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Some Residents fear the Second Life wiki when infact, they could embrace and benefit from it! If mindjunk is cluttering your head and preventing you from using our wiki more, here's some facts to set ''you'' free!
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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!
  
 
== Myth: The wiki is only for power users ==
 
== Myth: The wiki is only for power users ==
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== Myth: The wiki is hard to search ==
 
== Myth: The wiki is hard to search ==
Alright, ''alright''. 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:
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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:secondlife.com [YOURQUERYHERE]</tt></font>
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<font size="2"><tt>site:wiki.secondlife.com [YOURQUERYHERE]</tt></font>
  
 
Like if you wanted to search for articles on linking prims:
 
Like if you wanted to search for articles on linking prims:
  
<font size="2"><tt>[http://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Awiki.secondlife.com+linking+prims site.secondlife.com linking prims]</tt></font>
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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>
  
 
Easy, see?
 
Easy, see?
  
 
== 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 10s 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.
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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.

Revision as of 16:38, 30 July 2008

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!

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 Mentors — 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.

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:

site:wiki.secondlife.com [YOURQUERYHERE]

Like if you wanted to search for articles on linking prims:

site:wiki.secondlife.com linking prims

Easy, see?

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 popular pages list. And the more Resis find it useful, the more hits it'll get.