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If you don't find your question here, feel free to ask it on [[HRWiki_talk:FAQ|the discussion page for this document]].
If you don't find your question here, feel free to ask it on [[HRWiki_talk:FAQ|the discussion page for this document]].
== Wiki questions ==
== Wiki questions ==
=== I know some information that should be added to a page. How do I submit it? ===
=== I know some information that should be added to a page. How do I submit it? ===
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Believe it or not, there's no need to submit your suggestion to anyone. This site is a "wiki." What's that, you ask? It's a site where ''anyone'' can add ''anything'' to ''any'' page. To find out more, check out the [[HRWiki:Introduction|Introduction]]. Since you can edit pages, we'd prefer that you go ahead and add the new information to the appropriate page yourself. Go ahead, be bold!
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Believe it or not, there's no need to submit your suggestion to anyone. This site is a "wiki". That's a silly-sounding word that simply means ''anyone'' can add ''anything'' to ''any'' page. To find out more, check out the [[HRWiki:Introduction|Introduction]]. Since you can edit pages, we'd prefer that you go ahead and add the new information to the appropriate page yourself. Go ahead, be bold!
=== I think I've found some defacement on the wiki. What can I do? ===
=== I think I've found some defacement on the wiki. What can I do? ===
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Unfortunately, defacement comes with the territory on a wiki site like this one. Happily, defacement is quite easy to fix. The wiki keeps track of every revision to each article, making it very easy to rollback to a previous version.
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Defacement comes with the territory on every wiki site. Fortunately, it's quite easy to fix. The wiki keeps track of every revision to each article, making it very easy to roll back to a previous version.
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* '''If you're not a sysop''': Simply click "history" at the top of the page you wish to roll back. Then click on the time and date of the archived version you want to revert back to. The page will appear with the version indicated at the top of the page, just underneath the page title. Next, click "edit" at the top of the page. Add a note in the Summary box that you are reverting the page because of a troll, and then click "Save page".
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Simply click "history" at the top of the page you wish to roll back. Select the bullet next the the date of the last correct version of the article, and click ''Compare Selected Versions''. (If the defacement was made in only the last edit, as in most cases, just click the button. The correct bullets are already selected) You will then see at the top of the page a yellow and green blocks of text showing what was changed. Click '''(Undo)''' and save the page. The article is now defacement-free.
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* '''If you're a sysop''': Simply click "history" at the top of the page you wish to roll back. Position the radio buttons at the current version and the version you want to roll back to, then click "Compare selected versions". Next, click the "rollback" link near the upper right side of the page (directly to the right of the most recent author's name).
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You may also want to take note of the IP address or user name of the person who did the defacement (here on the wiki, we call these people "trolls". Information about trolls can be added to the [[HRWiki:WikiTroll|WikiTroll]] page and could be very helpful for the admins to track down folks who should be banned.
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After repeated instances of defacing the wiki, an offender's IP address can be blocked by [[Special:Listadmins|several users]] who have sysop rights. These admins pay careful attention to the [[Special:Recentchanges|recent changes]] page, and will [[Special:Ipblocklist|block]] IP addresses where/when appropriate.
=== How do I delete an article or image? ===
=== How do I delete an article or image? ===
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Only sysops can delete articles and images, but there is an easy way for you to alert the sysops to pages that you think should be deleted. Simply edit the article and add <code><nowiki>{{tobedeleted}}</nowiki></code> at the top. If you've done it right, you should see a box like this one at the top of the page:
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Only sysops can delete articles and images, but there's an easy way for you to alert the sysops to pages you think should be deleted. Simply edit the article and add <code><nowiki>{{delete}}</nowiki></code> or <code><nowiki>{{tobediscussed}}</nowiki></code> at the top (the two templates are for different situations; see [[:Category:Pages for Discussion|this page]]). If you've done it right, you should see a box like this one at the top of the page:
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This article is currently pending deletion. If you do not feel that this article should be deleted, please say so and give your reasons why on its [[:{{NAMESPACE}} talk:{{PAGENAME}}|talk page]].
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<table><tr><td>[[Image:Strong Mad Processing icon.png]]</td><td style="padding-left:12px">It has been suggested that the content of this page [[HRWiki:Inclusion guidelines|'''should not be a separate article''']] on the wiki. If you have an opinion about whether this page or its content should be '''moved''' or '''removed''', please comment on the [[{{TALKPAGENAME}}|talk page]].</td></tr></table></div>
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The code also adds the article to a special "[[:Category:To be deleted|To be deleted]]" category. The sysops check this category regularly and will delete articles and images they agree should be deleted.
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The code also adds the article to a special "[[:Category:Articles for Discussion|Articles for Discussion]]" category. The sysops check this category regularly and will delete articles and images they agree should be deleted.
=== How do I start a new article? ===
=== How do I start a new article? ===
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The easiest way to start a new page is to create a link to it from the [[HRWiki:Sandbox|sandbox]] (alternatively, you could create the link from the most appropriate [[:Category:Lists|list]] page). When you first create the link, it will be red, indicating that the page it points to doesn't exist, yet. Just click on the link and you'll be taken to the edit page for the new article.
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An easy way to do it is to search for the page you want to create. If it doesn't exist, you'll see this:
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<blockquote>'''There is no page titled "example".''' You can [[example|create this page]].</blockquote>
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Click the red link and you'll be taken to the editing panel. Write up the page you want. If you don't know how to use wiki code, please take a look at [[Help:Editing]].<br>
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After you are done, don't forget to preview your page, then save it.
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In general, red links lead to articles that do not exist yet. Clicking any of them will lead you to the editing page, where you can write the article.
=== How do I upload an image? ===
=== How do I upload an image? ===
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Before you start uploading images, keep in mind that our wiki standards allow only one image for personal use. All other images should be uploaded for use on article pages. If images aren't being used on the wiki, the sysops will delete them.
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Before you can upload images, your user account must be ''autoconfirmed.'' This is a special account confirmation process that usually takes 24 to 48 hours. After autoconfirm finishes, you can upload images using the "Upload file" link in the toolbox on the left sidebar. Keep in mind, however, that our wiki standards allow only two [[HRWiki:Personal images|personal images]]. All other images should be uploaded for use on article pages. If images aren't being used on the wiki, the sysops may delete them.  
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To upload an image, you must be signed in as a registered wiki user. You can register and sign in by clicking the "create account and log in" link in the upper left corner of any page on the wiki. Once you're loggin in, you should see an "Upload file" link in the toolbox on the left sidebar. Click that link and follow the prompts to upload your image.
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=== How do I become an admin or sysop? ===
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The Homestar Runner Wiki does not take on new administrators, or [[HRWiki:Sysops|sysops]], very often. Nevertheless, it is a major goal for many users, so the question above has been asked time and time again. The best way to break it down is into ten main points:
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#'''Have a large number of meaningful main namespace contributions.'''
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#:''Edit the real articles, the Homestar Runner information. Gnome work is an invaluable part of any wiki, but what we're talking about here is the addition of substantial <u>content</u>. The more you do this, the more you'll find yourself delving into discussion, and taking on projects. As a corollary to the above, you should not overdo your user namespace edits.''
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#'''Have a large number of main talk and HRWiki talk namespace edits.'''
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#:''Communicate with other users. Be open and have valid input, and be able to receive feedback. Other users can get to know you better the more you talk to them. In addition, use the user talk namespace as a resource to share ideas and encouragement about project-related topics. Idle chit-chat is perfectly okay from time to time, but, again, don't overdo it.''
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#'''Take on a big project.'''
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#:''Look under [[HRWiki:Projects]] or [[:Category:Stubs]] to find a page or a project that you can take on. Or see if there is an important niche that needs to be filled. Plan your project well ahead of time, and <u>get approval</u> and feedback.''
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#'''Be able to handle stress and abuse in stride.'''
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#:''Not everyone is perfect. Sometimes, other users will say things to you that may make you very angry, but self-control is essential. Know when to say what and how to say it. Likewise, do your absolute best never to be part of the problem.''
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#'''Be technologically knowledgeable.'''
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#:''Learn MediaWiki syntax and be able to write in it fairly well. Also, it wouldn't hurt to learn HTML and other programming languages, especially PHP.''
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#'''Help maintain the site.'''
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#:''Most of a sysop's job is not very glamorous. In fact, it's a lot of work, and the pay isn't that great. Sysops are expected to fight vandalism, fix formatting, give aid to those who need it, and perform housekeeping duties, all the while trying to contribute actual content to the project. Some of the things a sysop is expected to do, like reverting vandalism, can also be done by users. You should spend at least a portion of your energy on such site maintenance.''
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#'''Stay active.'''
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#:''Seniority is important. Everything else being equal, the user with the most experience is the one we turn to, and there could be several deserving users ahead of you. It is extremely unlikely that we would promote a relative newcomer.''
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#'''Stay positive.'''
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#:''We're making an encyclopedia about [[Glossary#D|dumb animal characters]]. Remember to keep your sense of humor about you.''
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#'''Don't call us. We'll call you.'''
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#:''Don't ask to be made a sysop. On some wikis, like Wikipedia, it's acceptable to nominate yourself for sysophood at any time. On this wiki, however, openly asking is usually met with suspicion and resentment from regular users. Don't worry though&mdash;if you're taking care of these other points, we've already noticed you.''
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#'''Be trustworthy.'''
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#:''This is the most important piece of advice we can give. Being made a sysop is like being given the keys to the wiki, and we only turn them over to people when we know they're in good hands.''
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Please note that fulfilling these criteria does not automatically make you a sysop. It will, however, make you a better user. Bear in mind that it is the choice of the [[Special:Listusers/bureaucrat|Admin Team]] who will and won't become a sysop, or whether there even will be an open floor for nominations.
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=== How do I join a committee? ===
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To join one of the [[:Category:HRWiki Committees|committees]] of the wiki, simply add your name to the list and help out where you can. Be sure that you know enough about the committee's purpose before joining.
== More questions ==
== More questions ==
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=== Is there an email address where I can send questions? ===
=== Is there an email address where I can send questions? ===
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Posting your question on the talk page is usually the fastest way to get an answer. However, if you think your question is better asked in a private email to the administrators, you can send it to [mailto:support@hrwiki.org support@hrwiki.org]. Emails to this address are monitored by all five admins ([[User:AgentSeethroo|AgentSeethroo]], [[User:InterruptorJones|InterruptorJones]], [[User:JoeyDay|JoeyDay]], [[User:Stu|Stu]], and [[User:Tom|Tom]]) so you're likely to get a quick response. __NOEDITSECTION__
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Posting your question on the talk page is usually the fastest way to get an answer. However, if you think your question is better asked in a private email to the administrators, you can send it to [mailto:support@hrwiki.org support@hrwiki.org]. Emails to this address are monitored by all six admins ([[User:AgentSeethroo|AgentSeethroo]], [[User:InterruptorJones|InterruptorJones]], [[User:It's dot com|It's dot com]], [[User:JoeyDay|JoeyDay]], [[User:Stu|Stu]], and [[User:Tom|Tom]]) so you're likely to get a quick response.  
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===[[How Do You Type With Boxing Gloves On?|How does Strong Bad type with boxing gloves on?]]===
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We don't know. Why don't you ask him?
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Current revision as of 20:27, 8 July 2019

This article is about frequently asked questions regarding the wiki itself. For the list of frequently asked questions on the official site, see FAQ.
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HRW:FAQ

If you don't find your question here, feel free to ask it on the discussion page for this document.

Contents

Wiki questions

I know some information that should be added to a page. How do I submit it?

Believe it or not, there's no need to submit your suggestion to anyone. This site is a "wiki". That's a silly-sounding word that simply means anyone can add anything to any page. To find out more, check out the Introduction. Since you can edit pages, we'd prefer that you go ahead and add the new information to the appropriate page yourself. Go ahead, be bold!

I think I've found some defacement on the wiki. What can I do?

Defacement comes with the territory on every wiki site. Fortunately, it's quite easy to fix. The wiki keeps track of every revision to each article, making it very easy to roll back to a previous version.

Simply click "history" at the top of the page you wish to roll back. Select the bullet next the the date of the last correct version of the article, and click Compare Selected Versions. (If the defacement was made in only the last edit, as in most cases, just click the button. The correct bullets are already selected) You will then see at the top of the page a yellow and green blocks of text showing what was changed. Click (Undo) and save the page. The article is now defacement-free.

After repeated instances of defacing the wiki, an offender's IP address can be blocked by several users who have sysop rights. These admins pay careful attention to the recent changes page, and will block IP addresses where/when appropriate.

How do I delete an article or image?

Only sysops can delete articles and images, but there's an easy way for you to alert the sysops to pages you think should be deleted. Simply edit the article and add {{delete}} or {{tobediscussed}} at the top (the two templates are for different situations; see this page). If you've done it right, you should see a box like this one at the top of the page:

The code also adds the article to a special "Articles for Discussion" category. The sysops check this category regularly and will delete articles and images they agree should be deleted.

How do I start a new article?

An easy way to do it is to search for the page you want to create. If it doesn't exist, you'll see this:

There is no page titled "example". You can create this page.

Click the red link and you'll be taken to the editing panel. Write up the page you want. If you don't know how to use wiki code, please take a look at Help:Editing.
After you are done, don't forget to preview your page, then save it.

In general, red links lead to articles that do not exist yet. Clicking any of them will lead you to the editing page, where you can write the article.

How do I upload an image?

Before you can upload images, your user account must be autoconfirmed. This is a special account confirmation process that usually takes 24 to 48 hours. After autoconfirm finishes, you can upload images using the "Upload file" link in the toolbox on the left sidebar. Keep in mind, however, that our wiki standards allow only two personal images. All other images should be uploaded for use on article pages. If images aren't being used on the wiki, the sysops may delete them.

How do I become an admin or sysop?

The Homestar Runner Wiki does not take on new administrators, or sysops, very often. Nevertheless, it is a major goal for many users, so the question above has been asked time and time again. The best way to break it down is into ten main points:

  1. Have a large number of meaningful main namespace contributions.
    Edit the real articles, the Homestar Runner information. Gnome work is an invaluable part of any wiki, but what we're talking about here is the addition of substantial content. The more you do this, the more you'll find yourself delving into discussion, and taking on projects. As a corollary to the above, you should not overdo your user namespace edits.
  2. Have a large number of main talk and HRWiki talk namespace edits.
    Communicate with other users. Be open and have valid input, and be able to receive feedback. Other users can get to know you better the more you talk to them. In addition, use the user talk namespace as a resource to share ideas and encouragement about project-related topics. Idle chit-chat is perfectly okay from time to time, but, again, don't overdo it.
  3. Take on a big project.
    Look under HRWiki:Projects or Category:Stubs to find a page or a project that you can take on. Or see if there is an important niche that needs to be filled. Plan your project well ahead of time, and get approval and feedback.
  4. Be able to handle stress and abuse in stride.
    Not everyone is perfect. Sometimes, other users will say things to you that may make you very angry, but self-control is essential. Know when to say what and how to say it. Likewise, do your absolute best never to be part of the problem.
  5. Be technologically knowledgeable.
    Learn MediaWiki syntax and be able to write in it fairly well. Also, it wouldn't hurt to learn HTML and other programming languages, especially PHP.
  6. Help maintain the site.
    Most of a sysop's job is not very glamorous. In fact, it's a lot of work, and the pay isn't that great. Sysops are expected to fight vandalism, fix formatting, give aid to those who need it, and perform housekeeping duties, all the while trying to contribute actual content to the project. Some of the things a sysop is expected to do, like reverting vandalism, can also be done by users. You should spend at least a portion of your energy on such site maintenance.
  7. Stay active.
    Seniority is important. Everything else being equal, the user with the most experience is the one we turn to, and there could be several deserving users ahead of you. It is extremely unlikely that we would promote a relative newcomer.
  8. Stay positive.
    We're making an encyclopedia about dumb animal characters. Remember to keep your sense of humor about you.
  9. Don't call us. We'll call you.
    Don't ask to be made a sysop. On some wikis, like Wikipedia, it's acceptable to nominate yourself for sysophood at any time. On this wiki, however, openly asking is usually met with suspicion and resentment from regular users. Don't worry though—if you're taking care of these other points, we've already noticed you.
  10. Be trustworthy.
    This is the most important piece of advice we can give. Being made a sysop is like being given the keys to the wiki, and we only turn them over to people when we know they're in good hands.

Please note that fulfilling these criteria does not automatically make you a sysop. It will, however, make you a better user. Bear in mind that it is the choice of the Admin Team who will and won't become a sysop, or whether there even will be an open floor for nominations.

How do I join a committee?

To join one of the committees of the wiki, simply add your name to the list and help out where you can. Be sure that you know enough about the committee's purpose before joining.

More questions

My question isn't here. What can I do?

Feel free to ask your question on the talk page. We'll try to answer it as soon as possible.

Is there an email address where I can send questions?

Posting your question on the talk page is usually the fastest way to get an answer. However, if you think your question is better asked in a private email to the administrators, you can send it to support@hrwiki.org. Emails to this address are monitored by all six admins (AgentSeethroo, InterruptorJones, It's dot com, JoeyDay, Stu, and Tom) so you're likely to get a quick response.

How does Strong Bad type with boxing gloves on?

We don't know. Why don't you ask him?

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