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Editing Guide

Basic Notes

Avoid adding information without a legitimate source

(ie, anything that can't be verified as true)


Please make sure spelling is correct, and your sentences make sense.

Getting Started

Each existing page within the wiki site will have some tabs underneath the main site menu eg, Page | Discussion | Edit | History.

To edit an existing page simply click the edit button at the top of the page. You can also use the edit button to the right of individual sections of the page (sections are determined by level 2 headings).

Please note that some sections (eg Main Cast) are based on Templates and can only be edited by an administrator. Changing the template will change ALL references to that template throughout the site.

Formatting

Some basic formatting tips can be found on the Help page.

Break up your information into sections with headings for easier reading (see the Help Page).

Use Internal Links

Remember to add links to other pages within your new pages. One of the best things about a wiki is the cross referencing.

You don't need to link EVERY reference to another page, generally the first instance will suffice.

Even if the subject you are linking to doesn't yet have a page, adding a link is a great way to encourage someone else to create one. Clicking a link that doesn't yet exist will give someone the opportunity to easily create a new page for that subject.

For example, when you reference a character on your page, link to their character page. Usually this is achieved by adding square brackets around the name for example [[Richard Castle]] will convert to Richard Castle.

If you want to use a link but don't want to use the page title as the link on your page you should format it as follows: [[Page Title | Link Name]] for example the page name for the character Detective Kate Beckett is "Kate Beckett" if you want the link on your page to appear as "Detective Beckett" you would format as follows: [[Kate Beckett | Detective Beckett]] which would display on your page as Detective Beckett.

Use Existing Pages as a Guide.

Where possible, refer to existing pages as a guide when creating new pages. This applies particularly to Episode pages, Cast & Crew pages etc.

Recommended procedure to add new pages for Episodes, Cast, Crew or Characters is to go to an existing page (Eg, Episode 1 Flowers For Your Grave, click the page Edit button, then copy the entire text for the page. Start your new page by clicking on an existing link (eg on the Episodes page) and then pasting the information in and changing the details as required.

Templates

Some templates are being established that will allow you to post certain information more efficiently.

Eg, when you want to add a list of the main cast members just add {{Main Cast}} on your page where you would like the cast list to appear. A full list of template names will be provided as they become available.

Available Templates

Main Cast

Displays a list of the main cast including the section heading

Use {{Main Cast}}

References

Wherever possible you should provide a source for facts used throughout this site by citing references. This is done by using the [[Editing_Guide#References |[1]
  1. ]] tag. When references are used you must add the reference template to the bottom of the page the reference appears on.
    Use: {{ref}}

    Ratings

    Displays the ratings section including a table with headings and space for details - additional information needs to be input with the template code as follows:

    Use {{Ratings |Date|viewers|demo|date|viewers|demo|date|viewers|demo}}
    Each entry in the resulting table needs to be replaced with the relevant data separated by | to indicate each cell in the table
    Replace "Date" with the air date of the episode, "viewers" with the total number of viewers and "demo" with the demographic number.
    The template allows for three rows of data so there are 9 | separators in total, all are required, leave the space between them blank if you don't have entries for that row.
    Example: {{Ratings|Mar 9, 2009|11.8|3.3|Mar 13, 2009|5.2|1.7|Mar 1, 2010|2.7|1.2}}
    will display the following (example only not actual data)
    Ratings Demo.jpg

    Useful Resources

    CastleTV.net Website & Forums contain lots of useful information. There are pages for each episode that work as a good starting point and also bio pages for the main cast. If it's on the site itself you can consider the information accurate because the webmaster only uses official sources or checks facts if they are from a questionable source, if it's from the forums it's not necessarily fact but still a good starting point for information (eg, Caste's book list)

    IMDB You'll find lots of information here including things like guest cast. IMDB is update-able by the public (a little like this wiki) so information is not always correct, a good example of this is some of the trivia listed for Castle is inaccurate. But again it is an excellent starting point.

    ABC Castle page ABC's official site, anything here will be considered fact. Also check the Episode Commentaries for interesting facts.

    Cast & Crew Twitter Accounts - they often post behind the scenes info about the show