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Some Residents fear the '''Second Life Wiki''' when, in fact, they could embrace and benefit from it! If mindjunk is cluttering your head and preventing you from using our wiki more, here are some facts to set ''you'' free!
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''The following was originally presented by [[Torley]].''
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Some Residents fear the '''Second Life Wiki''' when, in fact, they could embrace and benefit from it. If mindjunk is cluttering your head and preventing you from using our wiki, here are some facts to set ''you'' free!
  
 
== Myth: The wiki is only for power users ==
 
== Myth: The wiki is only for power users ==
Myth... ''busted!'' This is absolutely not true. While the roots of the Second Life Wiki are in technical areas such as [[Open Source]] and [[LSL]] (they were among the first portals), the same can be said for many other tools that started off adopted by a few, then spread to the masses. Nowadays, we can find all sorts of newcomer-friendly pages on the wiki, and our [[Volunteer_Portal|Volunteer Mentors]] — fellow Residents — have taken to expanding content and making it more accessible.
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Myth... ''busted!'' This is absolutely not true. While the roots of the Second Life Wiki are in technical areas such as [[Open Source]] and [[LSL]] (they were among the first portals), the same can be said for many other tools that started off adopted by a few, then spread to the masses.
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Nowadays, we can find all sorts of newcomer-friendly pages on the wiki, and our [[Volunteer_Portal|volunteers]] — fellow Residents — have taken to expanding content and making it more accessible.
  
 
Also, ever thought to yourself: how does someone become a Second Life power user in the first place? They must ''learn'', and since the wiki is an educational resource of many sorts, novices are encouraged to "ascend the steps", learn, and contribute their knowledge in turn.
 
Also, ever thought to yourself: how does someone become a Second Life power user in the first place? They must ''learn'', and since the wiki is an educational resource of many sorts, novices are encouraged to "ascend the steps", learn, and contribute their knowledge in turn.
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== Myth: You have to know how to edit the wiki to use it ==
 
== Myth: You have to know how to edit the wiki to use it ==
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Heck no. If you want to simply read pages, that's fine.
 
Heck no. If you want to simply read pages, that's fine.
  
And [[Help:Contents|learning how to edit wiki pages]] can happen in just a few minutes — it's up to you and your needs. Don't force yourself, but feel comfortable to explore.
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And [[Project:Editing_Guidelines|learning how to edit wiki pages]] can happen in just a few minutes — it's up to you and your needs. Don't force yourself, but feel comfortable to explore.
  
While we'd benefit from having a more visual, WYSIWYG-eque way to edit pages, in the meantime, you can use some tools out there, like the [http://mediawiki.fckeditor.net/index.php?title=Sandbox&action=edit MediaWiki+FCKEditor Sandbox], to compose and edit pages in a rich-text environment, then paste the wikicode results back here.
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While we've been thinking about adding a more visual, WYSIWYG-esque way to edit pages, you can currently use some tools out there, like the [http://mediawiki.fckeditor.net/index.php?title=Sandbox&action=edit MediaWiki+FCKEditor Sandbox] (click '''Rich Editor''' on that page), to compose and edit pages in a rich-text environment, then paste the wikicode results back here.
  
 
== Myth: The wiki is hard to search ==
 
== Myth: The wiki is hard to search ==
All right, ''all right''. This isn't a total myth, since the built-in search does kinda suck. But you know what? You can search the wiki via Google. For example:
 
  
: <font size="2"><tt>site:wiki.secondlife.com [YOUR QUERY HERE]</tt></font>
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This used to be true, until we added Google search.
  
Like if you wanted to search for articles on linking prims:
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Simply use the '''SEARCH''' box on the left of every wiki page. [[Project:About|More help here.]]
 
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: <font size="2"><tt>[http://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Awiki.secondlife.com+linking+prims site:wiki.secondlife.com linking prims]</tt></font>
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Easy, see?
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What's more, you can search the wiki from within the viewer. Go to Search > All tab (the one on the far left) and select "Wiki" from the dropdown. Here's what it looks like:
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<font color="red">[DUDE, TORLEY, PUT IN ME A PICTURE]</font>
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Then, you can browse wiki pages without having to exit Second Life!
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== Myth: No one visits the wiki ==
 
== Myth: No one visits the wiki ==
While it's true the wiki could stand to benefit from more exposure and publicity, it's received tens of millions of views. A quick sampling can be seen on the [[Special:Popularpages|popular pages list]]. And the more Resis find it useful, the more hits it'll get. It builds on itself because of our communities that build it!
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While it's true the wiki can always benefit from more exposure and publicity, it's received tens of millions of views. A quick sampling can be seen on the [[Special:Popularpages|popular pages list]]. And the more Resis find it useful, the more hits it'll get. It builds on itself because of our communities that build it!
  
 
== Myth: There's nothing useful on the wiki ==
 
== Myth: There's nothing useful on the wiki ==
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See the above! At the very least, [[Main_Page|start at the front page]] and go link-surfing.
 
See the above! At the very least, [[Main_Page|start at the front page]] and go link-surfing.
  
And if you can't find what you seek, consider contributing. It could take the form of a themed page that no one's thought to do before — for example, Torley started the [[Video Tutorials]], [[Snapshots Guide]], [[Texture Tools]], [[Limits]], and many others which have profoundly affected thousands of Residents.
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And if you can't find what you seek, consider contributing. It could take the form of a help page on a specific topic that no one's done before — for example, Torley started [[User:Torley_Linden/Wiki|these]] and many others which have profoundly affected thousands of Residents.
  
All it takes is one person to make a big positive difference which facilitates entry for many more people. Will you be that person? I hope so.
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All it takes is one person to make a big positive difference which facilitates entry for many more people. Will you be that person?

Latest revision as of 08:03, 20 October 2010

The following was originally presented by Torley.

Some Residents fear the Second Life Wiki when, in fact, they could embrace and benefit from it. If mindjunk is cluttering your head and preventing you from using our wiki, here are some facts to set you free!

Myth: The wiki is only for power users

Myth... busted! This is absolutely not true. While the roots of the Second Life Wiki are in technical areas such as Open Source and LSL (they were among the first portals), the same can be said for many other tools that started off adopted by a few, then spread to the masses.

Nowadays, we can find all sorts of newcomer-friendly pages on the wiki, and our volunteers — fellow Residents — have taken to expanding content and making it more accessible.

Also, ever thought to yourself: how does someone become a Second Life power user in the first place? They must learn, and since the wiki is an educational resource of many sorts, novices are encouraged to "ascend the steps", learn, and contribute their knowledge in turn.

The wiki is an open and welcome resource for any and every Second Life Resident, and that includes you.

Myth: You have to know how to edit the wiki to use it

Heck no. If you want to simply read pages, that's fine.

And learning how to edit wiki pages can happen in just a few minutes — it's up to you and your needs. Don't force yourself, but feel comfortable to explore.

While we've been thinking about adding a more visual, WYSIWYG-esque way to edit pages, you can currently use some tools out there, like the MediaWiki+FCKEditor Sandbox (click Rich Editor on that page), to compose and edit pages in a rich-text environment, then paste the wikicode results back here.

Myth: The wiki is hard to search

This used to be true, until we added Google search.

Simply use the SEARCH box on the left of every wiki page. More help here.

Myth: No one visits the wiki

While it's true the wiki can always benefit from more exposure and publicity, it's received tens of millions of views. A quick sampling can be seen on the popular pages list. And the more Resis find it useful, the more hits it'll get. It builds on itself because of our communities that build it!

Myth: There's nothing useful on the wiki

See the above! At the very least, start at the front page and go link-surfing.

And if you can't find what you seek, consider contributing. It could take the form of a help page on a specific topic that no one's done before — for example, Torley started these and many others which have profoundly affected thousands of Residents.

All it takes is one person to make a big positive difference which facilitates entry for many more people. Will you be that person?