Feedback from New Editors

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The biggest annoyance for myself was the lack of a "quick reference" page. I can't easily know which parts of a page are meant to be bolded/italicized without learning from experience. The editing window is also overwhelming...most of my complex edits involved looking for articles that used the formatting I wanted (reference/citation styles, lists, etc) and then copying and modifying them. Technician Fry 20:43, 12 March 2011 (UTC)

Technician Fry20:43, 12 March 2011

I've had the exact same problem. It would be good if someone would tell us how to add a title, for pity's sake! I like that when you click the "I" for italic text, it gives you a prompt ''Italic text''. Perhaps wikimedia could add "Title" and "Sources" to this toolbar? It is very frustrating to flip back and forth from the wiki markup page to the article you're trying to work on.

Bronsonboy20:55, 12 March 2011

On the editing toolbar, if you click "Advanced" and then look for the word "Heading", and then select from the dropdown menu, it will give you the various heading titles automatically formatted. :)

Another great reference is at (the top one includes a one-pager on wiki-markup.)


~Philippe (WMF)21:03, 12 March 2011

Thanks for the tip (although the PDF won't load-or maybe it just takes forever). What headings go where? Page titles, section titles, subsections, etc.?

Bronsonboy21:20, 12 March 2011

en:WP:LAYOUT is one of the most useful instruction pages. It explains the standard layout of a Wikipedia article. Even as an experienced user I still refer to it.

Teratornis06:05, 23 March 2011