Help:Contributing/Editing help

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This page includes help and tips for editing wiki articles.


To edit an article, just click the Edit link in the top-right of the page. This will take you to the edit page where you can use one of two editors:

  • Visual Editor – The visual editor lets you type on the page and see how it will look when the page is published. This is converted to wiki text behind the scenes. Visual Editor is recommended if you aren’t familiar with editing wikis.
  • Source Editor – The source editor lets you directly type in wikitext format. For documentation on Wikitext formatting, see wikipedia:Help:Wikitext.

To switch back and forth between editors, use the pencil icon in the top-right corner.

Section titles

When creating new sections on a page, use sentence case for the title unless it is a proper noun.

Example: Section titles is correct, but Section Titles is not.


To upload images (or any other kind of file), go to the page Special:Upload or click the Upload file link in the sidebar. From there you can select a file, give it a name and description.

If you can improve the wiki by adding an image, please do so! When in doubt, an image will need to be replaced is better than no image if it will improve the article.

YouTube videos

To add a YouTube video to an article, switch to the source editor and insert the following:

<youtube width="600">y5LBIdvnAJM</youtube>

Replace y5LBIdvnAJM with the YouTube video ID, not the URL. The video ID will be in the URL immediately after the ?v=.

Example: if the URL is, the video ID is dQw4w9WgXcQ

Citing Sources

You can cite sources using <ref></ref> tags. If you come across an unsourced statement needs citation, add the {{Citation needed}} tag. If you are able to replace a [citation needed] with a reliable source, please do so!

Citing websites

The preferred method of citations is to include the article title, publication name, and date published as follows:

<ref name=“sly 4 review”>[ The Sly Collection Review] - IGN, 4 May 2012</ref>

The above code will add a reference to the bottom of the page that looks like this:

The Sly Collection Review - IGN, 4 May 2012

If you’re in a hurry, you can just include the URL ref tags. A citation with just a URL is better than no citation.

Citing the games

If the information you are citing is coming directly from one of the games, you can use the template {{Sly 1}}, {{Sly 2}}, {{Sly 3}}, or {{Sly 4}} in the reference. For instance:

<ref>{{Sly 1}} - Developer commentary for ''Into The Machine''</ref>

This will render as:

Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus - Developer commentary for Into The Machine

References section

If you use ref tags in an article, put a References section at the bottom of the page, after all the other sections but before any maintenance or navigation templates. In the source editor it should look like this:

== References ==

This is because if you do not include the <references/> tag somewhere in the article, the references will show up at the very bottom of the page, meaning they'll be below any templates like {{stub}} or {{Navbox Sly 1}}.