The Sims NeoWiki - Basics to Contributing

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Commonly Used Codes
    • To bold text use '''<text>''' or <b> </b>
    • To add italics to text use ''<text>'' or <i> </i>
    • To underline text use <u> </u>
    • To add bullet points use this * symbol next to text
    • To link to pages no in the NeoWiki use [[<full URL (link)> name of link]] make sure there is one space between the URL and the name you choose for the link or the code will not work
    • To add space between paragraphs use <br> for one space, add extras for more spaces, this code is similar to using the enter key on the keyboard

The Sims NeoWiki is a fan base and place for any player to seek out and learn new tips, tricks, and features about their sims game. The project of the neowiki can be complex to some, but in actuality it's very simple to contribute to. The word complex can come to mind for many because of all the coding that is needed in creating or editing pages but this guide will help anyone new to contributing and ultimately new to using coding for a neowiki. After reading and understanding what codes to use, you won't be thinking of complex any longer because you will discover just how simple everything actually is.

The Sims NeoWiki Strives for Consistency!


One of the most important aspects to forming The Sims NeoWiki is to keep it consistent! We strive, as fans and contributors, to create a professional, user friendly, and consistent place for any player curious about the sims game they are playing. There are a few different codes that are used to remain in the realm of consistency when editing and creating pages for the neowiki. Below are the most important codes to learn and use to keep the neowiki consistent:


[edit] Links to Previous Pages

Currently, the staff and those contributing to the neowiki are in the process of adding a specific code to applying a link back to a previous page. Our goal is to apply this code to each and every page that appears on a source page (the page that has the link to the page the contributor is applying the redirect code to) and to complete this goal we will need the help of all of those interested in contributing. Not only will these redirect codes allow visitors to click back to the page before the one they are currently visiting, but in all honesty who wants to find that they are lost on a dead-end page without a proper exit to the page before it.

What is a dead-end page?

A dead-end page is one that once visited has no link back to any page(s) before it. In simple terms it's a page where a visitor will find that they cannot go back from this page (they are lost or stuck here) and to get back to the game page they were on they will have to go to the main page of the neowiki or simply use the navigation menu to find that particular game page they were visiting.


Most of the main game pages from the series, The Sims, The Sims 2, and The Sims 3 (including all expansion packs) have a redirect link but I can't say this is 100% true so give each game page a look and make sure they have a redirect link. The most important thing to do is apply a redirect link to all the pages that are created within a main game page, example:

Click on this link to this main game page. Once you have arrived take a notice to the Table of Contents at the very top. This consists of links to specific parts of the page for easier access to information on the game. Be curious and click the link to Items. This will bring your browser down to the items portion of the game page. You will notice a bullet point with a further link to an extended page for the items in the game. Click this link. Now you've just left the main page for The Sims. But you won't have to be worried about being lost in a dead-end page because this one is the exact opposite for it provides visitors with a link back to the page before it which is shown at the very top left corner. Click << Back to The Sims. to return to the main The Sims page.


Many of the main game pages have links to others pages where content is extensive on a specific topic as exampled above with the items link. So if you ever come to a point where you believe a specific feature of a game has enough extensive content to gain it's own page make sure to use the redirect link to link those back to the previous page.


[edit] Redirect Link Code

For each redirect link we want to be consistent with the size of all of the others used so make sure to include changing the font size of this redirect link.


Redirect Link Code
<div style="font-size:10px"><< Back to [[<insert page link here>]].</div>


Use this complete code, which includes the specific font size we have used and plan to continue using to stay consistent with the rest of the neowiki. Notice <insert page link here inside of the coding. Completely delete this and insert the proper name of the page that you wish to link back to.

Note: Make sure to delete the <, and > symbols that go along with the insert page link here but do not delete anything else from the code for the other symbols are used to create a link when the name of a page is inserted.


[edit] Creating Table of Contents

Use a table of contents for pages that have extensive content. A table of contents helps to make it easier on visitors to find specific information on the game they are looking at. Make sure when creating a Table of Contents that it is at the top of the page, a space or two below the redirect link.

There are a few different codes used in the process of creating a Table of Contents:

    • Size code included
    • Alignment code included
    • Bold Code
    • Enter Code
    • Anchor Codes
    • Page Link Codes

I will break the creation of a table of contents up so that it can be understood better. First thing to take note of is every Table of Contents has to be a certain size and at a certain alignment to be consistent with the other Table of Contents already created on the neowiki.

Size Code
<div style="font-size:10px"> </div>
Alignment Code
<div align=center> </div>


For those who haven't figured it out yet, the area between the >, and < is where you will put the actual body of the Table of Contents. Two of the simplist codes in all of neowiki coding would have to be the bold and enter code. The bold code has two different types of codes which can be used to bold text but the enter code only has one.

Bold Code
<b> </b>
Bold Code #2
'''<insert text here>'''
Enter Code
<br>


Note: The Enter Code is used similar to the enter key on any keyboard. It will draw a line between text and text below. Example:


The Sims
Livin' Large | House Party | Hot Date


[edit] Anchors

Anchor Code
[[#Name of Title|Link Name]]


What is an Anchor?

An anchor is a link that is used mainly in a table of contents at the top of a page. In place of having to scroll down a page a table of contents is created with anchors used as the links for those to click on to be dropped down the page to a specific topic. Such as the anchor of a ship drops to different levels of the ocean floor while the anchors on a neowiki drop to different parts of a page.

To use an anchor code you must name it.

#Name of Title - is the part of the anchor that actually connects to the specific part of a page. To have a successful anchor the coding must have a # symbol before the main title of the anchor. Also, anchors can only be made from three situations:

The title used must have one of the follow codes with it or an anchor cannot be made:

Header Code
==<insert title of header here>==
Header Code #2
===<insert title of header here>===

Link Name - part of anchor that appears to visitors when they go to click the link. Usually this name is a short version of the named topic of the anchor. Not only is the version shorter but it is also more specific for what it links to.


[edit] Page Link Codes

These codes can also be used in a table of contents. Instead of anchoring to a section on the page this link will send the visitor to a completely new page. Use the page link code to create new pages. At first, after creating, the link will appear red meaning it isn't actually a page because there is not content in it. Fill the page with content to change the link's color.

Link Code
[[Full Link Name|Short Link Name]]

When placing the code for a link you can use the full link name alone or a shortened version of your choice. But to create the code successfully you must provide the full link name (of what you name the page) and then the short name can be whatever you choose specific to that page which will also be what appears to visitors as the name of the link they will click on.


[edit] Complete Table of Contents

After learning each of the codes used you can now bring them all together to complete the creation of a table of contents.

Complete Table of Contents Code
<div style="font-size:10px"><div align=center><b>Table of Contents</b><br> [[#Anchor Name|Short Name]] | [[#Anchor Name|Short Name]] | [[#Page Name|Link Name]]</div></div>

The final product will appear like this on a neowiki page:

Table of Contents
Short Name | Short Name | Link Name

Note: Make sure table of contents always have the same size, the size code provided, and a centered alignment. The above code has two anchor links and a page link, these are just examples of what can be in a table of contents. If you are creating a table of contents and only plan to use anchors then only use them, if you plan to use links to other pages use them, if you plan to use both use them both. You'll notice the | symbol in-between each anchor or link which should be used to be consistent with all of the other table of contents. Do not forget the |!


[edit] Other Important Codes

[edit] File (Image) Code

Image Code
[[File:<name of image>|100px|right|thumb|<image caption>]]

When using a code for a file you have uploaded on the neowiki make sure to include the complete name of the file,

for example: you uploaded a file named TheSimsNPC.jpg. When using the image code you will have to include not only the complete image name but also File:. So in conclusion the complete name of the file to be used in the code has to be File:TheSimsNPC.jpg or the file will not show up on the neowiki. Do not leave anything out of the file name!

The size of the image you have uploaded can be changed when putting it on a neowiki page. In the above code 100px is used meaning the image will appear at 100px in width. This number can be toggled to your liking on a neowiki.

Note: An image cannot exceed 700px or it will stretch off the page, please, please! keep from doing this.

The image can be aligned to a certain placement on the neowiki. It can be placed to the left, centered, or placed to the right. I would suggest placing most images to the right of the text on pages you edit because text goes from left to right and images at this alignment look a lot neater along with the text.

Images can be thumbnailed meaning a while box will surround the image and provide the contributor with a place for a description of the image, a caption. Insert a caption about the image if you choose to make it a thumbnail.

Note: It is your choice whether or not to give an image a caption, if you wish for it not to have a caption then leave thumb and the caption description out of the image code.


[edit] Default Table of Contents

Each neowiki page that has any topics with the usage of headers will create a default table of contents for that page. This new feature came along with the use of wikia coding for the neowikis. To be consistent, which is what we want, turn these default table of contents off for each page that you notice has one. Use the code below to make the default TOC disappear:

Turning of Default TOC Code
__NOTOC__

Use this code in it's entirity. Do not leave any part of it out or the default TOC will continue to appear. It is best recommended to use this code at the very top of each page even above the redirect link code. You will notice when you go to certain pages that this default TOC does not appear, that is because the code has been used and if you look at the editing portion of that page the code should be at the top above the redirect code.


[edit] Arranging Pictures Code

{| border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="0" align="center" style="font-size: 100%; border: #CCCCCC solid 0px; border-collapse: collapse; text-align: left; width: 85%"

!|

!|

!|

!|

|}

Use this code to arrange pictures in a horizontal manner on a neowiki page. Place the image code after the | symbol in each style row. There are only four style rows provided in this code but this is not the limit. If you need to add more simply copy and paste a style line from above.

Note: Do not add a color or background to the style rows, leave them blank because it messes with the NeoTheme and we lose consistency. Notice in the top of the code that the text can be aligned, the size can be changed by %, and the width of the picture code box can be resized by % as well. Make not of not exceeding the 700px limit for each picture code we do not want these tables running off the pages.

[edit] The Infobox

{{Infobox

|title =

|image = [[File:.jpg‎|250px]]


|imagecaption = North American Box Shot


|label1 = Developer'''

|data1 =

|label2 = Publisher'''

|data2 =

|label3 = Platform'''

|data3 =

|label4 = Release Date(s)'''

|data4 =

|label5 = Genre'''

|data5 =

|label6 = Rating'''

|data6 =

|label7 = Other Captions'''

|data7 =

}}


The infobox may look complicated but actually it really isn't. This code consists of many different features with rows and alternative rows. Label rows are used to label what text is placed below in the data row. The above infobox could be used for a specific sims game. The table is not perminent, it can be toggled with and changed in any way see fit. An infobox consists of a title, a picture, a caption, and data to follow the topic. What text is placed above in the infobox can be changed, such as the genre, data for the image caption being North American Box Shot, etc.

An infobox can also be used for characters and other features of the sims games. Get creative and use an infobox or two on a special character you want to contribute to. Provide a picture, name, and any labels you can think of that apply to the character; Such as, family members, appearance, goals/missions, personality, skills, etc.

Note: The infobox can be toggled with but make sure not to change the label or data code and the numbers that follow them. If you wish to add further labels past 7 just follow the sequence of label and data and just add an 8 at the end of each word.


There are a huge amount of other codes to be used in a neowiki but for now these are the most basic codes and will be more than enough to help you in your quest of contributing to The Sims neowiki.


[edit] Editing Summaries

One final note for those new contributors to The Sims neowiki.

If you plan to edit or create a page in the neowiki you must provide an editing summary. The editing summary is shown at the bottom of the neowiki editing page right above the save page button. Do not pass this up, adding an editing summary is necessary for showing others what has been changed in the neowiki.


DO NOT FORGET YOUR EDITING SUMMARY!!!


--Divinorse 11:29, 20 November 2010 (PST)
Further questions about this contributors guide [PM] your fellow neowiki staff.

Last edited by Divinorse on 4 February 2011 at 15:03
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