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== Other questions ==
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=== How do I become a sysop? ===
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To become a sysop is a major goal for many users, so the question has been asked time and time again. The best way to break it down is into six main criteria:
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#'''Have a large number of (Main) namespace edits.'''
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#:''Edit the real articles, the Homestar Runner information. The more you do this, the more you'll find yourself delving into discussion, and taking on projects.''
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#'''Have a large number of Talk: namespace edits.'''
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#:''Communicate with other users. Be open and have valid input, and be able to recieve feedback. Other users can get to know you better the more you talk to them.''
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#'''Take on a big project.
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#:''Look under [[HRWiki:Projects]] or [[:Category:Stubs]] to find a page or a project that you can take on. Plan it out ahead of time, and get approval and feedback.''
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#'''Be able to handle stress and abuse in stride.'''
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#:''Not everyone is perfect. Sometimes, other users will say things to you that may make you very angry, but self-control is essential. Know when to say what and how to say it.''
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#'''Be technologically knowlegable.'''
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#:''Learn MediaWiki syntax and be able to write in it fairly well. It wouldn't hurt to learn HTML and other programming languages as well.
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#'''Stay active.'''
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#:''Seniority is important. The longer you've been active, the more you'll have done, learned, and communitcated.''
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Please note that fufilling these criteria does not automatically make you a sysop. It is the choice of the [[HRWiki:Administrators|administrators]] who will and won't become a sysop, or if there even will be an open floor for nominations.
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Revision as of 02:25, 24 January 2006

If you don't find your question here, feel free to ask it on the discussion page for this document.

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Wiki questions

I know some information that should be added to a page. How do I submit it?

Believe it or not, there's no need to submit your suggestion to anyone. This site is a "wiki." That's a silly-sounding word that simply means anyone can add anything to any page. To find out more, check out the Introduction. Since you can edit pages, we'd prefer that you go ahead and add the new information to the appropriate page yourself. Go ahead, be bold!

I think I've found some defacement on the wiki. What can I do?

Defacement comes with the territory on every wiki site. Happily, it's quite easy to fix. The wiki keeps track of every revision to each article, making it very easy to roll back to a previous version.

  • If you're not a sysop: Simply click "history" at the top of the page you wish to roll back. Then click on the time and date of the archived version you want to revert back to. The page will appear with the version indicated at the top of the page, just underneath the page title. Next, click "edit" at the top of the page. Add a note in the Summary box that you are reverting the page because of a troll, and then click "Save page".
  • If you're a sysop: Simply click "history" at the top of the page you wish to roll back. Position the radio buttons at the current version and the version you want to roll back to, then click "Compare selected versions". Next, click the "rollback" link near the upper right side of the page (directly to the right of the most recent author's name).

You may also want to take note of the IP address or user name of the person who did the defacement (here on the wiki, we call these people "trolls"). Information about trolls can be added to the WikiTroll page and could be very helpful for the admins to track down folks who should be banned.

How do I delete an article or image?

Only sysops can delete articles and images, but there's an easy way for you to alert the sysops to pages you think should be deleted. Simply edit the article and add {{delete}} or {{tobedeleted}} at the top (the two templates are for different situations; see this page). If you've done it right, you should see a box like this one at the top of the page:

The code also adds the article to a special "To be deleted" category. The sysops check this category regularly and will delete articles and images they agree should be deleted.

How do I start a new article?

The easiest way to start a new page is to create a link to it from the sandbox (alternatively, you could create the link from the most appropriate list page). When you first create the link, it will be red, indicating that the page it points to doesn't exist, yet. Just click on the link and you'll be taken to the edit page for the new article.

How do I upload an image?

Before you start uploading images, keep in mind that our wiki standards allow only one image for personal use. All other images should be uploaded for use on article pages. If images aren't being used on the wiki, the sysops will delete them.

To upload an image, you must be signed in as a registered wiki user. You can register and sign in by clicking the "create account and log in" link in the upper left corner of any page on the wiki. Once you've logged in, you should see an "Upload file" link in the toolbox on the left sidebar. Click that link and follow the prompts to upload your image.

More questions

My question isn't here. What can I do?

Feel free to ask your question on the talk page. We'll try to answer it as soon as possible.

Is there an email address where I can send questions?

Posting your question on the talk page is usually the fastest way to get an answer. However, if you think your question is better asked in a private email to the administrators, you can send it to support@hrwiki.org. Emails to this address are monitored by all five admins (AgentSeethroo, InterruptorJones, JoeyDay, Stu, and Tom) so you're likely to get a quick response.

How does Strong Bad type with boxing gloves on?

We don't know. Why don't you ask him?

Other questions

How do I become a sysop?

To become a sysop is a major goal for many users, so the question has been asked time and time again. The best way to break it down is into six main criteria:

  1. Have a large number of (Main) namespace edits.
    Edit the real articles, the Homestar Runner information. The more you do this, the more you'll find yourself delving into discussion, and taking on projects.
  2. Have a large number of Talk: namespace edits.
    Communicate with other users. Be open and have valid input, and be able to recieve feedback. Other users can get to know you better the more you talk to them.
  3. Take on a big project.
    Look under HRWiki:Projects or Category:Stubs to find a page or a project that you can take on. Plan it out ahead of time, and get approval and feedback.
  4. Be able to handle stress and abuse in stride.
    Not everyone is perfect. Sometimes, other users will say things to you that may make you very angry, but self-control is essential. Know when to say what and how to say it.
  5. Be technologically knowlegable.
    Learn MediaWiki syntax and be able to write in it fairly well. It wouldn't hurt to learn HTML and other programming languages as well.
  6. Stay active.
    Seniority is important. The longer you've been active, the more you'll have done, learned, and communitcated.

Please note that fufilling these criteria does not automatically make you a sysop. It is the choice of the administrators who will and won't become a sysop, or if there even will be an open floor for nominations.

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