Oh Internet runs on Semantic MediaWiki, which is basically the same thing as regular MediaWiki but with specialized forms and templates. If you are already comfortable with MediaWiki, here's some tips for learning the differences. Note that all the tricks for bolding, linking, piping, listing and all that still work. See Help:Markup if you do not know how to do these things.
Starting a page
To create a page on this website, always start by hitting the create with form button on the navigation bar. From here, choose what type of form you will need. Sometimes this is a judgment call, but usually it is pretty obvious that Limecat falls under the memes form.
- Event - The Great Habbo Raid of July 2006, The Great Re/b/oot, etc.
- Meme - Limecat, Advice dog, Card Crusher, etc.
- Person - Jimbo Wales, Steve Jobs, etc.
- Phenomena - probably the closest thing we have to an "other" category.
- Software - Last Measure, Windows, etc.
- Subculture - otherkin, chav, etc.
- Vocabulary - lol, omg, tl;dr, etc.
- Website - Google, Facebook, etc.
- Media - Jersey Shore, Starcraft, etc. KEEP IT INTERNET RELATED!
- Organizations - Apple, Rational Response Squad, etc.
Making your page
In your new article, you will notice several different boxes. Which boxes are available depends on what type of form you have. In general, here's what each box is asking for:
- Main image - this should be an image that best sums up what you're covering. Overly vertical images end up looking bad, so try using something more horizontal. Try to keep these especially clean.
- Short description - describe what you're writing about in one sentence or less.
- Summary - ideally this should be a summary of the article. Probably everything that doesn't go into origins or current status will go here. Sometimes you'll find it necessary to create additional sections within this section.
- Origins - For memes, talk about where the meme first appeared. This could be a video game saying a phrase or some internetter trying to sell something. For people, use this to talk about their early life before the incidents that earned the subject an article.
- Rise to fame - discuss the incidents that made it necessary for the subject to earn an article. For Justin Bieber, this could be when he started making videos on YouTube up to the present day.
- Current status - what's going on with this topic in the present day? This is almost always shorter than the previous sections.
- Facts - got one-off pieces of information that don't really fit in the above section? Throw em here.
- Twitter - just enter the name of the twitter. Do not include the twitter.com/ part, just the handle of the twitter.
- Facebook - this actually requires a URL, so include the entire web address
- Alexa rank - go to alexa.com and enter the web address. Enter the site's rank here.
- Compete rank go to compete.com and do the same as above.
- Images - Add images. You can use those already on the website or click the upload button to upload more. There is also a MultiUpload if you need to bring lots of images over. These do not need to be captioned.
- Videos - use YouTube video ID's here. Remember to caption these!
- Related pages - What articles are related to your article? Add them here.
- External links - Official websites, tumblr fan pages, whatever. They go here.
- Discovery date - when did this start popping up? If you do not know what month, try ??/2008 etc.
Note that it is not necessary to categorize your page, as the form does that for you.
Writers and sysops have the option to edit the source as well as editing with form. Still, 99% of the time they should be editing with form. Edit with source is usually used as a debug and has much more potential to break things.
In the end, Semantic MediaWiki (SMW) gives a cleaner and more uniform product.