Help:Wiki University Contributors--Personal Pages

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My personal space[edit | edit source]

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As a new contributor to the Wiki, we invite you to create and use the following pages for yourself:

  • User: a page to create a personal profile or introduction of yourself as a FamilySearch Research Wiki contributor.
  • User talk: a page to ask questions and receive help from the Research Wiki Support staff.
  • A special Sandbox: a page that contains an easily accessible table of contents of all your sandbox pages.
  • Sandbox workareas: pages you can create as workareas for your projects.

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- The sections below will provide instructions on HOW TO CREATE each of these types of pages.
- In all cases, you must be logged in to the FamilySearch Research Wiki, else you will not be allowed to edit.
- None of the pages that you create or modify will affect any of the Wiki articles.
- Here is a mini-video that provides a simple demonstration: [place link to VIDEO 2 here]

The USER page[edit | edit source]

  • login to the FamilySearch Research Wiki.
  • in the Wiki search box (top right hand corner) enter the following: User:yourusername, then click enter.
- NOTE: change "yourusername" to your "FamilySearch login name".
  • press the [Create source] tab to create a new page.
  • add information to introduce yourself.
  • scroll down and type "Created my USER profile page" into the [Summary] box.
  • click on the [Save changes] button to save your User page.

The User talk page[edit | edit source]

  • login to the FamilySearch Research Wiki.
  • go to your newly created User page, then press the [Talk] tab.
  • add a new topic by pressing the link [Start a new talk topic] or by pressing the [Add topic] tab.
  • enter your question or comments, then click on [Save changes] to save the page.

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- This is the page you can create if you need specific help. The Wiki support team will respond to the messages you post here.
- Beware: All Wiki Article pages contain a "Talk" tab.
- Comments added to an Article talk page, specifically pertains to that article.
- While an Article talk page is created the same way, it is a different page than the User talk page.

A Special Sandbox[edit | edit source]

  • login to the FamilySearch Research Wiki.
  • in the Wiki search box, enter the following: User:yourusername/Sandbox, then click enter.
- NOTE: change "yourusername" to your "FamilySearch login name".
  • click on the [Create source] button.
  • copy and paste this code {{Special:PrefixIndex/User:yourusername}} onto the first line of the coding box.
- NOTE: change "yourusername" to your "FamilySearch login name".
  • copy and paste this code [[Category:Sandbox]] onto the second line of the coding box.
  • scroll down and type "Created my HOME sandbox page" into the [Summary] box.
  • click on [Save changes] to save your page.

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- You can quickly access your "table of contents" by clicking on the link named "Sandbox" found on the top right hand corner of your page below the ?Help button.
- Alternatively, you can access it by clicking on the "Personal Sandbox" link found under "Edit the Wiki" in the gray Research Wiki sidebar to the left of the page.
- A longer way to access the page is by entering "User:yourusername/Sandbox" in the Wiki search box.

Sandbox Workareas[edit | edit source]

  • login to the FamilySearch Research Wiki.
  • in the Wiki search box, enter the following: User:yourusername/Sandbox/workareaname, then click enter.
- NOTE: change "yourusername" to your "FamilySearch login name".
- NOTE: the "workareaname" can be any short, descriptive name YOU choose to use.
  • if you are editing using Visual Editor, click on the [Create] button; if you are a Wikitext Editor, click on the [Create source] button.
  • add the new information you desire.
  • add a category named Sandbox to the bottom of the page (after your newly added information).
  • add a [Summary] describing changes made to your sandbox, then [Save] your page.

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- You can create as many workarea sandboxes as you desire as long as they contain a different "workareaname".
- We normally create a sandbox for each project we work on if that project calls for using a workarea.
- All sandboxes must contain the [[Category:Sandbox]]
- TO EDIT A SANDBOX using Visual Editor, click on the [edit] button; if you are a Wikitext Editor, click on the [edit source] button.