Help:Basic MediaWiki Syntax -- Help:MediaWiki Syntax Cheatsheet -- Help:Introduction to Categories -- Help:Introduction to Templates
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This MediaWiki is meant to be an informal knowledge base for people on all places of the knowledge scale. In addition to the cold, Wikipedia-style descriptive articles, we want to have funny and/or interesting stories about the machines, practical guides to software and hardware, programming information for hardware devices, tutorials for programming languages and operating systems, and whatever else you can think of.
Due to past problems with spam, you will have to get a user name before making edits. It also makes you much easier to contact, and it also conceals your IP address. Once you have logged in, to edit an article, simply click the "edit" tab above the article name. If a link is red, this means the link is broken, and that the target article does not exist. To create an article, simply click the link and start typing. To create a new article, you can also type the name into the "search" box and click "Go".
Please try to categorize your articles meaningfully, so that they can be easily found in the mess of articles. Categories are explained in Help:Introduction to Categories. If you create a new category for your article, please check first if the category might already exist, but worded differently. Remember that article as well as category names are case-sensitive, but that the MediaWiki system always capitalizes the first letter of the article, no matter how it's linked. There are a few templates you may want to familiarize yourself with, particularily the Infoboxes - templates are described in Help:Introduction to Templates.
Please read up on syntax. There's a very handy cheat sheet here.
Copyright and licensing
(Yeah, boring, I know...)
The text on this Wiki is submitted under the GFDL license (as the icon in the lower left tells you). In short, this means that the text you have submitted may be edited at will, translated to Klingon, spread to the four winds, as long as the text is still kept under this license, and the reader is somehow informed of the license. One advantage of this is that it is the same license as Wikipedia, and we thus may yank text from them, and they may also copy chunks of text verbatim from this wiki for its own use.
Linking to Bitsavers
If you are going to link to Bitsavers, please read the article Help:Linking to Bitsavers.