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: If you are simply here to browse, then this information is not relevant for you. See [[Bulbapedia:Browsing]] instead.
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: If you are simply here to browse, then this information is not relevant for you. See [[Bulbapedia:Browse]] instead.
 
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To get started editing at Bulbapedia, you must first register an account. Go to [[Special:Userlogin]]. Enter your desired username and password, and click on the 'Create new account' button.
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If you wish to contribute here at Bulbapedia, you will first need to create an account. Anyone is welcome to create an account and it is always free. To do this, go to [[Special:Userlogin]]. Enter your desired username and password, and click on the "Create new account" button. Please ensure that the username you choose follows the {{bp|Username policy}}.
   
After you register, first consult the [[Bulbapedia:Policy|policy page]] for information on all of the policies, rules, and regulations of Bulbapedia.
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==Style and policies==
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Once registered, it is advisable to consult the [[Bulbapedia:Policy|policy page]] for information on all of the policies, rules, and regulations of Bulbapedia. If you are unsure how to use the MediaWiki software Bulbapedia is based on, check out [[Bulbapedia:A guide to Bulbapedia|this guide]].
   
If you're not interested in reading through everything quite yet and just want to start writing articles, you must at least look at some of the [[Special:Longpages|longer pages]] in order to get a sense of what is expected. After that, you can start contributing!
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If you wish to familiarize yourself with Bulbapedia guidelines on how articles are written, consult the {{bp|Manual of style}}, or the more basic {{bp|style primer}}. If you are not interested in reading through everything quite yet and just want to start writing articles, it is strongly recommended to look at some of the [[Special:Longpages|longer pages]] in order to get a sense of what is expected. After that, you can start contributing!
   
If you wish to familiarise yourself with Bulbapedia guidelines on how articles are written, consult the [[Bulbapedia:Manual of style|Manual of style]].
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==Beginning to contribute==
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If you are unsure of a good place to start, simply click on the [[Special:Randompage|random page]] link on the left toolbar. By doing this, you may come across an article which is missing information that you are able to add. If you see a red link on a page, it means that there is no content on that page. You can make it blue by adding content to that page. Please note that you must first become {{bp|Autoconfirmed users|autoconfirmed}} before you are able to create brand-new articles. A more direct method is to consult the [[Special:Wantedpages|list of wanted articles]] — these are articles that have been linked to but have no content. A list of all pages which currently have content on them can be found at [[Special:Allpages]], and a list of categories can be found at [[Special:Categories]].
   
If you're unsure of a good place to start, simply click on the [[Special:Randompage|random page]] link on the left toolbar; if you see a red link on a page, it means that there is no content on that page. You can make it blue by adding content to that page.
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Alternatively, if you do not wish to start from scratch or are not yet {{bp|Autoconfirmed users|autoconfirmed}} to create brand-new articles, there are numerous {{cat|Stubs|stub articles}} that could use more content. There are also {{cat|Articles needing improvement}} and {{cat|Articles needing more information}}; these categories are a great starting-off point when looking for places to contribute to.
 
A more direct method is to consult the [[Special:Wantedpages|list of wanted articles]] -- these are articles that have been linked to but have no content. Alternatively, if you don't like starting from scratch, there are numerous [[:Category:Stubs|stub articles]] that could use more content.
 
 
A list of all pages which currently have content on them can be found at [[Special:Allpages]], and a list of categories can be found at [[Special:Categories]].
 
 
Instructions on using MediaWiki, of which Bulbapedia is an instance of, can be found [http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Help:Index here].
 
   
 
[[Category:Bulbapedia guides]]
 
[[Category:Bulbapedia guides]]

Latest revision as of 21:29, 5 April 2014

If you are simply here to browse, then this information is not relevant for you. See Bulbapedia:Browse instead.

If you wish to contribute here at Bulbapedia, you will first need to create an account. Anyone is welcome to create an account and it is always free. To do this, go to Special:Userlogin. Enter your desired username and password, and click on the "Create new account" button. Please ensure that the username you choose follows the Username policy.

Style and policies

Once registered, it is advisable to consult the policy page for information on all of the policies, rules, and regulations of Bulbapedia. If you are unsure how to use the MediaWiki software Bulbapedia is based on, check out this guide.

If you wish to familiarize yourself with Bulbapedia guidelines on how articles are written, consult the Manual of style, or the more basic style primer. If you are not interested in reading through everything quite yet and just want to start writing articles, it is strongly recommended to look at some of the longer pages in order to get a sense of what is expected. After that, you can start contributing!

Beginning to contribute

If you are unsure of a good place to start, simply click on the random page link on the left toolbar. By doing this, you may come across an article which is missing information that you are able to add. If you see a red link on a page, it means that there is no content on that page. You can make it blue by adding content to that page. Please note that you must first become autoconfirmed before you are able to create brand-new articles. A more direct method is to consult the list of wanted articles — these are articles that have been linked to but have no content. A list of all pages which currently have content on them can be found at Special:Allpages, and a list of categories can be found at Special:Categories.

Alternatively, if you do not wish to start from scratch or are not yet autoconfirmed to create brand-new articles, there are numerous stub articles that could use more content. There are also Articles needing improvement and Articles needing more information; these categories are a great starting-off point when looking for places to contribute to.