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Hey guys! I'd thought I'd give you a few pointers on writing stuff on a Wiki. Not that you need it per se, but I see room for improvement.

Before I start, I will give my qualification for giving you tips. I am a long time member of the LEGO Universe Wikia, where I have 2,168 edits, and 31% of those are main space edits (the only reason File uploads count for more is due the the fact I am the only one uploading the LU Brick palette images. :P) I believe I am more than capable for helping you guys out.

Please do not think I am being cocky or something. I am trying to help you guys out, and I want you to succeed in your task. :)

This is the first of a three part blog post series. The first one (which is this!) relates to...

Videos

'Videos' are best viewed in a gallery, not as a normal file link. For example, I have created a small page which I will show off why a video is best left in a Gallery.

Here we have a page that has a video that is not in a gallery. As you can see, the formatting is all broken.


Example Page 1

Le717/Videos And Formatting
250px
Information
Affiliation Anchorwoman
Element N/A
Status Alive

Gayle Gossip is an anchorwoman that made her debut appearance in The Day Ninjago Stood Still.

History

As the Ninja watched the news from Dareth's Mojo Dojo, Gayle reported the strong earthquakes hitting Ninjago City.

Later, when Dareth escaped the Stone Warrior in his Dojo, he accidentally ran over Gayle's cameraman, who left in irritation. Gayle then forced Dareth to be her new cameraman.

Dareth tried to inform her of an approaching Stone Warrior, but as she ignored his warning the warrior picks her up. Zane kicked the Stone Warrior out of the way and caught Gayle before she can fall.

Meet Cole, Ninja of Earth!00:10

Meet Cole, Ninja of Earth!

Gallery



The code Wikia code that put the video in that position is this:

[[File:Meet Cole, Ninja of Earth!|thumb|200px]]

That is how Wikia adds videos in the normal Visual editing mode. A simple breakdown of the code follows:

File:Meet Cole, Ninja of Earth!

The file name that is linked on the page.

|thumb

A horizontal bar (|) is a break; it tells Wikia there is a break or a new function in the code. Thumb always creates a little border around the file with either a description, who may have uploaded the image or video, or nothing at all (if the Wikia CSS has the code to do that).

|200px

This is the size of the video frame, how big the thumbnail is. It has no effect on the Thumb parameter.

The best way to embed a video on a page is to put it in a gallery. Here is the same page as above, but with the Cole video in the Gallery.


Example Page 2

Le717/Videos And Formatting
250px
Information
Affiliation Anchorwoman
Element N/A
Status Alive

Gayle Gossip is an anchorwoman that made her debut appearance in The Day Ninjago Stood Still.

History

As the Ninja watched the news from Dareth's Mojo Dojo, Gayle reported the strong earthquakes hitting Ninjago City.

Later, when Dareth escaped the Stone Warrior in his Dojo, he accidentally ran over Gayle's cameraman, who left in irritation. Gayle then forced Dareth to be her new cameraman.

Dareth tried to inform her of an approaching Stone Warrior, but as she ignored his warning the warrior picks her up. Zane kicked the Stone Warrior out of the way and caught Gayle before she can fall.

Gallery



Doesn't that look much better? Now, how did I add the video to the Gallery? Simple.

First, I needed to enter Source editing mode. Do that by clicking the tab that says Source near the top of the editing window. Then look for the code like the one I gave above, and move it to the Gallery. The resulting gallery code will look like this:

<gallery>
Meet Cole, Ninja of Earth!
</gallery>

The File: code is no longer needed, as well as the Thumb or px size. On top of that, the page looks a lot better, a loot cleaner, and well kept.

Ending

And that concludes part 1 of my tips for you guys. I'm sorry if something is a bit confusing or weirdly written, it's just that writing (not English, I am from the US, and I've been complimented on my proper usage. It's just writing) is not my strongest point. I am much better in Math. If you have any questions, please, do ask! I will answer them the best I can and as soon as I can. ;)

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