Help:Using this site
This page, Help: Using this site, gives guidance on how to use the The Falkland Historic Buildings Wiki, and also how to create new articles and improve existing ones.
For generic help on editing Mediawiki pages, see https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help:Contents.
Understanding the entries
There are pages for people, roads, etc., but the majority of the entries relate to individual buildings.
For a particular building, the box at the right-hand side gives a summary in tabular form. Most of these should be self-explanatory; The OS Grid ref is the Ordnance Survey's National Grid Reference, sometimes called "NGR". The first two characters are always "NO" for all the locations covered by this Wiki, and are followed by two 5-digit numbers, specifying the location down to the nearest metre. The Latitude and longitude are mainly taken (for listed buildings) from the Wikipedia article "List of listed buildings in Falkland, Fife" and are given to the nearest second (about 30 metres for latitude, rather less for longitude).
Many of the buildings described are listed buildings, which have additional details in another box at the left.
To find information about a particular person, place or other subject, type the subject in question in the search box at the top right and click "search". Note that the search facility only finds whole words.
Alternatively you could click "Random page" at the left to see an article chosen at random, or "Recent changes" to see which articles have been added or updated most recently.
You can also navigate between one article and another. Almost all articles have links to other articles. Links are shown like this - normally in blue, depending on your individual settings. If you click on a link it will take you to another article with more information about the subject in question. Links that look like this (normally red) point to articles that haven't been written yet: it's one of the aims of the project to turn all the red links blue by creating new articles!
Every article is also linked to one or more Categories (not to be confused with listed building categories!). So for example if you're looking at a page about a particular architect, you'll probably see Category:Artists and architects in a box at the bottom of the page. If you click on this it will take you to a list of articles about other architects. All the categories are arranged in a hierarchy below Category:Main categories which thus gives an overview of all the classes of information within this Wiki.
Becoming an editor
If you would like to contribute to the Wiki, you'll need to become a registered user. E-mail email@example.com with your name, email address, and a chosen "Username" for this site and you'll be set up as a user.
Before doing any editing yourself, it's best to look at some existing articles and seeing how they're structured. If you click the "View source" tab at the top of the page (or the "Edit" tab if you're logged in and its a page you're allowed to edit) you will see the article in the "Wiki markup language" that controls the formatting.
There's much more about editing the Wiki at Help:Editing this site.
- ↑ The first digit of the second part of the grid reference is normally 0 for the Falkland area. Many of the grid references quoted come from the HES listings, which confusingly omit this zero - we are gradually correcting this in our articles.