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So, you wanna contribute to DrumCorpsWiki? Excellent. Here are some guidelines for creating and editing articles on DrumCorpsWiki.

DrumCorpsWiki is a Wiki, which means that anyone can easily edit any unprotected article and have those changes posted immediately.

Getting Started

Getting started is easy. Look for a link entitled "Edit This Page." Just activate that tab or link to begin editing the page you are currently viewing.

Each article also has a page for a corresponding discussion. Click on the "discussion" tab or "Discuss This Page" link to participate in the discussion.

Type away, write a short edit summary on the small field below the edit-box and when finished, press "Save". You can also preview your changes before saving if you like. Depending on your system, pressing Enter while the edit box is not active (there is no typing cursor in it) may have the same effect as pressing the save button.

To add a new article page, first create a link to the new page by editing an existing one. Add the link in context by using the format [[Your Page Title]]. Save the page with your new link and click on that link to begin writing your new article.

To practice using Wiki mark-up and making links, visit the Sandbox.

Point out problems

A lot of people get started on DrumCorpsWiki because they are reading an article and think to themselves "that's not right...". If you know just what to do to fix something that isn't right — great, go for it; but if you aren't sure what to do, here's an approach with which you can never really go wrong. Simply navigate to the talk/discussion page associated with the article, hit the "+" tab, and make a comment on what you think needs changing. Remember to end your comment with ~~~~, which will timestamp your comment.

Create new articles

Creating a new article is often a very useful thing to do, especially if there are lots of articles linking to an empty page.

DrumCorpsWiki articles contain lots of links to other articles. Blue (or purple, if you have already visited them) links represent pages that do exist. Red links (or tan, if you have already visited them) point to pages that don't yet exist. Whoever created these links thought that an article on the topic should exist. If this was not a popular idea, the link may have been removed. It's also possible that a spelling error was made, or that they didn't know the correct name for an existing page on the same (or a more general) topic. In this case, you could fix the link, and/or create a redirect. If you decide there should be an article at the other end of the link, by all means start writing it!

In addition to looking for red links, you can look at a list of requested articles, and pick one you know something about.

Please read DrumCorpsWiki:Your first article for additional advice about how, when, and when not to create a new article.

For technical help getting started, see Help:Starting a new page.


Don't be surprised if other people edit your pages to adapt them to our policies. It's OK to learn as you go along.

Please don't take this personally. Sometimes inappropriate material needs to be pruned to allow a short article to grow into a long one in a healthy way, and sometimes it just so happens that an article needs to be pruned all the way to the roots. New articles need a firm seed to get started. If you are having problems of this kind, you may wish to learn about DrumCorpsWiki's policies before trying again, or spend some time editing existing articles until you get the hang of things. DrumCorpsWiki:Your first article is an excellent introduction.

Style and Content

  1. If you are adding a new article and only have basic information to contribute with the hope that another individual will follow up, provide a "This is a stub" message by adding the code {{stub}} at the bottom of the page.
  2. Follow standard English usage and style guidelines. Write in clear and concise sentences.
  3. Give a precise definition of your topic. When writing a biography, begin with a short introduction describing the subject.
  4. All articles on DrumCorpsWiki should be unbiased and written from a neutral point of view (NPOV). Please keep this in mind, especially when writing about topics that are controversial.
  5. If you see spelling or grammatical errors, step up and make the corrections.
  6. If you see factual errors, do not wait for someone else to correct the mistakes.

After making a new page, it's a good idea to

  1. With your page displayed, use What links here to check the articles that already link to it, and make sure that they are all expecting the same meaning that you have supplied;
  2. Use the Search button to launch a search of DrumCorpsWiki for your topic title (and possibly variants), to find articles that mention it, and make links from them if appropriate;
  3. Check for corresponding articles in the Wikipedias of other languages that you can read.

Safari Browser 60-Second Timeout

If you use the Safari browser on Mac OS X, you may find that the 60-second browser timeout is shorter than the amount of time it takes for your edit to be acknowledged, especially when server load is high. Clicking "Save page" again will cause the edit to be repeated, which can be disastrous when doing section edits. You may want to install SafariNoTimeout, a free extension that will increase the 60-second timeout to 10 minutes.

Minor Edits

When editing a page, a logged-in user can mark that edit as "minor". Minor edits generally mean spelling corrections, formatting, and minor rearranging of text. It is possible to hide minor edits when viewing Recent Changes. Marking a significant change as a minor edit is considered bad behavior, and even more so if it involves the deletion of some text. If one has accidentally marked an edit as minor, the person should edit the source once more, mark it major (or, rather, ensure that the check-box for "This is a minor edit" is not checked), and, in the summary, state that the previous change was a major one.

Wiki Mark-Up

The Wiki editor uses a specialized form of mark-up to create links, headers, lists, and other display items. The best way to learn the mark-up is to edit current articles. By looking at the source, you will gain knowledge by example. Here is a rundown of mark-up codes you will find useful while editing and creating articles.

== Level 2 Header ==

=== Level 3 Header ===

==== Level 4 Header ====

Level 2 Header

Level 3 Header

Level 4 Header

Creating Lists

* Item One in a bulleted list
* Item Two in a bulleted list

# Item One in a numbered list
# Item Two in a numbered list
## Item Two (sub One) in a numbered list
## Item Two (sub Two) in a numbered list
#* Item Two (sub Three) in a numbered list (with bullet)

  • Item One in a bulleted list
  • Item Two in a bulleted list
  1. Item One in a numbered list
  2. Item Two in a numbered list
    1. Item Two (sub One) in a numbered list
    2. Item Two (sub Two) in a numbered list
    • Item Two (sub Three) in a numbered list (with bullet)

Definition List

; Definition list : list of definitions ; item : the item's definition

One item per line, NEWLINE only before the colon. The space before the colon improves parsing.
Definition list
list of definitions
the item's definition


: A colon indents a line or paragraph. A manual newline starts a new paragraph.

A colon indents a line or paragraph.

A manual newline starts a new paragraph.

  • This is primarily for displayed material, but is also used for discussion on Talk pages.


The characters below are all single quotation marks. None are double quotation marks.

''Emphasis One'' (two quotation marks)
'''Emphasis Two''' (three quotation marks)
'''''Emphasis Three''''' (five quotation marks)

Emphasis One
Emphasis Two
Emphasis Three

Internal Wiki Links

Links to internal pages use the following mark-up:

Example: [[The Cadets|My corps]] is awesome!

LinkText can be left out:

Example: [[The Cadets]] are awesome!

My corps is awesome!

The Cadets are awesome!

External Web Links

Links to external websites use the following mark-up:

[URL LinkText]
Example: [http://www.bluedevils.org/ The Blue Devils] are awesome!

Please use external links sparingly. In general they should only be used under an "external links" heading at the bottom of an article. LinkText can be left out, in which case the link will be displayed as a footnote. This technique is not recommended.

The Blue Devils are awesome!

Umlauts and Accents

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À Á Â Ã Ä Å 
Æ Ç È É Ê Ë 
Ì Í Î Ï Ñ Ò 
Ó Ô Õ Ö Ø Ù 
Ú Û Ü ß à á 
â ã ä å æ ç 
è é ê ë ì í
î ï ñ ò ó ô 
œ õ ö ø ù ú 
û ü ÿ

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Ú Û Ü ß à á
â ã ä å æ ç
è é ê ë ì í
î ï ñ ò ó ô
œ õ ö ø ù ú
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Special Links

To put an article in a Category: [[Category:Drum Corps Ensembles]]

To link to a Category listing without placing the article within that Category, [[:Category:Drum Corps Ensembles]]

To link to books, you can use ISBN links. This is preferred to linking to a specific online bookstore, because it gives the reader a choice of vendors. ISBN links do not need any extra markup, provided you use this format.

ISBN 012345678X
ISBN 0-123-45678-X

See Also

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