User talk:Arpepper

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Arpepper's personal mini-tutorial/reference

My personal reference page for (missing) formatting info

I find it too difficult to track down some of these things, so, for now at least (ie. until someone directs me to an easily accessible quick-reference guide) I have copied portions of the Wikipedia Tutorial here.

Arpepper (talk) 15:39, 11 October 2017 (EDT)

Headings and subheadings

Headings can be created like this:

  • ==Top level heading== (2 equals signs)
  • ===Subheading=== (3 equals signs)
  • ====Another level down==== (4 equals signs)


There are several ways of indenting in Wikipedia:

Plain indentations

A newline (pressing Enter or Return) marks the end of the indented paragraph.

For example:

This is aligned all the way to the left.
:This is indented slightly.
::This is indented more.

is shown as:

This is aligned all the way to the left.
This is indented slightly.
This is indented more.

Bullet points

A brief example:

*First list item
*Second list item
**Sub-list item under second
*Third list item

Which is shown as:

  • First list item
  • Second list item
    • Sub-list item under second
  • Third list item

Numbered items


#First item
#Second item
##Sub-item under second item
#Third item

Shows up as:

  1. First item
  2. Second item
    1. Sub-item under second item
  3. Third item

Example discussion

Here is an example of a well-formatted discussion:

Hi. I have a question about this article. I'm pretty sure purple elephants only live in New York! JayRandumWikiUser 02:49, 10 Dec 2003 (UTC)

Well, last time I was in New York, the elephants I saw were green. — try2BEEhelpful 17:28, 11 Dec 2003 (UTC)
I think you should find a source for your claims. Living × Skepticism 20:53, 11 Dec 2003 (UTC)
Okay, these elephant journals agree with me:
  • Elephants Monthly
  • Elephants World
try2BEEhelpful 19:09, 12 Dec 2003 (UTC)
I live in Australia, where the elephants look like kangaroos! The people below agree with my statement: -DontGdayMateMe 17:28, 14 Dec 2003 (UTC)
  1. ElefantLuvr 01:22, 15 Dec 2003 (UTC)
  2. AisleVoteOnAnything 05:41, 15 Dec 2003 (UTC)
  3. alittlebehindthetimes 18:39, 27 Jan 2004 (UTC)

Note that if you want to include a list in your comments, add colons before each item, for example:

:::Okay, these elephant journals agree with me:
:::* ''Elephants Monthly''
:::* ''Elephants World''
:::— [[Wikipedia:User page|try2BEEhelpful]] 19:09, 12 Dec 2003 (UTC)

Also, signing your message off is done by:

  • Writing ~~~ for the name (try2BEEhelpful), or
  • Writing ~~~~ for the name and date (try2BEEhelpful 19:09, 12 Dec 2003 (UTC)), or
  • Writing ~~~~~ for the date only (19:09, 12 Dec 2003 (UTC)).

You should usually sign with both name and date but votes are often signed with names only.

Example link to a redirect page

Using the following will allow you to "stop" at the redirect page, allowing you to view its history and probably, in the extreme, change it from a redirect to a non-redirect page. The sample page I have chosen to view is "safety belt". [1]

This isn't really a formatting tip, however, so would properly belong in a "different tutorial".

--Arpepper (talk) 15:39, 11 October 2017 (EDT)


See popups for some helpful hints, especially for doing rv correctly.

Arpepper (talk) 15:39, 11 October 2017 (EDT)

Some neat pages on this wiki

This mediawiki isn't too out-of-date compared to wikipedia. 1.27.3 versus 1.31.0

Here are some fun links

--Arpepper (talk) 16:14, 13 October 2017 (EDT)