How To Edit

Editing wiki pages is pretty simple once you know the tricks.

- nirar22 nirar22 has provided a wiki for users to mess around with and learn the ropes : Nirar22's Testing Edits
  • However, you can always simply start your own wiki page on this site and mess around with it if you so choose

Using Camel Brackets

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Camel Brackets are the wiki standard method for hyperlinking.

Note: These type of links work in Discussion posts as well, making them very handy for linking to FAQ pages containing answers.

If the page being linked does not exist, you can still create a link to it for later use.
  • This way, you can leave the option open to create a page at some point in the future, even if you do not have time at the moment to write the other page yourself.

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Editing a Table

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So you want to add a new row to an existing table ?
  1. Click on the first cell of the first row in the table
  2. An icon will appear, click on it.
    • TableMenu.JPG
  3. Expand the menu until you see "Add above"
    • TableMenuExpanded.JPG
  4. Click that option. The table in the background will highlight in green to show you where the new row will appear
  5. After that, simply fill in each cell with the required information.

Though you may also find it easier to simply enter Wikitext Editor mode where tables are simpy defined as a series of || elements.
  • Copy one of the existing rows and then paste it at the top of the table, under the header row.
  • After that, simply change the contents of the cells to your liking.

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Converting Text in Lists

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To convert this:

Into this:
  • A
  • B

Highlight both the "A" and "B" lines, and pressing one of the List buttons in the editor bar. This method can be used for any size list, and is quite handy when converting text copied from another source.

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Nested Lists

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To create nested lists use "Tab" and "Shift-Tab".

To change this
  • A
  • B

To this :
  • A
    • B

While sitting on the "B" line, press the Tab key

To change this:
  • A
    • B

To this:
  • A
  • B

While sitting on the "B" line, press the Shift-Tab key

To change this:
  • A

  • B

To this:
  • A

  • B

Sit the cursor on the blank list entry between "A" and "B" and use the Shift-Tab key.
  • This method is quite handy when the editor starts acting up and refuses to split the list itself

To change this:
  1. The First Entry
  2. The Second Entry

To this:
  1. The First Entry

  2. The Second Entry

You must edit Wikitext Editor mode (see further down for details on how to do so), and enter a > character followed by a space, between the two list entries.
  • Using the > character ensures that the numbered list continues to count properly. If a regular space are used, both list entries would display "1."
  • Note that the number of > characters required matches the number of * characters being used by the list.
    • So when placing a space in a second level list, you require >> followed by a space
  • Note that the space after the final > character is a necessary part of the format, otherwise you will simply end up with the > character itself being displayed on the page.

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Anchor points allow users to link to a specific point in a long web page.
  • For instance : [[home]] will take you to the top of the home page, but [[home#Disclaimer]] will automatically scroll the page down to view the Disclaimer at the bottom

Since anchors are normally hidden when reading a page, the developer chooses to display the anchor point link value using a yellow tag either above or below the anchor's position.
  • You can see an example of such in the Disclaimer example above.
  • To stop the anchor link from actually being interpreted by the wiki page as a real link, the use of two single quotes is provided by the system.
    • You can see an example of this type of formatting if you edit this page, and look at the lines above
  • Remember that you require the single quotes on both sides of the wikitext you are altering.

Adding Anchor Quick Way:

The following picture tutorial will show you the fast and easy way to add an anchor.

Keep in mind "Anchor Name" is not a given thing. You'll need to come up with a name, use something within the Section Header you want to embed an anchor with and is section specific. You don't have to worry about other Anchor names on other pages, they are bound to their own pages.

We are going to make an anchor for the Gardener Service Mod within this picture tutorial.
Copy a previous anchor text link first, do not include the existent "Anchor Widget" in the copy:
Wiki Editor Tutorial - Making an anchor-1.png

Paste it in the first colomn of the Gardener Service Mod and select the previous Anchor text link "Imaginary":
Wiki Editor Tutorial - Making an anchor-2.png

Overwrite text for the new Anchor text link "Gardener" (copy the text if you wish too):
Wiki Editor Tutorial - Making an anchor-3.png

Set your Cursor in front of the "Anchor text link" (1.) and press Embed Widget (2.):
Wiki Editor Tutorial - Making an anchor-5.png

In the "Widgets" menu, select Anchor:
Wiki Editor Tutorial - Making an anchor-6.png

Paste or type in the Anchor name "Gardener" and press "Embed an Anchor"
Wiki Editor Tutorial - Making an anchor-7.png

The result of doing so will show a little "Anchor icon" in front of the "Anchor text link":
Wiki Editor Tutorial - Making an anchor-8.png

The "Anchor text link" can now be used as referrals in threads.

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Adding Links

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In Wiki-Editor linking is a little different then when you're adding links to a thread. Within threads we use Camel Brackets to enclose the link so it will display properly. Some do not require those brackets, but some do and will not display the right information, because the wiki will sometimes break the link on certain characters within a link "_", "+", "space", etc.

Linking within Wiki-Editor is different to what we use within threads. There are different types of linking you need to be aware off:
  1. External Links (leads to another website)
  2. Internal Links (within the Nraas-wiki itself)
    2.1. Internal Links to Anchor

1. External Links:

anchor : [[How To Edit#External Links]]

Making an external link is pretty easy to do in 4 steps:
  • type in a text, example "Hello"
  • select the text (set your cursor in front or behind the text, hold down your L-Click and dragging your cursor onto the end or beginning of the text, the text will turn white and background will highlight in blue), example "Hello"
  • Press the Insert "Link icon" (looks like a Paperclip) in the above menu and select "Web Address" within the menu
  • You'll see in the that menu that "Link Text" is filled in with "Hello" all you have to do is place the URL into Address and press "Add Link" and you're done.

After doing these steps, you'll notice that "Hello" will turn into blue and will be underlined (typical of text showing as links). If you want the viewers to remain on this site tick in "New Window", so after clicking the link a new window will be opened.

More frequently editors add hard URL's directly. This kind of hard linking doesn't provide much information on what the link contains and viewers are unsure where it leads too. To correct this issue, here's a picture tutorial based on a mod over at MTS:

Wiki Editor Tutorial - Renaming Link-1.png

Highlight the text (1.) you want to be linked and press the "Insert Link" (2.) icon (looks like a paperclip)
Wiki Editor Tutorial - Renaming Link-2.png
The menu "Insert Link" opens, tick in "New Window" (1.) and go to "Web Address" (2.):
Wiki Editor Tutorial - Renaming Link-3.png

You'll see that the URL is in the wrong place, copy it entirely and move it from "Link Text" to "Address":
Wiki Editor Tutorial - Renaming Link-4.png

Within "Link Text" rename it (1.) to something that people understand. In this case the name of the mod and creator where the link leads too and press "Add Link" (2.):
Wiki Editor Tutorial - Renaming Link-5.png

The result of doing so, a better understanding what viewers get to see after clicking on the URL.
Wiki Editor Tutorial - Renaming Link-6.png
Now viewers are able to read precisely what they are getting after they click on such link.

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2. Internal Links

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This procedure is almost the same as with external links, but stops at Pic3 on previous tutorial. Due to the internal link is contained within this own Nraas-Wiki you only have to provide the page name.

For example the full URL of this page is "", this identifies as the following:
website: ""
page name: "How+To+Edit"

The "+" character is placed within an URL to fill up spaces in between words (if any were used in the creation of that page), other URL are sometimes filled up with "%". It depends how the site is managed and what symbols the administrator of the site has used to fill up those spaces.
This is required on the web so the whole URL stays intact after clicking on such link, the web doesn't recognize spaces as valid URL links.

Having said that the original page name is "How To Edit".

From the previous section 1. External Links lets make an Internal Link leading to it.
  • Type in a text you require to add a internal link to: 1. External Links
  • Select the text: 1. External Links
  • Click on "Insert Link" (looks like a paperclip) icon above in the menu

  • This will open the "Insert Link" menu (Pic1)
  • Wiki Editor - Internal Links-01.png

  • Click on the selection box (1.) under Page Name and set your cursor in the box (2.), after doing so a list will open with all pages (Pic2):
  • Wiki Editor - Internal Links-02.png

  • Fill in the box the criteria what to look for, in this case "How To Edit" (1.) without quotes. You'll see that the list is narrowing down the criteria you've added in that box (2.), select it (Pic3):
  • Wiki Editor - Internal Links-03.png

  • After doing so you're done and can press "Add Link" (Pic4)
  • Wiki Editor - Internal Links-04.png

  • Doing these steps will turn the selection of adding a link (word) in to blue and underlined like this: 1. External Links

Pressing that link will take you to the top of "How To Edit" page on this NRaas-Wiki. From there on the viewer can go to the related subject by using the Table of Content (ToC) on the page. Of course there is an easy way to get the viewer directly towards section 1. External Links. This will be handled in the next subsection.

2.1 Linking to Anchors:

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To get the viewers directly to the section/subject on a particular page, there needs to be anchors placed. This will allow "Editors" to use these referrals as "jump to" criteria and display the section/subject at hand, so the viewer doesn't have to click on ToC or read through a lap of text to go to the desired topic.

Within the "Insert Link" menu there is an option to "Link To Anchor?", using this option will take the viewer directly to the desired section/subject. All it needs is that you know the following:
  • Page Name : How To Edit
  • Anchor Name: External Links (within the page How To Edit)

  • Lets continue from Pic4 of above section 2. but without clicking on "Add Link", in this case we are going to tick in "Link to Anchor?"
  • Wiki Editor - Internal Links-05.png

  • A new sub field opens "Anchor", unlike Page's there isn't a list that you can search on. You will need to require the exact word/phrase for that Anchor as said above the "Anchor Name" is "External Links", type it in (1.) and press "Add Link" (2.).
  • Wiki Editor - Internal Links-06.png

The result of doing so will lead you directly to the subsection "1. External Links" on the page "How To Edit", when you press this link: 1. External Links.
You can also tick in "New Window" if you wish that the viewer remains on this page and a new window will be opened whenever that link has been clicked.

This method can be used for cross-referencing other subjects from other pages to a main page. Again for internal links and linking to anchor, you will need to acquire "Page Name" and "Anchor Name" (within that page) to successfully add internal links as reference on a page you are editing.

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Wikitext Editor

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The wikitext editor is available by pressing this button :
  • Wikitext_Editor_Option.png

This alternative editor displays the raw wikitext formatting, rather than the pretty version, allowing you to type in the format directly, without having to fidgeting around with the menu at the top.

To switch back to the Visual Editor, use the same operation as mentioned above.

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Embedded Widgets

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Widgets, such as page lists, embedded wiki pages, or files are sometimes easier to manipulate using the Wikitext Editor.

However if you do not know the options for the widget, simply click on the blue widget box, and press the "edit widget" option. the editor will then display the various options that are available.
  • After that, simply switch over to the Wikitext Editor, and read the parameters that were created, for future reference.

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Viewing the Changes made by other users

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By design wikis have the ability to view the changes made in the past and compare them to the current information displayed on the page:
  • This makes it simpler to locate alterations, and verify their correctness.

To view the changes, do the following :
  1. Go to the page you are interested in
  2. Press the "Revisions" button at the top of the page.
    • RevisionButton.JPG
  3. Press the "Select" button for the first revision you wish to compare against.
    • To compare against the information currently displayed, choose the first entry in the list
    • RevisionFirstChoice.JPG
  4. Press the "Compare" button for the second revision you wish to compare against.
    • When I compare a page, I usually return to the last of my personal revisions so I can see all the intermediate changes combined together.
    • RevisionSecondChoice.JPG
  5. After you do that, the page will be displayed, with all the differences highlighted, and the top menu will have two new options :
    • WikiTextReviewChanges.JPG
    • To zoom straight to the first change on the page, press "Review Changes"
    • To view the coding side of the page, check the "View WikiText" option
      • If you don't see any changes, they may actually be page coding changes, which can only be viewed if you are looking at the WikiText itself

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Issues to Watch Out For

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There are a couple of gotchas I have noted with this Wiki :

Embedded Bold Text

  • The editor likes to eat spaces that follow embedded bold text, such as THIS TEXT . Each iteration of editing will eat the space after the bolding, so if there is a word afterwards, they will merged together.
  • To work around this issue, I have been placing a ".." after bolded text that has been effected. If you happen to see this format, that is why the two periods are there.

Editing List Entries

  • Occasionally if you edit the first line in a list, the editor will consume the second line for no reason. It appears to be an error in the editor software, and is quite random
  • To work around the issue, switch into Wikitext Editor mode and alter the list using that method instead.

Escaping Wikitext

  • Using the single quotes to escape wikitext, in order to stop the wiki page from interpreting it, does not work for the tilde signature codes, ~ ~ ~ (or at least I have never been able to get it to work)
    • This is why I simply link to the Signature Tags page instead, where the creators of the website have somehow escaped it themselves.

Copying Text from Other Web Pages

  • If you copy text directly off another website page, the Visual Editor, the editing software will attempt to preserve the font formatting perfectly.
    • However in doing so, it will break the ability to format the text in this editor.
  • To correct this issue, paste the text using the Wikitext Editor instead. Doing so will strip all the HTML formatting off the text and paste the text contents only.
  • If you wish to preserve some of the formatting, such as a nested list structure, do the following:
    • Paste using the Visual Editor
    • Switch over to the Wikitext Editor (you will see a pile of elements have been added containing font formatting)
    • Copy the text contents, and paste them into a text editor such as Notepad
    • In Notepad, use the Replace functionality to remove all the and elements from the text
    • Copy the corrected contents from Notepad and paste them back into the Wikitext Editor.
    • Switch back to the Visual Editor and verify that the contents look proper

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How to Tag

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On some (most) pages there is a "..." icon next to the "View ## Revision" icon, top right of your screen. If you press it, you'll see several options you can select, including "Tags".

Pages open for edits (some are greyed out which regular members can't edit), you can edit those tags and enter a given name (make one up) or use an existing one.

If you want the information displayed within a certain page, go into Visual Edit Mode. Press Embed Widget ontop of the menu, from there you can choose:
"Widget: List Of Pages" and type in the "Tag"-name, you can also increase or decrease how many lines are shown (default 10).

Doing so, will create a blank square onto the page with text centered in the middle "Include Page List". You'll see the result when you've saved your edit or go into preview mode.

After doing so, any pages you tagged in the near future with that given name will display within that widget you'd added. Reason why its called auto-generated listing.

If you want to try it out, just tag a page with Guides. You'll see a link appear in the Guides section of, to undo it simple remove "Guides" from that Tag of that page you had added and its gone.

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What are templates ?

Templates are special pages which can be used as the basis of actual publicly available pages in the wiki.

They contain a pre-defined format, to ensure that all the pages have the same feel and layout, and save you having to rewrite each one from scratch.

You are authorized to create your own templates, such as space.template.Mod Page German, for creating translations of pages.

How do I use a Template ?

When you are prompted to create a missing page on the wiki, there is an option to specify an existing template. Choose the one you want and press the "Edit".

After that you will need to populate the page with the necessary contents, whatever that may be.

If the template has existing links, it may be necessary to alter them as well.
  • For instance : space.template.Mod Page has several links that contain the word ModName, you must change that value to the name of the mod you are creating

Special Values
  • ModName
    • The name of the mod
  • PhaseNumber
    • The Phase number of the mod. Not all links have this element, since not all links are specific to a particular phase.
    • When replacing this value, use the word Phase followed by a space and the English word for the number of the phase
  • Developer Note
    • Some pages have notes that the original creator added as a reminder to do additional steps after templating.
    • After reviewing those notes, feel free to remove them from your page.