What do the different colored links mean?Edit

Blue links will take you to other articles written in WikiSCUM. Green links will take you to articles written in Wikipedia. Red links will take you to articles waiting to be written in WikiSCUM. Maybe you can start that article! If you're unsure into which WikiProject you've stumbled, just read the logo in the upper left-hand corner.
Note that many of the links in these help pages link to Wikipedia. The help pages in Wikipedia are far more extensive and elaborate that WikiSCUM help pages. At least for now.

How do I edit a page?Edit

It's quite simple. Simply click the "Edit this page" tab located at the top of the page or the other edit link across from headings on the right hand side of the page, and type away. Along the top of the edit screen you will see buttons to create bold, italics, internal links, etc. Once you get the hang of the syntax, you won't need the buttons anymore.

How do I make links?Edit

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.

How can I contribute?Edit

By editing pages, starting a new page, carrying out maintenance tasks and many other ways, including a financial donation to the host service. Note: this service is free to you; there is no requirement to pay money.

Why would I want to contribute to this?Edit

It's fun, easy, educational and social - and you are a part of it. It is true collaboration and collective activity. By contributing, you are part of an exciting development making use of the open source idea. Also, it is interesting to share your knowledge with other people, particularly knowing that others can instantly edit or react to what you've written. Others will educate you, and you will educate others.
WikiSCUM is free. Many online encyclopedias are not.
Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, envisaged the web would be a much more collaborative medium than it currently is, and that the browser should also function as an editor. Wiki-based sites are closer to his vision.

Do I have to register to edit pages?Edit

No. Anyone can edit without any kind of registration.

What's the point of getting a user ID?Edit

You never have to log in to read or edit WikiSCUM. Anyone can edit almost any article, even without logging in. Nevertheless, creating an account is quick, free and non-intrusive, and it's generally considered a good idea to do so, for a variety of reasons.
Note: to create a user account for Wikipedia, go to the login page.
If you create an account, you can pick a username. Edits you will make while being logged in will be assigned to that name. That means you get full credit for your contributions in the page history (when not logged in, the edits are just assigned to your (potentially random) IP address. You can also view all your contributions by clicking the "My contributions" link, which is only visible when you are logged in.
You will have your own user page where you can write a bit about yourself. While Wikipedia is not a homepage provider, you can use this to describe yourself, your connections to local music, and your work in SikiSCUM.
You will also have a permanent user talk page you can use to communicate with other users. You will be notified whenever someone writes a message on your talk page. If you choose to give an e-mail address, other users will be able to contact you by e-mail. This feature is anonymous ; the user who emails you will not know your e-mail address.
You don't need to reveal your offline identity, but having an account gives you a fixed WikiSCUM identity that other users will recognize. While we welcome anonymous contributions, logging in lets you build trust and respect through a history of good edits. It's also easier to communicate and collaborate with an editor if we know who you are (at least, who you are on WikiSCUM). It is also easier for veteran users to assume good faith from new users that take the effort to create an account.
Please understand that Wiki projects get vandalized and spammed. Information sources need to be verified and WikiSCUM needs a way to distinguish reliable contributers and sources.
One very important feature users with accounts have access to is the watchlist. You will get a new link "Watch this page" on every page you view. If you click that link, a page will be added to your watchlist. This list is basically a filtered view of the "Recent changes" page which only shows changes recently made to items in your watchlist. This way you can keep track of pages you work on without having to follow all changes.
Also, you must be logged in if you want to upload images.

Do I have to use my real name?Edit

Real names are not required; some Wikicitizens use real names; some don't.

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