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The edit summary is a summary of changes made to an article. Editors can use an edit summary to keep track of an article's evolution.

When editing an article, there is a small field labeled Summary under the main edit-box. It looks like this:

Edit-summary

Please make liberal use of the edit summary to summarize changes made to the article. This helps editors track the change made to particular articles.

Edit summaryEdit

The text in the edit summary box will appear in white italics on the Recent changes page, in the page revision history (see below), and on the Wikimedia-logo-18x18Help:Diff page. Use it to summarize the changes you have made to a particular article. You can be as brief or elaborate as you like as long as you're accurate.

In the case of a small addition to an article it is sometimes helpful to copy the full text of this addition to the summary field. Use "ft" (full text) to indicate copying.

If the addition is more complex, you should write a short summary of your changes. A few spelling corrections can be marked with "spelling," grammatical fixes with "grammar," or slight rewording with "reworded." Try to keep the content of the summary before the verb. An example would be, "Fixed spelling errors" versus "Spelling errors fixed." This allows quicker edit browsing. See the Abbreviations and conventions section below on commonly used shorthand for edit summaries.

In addition to a summary of the change itself, the summary field may also contain an explanation of the change. Note that if the reason for an edit is not clear, it is more likely to be reverted, especially in the case that some text is deleted. To give longer explanation, use the Talk page and put in the edit summary "see Talk". Since links display properly in the revision history, feel free to link to the talk page as well.

After saving the page, the summary can not be edited, so be sure you've said what you need to before you hit "Save page."

Alhough not imperative, always try to fill the summary field. Even a short summary is better than no summary. An edit summary is even more important if you delete any text, otherwise people may think you're being sneaky. To force yourself to leave an edit summary, you can go to your user preferences under the Editing tab and check the box marked "Prompt me when entering a blank edit summary." Also, mentioning a change but not another one can be misleading to someone who finds the other one more important; add "and misc." to cover the other changes.

In addition to the distinction major/minor change, accurate summaries help people decide whether it is worthwhile for them to check a change. We've found that summaries often pique the interest of wikians with an expertise in the area. This may not be as necessary for "minor changes," but "fixed spelling" would be nice even then.

In the case of important omissions or errors in the edit summary, you can make a dummy edit just to put the correction in the edit summary.

CapacityEdit

The capacity is one line of 200 characters with horizontal scrolling. Keep your summaries succinct. Feel free to use abbreviations or symbols where necessary. If needed, link to the talk page for more details.

Major/MinorEdit

If you check the box "This is a minor edit," the edit summary will appear with a small bolded "m" before the text. Users can decide to automatically filter out minor edits, so be sure only to mark trivial edits as minor. It is suggested to always mark edits to your user page as minor, since most editors will not be tracking edits on your user page, and a plethora of userpage edits can quickly fill up the Recent changes list.

Section title as automatic edit summaryEdit

When applying the section editing feature, the section title is automatically inserted in the first part of the edit summary. It will appear surrounded by /* */ in plain text. However, on the history page and elsewhere, the section title will appear as gray text with an arrow linking to the section, enabling viewers to jump to that particular section immediately. Put more details on your edit after this text.

When inserting a section by using the section edit feature, delete the automatic edit summary to avoid confusion. Better still is to manually write out your new section in the summary. Example: /*Section title as automatic edit summary*/ written

Abbreviations and conventions Edit

Main article: Help:Edit summary legend

Editors come across many of the same problems with a page over and over. Use abbreviations in your edit summary to make things easier for yourself. Use gr for grammar, sp for spelling, or punc for punctuation. If reverting vandalism, vandal is helpful as well as revert or simply rv.

When referring to a section, use quote marks. Example:/*Abbreviations and conventions*/ moved below "Section title as automatic edit summary"

When posting on a talk page or the Village pump, it's sometimes useful to mark your response simply with +. If you like, you can also summarize your response, but people will assume you're responding to something if you're editing a talk page.

Do not feel required to use perfect grammar or punctuation in your edit summary (although you're certainly welcome to). Summaries can be terse as long as they are accurate.

"Post a comment" featureEdit

When starting a new thread on a Talk page, optionally the "Post a comment" feature can be used. This is the  +  at the top of the page next to edit. The edit summary is automatically the same as the new section header.

Places where the edit summary appearsEdit

The edit summary appears on the Diff page, as well as in the following lists:

  • Lists of edits that the system can produce (containing some or all of their edit metadata):
    • all edits from a given time and/or up to a given number: Recent changes
    • for a given page: Page history
    • by a given user: User contributions
  • Lists of pages that have been changed, from a selection of pages:
    • from a user's list of watched pages, from a given amount of time ago: Watchlist (logged-in users only)
    • from the pages linked from a given page, from a given amount of time ago and/or up to a given number: Related changes
These show the edit summary of the last edit. Since one is typically interested in all recent changes in these articles, with all edit summaries, these features are used in conjunction with the page histories of the articles shown.

SearchingEdit

The Wikimedia search function can not search edit summaries, and they are not indexed by external search engines.

Image upload summaryEdit

When uploading an image one can supply an upload summary. It serves as edit summary for the creation of new image pages and as an entry in the upload log for updated images.

Rendering of wikitext, URLsEdit

Text in edit summaries renders internal links, including piped links and interwiki links even when enclosed within <nowiki> and </nowiki>. Use this to link to the talk page or other articles relevant to the edit.

Other wikitext coding (bold, italics, tables, etc is not interpreted.

This is a glossary of terms used on Wikia, and on wikis in general, based on the Wikipedia glossary.

Contents: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

A

Admin
Also used: sysop.
Short for Administrator. A user with extra technical privileges who does housework such as deleting pages and blocking vandals.
Anchor
An HTML term for code that lets you link to a specific point in a page, using the "#" character. You can use them to link to a section of a page.

B

Blanking
Removing all content from a page. Newcomers often do this accidentally. On the other hand, if blanking an article is done in bad faith, it is vandalism. If blanking is done to a vandalized brand-new page, it is maintenance, and the page should be deleted by an admin.
Block
Action by an admin, removing from a certain IP address or user the ability to edit a wikia. Usually done against IP addresses that have done vandalism or against users who have been banned.
Boilerplate text
A standard message which can be added to an article using a template.
Also used: edit link, red link.
A link to a nonexistent page, usually colored red.
Broken redirect
Redirect to a non-existing page. These are listed at Special:BrokenRedirects and should usually be removed or redirected.
Bureaucrat
A user who has the ability to promote and demote other users to the positions of rollback and admin, and promote to bureaucrat.

C

CC-BY-SA
The Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License is the license under which most of the content on Wikia is published.
See also Help:Wikia copyrights.
Copyvio
Copyright violation.
See also Help:Wikia copyrights.
Cut and paste move
Moving a page by taking the text of the page, and copying it into the edit window for the second page. Generally considered worse than the 'move page' option, because it causes the page and its edit history to be in different places. Cut and paste moves can be fixed by administrators.
See also Wikipedia:Wikipedia:How to fix cut and paste moves.

D

dab
See Disambiguation.
Data dump
To import material from outside sources into Wikia without editing, formatting and linking. This is often not useful and generally discouraged.
See also Wikify.
Dead-end page
Page that has no links to existing other pages, except perhaps interlanguage links. Special:Deadendpages lists them.
De-admin
See De-sysop.
De-sysop
Also used: De-admin.
Take away someone's administrator status. Local bureaucrats and Wikia Staff have the ability to do this.
De-Wikify
Also used: Un-Wikify.
To remove (de-link) a wikification of an article. This can be done to remove selflinks or excessive common-noun Wikification.
Diff
The difference between two versions of a page, as displayed using the Page history feature, or from recent changes. The versions to compare are encoded in the URL, so you can make a link by copying and pasting it - for instance when discussing a specific change to an article.
See also MetaWikipedia:Help:Diff.
Dirty Diff
When a diff contains unexpected changes to the wikitext markup, unrelated to the user's input.
This may occur when pasting rich-text, or when the Visual Editor alters formatting.
Disambiguation
Also used: dab, disambig.
The process of resolving the conflict that occurs when articles about two or more different topics have the same natural title.
See also Wikipedia:Wikipedia:Disambiguation.
Disambiguation page
A page that contains various meanings of a word, and points to the pages where the various meanings are defined.
Double redirect
A redirect which leads to another redirect. Counter-intuitively, this will not bring one to the final destination, so it needs to be eliminated by linking directly to the final target page. Listed at Special:DoubleRedirects.
Dupe
Short for a duplicate article. Often used when identifying a duplicate page that needs to be merged with another.

E

Edit conflict
Two or more parties both attempt to save different edits to the same page at the same time. Usually if this happens you will be asked to re-make your edit into the newly modified page.
See also Wikipedia:Wikipedia:Edit conflicts.
See Broken link.
Edit summary
The contents of the "Summary:" field below the edit box on the "Edit this page" page.
See also Wikipedia:Wikipedia:Edit summary.
Edit war
Also used: revert war.
Two or more parties repeatedly making their preferred changes to a page, and undoing the changes they don't agree with. An edit war should be stopped and the disagreement resolved on a talk page.
See also Wikipedia:Wikipedia:Edit war.
Also used: ext. ln, ext lk, or extlink.
A link to a website outside of Wikia. The alternatives are an internal link within the same Wikia community, and an interwiki link to a different Wikia community.

F

G

GPL
GNU General Public License. MediaWiki, which runs Wikia, is released under this license.

H

History
Also called: page history
All previous versions of an article, from its creation to its current state.
See also: MetaWikipedia:Help:Page history

I

Also used: wikilink
A link pointing to another page within the same wikia created by using the wikitext markup double square-brackets "[[" and "]]". These links usually show up as blue if they are working, and red if they are broken. Note that they do not have the arrow symbol characteristic of an external link.
Interwiki link
A link to a different Wikia community. Usually links a word or name to a page covering the topic in depth on another wikia. Also seen at the bottom of pages when the page is available in different languages.

J

K

L

See Interwiki link.

M

MediaWiki
The software behind Wikia, and a namespace. Originally developed for Wikipedia.
See also Help:MediaWiki, Help:MediaWiki namespace.
Merge
Taking the text of two pages, and turning it into a single page. Also used for the combination of two wikias.
Mirror
A website other than Wikia that uses content original to Wikia as a source for at least some of its content. This is allowed under CC-BY-SA.

N

Namespace
A way to classify pages. Wikia has namespaces for the main content, pages about the project (which on many wikis will be in the main namespace), user pages (User:), special pages (Special:), MediaWiki pages (MediaWiki:) and talk pages (Talk:, Wikipedia talk:, and User talk:).
See also Help:Namespace.
NPOV
"Neutral Point of View", or the agreement to report subjective opinions objectively, so as not to cause edit wars between opposing sides. As a verb, to remove biased statements or slanted phrasing. As an adjective, it indicates that an article fits this idea of neutrality. Commonly used at Wikipedia, where NPOV is a primary policy, it is also a local policy on many Wikia communities.
See also Wikipedia:Wikipedia:Neutral point of view.
Null edit
A null edit occurs when an editor opens the edit window of a document then re-saves the page without having made any text changes. This is sometimes done as a lazy way to purge – to update the functioning of templates (which require articles containing them to be edited in order for any changes to take effect). Moreover, a null edit can more quickly populate the page being null-edited into a new category. The term also applies to making a very small, non-substantive change (e.g., removing an unneeded blank line or adding one) in order to get the article history to register a change, for the purpose of leaving an edit summary that responds to a previous one.

O

Orphan
A page with no links from other pages. You can view lists of orphaned articles and images.

P

A link where the displayed text is not the name of the target article. Such links are created using the pipe character "|" e.g. [[Target article|Displayed text]]. The pipe trick is a software feature that generates the displayed text for you in certain circumstances.
See also Wikipedia:Wikipedia:Piped link.
POV
Point of view. Often used negatively as an adjective to indicate bias, as in "That reply was POV, not neutral.".
See also Wikipedia:Wikipedia:Point of view.
Project namespace
The project namespace is a namespace dedicated to providing information about a wiki. At Wikipedia, this is used to separate policies from encyclopedia articles. It is less commonly used at Wikia.
Protected page
A page that cannot be edited by all users. A page can be protected against anonymous users and new accounts, or against all users except admins. Often this is done to protect against frequent vandalism or to cool down an edit war.

Q

R

RC
An abbreviation for Special:Recentchanges
Redirect
Also used: redir.
A page title which sends the reader to another page. This is used for synonyms and ease of linking. For example, copyright redirects to Help:Wikia copyrights.
See also MetaWikipedia:Help:Redirect.
See Broken link.
Revert
An edit that reverses changes made by someone else.
See also Help:Reverting
Revert war
See Edit war.
RfA
Requests for adminship. A page where users can ask to be made admins on a community.
rm
Remove. Used in edit summaries to indicate that a particular piece of text or formatting has been deleted.
Rollback
To change a page back to the version before the last edit. Admins have special tools to do this more easily.
Root
The generally used top level category.
rv
Revert. An edit summary indicating that the page has been reverted to a previous version, often because of vandalism.
See also Help:Reverting.

S

Sandbox
A sandbox is a page that users may edit however they want. This is for users to experiment and gain familiarity with Wiki markup.
Section editing
Using the 'edit' links to the right of the page, one can get an edit window containing only part of the page, making it easier to find the exact spot where one wants to edit. Javascript is needed for section editing. You can turn section editing off in your preferences under the "Enable section editing via [edit] links" option.
A Wikilink contained in an article that points the reader to that same article, e.g. linking Help:Contents in the article "Help:Contents". Such links are automatically displayed as strongly emphasized text rather than links, but the more complex case of a link which redirects to the same article is not, and should be de-wikified.
Skin
The wikia's overall layout and appearance. Currently, two basic choices are available: Wikia and Monobook, and the user can choose between them in Special:Preferences. All wikis display in the Wikia skin by default. Customizations to the colors and other details can be made in a personal css file, or, as an admin, by using Special:Themedesigner.
See also Help:Theme designer.
Sock puppet
Also used: sock, alt
Another user account created secretly by an existing user of the wikia, often to manufacture the illusion of support in a vote or argument, or to avoid a block.
See also Wikipedia:Wikipedia:Sock puppetry.
Soft redirect
A very short article or page that essentially points the reader in the direction of another page. Used in cases where a normal redirect is inappropriate for various reasons (e.g. it is a cross-wiki redirect)
sp
Short for spelling correction. Used in edit summaries.
Split
Separating a single page into two or more pages.
Stub
An article usually consisting of one short paragraph or less. A {{stub}} template is often added to mark intended content and invite others to add to the page.
Sub-stub
A very short stub. For example, an article that is no more than a simple definition ("An airplane is a type of winged flying vehicle").
Subpage
A page connected to a parent page. You can only create subpages in certain namespaces.
Sysop
See Admin.

T

Talk page
A page reserved for discussion. Many pages within Wikia (except talk pages themselves!) have talk pages attached to them, though some communities use Help:Comments on article pages.
See also Wikipedia:Wikipedia:Talk page.
Template
A way of automatically including the contents of one page within another page, used for boilerplate text, navigational aids, etc. Templates on Community Central can be used on any other Wikia (see Help:Shared templates for details).
See also: Wikipedia:Wikipedia:Template namespace.
Troll
A user who incites or engages in disruptive behavior (trolling).
See also Wikipedia:Internet troll, Wikipedia:Wikipedia:What is a troll.
Tyop
A cute misspelling of "typo". Used as an edit summary when correcting typos.

U

Un-wiki
Going against the basic concept of a wiki. Usually saying that something is un-wiki means that it makes editing more difficult or impossible.
Userboxes
A small colored box which allows users to add small messages on their user page. Most people use this to share facts about themselves, such as their interests, hobbies, likes, and dislikes.
For more information about userboxes, check out the userbox template on Templates Wiki.
User page
A personal page for editors at Wikia. Most people use their pages to introduce themselves and to keep various personal notes and lists. They are also used to communicate with other users via the Message Wall or user talk page.
See also Wikipedia:Wikipedia:User page.

V

Vandalbot
Some kind of bot being used for vandalism or spamming. Recognizable by the fact that one or a few IP-addresses make many similar clearly vandalistic edits in a short time.
See also Help:Blocking#Vandal bots, MetaWikipedia:Vandalbot.
Vandalism
Deliberate defacement of pages on a community. This can be by deleting text or publishing nonsense, bad language etc. The term is often incorrectly used to discredit the views of an opponent in edit wars.
VfD
An abbreviation used at Wikipedia, meaning Votes for Deletion. This is one method users at Wikia might choose to decide which pages are deleted.

W

Watchlist
A set of pages selected by the user, who can then click on My watchlist to see recent changes to those pages.
See also: Help:Followed pages.
Wikian
A contributor to a Wikia project.
Wikibreak
Also used: Wikivacation.
When a regular editor of a wikia takes a break from the project.
See also MetaWikipedia:Wikibreak.
Wikify
To format using wiki markup (as opposed to plain text or HTML) and add internal links to material, integrating it into the wiki. Noun: Wikification. Sometimes abbreviated wfy.
A link to another page on the same Wikia community, as opposed to an external link.
Wiki markup
Also used: wiki text, wikitext.
Code like HTML, but simplified and more convenient, for example '''bold''' instead of <b>bold</b>. It is the source code stored in the database and shown in the editor in source mode. Searching by the MediaWiki software is done in the wikitext, as opposed to searching by Google, which is done in the visible text. The size of a page is the size of the wikitext.
See also Help:Editing.
Wikimedia
Properly Wikimedia Foundation Inc., the non-profit organization that runs Wikipedia and other projects. Wikimedia is not officially affiliated with Wikia. The name is often confused with MediaWiki.
Wikipedia
A project run by Wikimedia to create a free content encyclopedia using wiki software.
Wikistress
Personal stress or tension induced by editing wikis, or more often by being involved in a conflict with another editor.
See also MetaWikipedia:Wikistress.

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