Editing Guide

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General Styleguide

The following is a general style guide showing the coding used to aid in editing the Defending Conservatism Encyclopedia. Comments are in red text. For more advanced formatting, see the Help sections at Mediawiki or Wikipedia.


:   Colons serve to indent text. They can be useful on discussion or debate pages to preserve thread order. Each colon creates additional indentation.
[WebUrl Text Shown]   Displays an external hyperlink to a website, whatever follows after it, as separated by a space, will be the hyperlink text shown.
[[PageName|Text Shown]]   Displays an internal hyperlink to a page on Defending Conservatism Encyclopedia, whatever follows after it, as separated by the pipe symbol, will be the hyperlink text shown. It is possible to just put brackets around the page name itself, but the page name will then display.
=   Double equal signs surrounding plain text produce section headings. Each additional pair of equal signs reduces the heading/subheading level.
'   Double apostrophes surrounding plain text produce italics, triple apostrophes surrounding plain text produce bold text.
*   An asterisk will produce a bullet point. Using multiple asterisks for indented bullet points.
#   Hashtags produce numbered lists.
<span style="color: red"></span>   This will produce red text. The word red can of course be changed to other color names.
{{Reflist}}   Coding to produce sources/references cited. If this coding is not used, an error will occur at the bottom of the page if any references are cited.
[[Category:CategoryName]]   Coding to categorize the page.
<br>   Coding to force a page line indent.
<ref>LastName, InitialofFirstName. (Year, Month Day). "[hyperlink_address article_title.]" ''Site_referenced.''</ref>   Coding to produce a citation in APA format.
{{cquote| }}   The cquote tag creates a quote box. Whatever is placed in front of the two closing brackets will be quoted within the quote box.
-~~~~   Use a dash followed by four tildes to sign your name with a date stamp on discussion forums.

Typical Page Structure

The following is the typical page structure used, although this will vary for certain page types (e.g. Categories, which look better with just a minimal description and no references section).


[[File:FileName.jpg|thumb|NumericalPixelWidthpx|ImageCaption.]]   The page's primary image. The width is determined by the number of pixels. E.g. "[[File:Treaty of Penn with Indians by Benjamin West.jpg|thumb|400px|Treaty of Penn with Native Americans by Benjamin West.]] Make sure images are in the public domain and do not have copyright restrictions. For public domain images, see Mediawiki Commons.
{{TOC right}}   The Table of Contents, right aligned. The location may need to be adjusted.
==Heading Title==   The Section Heading.
Section content.
===Subheading Title===   The Subsection Heading. Two pairs of equal signs surrounding plain text results in a main heading. Each additional pair of equal signs results in a lower heading level.
Subsection content.
==Heading Title==   The Section Heading.
Section content.
===Subheading Title===   The Subsection Heading. Two pairs of equal signs surrounding plain text results in a main heading. Each additional pair of equal signs results in a lower heading level.
Subsection content.
==Sources==   The Sources heading
{{Reflist}}   Coding to produce sources/references cited. If this coding is not used, an error will occur at the bottom of the page if any references are cited.
[[Category:CategoryName]]   Any relevant categories should be included.

Sources