UniWiki 101

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This syllabus was reviewed and is up-to-date (Laura Karpinski - 25th November 2015)

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Class Information

This section contains the standard information of this class pertaining to scheduling and class contents. The General Information should be sufficient to create a proper class topic for scheduling on the EVE University forum. Additional information relevant to the teacher is listed under Notes for the Teacher.

General Information

Text for an advertisement for this class on the EVE University forum:

[size=150][color=#FFFF00][b]Uniwiki 101[/b][/color][/size]

With our brand new wiki shiny subforum (http://forum.eveuniversity.org/viewforum.php?f=270) its easier than ever for people to edit the wiki. 
This class is intended as a basic introduction to editing the wiki, including some practical demonstrations.
It should last around 90 minutes, depending on how many questions are asked.

[color=#FFFF00]Topics covered:[/color][list]
[*] Navigating the Uniwiki
[*] How to make changes
[*] The wiki to do list and how you can help
[*] Creating new pages from scratch
[*] Q&A - bring your questions about the UNI and how to get the most from your experience here[/list]

[color=#FFFF00]Student requirements:[/color][list]
[*] Connection to the Public Mumble Server - please have your Mumble access sorted out well in advance of the class! Use this guide to set up Mumble: http://wiki.eveuniversity.org/Mumble
[*] Joining the Lecture.E-UNI in-game chat channel

[color=#FFFF00]Questions?[/color] Post here in this thread.

Notes for the Teacher

Required materials:

  • Lecture.E-UNI chat channel, to receive questions and post relevant links from this syllabus.


Welcome! (Instructor should then introduce himself or herself - covering relevant experience level and background)

Some basic information for this class:

  • You should be docked up safely or otherwise non-distracted
  • Please configure your Mumble settings for "Push to Talk" if you have not already done so.
  • Feel free to type any questions in the Lecture.E-UNI chat channel as we proceed

  • EVE University's wiki is one of the most respected sources of information in EVE Online.
  • Around 40% of our new members find EVE University first through our wiki.
  • Like all wikis, we rely on members to make edits to the wiki and keep the information up to date. The aim of this class is to show you around the wiki a bit and give you some confidence to be able to start making edits to the wiki.
  • For members this is a good way to demonstrate your knowledge if you are applying for titles (e.g. sophomore and graduate).

Navigating the Uniwiki

  • How to log in to the wiki. Everyone with an EVE University forum account is able to edit the wiki, this includes non-members and alumni. All EVE University members will by default be able to edit the wiki. You can log in at the top right.

Links at the very top

  • Userpage - if you have not put anything on your userpage yet the link will be red. You can use this page for anything you like, such as writing something about yourself or drafting new wiki pages or sections which are not yet ready to go live. I will talk more about this later.
  • My talk - this is where people can discuss you and your edits, normally it is blank so the link will be red.
  • My preferences - Here you can change various preferences, including how the wiki appears to you, email alerts, "warn me when I leave a page with unsaved changes" etc.
  • Watchlist - You can add pages to your watchlist so you are notified when edits are made to them, for example if you wrote the page or are in the process of making changes. It is not immediately clear from the page but to actually view your watchlist you need to use the middle link (View and edit watchlist) because it defaults to "View relevant changes". I will explain later how to add a page to your watchlist.
  • My contributions - Here you can see all of the contributions you have personally made to the wiki. This is useful if you can't remember what you have worked on previously, or if you are planning on applying for a title and want to check your wiki contributions (Titles can see this page).

Left sidebar

  • Main page - This takes you back to the main page, which I will go over shortly.
  • Categories - Again I will go into more detail on these shortly but basically this is a way to group similar pages together.
  • Recent changes - Here you can see all the most recent edits tot he wiki, so you can see which pages people have been working on.
  • Random page - I actually find this quite useful. This just takes you to a completely random page of the wiki. Its actually quite an easy way to find things to edit because as well as the more popular pages it will take you to pages that may not have been viewed for a while and may be very out of date [Demonstration of Random Page function - see what we can find].
  • Help - This takes you to the Wiki How To Guide, which has some great information on how to start editing the wiki.
  • Next are some links which aren't really to do with the wiki - links to the forum, class library, killboard etc.
  • What Links Here - This is really useful if you are making substantial edits to a page or moving a page, because you can see all the other pages which contain links to this page. You can also see what words redirect to this page [See Class Library for an example]].
  • Related changes - this shows changes that have been made recently to other related pages. This can be handy to check when you are doing updates etc.
  • Upload file - This is where you can upload files and images to the wiki. Its very straightforward, just a normal upload selection, and give it a name. You will need to upload files/images to the wiki before you can start inserting them on pages. Remember once you upload them anyone can use them, so its difficult to delete a file once it has been uploaded because it may be in use elsewhere.
  • Special pages - This is quite useful for editing because it has lists of pages which fall under a particular group, for example, the oldest pages, most popular pages, uncategorised pages etc. So its good for finding some quick edits, e.g. putting pages in their correct categories, linking pages which are not linked to other pages etc.
  • Printable version - self explanatory!
  • Permanent link - This is a link to the specific version of the page you are looking at. So if any subsequent edits are made, these will not be included.

Along the top of the page

  • Page tab - This takes you to the page itself, and is the default tab
  • Discussion tab - This is a discussion page about this particular page. [See EVE University Rules for an example]. It works just like a wiki page, in that you make edits to it, you can see who made previous amendments etc. You can sign and date your comments by using four tildes. The discussion pages are useful if you think that an edit needs to be done but cannot do it for some reason, e.g. the page is protected so you don't have privileges to edit it, or you know that a page is out of date in some aspects but you don't have the knowledge to update it yourself. You can also use the forum for this.
  • View - Again this takes you to view the page itself and is the default.
  • Edit - This is where you can edit the page. [Get people to click edit on the page they are on so they can see what it looks like]. If you see a style you like on another wiki page feel free to click Edit and use the code - there is no problem with doing that.
  • History - This enables you to see previous revisions of the page you are looking at, who made them and when. You can narrow down the results by date and also compare previous revisions by using the radio selection buttons and clicking "Compare revisions". This will highlight line by line what the revisions were. You can also see how substantial a revision was by the green or red numbers, showing you how many bytes have been added or removed.
  • Add to your watchlist - This is a star, and if you click it that page will be added to your watchlist so you can check up on any revisions that are made to it.
  • Drop down list - Unless you have admin access, the only option you will see here is 'Move'. This enables you to move the entire contents of a wiki page to a different page, and puts in place a a redirect from the old page to the new page. You probably won't need to use it very often. If you have admin access you can also select 'Delete' and 'Change Protection'.
  • Search bar - This is pretty straightforward to use. Note that it makes suggestions as you type about pages you might be looking for. It searches identical name matches by default but you can also select to search for pages containing that word. [Use example e.g. 'Frigate']. If it finds no identical matches it will take you to a page of suggested matches. There is also an Advanced Search option where you can search for multimedia files etc.

The body of the page

Most wiki pages look pretty much the same, although it is possible to make style changes. They will have:

  • Title at the top of the page and will normally have headers as you go through, which breaks the page down into sections
  • Once a page has several headers it will automatically generate a contents box to aid navigation through the page. It is possible to move this or even hide it completely, but it is best to only do this when required. [For example the Applying to EVE University page has the contents box hidden because we want applicants to read through it in order, not skip ahead and miss something important].
  • Banners.templates at the top - Quite a lot of pages have a standard banner along the top. For example, a class syllabus will have a particular standard banner, whereas a page which is a work in progress will have a work in progress banner. [Give example e.g. Introduction to EVE University class syllabus].
  • Categories - Most pages will be categorised at the bottom, so they will have a link to the category/ies the page is connected with. More on categories later.

The bottom of the page

  • Date the page was last modified - if it was a while ago this may be a sign that it needs to be reviewed for updates.
  • Number of times the page has been accessed - so you can see how popular the page is.
  • A link that explains Creative Commons i.e. you can share and adapt the contents of the wiki page, but you must provide credit and if you distribute it then it must be under the same licence.
  • Privacy Policy - This explains who can makes edits to the wiki (anyone with an EVE University account) and that any information added to the wiki can be freely used, copied etc.
  • About the Uniwiki - Just has a link to tell you more about the MediaWiki software we use.
  • Disclaimers - The small print on the conditions you accept when using the wiki and copyright.
  • Links to our sponsors - Creative Commons, Mediawiki and Dediserve, who kindly host our server for us.

Editing a page

The Wiki How To Guide is really useful here - it explains how to make various edits, so its handy to refer back to.

Wiki markup

  • You do not need to have coding knowledge to edit the wiki - we have upgraded the editing bar so you can just use it like a work document, it is really straightforward to use!
  • Go to your userpage and click Edit and I can show you how editing works:
    • Bold and italic are indicated by number of apostrophes
    • You can insert images (which are files already on the wiki)
    • Hyperlinks are indicated by square brackets. This can be a little complicated by hand
    • References are not used very much on the Uniwiki, but you can do them if you want
    • Headings are indicated by equals signs
    • Lists are indicated by stars (bullet points) or hashes (numbered lists)
    • Text size can be increased or decreased
    • You can insert a redirect to another page
    • Tables are not very intuitive but the edit button makes them easy to do


  • Categories are a way to sort similar pages e.g. we have a category on Category:Applying_to_Eve_University|Applying to EVE University which contains all the pages the recruitment department keep under review.
  • They also make it easy to find similar pages when navigating the wiki
  • To add a page to a category you don't edit the category page - you put a flag on the page itself and this automatically adds it to the category. To add a page to a category just add the category link somewhere in the page (normally at the top or the bottom) and it will be added by default to the bottom of the wiki page.
  • An easy edit to do if you are short of time is just categorising pages which are not currently part of any category, or re-categorising ones that are in the wrong category.


Creating a new page

  • The way the wiki works is to create a new page you first need to create a link to it. If the page does not exist yet the link will be red and you can then click on the link, which will allow you to create a new page with that title.
  • Remember when you are creating a new page to categorise it, add any relevant templates etc.
  • There is a template for pages which are a Work in Progress - but remember to remove that template when the page is done or it will discourage people from making edits later on.

Using your Userpage and the Sandbox

  • The wiki has a Sandbox which is a page you can use to test the wiki functions. Feel free to make changes to this page.
  • Possibly more useful is using your own userpage to test things before you send them live.
  • You can make subpages of your userpage also - see the bottom of my userpage which has some examples.
  • These pages are still publicly accessible but unless they are linked elsewhere they will be difficult to find.
  • Once you are happy with the edits you can then copy the text from your userpage to the live page and redirect the userpage to point to where the data is now.

How to find pages to edit

  • This is one of the most common questions asked by people who want to edit the wiki - how do you know what to edit?

Wiki To Do List

  • The To Do List is a good place to start - particularly the "Pages Needing Work" links.
    • Stubs are pages which are currently very short and need bulking out into a full page. Good to check if you want to redo an entire page but are not sure what subject area is needed.
    • Pages tagged with Cleanup are articles which are okay so far as content goes but the page itself needs tidying up, or needs the spelling/grammar corrected. This is a good one to check if you don't have much knowledge about the game yet but you are good with English and getting your message across clearly.
    • Pages tagged for a merge are pages which cover similar areas and should be condensed together into one page. Again this is easy to do even if you don't have a very detailed knowledge of the game, but are able to combine two pages in a logical manner.
    • Pages tagged as Needing Updates are out of date as far as the content goes. This might be because a new patch has come out. The updates needed are not always extensive, so if you have a reasonable knowledge of the subject don't be afraid of going ahead and updating them.
    • Deprecated pages are ones which are so out of date that the information on them is no longer relevant, or is currently unused. You can check to see whether any data on them can be salvaged, but if they are no longer of any relevance you could consider marking them for deletion, or alternatively marking them as historical.
  • Remember if you make edits to a page that removes the need for the tag that you should remove the template.

Wiki Information Category

Special Pages

  • This page has links to various pages which need work: Special:SpecialPages.
    • Special:DeadendPages - These pages do not link to any other pages on the wiki. You can help by looking through them and adding some links at relevant points.
    • Special:LonelyPages - These pages are not linked to from any other page on the wiki. Have a look through them and see what other pages may be related.
    • Special:UncategorizedPages - These pages do not belong to a category. Are there any particular categories they would fit well in?
    • Special:WantedPages - These pages have been mentioned somewhere in the wiki but the page does not yet exist. This might be a good chance for you to create a new page (use the "what links here" to see what pages link to the "missing" page. It might also be that the link is spelled or capitalised wrongly, so this is something you can fix.


  • We have a new section of the forum specifically for wiki changes. Quite often people will post on there about pages that need work so its a good place to check.
  • You could also ask for suggestions of work you can do on the wiki or team up with someone else to edit a page.

Random Page

  • I showed you earlier the Random Page button. This is quite useful because quite often you will come across pages that are not easy to find through links etc.
  • [Try and find an example]

Flagging pages with templates

  • If you are a teacher one thing the teaching department is trying to encourage at the moment is people reviewing the syllabus of a class and flagging it as up-to-date. This means that teachers can go ahead and teach that class and have a good idea hat the material is current.
  • Even if you do not know enough about a subject area to make the edits yourself, then flagging the page accordingly so other people can make the edits is really helpful.


  • Anyone with an EVE University forum account can edit the wiki.
  • Even if you are brand new to the game there are useful amendments you can make the the wiki - even just stylistic changes or spelling and grammar corrections.
  • All changes are tracked and reversible, so don't be afraid of making edits. If you get it completely wrong it can always be rolled back.
  • There is plenty of help and support out there for you, especially the new forum, which is pretty active and will help you find an answer to anything you are unsure of.
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