MagicPedia:Starting an article

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MagicPedia already has a lot of articles. Before creating an article you should search to check that there is no suitable article that already exists. If an article on your topic is there, but you think people are likely to look for it under some different name or spelling, learn how to add a redirect with that name; adding needed redirects is a good way to help MagicPedia too.

Consider adding your information to existing articles that might include information about the subject of your proposed article. For example, if you want to write an article about a band member, you might search for the band and then add information about your subject to that broader article. This is the best thing to do if the subject of your proposed article has only limited depth.

If no suitable articles already exist or the subject has enough depth for an article of its own then you need to start a new article.

Creating a new page

In the search box near the top left of a page, type the title of the new article, then click Go. If the Search page reports "You may create the page" followed by the article name in red, then you can click the red article name to start editing your article.

When you are done, press "Show preview" to take a look at how your page will appear. Try to fix any formatting errors, then press "Save page". Your article is now part of Wikipedia and may be edited by anyone.

Tips

  1. Try editing existing articles to get a feel for writing and for using the mark-up language in use at MagicPedia.
  2. Consider creating the article on your user page first. If you have a user id, (which you must have if you are considering creating a new article), you also have your own area to start working on a new article; you can get it in shape there, take your time, and only move it into the "live" MagicPedia once it is ready for prime time.
  3. Search MagicPedia (and even Wikipeida first to make sure that an article does not already exist on the subject, perhaps under a different title. If you find an existing article on your subject, it is best to redirect the name you were thinking of onto the existing article.
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