Bravo Fleet Infobase:Getting Started

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This article is official Bravo Fleet Official Policy.

If you are new to the BF Infobase, you should also peruse the Code of Conduct and Editing Policies.

So you want to help with the Infobase but aren't sure where to start? No problem. This article will be maintained to offer help on the questions that arise.

Do you want to...

... add a new page?

First, make sure the page doesn't already exist. Do a search for it. Remember that a lot of items can be lumped into a broad general category, for example Starfleet Uniform Colors should be under an article about Uniforms.

To add a new page, simply do a search for it. If it does not exist, the Wiki will tell you so and prompt you to create it.

There is no page titled ":YourPage". You can create the page by clicking the Create this Page link on the blank template.

... add a character page?

Start a new page using the New Character Template and immediately save. The basic format of the page will automatically be generated. You can then resume editing. Filling out the rest of the information is simple. After each equals sign, type in what you want that to say. You may also use lists if you have multiple items for any part.

In the main body, erase the notes and provide your own information.

Preview the page, then, if it all looks good, click SAVE PAGE.

... create a list?

Typically there are two types of lists: Those with order, and those without.

For ordered lists, use the Number Sign at the beginning of each line. Make sure each new item is put on its own line.

#A New Item
#Another Item
#Yet Another Item

This will be displayed as:

  1. A New Item
  2. Another Item
  3. Yet Another Item

For unordered lists, commonly referred to as Bulleted lists, use the asterisk.

*A New Item
*Another Item
**Yet Another Item

This will be displayed as:

  • A New Item
  • Another Item
    • Yet Another Item

... create Headings?

Headings are created by using the equals sign around a word or phrase. Look to the above example of the Character Info Guide. Notice how Personality & Traits and Physical Attributes have a different number of equals signs around them? This creates subheadings, and they should be properly nested in order to display correctly.

=Heading 1=
==Heading 2==
===Heading 3===

You do not need to create one for the article heading. That is done automatically when you create the article.

Rule of thumb: Section Headings use two; Section Subheadings used three. Do not go past three.

... create a Table Of Contents?

The Table of Comments will be automatically created based on your article's length and use of headings. The sections on a Table of Contents are named after your Headings and subheadings. Generally, a combination of at least four headings and subheadings will trigger the Table of Contents.

To disable the Table of Contents, put __NOTOC__ at the top of the article.

... add a picture?

Adding imagery is tricky, but once you get over the initial confusion it's simple.

The tag to add an image is:


Imagename is whatever you want it to be called, though try to make it unique to avoid duplication.

Extension means the image extension such as .JPG or .PNG.

After you have that in place, save the page. You'll see the image name as a link. Click that link to upload the image.

An image for your personal article should be set at 275px width. This is the best size for the template.

... make something bold or italic?

Bold and Italic are two helpful styles when writing articles. For wiki, the two codes are very similar.

''italics'' is two apostrophes around the word.

'''bold''' is three apostrophes around the word.

Also, if a word is the name of the article it's appearing on, if you make it a link it will be bold by default.

Typing [[Starfleet]] on the Starfleet article page will make "Starfleet" appear bold.

... make a link?


Two square brackets on either side of the word you want to make a link indicates an internal wiki page as a reference.

To make a link to a page but call it something else, use the Vertical Line as a seperator.

[[link|New Name]] 

For more info on this see Wikipedia

... sign a comment?

To leave your signature (your Infobase user name) on a comment, simply type the tilde key three times. Three is just your Username, while four attaches a Time/Date stamp to your comment as well.

The Tilde key is usually found next to the number 1. It's the little wavy bar ( ~ ) on the upper part of the ( ` ) key. type SHIFT-` to produce a ~.

Example of base signature: ~~~

Result: Greenfelt22

Example of Time/Date stamp signature: ~~~~

Result: Greenfelt22 23:18, 21 February 2009 (UTC)

NOTE: You can also hit the button at the top of the edit window that looks like this: File:Button sig.png

... learn more about editing formats?

Check out the Wikipedia page on editing for more formatting information.