Martha Speaks Wiki - the Free-Dog Encyclopedia:FAQ

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This section is intended to guide new users to quickly becoming an intermediate member of the team and help anyone to become a useful editor. General tips will also be logged here so that users can be given helpful hints in one easy place.

Please read the guidelines of this wiki here, if you have not already done so.

You're a part of the wiki![edit source]

Wikis are a group of people who can add insight into a topic. They include Wikipedia, its sister projects, and this website. The purpose of allowing anyone to edit is so any mistakes can easily be fixed as well as interesting information be added.

However, information should be accurate and anything unusual or obscure should be sourced. In summary, if in doubt, source it.

Any information that is in doubt to you but is not factual should be discussed in the comments section of the related page.

Please be a useful editor, vandalism is not tolerated on the wiki. Bad edits will also be undone.

Create an Account[edit source]

Users are encouraged to Log in and create a user name. Most pages require this. It helps you and everyome else keep track of your contributions, and it makes it possible to communicate with other contributors.

You are welcome to edit your own User Page and express yourself. Being anonymous or open to who you are are both welcome on the wiki. However, be safe and do not add personal information that may compromise you and bring you harm.

General Editing[edit source]

Please see the guidelines for help further help with editing. But once you become intermediate as this FAQ aims to guide you to, you may find it easier to edit in source. Specific skills will be included after this section but some pages are much easier to edit in source, such as episode trivia pages. As a brief tip especially relevant to trivia pages, bullet points are created in the source with an asterisk (example below).

*Trivia detail about an episode or character.

If you want to add something relevant to a bullet point but the information is slightly different, an example of fake trivia is below:

*According to the commentary, Susan Meddaugh says this is one of her favorite episodes for the number of Easter eggs.
**There are a total of ten posters seen in the episode that reference others. The episodes referenced by the posters include; (list of episodes).

Note that episodes require quotes around them:

*One of the posters was "Episode name".

You may need to create a title if the appropriate trivia section does not exist, but this is explained in the next section.

However, before moving on it is important to note that on this Wiki, page titles and page names should have the beginning of each letter capitalised, with some notable exceptions. To briefly clarify, a title on a page looks like this:

References to Popular Culture

And, of course, the name of a page is always found at its top and in any link to that page.

So, neither titles or page names are treated like an ordinary sentence. Conjunctions, which are used to connect sentences such as 'and', 'but', 'or' etc., are not capitalized in a title. Though, in certain circumstances the conjunction may form the first word in a title, and the first word in a title is always capitalized. Also, any media name, like "Martha Speaks", should have capitalization according to that media, though it is unlikely to form part of a title on a page it may form the name of the page. This is also for any title that has been published that used English that breaks rules, for it may do so in parody, though this would be unlikely. However, even if it isn't quite a rule of thumb, in most circumstances titles should have the first letter of each word capitalized. Some more examples of titles can be seen below:

References to Popular Culture
Danny Lorraine moments
Deleted Scene
Other Work
See Also

As we can see, the 'to' in the title 'References to Popular Culture' is lower case, where any other word than conjunctions are not. Of course, "Danny Lorraine" is a name and so should be capitalised in any instance.

Page titles are extremely similar but are perhaps more likely to have a conjunction at the start, especially in an episode name. Furthermore, any page that has a word in brackets that denote a difference between that page and another that may be confused for one another, such as locations and characters similar to episode names, must have the word in brackets start with upper case, as seen below:

Alice (Character)
Wagstaff (Location)

Linking, referencing, and titles[edit source]

When you're posting factual information, other readers should be able to verify the information that you post. If you find information in a book or on a website, cite the title or URL. If it would be messy to have the information in the article itself with a long URL such as an IMDB page, Cite the reference. Following is an explanation of how to link a page on the site, then an off-site link such as wikipedia, then how to cite a reference.

A link in the source looks like this:


To check the page you are trying to link will not be broken, highlight the text and click the link button. A search will be available. It may be easier to search for the page outside of the editor and copy the name into the link under the source editor. This is because you may wish to link text that is not exactly the same as the title of the page itself. For example, if you wanted a link to the place Helen Lorraine and you wanted to avoid linking any of the episodes, you must add a break after the actual link and then add text after | which will be the real text seen on the page. This example is below:

[[Helen Lorraine|Helen]]

And how it looks on the real page outside the source:


Most off-site links that aren't placed in the References list will be Wikipedia. As a reminder, do not plagiarize Wikipedia. Links to source information from the site are welcome but text should be original and if you intend to use factual information there to add to the article, ensure it is brief and reworded to read completely differently from the page on Wikipedia. This goes for any sourced information. But the following is a link to a Wikipedia page:

[[w:Danny Lorraine|Danny :Lorraine]]

As you can see, it works the same as an on-site link except you type 'w:' Now, if you wanted to add a link to a specific section on that page you need to add '#' then the title. For example, on the section about the properties of an object:

[[w:Antares#Properties|Antares's properties]]

And the real link: Antares's properties

This is useful when a page is not entirely about the desired source or more specific information is contained under a title.

In order to source a page, more complicated coding is needed. And it should be noted if a References title already exists another is not needed. The following is an example citation to an AAVSO page:

<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Antares: Betelgeuse's neglected twin|publisher=AAVSO}}</ref>

As we can see, after url we must paste the related page. It doesn't have to be AAVSO. After title, the actual text about the source must be explained in brief; note that a full stop is unnecessary as it will be completed with one automatically. Though the example here just says 'Antares: Betelgeuse's neglected twin' we might need to explain why we are sourcing it in brief. The publisher may not need to be cited but any AAVSO page or news site should have their name put there. So remember:

<ref>{{cite web|url='URL'|title='TITLE'|publisher='PUBLISHER'}}</ref>

To add a references list, the title must be added with a little bit of coding. Titles are made with two equals signs on each side:


As an added note, if a subtitle needs to be added the following is done:


References are always the last title and must be placed at the bottom of the source to contain the references, right before any categories. Categories look like:


So now for the actual text placed in the source:


This puts in the title, then the coding, into the page. The coding will automatically point all citation tags to jump to the references list. You don't need to do anything beyond citing a reference and making sure the above bit of coding is in the source.

How to Upload and Add Pictures[edit source]

At the top of each page are three bullets where you can select the option to upload an image to a wiki. You can add your image to any page using this code:

[[Image:yourpicture.png|thumb|right|300px|Caption for your picture.]]

Now for the breakdown: the text of 'yourpicture.png' shows where the title of your picture following its format should be placed. The easiest way to get this is to copy it from the title seen on its page after the upload is completed.

The text of 'right' will align the picture right. Also possible 'center' and 'left' which align them according to the text. Mostly, if you are adding an image to a page outside of a galley the image should be placed just above the explanatory text and the image aligned right. The above example uses 300 pixels but other sizes are available, however it is best to stay small and if in doubt an admin should be asked.

The caption should be a brief explanation about what the image is but should not be exactly the same as any text it is complimenting. For example, it is redundant to caption 'A photo of a dog' round text reading 'To the right is a picture of a dog'. Again, if in doubt please message an admin.

After the image and text are sorted, this should be added underneath: :<nowiki>{{clear}}
This prevents the image from clipping into any title after it and keeps the page tidy.

So the following example will show the order in the source:

[[Image:yourpicture.jpg|thumb|right|300px|Caption for your picture.]]
Text about the subject matter the image is complimenting.

If you upload an image in error, or do not intend to use it, tag the article with {{delete}} so that an administrator can remove the file from the wiki. Images are subject for deletion if they are not used.

How to Add Category Tags[edit source]

You can put an article into a category by adding this code at the bottom of the source:

[[Category:Category name]]

Before you create a category, check the Category list to see if there's a similar category that already exists. If the category doesn't exist yet, then adding that code will create the category. You'll need to add some text to the new category page to make it work properly. However, the wiki is currently very well categorised so in most circumstances an admin should be messaged before creating a category.

Page History[edit source]

Nothing is ever lost on a wiki! You can see all of the changes that have been made to a page, and who made them, with the drop-box next to the 'Edit' button at the top of any page then clicking on the "History" text.

Setting Your Settings[edit source]

There's a lot of useful stuff on your settings page.

You can change your display so that links show up without the underlining. You can also change your time zone, and the number of items you see on the Recent Changes page or the Category list.

Dealing With Vandalism[edit source]

Vandalism isn't much of a problem on a wiki, because everybody has the power to fix it when they see it. See the Wikipedia's help page for instructions on how to fix vandalized pages, and how to discourage the vandals.