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Help:Quick Start Guide


Editing SKAIPedia

  1. Go to, request an account, and confirm your email address by clicking the link in the email you will receive shortly (note: it may go to your spam!). Your username will be visible in all your edits, so choose wisely.
  2. Your account should be confirmed by an administrator in 24 hours or less. You will then get a temporary password that you can use to log in!
  3. Once you're logged in, search for a topic or paper you want to contribute to (search bar is in the top right-hand corner of landing page).
  4. If you see a relevant result in "Page title matches", go ahead and edit that page by clicking on the page title and choosing "edit" or "edit source" (see next point). If you do not see a relevant result, you will see an option to create the page ("Create the page '[…]' on this wiki!"). Go ahead and create it!
  5. The guidelines are minimal and easy to follow, but important. Please read them quickly here.
  6. You can choose between a visual editor and a "wiki markup" editor. The visual editor is more intuitive, but the wiki markup is more versatile and probably best to use in the long run. The "edit" option on pages takes you to the visual editor and the "edit source" option takes you to the wiki markup editor. Wikipedia has great tutorials on both.
    • To quickly get usable examples of wiki markup, just click on "edit source" of an entry that has the formatting you want, copy-paste, and re-use the markup for your own entry (be sure to paste it into the source editor NOT the visual editor). Here's one entry you can copy markup from.
    • Here is a handy cheatsheet for wiki markup.
    • At the end of this line is a template to create a paper bullet point (click on "Edit source" on this page, copy-paste everything following the next colon into the "edit source" tab on the page you want to edit and replace with the info corresponding to the paper): * Authors (year)[1] Description.
    • Here is a more complete guide to wiki markup.
  7. Every user has a "sandbox", a personal place to experiment and work on new pages at a leisurely pace. We suggest using it for longer contributions. Just click on the "Sandbox" link up top when you are logged in and create content as you would on a normal page. When you're ready to publish, copy-paste the content into an actual SKAIPedia page (your sandbox is not visible to anyone else).
  8. Be sure you click "Save changes" when done editing! When you add a link to a page, the spam protector will display a question at the top of the page (e.g., "What is the capital of Spain?"). You need to answer that question before your edits will be saved. It never hurts to save often, just in case!

Talk pages

  1. The goal of talk pages is to discuss major improvements and changes to the corresponding entry before implementing them, thus (hopefully) avoiding so-called "edit wars", which are very disruptive and inefficient.
  2. Not every edit requires discussion. Use your best judgment. For example, adding relevant articles to a page, fixing typos or improving the writing is unlikely to warrant discussion, but deleting major portions of an entry likely does (unless that portion is clear vandalism).
  3. As with most things, Wikipedia has a quick introduction to talk pages, as well as a longer technical guide and guidelines.

User pages

  1. Each user has the option to create and maintain a personal user page that s/he can edit just like any other wiki page.
  2. To create your user page, click on your username at the top of this page, and click on "create this page."
  3. After the page is created, click on your username to view and edit it.
  4. While Wikipedia discourages the use of user pages for self-promotion, we do not! More generally, we have no restrictions on what can go on a user page (as long as it’s not obscene/generally inappropriate), so feel free to be creative!



  1. Authors. Year. "Title." Journal. [ Link]