What is a wiki?|thumb|300px|right Marvel Database is a Wiki, which means that anyone can easily edit almost any article, posting those changes immediately. We have patterned this page based on similar articles on Wikipedia (the largest online encyclopedia).
Editing a Wiki page is very easy. Simply click on the "Edit" button at the top (or one of the edit links throughout the text) of a Wiki page. This will bring you to a page with a text box containing the editable text of that page. If you just want to experiment, please do so in the sandbox; not in the text of our articles. The small field below the edit-box is where you put a summary of what you're adding or changing. Try to be as brief and clear as possible. When you've finished with your edit, you can click "Preview" to see how your changes will look. If you're happy with what you see, then click "Save" and your changes will be immediately applied to the article.
You can also click on the "Talk" link to see the corresponding "talk page", which contains comments about the page from other Marvel Database users. Click on the "Add Topic" button to add a new section, or edit the page in the same way as an article page.
Another option for discussing articles or asking questions is to bring up a new topic in our forums.
Tips on editing Wikipedia articles
When Creating a new article, check the templates page first to see if we have a template for that type of article for you to start from. Templates put the text into a standard format on the screen.
Cite your sources so others can check and extend your work. Most articles commonly lack good references, and this contributes to the thought that we are not a reliable source. Please help to correct this thought process by researching the comics, TV shows, and movies directly to find references for the article you are working on. There is no consensus on the best way to write your references, but adding anything is better than nothing. You can either use in-text citation in academic form such as (Example, 2004, pp 22-23) or as a superscript tag1 that gets placed at the end of an article.
After making a new page, it's a good idea to:
- With your page displayed, use What links here to check the articles that already link to it, and make sure that they are all expecting the same meaning that you have supplied;
- Use the Search button to search the site for your topic title (and possible variations), to find articles that mention it, and make links from them if appropriate...
See also Wikipedia:Minor edit
When editing a page, a logged-in user can mark that edit as being "minor". Minor edits generally mean they are spelling corrections, formatting, or minor rearrangements of text. It is possible to hide minor edits when viewing Recent Changes. Marking a significant change as a minor edit is considered bad behavior, and even more so if it involves the deletion of some text. If you have accidentally marked an edit as minor, edit the source once more, unmarking it and state that the previous change was not minor in the summary.
More information on editing wiki pages
You may also want to learn about:
- Informal tips on contributing to Wikipedia
- Editing tasks in general at the Wikipedia:Editing FAQ
- Why not to rename pages boldly, at Wikipedia:How to rename (move) a page
- Preferred layout of your article, at Guide to Layout (see also Wikipedia:Boilerplate text)
- Style conventions in the Wikipedia:Manual of Style
- An article with annotations pointing out common Wikipedia style and layout issues, at Wikipedia:Annotated article
- General policies in Wikipedia:Policies and guidelines
- Wikipedia:Naming conventions for how to name articles themselves
- If you are making an article about something that belongs to a group of objects (a city, an astronomical object, a chinese character...) check if there is a WikiProject on the group and try to follow its directions explicitly.
- Finally, for a list of articles about editing Wikipedia consult Wikipedia:Style and How-to Directory.