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'''Welcome to [[UESPWiki:About|UESPWiki]]!''' This is a site devoted to documenting the [[:Elder Scrolls]] games. The site is set up as a wiki, modeled on [http://www.wikipedia.org Wikipedia]. This means that the entire site is a collaborative effort, to which anybody may contribute:; just click "[[Help:Editing Pages|edit]]" at the top of any page to become a wiki editor! We always welcome new contributors who are interested in helping to improve the site.
 
==Getting Started==
* '''[[UESPWiki:Style Guide|Style Guide]]''': Guidelines for how to write articles that conform to UESPWiki standards.
* '''[[UESPWiki:Policies and Guidelines|Policies and Guidelines]]''': Information on all of the policies and guidelines that have been adopted by the community.
* '''[[UESPWiki:Community Portal|Community Portal]]''': A page devoted to general discussion of the site. You are welcome to chime in with your opinion on any of the issues, or bring up any new ones.
* '''[[UESPWiki:Questions|Questions]]''': How and where to ask questions.
 
==Creating an Account==
 
You are free to edit the site without creating an account, but if you're interested in doing more than just a few random edits, getting an account can be very useful. It's a [[Special:Userlogin|painless process]],. itIt allows other editors on the site to get to know you better (for example, seeing where your interests lie), and gives you access to additional features.
 
See [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Why_create_an_account? Why create an account?] on wikipediaWikipedia for more about account creation.
 
==How to Contribute==
 
* '''Fix errors''' such as grammar or [[UESPWiki:Spelling|spelling]] mistakes. Large quantities of small fixes can greatly improve the quality of the site.
* '''Improve the content''' by adding missing information to articles, or by re-wordingrewording sentences and paragraphs so that they are easier to understand.
* '''Format pages.''' If you're good with [[Help:Formatting|Wiki markup]], you can look for pages that need to be improved visually.
 
==Editing Pages==
:''Main Article: [[Help:Editing Pages|Editing Pages]]''
If you have something to contribute, you should add it. Don't worry too much about making mistakes. Mistakes on the wiki are [[Help:Editing Pages#Reverting Edits|pretty easy to fix]], and we would rather have editors who contribute plenty of information and make a few mistakes than have editors who never add their information because they are too worried about not being able to do it perfectly. Remember that [[UESPWiki:Perfection Isn't Required|perfection isn't required]]. As you get more comfortable with the wiki, you'll probably want to familiarize yourself with the [[UESPWiki:Style Guide|Style Guide]] and maybe even a few other [[UESPWiki:Policies and Guidelines|policies and guidelines]] (nobody wants to be n00b forever!), but you're likely to learn as much from the experience of actually editing as from reading about it.
 
To edit a page, all you have to do is click the ["edit]" button on the top of the screen, make your changes, preview them, then click on the "Save page" button beneath the editing window. Your contribution will automatically appear on the article. You can play around with the editing feature at our [[UESPWiki:Sandbox|sandbox]], the place you can edit freely without worrying about messing things up.
 
It is possible that your first edits to the site will be substantially revised (or perhaps removed completely). It can take some time to learn UESP's formatting and organization, and while you are "learning the ropes" your edits may not fully meet the site's standards. If you don't understand why your contribution was altered, review the section on [[Help:Editing#After Your Edit is Saved|After Your Edit is Saved]] to learn more about UESP's [[UESPWiki:Patrollers|patrolling]] system and possible courses of action.
 
===Wiki Markup===
===Discussion Pages===
:''Main Article: [[Help:Editing Pages#Editing a Discussion Page|Editing a Discussion Page]]''
[[UESPWiki:Namespaces#Talk Namespaces|Discussion pages]], also referred to as talk pages, are where editors discuss how they can improve the main article. Anyone can ask a question, answer an existing question, or contribute to an existing discussion. There are two kinds of talk pages: Regular talk pages, which are used to discuss articles, and user talk pages, which are used to talk with editors. The rules used on discussion pages are slightly different from those on article pages. In particular, contributions to discussion pages should always be signed (contributions to articles should never be signed).
 
==Keep In Mind==
===Content Criteria===
:''Main article: [[UESPWiki:Style Guide|Style Guide]]''
Even though everyone can edit, this does not mean that the site is a free-for-all. Content submitted should always be informative, verifiable, professional, and legible, and content that does not uphold to these criteria will likely be removed. You should also integrate what you want to add into what we have instead of creating something separate from the current content or even a duplicate page. As for your tone while writing, make sure that it addresses the reader when necessary and not yourself.
 
===Conduct===
We promote an atmosphere of kindness and friendliness, which is usually apparent when examining the community of the site. However, there are sometimes disagreements and even heated disputes among editors, but everyone here is expected to behave in a civil manner at all times.
 
The most important thing to do is to [[UESPWiki:Assume Good Faith|assume good faith]] with your fellow editors. Don't assume that others are acting in spite or malice. If another editor does something that is upsetting to you, leave a message on their talk page or where appropriate and politely express your concerns. You may haveend avoidedup avoiding a potentially embarrassing misunderstanding or a frivolous dispute.
 
===Common Mistakes===
Abuse editor, blocker, patroller
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