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ISOGG Wiki editing tutorial – Introduction

ISOGG Wiki is a collaboratively edited genetic genealogy encyclopedia to which you can contribute. This tutorial will help you become an ISOGG Wiki contributor.

The following pages will help you to get started editing the ISOGG Wiki. We have also provided guidance about the style and content of ISOGG Wiki articles, and we will tell you about a few of the very basic ISOGG Wiki guidelines and policies which help the community to run smoothly.

It is very easy to edit a Wiki page. If you can open and edit a Word file you will be able to edit the Wiki. You can go to any page, click on edit, type in your changes, write a brief summary of what you've done in the summary box, and then click on save.

Don't worry about making mistakes. The entire history of each page is stored. If you make a mistake you or someone else can go back and restore an earlier version of the page. If you need help at any time contact an ISOGG admin for help.

There are extra formatting skills which can easily be picked up as you progress. It's very easy to copy the formatting of existing pages, and you will soon get the idea. Alternatively you can simply type in your content, save the page and leave it for another Wiki editor to format.

If you are nervous of the idea of editing an article you can experiment in the "sandbox" pages where you can practice what you're learning. Try things out and play around! Nobody will mind if you mess up and experiment in these practice areas.

This is a basic tutorial, not an extensive manual. If you want more details, there are links to other pages for more information. To read them as you go along, you can open them in a separate browser window or tab.

So, let's learn about editing!

Note: The tutorial assumes you are using the default page layout. If you're logged in and have changed your preferences, the location of links may differ.