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This page describes how to start a new Law & Order Wiki page. For a guide about using wiki markup, see how to edit a page.

Before starting

Before you start a new page on the Law & Order Wiki, you should always:

  • Familiarize yourself with our policies. Try to get a feel for how to best write an article. Our guidelines help ensure that the end result is useful for everyone!
  • Search first. Make sure that someone hasn't already started a similar page using a different title (see Searching).
  • Review naming conventions. Make sure that you are familiar with the procedure of choosing a name for your article.
  • Add links to your future article. Red links are links that point to an article that doesn't exist yet (see below).

Starting a new page

A new page may be started in one of the following ways:

  • Create a link to another page. While you are editing an existing page, and find a word or name that ought to have an article of its own, you can simply put it in double square brackets, [[like this]]. After saving the page, that word will link to the article, or will link to a form where that article may be created.
  • Start from an existing link. As you read through Law & Order Wiki articles, you'll come across links to pages that haven't been written yet (links that look like this). Clicking on this page will take you to a form, which will inform you that "You've followed a link to a page that doesn't exist yet." All you have to do is start typing in the edit box. When you're done, click the "Show preview" button to double-check what your article will look like and to find any mistakes. Then click the "Save page" button.
  • Type out the URL. You can also go directly to a new page by adding its name to the Law & Order Wiki URL to create an address: http://lawandorder.wikia.com/index.php/Sample_title – You replace the string "Sample_title" with your own title. If the article does not already exist, you will be shown a template page informing you of that fact. Then, click on the "edit this page" link, and begin typing your new article.
  • Start in the sandbox. You may also start writing your new article in the sandbox, which is a testing area for new members. You can edit the sandbox, add your link, and then click the link to add your new page. (Be careful! The sandbox is occasionally erased by the administrators, so be sure to back up any important work!)

Caveat: Try not to make your new articles orphans!

Additional tips

  • It's considered good practice to run your text through a spell-checker before saving it.
  • For more pointers, read how to write a great article.

Starting a new page on Fandom takes only a couple of clicks and is an important part of contributing to a community. This page, starting with the video below, will walk you through the basics.

Step by step

  • Click on the Add button (it appears as Add New Page if you are an anonymous user) on the top right of your community header.
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  • The "Create a new article" box will open.
  • You can choose the article name by typing it in the box. This name will become the last part of the page's URL.
Create page dialog

 
  • Decide between a standard page layout or a blank page. The standard layout provides image and video placeholders as well as section headings. The preload contents for the "Standard layout" are stored at MediaWiki:Createpage-with-video on your community and can be edited by local admins. If VisualEditor is enabled and this pop-up opens when viewing a regular page, the layout option will not appear.
Create page template page

 
  • A second way to create a page is by clicking on any red link on your community (which is created by linking to a page that does not exist). You will then be brought into the editor where you can add your content.
  • A third way to create a page on some communities is using any inputboxes that exist on a community. A local community may have added inputboxes, possibly in Project namespace, to create a page with a preloaded layout. Local communities should direct users to these inputboxes if preferred.
  • A fourth way to create a page is to use a Special:CreatePage link which can be added to a community anywhere where wikitext works.

Options

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The choices in Special:Preferences

The "Editing" tab of Special:Preferences includes options for page creation:

  • Use a blank page as default for creating a new page. This makes the 'Blank page' option the default on the 'Create a new article' box.
  • Disable "Create a new article" flow . If checked, this disables the box for you.

Where to go now

Further help and feedback

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