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This is an old revision of UsingThisWiki made by Puppyite on 2009-10-22 10:00:34.


Q: What makes Wikis unique?
A: They are diverse in format and capability. The Puppy wiki is easy and fast. Wikis allow everyone to participate in creating and developing web pages filled with useful data and information.

Q: Is it like a blog?
A: People can have a diary or journal inside a wiki. It is like a blog (an online diary - personal updated biography). A wiki can also be used and edited from a browser. A blog is usually one person or occasionally a small group of people. Example: Barry Kauler's Blog

Q: Is it like a forum?
A: Forums are text based (with added options) and linear in format, best suited to question and answers and chat. Wikis normally have a way of adding comments but they are a way of presenting the essence of a forum; the knowledge without the questions. The Puppy wiki has comments at the base of each page - these can be toggled off and on. You can double click on most Puppy wiki pages and edit (and use the formatting tools at the top of the page).

Q: Who owns the Wiki?
A: We do. Everyone is equal. RaffyM, CrustyLobster (a.k.a. Lobster), coolpup and Puppyite are the administrators, just as John Murga is the host and administrator of the Puppy Linux Forum. The person hosting and administrating, for obvious reasons has more power and control over the wiki. Some people are more active but that is through choice.

Q: Do all wikis work in the same way?
A: No. The principles are the same but wikis evolve fast and are different. The Puppy wiki is simple to use and fast, just like Puppy. It's a great way of learning Puppy.

Q: Do I have to register to edit a page?
A: Yes. Due to spam bot attacks

Q: How do I register
A: Click on Login/Register at the top of any wiki page. For the login itself make sure that cookies are enabled for this site within your web browser.

Q: How do I edit a page?
A: Click on the [Edit] link at the bottom left of the page. Or, double click on most pages to edit (your browser needs to have javascript enabled). Or, add /edit at the end of the page's url in your browsers address bar, click your Go button or press Enter key. Once you are in the edit form, Highlight and then click on the icons at the top of the page to make bold, italic, indent, etc (to see those icons your browser needs to have javascript enabled). No HTML knowledge is required.

Q: What actions are available in the edit form?
A: In the edit form you may take the following actions:
  • To make your changes permanent click the Store button at the bottom of the page.
  • To see the effect of your changes click the Preview button at the bottom of the page.
  • To cancel your changes click the Cancel button at the botton of the page.

Q: What actions are available in the preview form?
A: In the Preview form you may take the following actions:
  • To make your changes permanent click the Store button at the bottom of the page.
  • To return to edit mode click the Re-edit button at the bottom of the page.
  • To cancel your changes click the Cancel button at the botton of the page.

Q: How do I save a page?
A: Click on the Store button at the bottom of page. You can always re-edit or revert the page if necessary. When using the preview option remember to store before leaving the page. You may also add a note about your edits at the bottom of the edit form in the field provided for notes.

Q: How do I add formatting to a wiki page?
A: Read the FormattingRules.

Q: How do I add pictures?
A: Host pictures at or then add the plain url. Enter the image url and then click on the add image button. Always remember to fill in the alt and title attributes for your image when inserting in wiki pages.
{{image class="left" image url="" title="Logo" alt="Puppy Logo"}}

Puppy Logo

Q: How do I create a new page in the wiki?
A: To create a new wiki page, simply edit an existing page and include a CamelCase word (see the next Question for what is CamelCase). The CamelCase word will become a link to a blank page (assuming that CamelCase word is not the name of an already existing page, of course!). Or you can enter the name of your new page in the box below to create it (make sure you want to create a new page before you click the 'Store' button!):
Create a new page

Please include a category at the bottom of your page so that the page shows within the categories. The list of categories and subcategories is found in CategoryCategory and it's subcategories.
After you have created your page, add it to the SiteMap page so that it can be found by others easily. To do so, in the SiteMap page click the 'edit' link under the appropriate section. Before you create your page, also visit SiteMap and PageIndex to make sure a similar page has not be created by someone else.

Q: What is CamelCase?
A: A word starting with a capital letter, with a capital in the middle or end eg PuppyLinux, or PuppY. It is named after the camels hump. See also WikiName

Q: How do I avoid CamelCase like text to display LikeThis?
A: Put two sets of speech marks (a.k.a double quotes) on either side.

Q: I am not sure I have understood how to edit or create a new page in the wiki?
A: There exists a SandBox for test purposes. You can do your first trials in wiki editing and creation there, without modifying the content of a current wiki page.

Q: Can I edit a page owned by someone else?
A: Yes. Ownership is more like a caretaker or moderator/guardian. An owner can if they wish, restricts access to only them but that is rarely done.

Q: Can I edit or create a page simply to plug my own site?
A: Sorry, the answer is no. Also, please make sure the legal details/trademarks of Puppy and its websites (as stated in the footer of those sites) are respected at all times. Contact the creator if in doubt.

Q: How do I translate a page?
A: Most European languages should be straightforward. Cryllic, Arabic, Chinese etc may be best as an image. The simplest way to do this (as most of us will not have the unifont) is to do a simple welcome in Abiword or similar - then do a screenshot and post it here.

Q: How do I delete a page?
A: Pages can only be deleted by RaffyM, CrustyLobster (a.k.a. Lobster) or the administrators. Put something like 'this page can be deleted' in your page, delete any existing entry in the SiteMap page, and add the link of your page to here: Unfinished / Looking for Volunteers / Outdated / Awaiting Deletion

*Q: How do I add a comment?
A: Click on Add Comment button at the base of any page to add a comment.

Q: How do I delete a comment?
A: If you are a registered user then you will see the Delete Comment button under each comment when you are logged in. Clicking on it will delete a comment. To delete the last comment you can also press 'Alt D' (so be very careful). You can only delete your own comments on a page owned by others. If you own the page, you can delete any comment on that page.
{{nocomments}} at the top of the pages turns off the comments

See also: WikiCategory | SandBox | FormattingRules | Using actions in Wikka pages | Using HTML in Wikka pages

  1. Personal pages should be reserved for conversational items and personal information or experiences.
  2. The wiki HomePage should have a simple index that does not change much with new pages added in the News section and then added to an index. As more pages are added we need a main index and sub indexes - the thing is keeping the data organised so it is accessible and useful.
  3. Keep cool if people move or modify stuff or have their own style.
  4. Get rid of as much eye candy as possible - lines and colours and stuff.
  5. Use blue links, white background, pictures, bold, italic and headings - nice and simple like the HTML on the Puppy Linux Community.
  6. Using HTML on pages is not advisable as it may make editing more difficult for those who are less experienced with HTML. On the whole wiki pages do not need knowledge of or require HTML.
  7. You may use comments to suggest changes or additions.


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