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The content of the wiki has to follow the Free System Distribution Guidelines (GNU FSDG). This includes:

  • A free system distribution must not steer users towards obtaining any nonfree information for practical use, or encourage them to do so. The system should have no repositories for nonfree software and no specific recipes for installation of particular nonfree programs. Nor should the distribution refer to third-party repositories that are not committed to only including free software; even if they only have free software today, that may not be true tomorrow. Programs in the system should not suggest installing nonfree plugins, documentation, and so on.
  • In general, something that helps people who already use nonfree software to use the free software better with it is acceptable, but something that encourages users of the free software to install nonfree software is not. For example, a free system distribution may have documentation for users setting up dual boot systems. It could explain how to access filesystems of the proprietary operating system, import settings from it, and so on. That would be helping people install a free system distribution on a machine which already has proprietary software, which is good.
  • What would be unacceptable is for the documentation to give people instructions for installing a nonfree program on the system, or mention conveniences they might gain by doing so.
  • For a borderline case, a clear and serious exhortation not to use the nonfree program would move it to the acceptable side of the line.

2 You are an editor

  • The wiki is a collaborative effort
  • If you see an error on a page, or have an idea on how to improve it, sign in and make the change
  • If you aren't sure, then make a comment on the "discussion" tab for the page and sign it.
    • You can sign something by making 4 ~ in a row, or pressing the signature button in the edit toolbar (2nd from the right).
    • The result looks like this: --Encyclomundi 09:41, 22 June 2011 (PDT)

3 Creating pages

Use the i18n template on every page

You can use the LibreOffice extension wiki-publisher to create documents in WYSIWYG and then export them directly to this wiki in Wiki Markup. This is the easiest way to create a new page.

The editing tool bar also has the most frequently used edits, for your convenience. The editing tool bar headline button starts a level two heading because the title is level one, and everything on the page is its subheading; so please don't use level one headings. The Table of Contents is automatically created after making three headings.

To make a note, tip or warning, use the curly braces like this {{Tip|This is how we make a tip.}}. It will appear on its own line.

4 To create a table easily

  • Create a spreadsheet in Gnumeric or LibreOffice
  • Copy and Paste to this tool
  • Paste result into Wiki

5 i18n

For assistance please see the Help Page

6 Importing from Archwiki

You can link to an article on Archwiki thus: [[a:Prosody]] is the equivalent of [] and will display as a:Prosody

Step by Step:

  • Sign in to Parabola wiki
  • Go to the article you want to copy on Archlinux wiki
  • Go to source tab
  • Copy content
  • On Parabola wiki type the SAME article title in the search box, and GO
  • Choose to CREATE PAGE
  • At top of edit box type: {{i18n|TITLE OF THE ARTICLE}}
  • Paste in content from Archlinux wiki
  • CAREFULLY read the page and REMOVE any nonfree references. This includes removing all AUR packages.
  • Add an acknowledgement at the end:
  • Repeat these same steps to add the page in other languages if available. Always use the ENGLISH title of the article in the i18n template

7 Source Code

We use the Geshi extension which allows direct rendering. Click on the link for supported languages and formats.

use <pre> To display a command line of code </pre>
 To display a command line of code
Or start the line with a space. To type something like the name of a command in monospace, you can use teletype tags (<tt></tt>), and to type some code in a paragraph, you can use code tags. To show a command, you can type {{cli|#}} to look like this:
$ locate -i srcbuild

8 Lists

  • Bullets—start the lines with an asterisk
    • 2nd level bullets get two asterisks
      • 3rd level get three, and so on.

8.1 Numbered Lists

  1. Ordered lists are indented and start with the pound/number symbol.
    • A mix would be proceeded by the parent sign (#*).
  • Another example
    1. One, two
    2. (*#)

9 See Also

More markup is available at MediaWiki, or you can copy the markup you desire from other pages on this wiki.