references, etc. available on Meta.

How do I view the printable form of a page?

MediaWiki includes stylesheets which automatically style a page appropriately when it is printed; using the print or print preview function within your browser ought to render the page in a printable form.

You can also view this printable form using the printable version link in the toolbox.

How do I figure out how big an article is?

Search results give the size, for example "Knot theory (3220 bytes)". If search is disabled, copy the content of the edit box into an editor, save it as a text file, and check the properties of the file. Some variation is possible depending on whether a new line takes one or two bytes.
When the article size reaches 32 KB, a warning is displayed at the top of the edit screen, as that size gives some Web browsers problems. It will likely give readers and editors problems as well.

How do I determine what other users have changed in an article?

Forexpedia's software can produce a list of all the changes between two versions of an article (either between two consecutive versions, or between an old and the current version), laid out in two-columns side by side with changes highlighted (here's an example. From the Recent Changes page you can click the "diff" link; from an article page itself click "Page history", then "cur" or "last" to see changes.
To see the differences between two arbitrary versions of an article, see Forexpedia:URLs.

How can I put pictures on my pages?

First, you need the right to publish the picture under the GNU Free Documentation License. This means that either you created the picture and therefore own the copyright, or it is in the public domain. If the picture is located on a server you control, you can refer to that image from your wiki page by simply including its URL, like this:
http://my.webserver.com/image.png
and it will be included. (Note it will only be linked, not displayed.) If instead you want to upload a picture to Forexpedia.org, you can use special:upload as a logged-in user and once it is uploaded, you can refer to it in your wiki pages as above, by including its file name :[[image:NameOfImage.png|Alternate Text]].

How can I delete uploaded items?

Only Forexpedia Wisemen (Administrators) can delete uploads, but anyone can upload a new item with the same name, thereby replacing the old one.

How do I describe images?

Click on the image to get the description page. Also, when you upload the file everything you put in the upload summary is placed into the image description page.

Is there any way to see how many people have viewed a particular page?

Unfortunately, there is not. The servers that run the internet store copies of Forexpedia in "web caches" in order to speed up access to the material. Since many viewings will be of the cached copies and not of Forexpedia directly, there is no way to count viewings, because Forexpedia does not have access to those servers (which are owned by many different companies).
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