URPS:FAQ

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Why can't I edit or create pages?[edit]

To prevent whole-scale destruction of the wiki by griefers, you must have a verified account to be able to edit this wiki. See below for more details.

How do I create a user account?[edit]

How do I edit an existing page?[edit]

Log in, then simply click on the Edit button at the top right of the page. Make use of the 'Show preview' button, and only 'Save page' when necessary - it is simply good practice and prevents the change logs filling up with numerous small tweaks.

How do I create a new page?[edit]

Go to where you want the new page - this can either be via manually typing in the URL (but please make sure you get capitalisation correct!), or from travelling via a red link. Once there, there will be the option to create a new page (assuming you are logged in) and voila! Away you go!

What sort of pages can I create?[edit]

Anything as long as it is relevant.

The most obvious pages are things like player profile pages and pages about locations in the server. There are also extensive information and help pages, but do bear in mind we are not attempting to recreate minecraftwiki.net!

This means the help and information we have here is specific to the uRPS server. If you feel it is necessary to give more detail about a core Minecraft feature, then simply link directly to the relevant page on minecraftwiki.net!

I spotted a mistake in a page, can I fix it?[edit]

Yes, this is a wiki! It thrives on public collaboration, so anything you can add or change to make the site better is welcomed.

Can I delete pages?[edit]

When can I use bold and italic?[edit]

Bold is reserved for certain special items within pages.
Firstly, the first instance of a name of something WITHIN ITS OWN PAGE should be bolded, as should name variants of it. An example is in the Cathedral City page, where the first occurrence of Cathedral City, and Cat. City are bolded. A more extreme example can be found at the E2T page.
Also, all commands are bolded. These always begin with the backslash '/' character. An example would be /spawn, or /who etc.
Sub-headings are bolded automatically - headings using 3 or more equals signs '='.

Italics are undefined - you can use these how you wish to emphasise or differentiate items within a body of text. Please do NOT place the entire body of text in italics though.

What are categories and how do I use them?[edit]

Categories are a means of linking similarly themed pages together, enabling people to find them all from a simple link (at the bottom of each page). Pages can belong to more than one category at a time. By convention category information is added at the end of a given page, and where multiple categories are specified, place them in order of most important / inclusive to least. For example, in the case of Gerbston, Category:Places comes before Category:Mammalia, and Category:Information should always come first when used.

To put a page into a given category, use the following syntax:

[[Category:<categoryname>]]

where <categoryname> is the category name you choose. If you wish to link to a category without adding that particular page to the category, put a colon in front, as in:

[[:Category:<categoryname>]]

Common categories[edit]

The common categories, expected to be used at all relevant opportunities are:

  • Category:Information - Any page that is information for players (as opposed to information for wiki editing, eg like this page), should be in this category. Note that 'help' pages would fall under this category, but normal things such as places or people, would not.
  • Category:Places - Any page that details a location on the server should be part of this category.
  • Category:People - Any page that is about a specific person or group of people on the server should be in this category. So Admin appears here because the page contains a list of Admins, but Builder does not because it is merely information about the status.
  • Category:Portal Networks - Pages regarding public networks of portals should use this.

Custom categories[edit]

Additional categories can be created as needed, but don't go mad - categories are only useful if they contain multiple pages, as they are a means of organising and collating common themes. Some examples of custom categories might be:

  • Category:Gerbster, used as a means of quickly finding all works and pages related to him in some way (but not if they merely contain a short reference to him - pages of substance).
  • Category:Mammalia, used as a means of grouping all the pages of places located within the continent of Mammalia (note the differences between the two links for this particular example).

What are redirects?[edit]

Redirects are something used when a single item, location or whatever has multiple common names.
There are numerous examples of this on the server, for example the player FabulousMrWeed is more commonly known as MrWeed - Xerian1991 is called Xerian, and Cathedral City is often referred to simply as Cat. City.
You can see the difference between going directly to the original page, or viewing it via a redirect by clicking on the two types of links in the examples above.

When is a redirect appropriate?[edit]

In the above examples, the names are synonymous, and it does not make sense to have separate pages for both versions of a name. In this case, a single page would be created using the FULL name, and the other variants would redirect to it
However, redirects should only be used where variants are in widespread use - it is not acceptable to create a page that redirects from your pet name for a location or person - redirects are for common alternatives (or in extreme cases, common spelling mistakes) only.

How do I do a redirect?[edit]

Create or edit the page that you wish to contain the redirect. Delete all of its content, and input only the following line:

#REDIRECT [[<pagename>]]

where <pagename> is the name of the page you wish to redirect to.

How do I edit a page that contains a redirect?[edit]

If you attempt to go to a page that contains a redirect, it will automatically display the original page.
To get around this, type in the URL of the page you wish to go to, and add &redirect=no at the end of it. This prevents the wiki automatically redirecting you.

Are there templates for pages?[edit]

Not right now, but there will be for the following pages:

  • Person templete
  • Location template
  • Region template
  • 'Thing' template

How do I take a screenshot / get an image into the wiki?[edit]

Minecraft is a visual game. We urge people editing the wiki to add screenshots of builds and people to the wiki, to enable easy identification.

How to take a screenshot[edit]

Within Minecraft, you can take a screenshot by pressing F2. Screenshots, unless needed, should be taken without the user interface visible. This can be toggled on and off by pressing F1.
The location of the saved screenshots varies by operating system:

  • PC - Located in HELP!
  • Mac - Located in HELP!

There is a further problem with the newest Mac OSes in that this directory is, by default, hidden, and there is no easy way of gaining access to it. The following method works for Lion, but has the side effect of revealing ALL hidden directories and files. For now, there is no way around this.

- Copy help from web pages where I found it.

An important point to note is that while image resolution doesn't matter (in fact, the higher resolution, the better), file size DOES. Minecraft saves screenshots in PNG format. The upside is that it is a lossless format. The downside is that file sizes can be large. It is recommended that you convert your PNGs into JPGs using any of a wide variety of programs, many of which are free.

Uploading images[edit]

Images can be uploaded via the links on the left of the page, listed under 'Toolbox' as 'Upload file'. That page will allow you to specify a file to upload, its name once uploaded (default is the same as the file name itself, except capitalised), and a short description. The description is not what will appear in the pages when you use the image - you are always able to specify that manually.
Once a file has been uploaded, the page will refresh to show the image, along with its internal name within the wiki. This will be something along the lines of:

File:<yourfilename>

Make a note of this 'link' as it is how you will refer to the image later on.

Thumbnails[edit]

It is common to include an image thumbnail of a person, place or thing at the top right of its page. That can be done with the following wiki code, placed as the very first thing in the page contents:

[[File:<yourfilename>|thumb|200px|<description>]]

That alone is enough to position the image correctly as a thumbnail, and provide a link to the full size image, along with your custom description to appear below it (note the description can contain links and other wiki formatting). Please do not remove the 'thumb' value, nor alter the '200px' value, as we aim for consistancy within the pages.
That code can be placed elsewhere within the page to embed images inline, although it should be noted that the images will never overlap, so over-use of it in combination with short page text will lead to the images disappearing off the bottom of the page. If you wish to have lots of images in general about a theme, it is best to use galleries.

Galleries[edit]

Galleries are a quick way of showing numerous screenshots. So far, the template for images within a page are that they occupy their own 'Images' section at the bottom of the page - please try to maintain this formatting.
You use a gallery with the <gallery> tag, as follows:

<gallery>
File:<filename1>|<description1>
File:<filename2>|<description2>
File:<filename3>|<description3>
File:<filenameN>|<descriptionN>
</gallery>

How can I link to a location on the map?[edit]

There are two ways of doing this, a wiki template or direct HTML. The wiki template is the supported method, as it allows us to handle changes (for example if we change map hosts, or the interface changes slightly). HTML is not supported, and actively discouraged.

There are several templates available, which allow you to easily show either the flat map or isometric for each of the three worlds. They differ only in the initial key word used to denote which map to display:

{{Map|x=<x>|z=<z>|text=<description>}}
{{MapFlat|x=<x>|z=<z>|text=<description>}}
{{NetherMap|x=<x>|z=<z>|text=<description>}}
{{NetherMapFlat|x=<x>|z=<z>|text=<description>}}
{{EndMap|x=<x>|z=<z>|text=<description>}}
{{EndMapFlat|x=<x>|z=<z>|text=<description>}}

In each case, you must supply the X and Z coordinates on the map, as well as an appropriate description.