# Help:How do I help?

If you've never edited a MediaWiki wiki before, it can seem a bit imposing. This page is for those new at editing.

## Basic Structure

If you look at almost any page, you'll see lots of == text =='s and === more text ==='s and ===== what is this? ====='s. These are headers. To make this section, == Basic Structure == was put before this paragraph. There are 5 header levels (H2 through H5 are available under Advanced/Heading in the editor):

The first and largest, H1, is used in the title and should be avoided in articles (and is not in the menu).

## H2

This is second largest and used to delineate sections. It uses two equals signs: == H2 ==

### H3

This is a H3: === H3 ===

#### H4

This is a H4: ==== H4 ====

##### H5

This is a H5: ===== H5 =====

###### H6

The last and smallest, H6, should be avoided in articles (and is not in the menu).

As you can see, all this was put in the TOC (table of contents). If you don't want a TOC on a page, put the magic word __NOTOC__ in a page (at the top, preferably). You should have a very good reason for not putting in a TOC.

## Stylin' Text

To make text italic, use two apostrophes on each side, like this: ''italic''. For bold text, use three: '''bold'''. For both, use five: '''''amazingsauce'''''. (If you forget this, or anything else essential, open Help at the top of the editor.)

If you want to make text monospaced and have a greyish box around it, use <code> tags: <code>fanciness< /code> (without the space).

You can link to other pages with [Page title|Link label], where the |Link label is optional if you want the naked title to reveal itself. Examples: HP Prime or Wheeeeee

You can link to external websites with [http://www.example.org Link label], where http://example.org is your link and |Link label is optional if you want the link to just be enumerated with brackets. Examples: Not a trap or [1].

## Other Things

For other major formatting tips, see Help in the editor. A good way to see how you should write is to look at a page's source. Just hit Edit.

Templates are delineated by curly braces and do fancy stuff. To see the code of one, go to Template:\$NAME and hit edit. For more info, see Wikipedia's excellent Help:Template.

You can put text in a spoiler by wrapping it in <spoiler> tags. MathJax is installed, if for some really odd reason you need it.

## Escaping from the Parsing Machine

If you have weird problems with regular text doing stuff, chances are it's a special character. Common characters have special templates:

• = can be entered as {{=}} (this should only be needed in templates)
• { and } can be entered as {{ ( }} and {{ ) }}
• [ and ] can be entered as {{ BrO }} and {{ BrC }} (BRacket Open and BRactet Close)
• | can be entered as {{ ! }} (this should only be needed in templates)
• (space) can be entered as {{ space }} (this should only be needed at the beginning or end of template sections: for example usage, see the source of {{ Employee }}

If your character is not listed there, you can either use the HTML Unicode code (like {{ space }}'s & #32; (without the space)) or the <nowiki> tags. (Note: nowiki is not always reliable.)

## Infoboxes

On your user page (User:Username), you can put in infoboxes about yourself. If you use TI-Planet, Omnimaga, or Cemetech, you have a nice infobox as {{User | Site Name | username on site}}. You can put as many of these as you want on your page. If no username is supplied, it uses your HP Calc Wiki username. If you put in a site not listed here, it will still show up, but without nice formatting. (To request a site, you can contact bb010g through IRC or PMing him on Omnimaga.)

If you use IRC, you can use {{IRC|nick|channels}}. Channels should be put as "channel1a, channel1b... (network a), channel1b, channel2b... (network b)..." so people can know where to find you.