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Help:Advice

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If you are new to AnOtherWiki, you may be looking for some advice on how to get started editing. Here are some tips and suggestions.

Jump Right In

Once you've familiarized yourself with our purpose, wiki markup, our style guidelines and our policies, the best thing you can do is to jump right in. Start adding and editing content. Sure, that may seem daunting at first, but here's the thing: this is a wiki. One of the things that means is that we have the ability to restore any page here to an earlier version. You can't mess it up. And if the things you add aren't perfect? That's ok too. Again, this is a wiki. We're editing as a team here. What you start off, someone else can come along and add to. And, hopefully, you'll do the same for things they have written. No one person owns any article on the wiki. We're all here to build on and improve each other's work.

Start With The Familiar

As a new editor, you probably don't want to go crazy trying to search out obscure elements of community history. Start with things closer to home. The sites you're a member of. The meetups or gathers you attend. Heck, you yourself. Yes, it's ok to write an article about yourself. No, you don't have to be a person of any particular note in the community. Just remember to follow the Objective point of view policy. The details you include in that article can also give you a good jumping off point to other articles you might like to work on, like an article about your kintype. Take a look at some of the other articles about to get some ideas. And don't forget to include the contributor template!

Ask

Never be afraid to ask questions. If you're not sure how to do something, or what you should be doing, ask. You can do so on the discussion page of the relevant article or category, on the talk page of other users or administrators, at the help desk, on the forum, or on the IRC channel. If someone isn't available to help you right away, try back later.