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Links are important in ARRSEPedia articles. Links are used to lead other ARRSEPedians around your article and the whole wiki.

Internal links

One thing that makes ARRSEPedia useful (and highly habit-forming) is extensive cross-listing by internal links. These easily-created links allow users to access information related to the article they're reading.

When to link

The easiest way to learn when to link is to look at ARRSEPedia articles for examples. Following this link will take you to the latest changed pages for some pointers. If you're trying to decide whether to make a link or not, ask yourself "If I were reading this article, would the link be useful to me?"

How to link

When you want to make a link to another ARRSEpedia page (called a wiki link) you have to put it in double square brackets, like this:

[[Sandbox]]

For example, if you want to make a link to, say, the Contributing to ARRSEPedia page, it would be:

[[Contributing to ARRSEPedia]]

Also remember that in the ARRSEPedia the links are created automatically, so if you put double square brackets around a word, it becomes a link, and because of that you have to be careful about disambiguation.

If you want to use words other than the article title as the text of the link, you can do so by adding the pipe "|" divider (also known as a 'piped link') followed by the alternative name (the "pipe" is SHIFT + BACKSLASH on English-layout keyboards; some other keyboards follow this convention too, but others do not - e.g. on Danish keyboards the "pipe" is on ALTGR + ACCENT (´)).

For example, if you wanted to make a link to the sandbox, but wanted it to say "My Text" you would write it as such:

To view the article, [[Sandbox|my text]]...

It would appear as:

To view the article, my text...

but would link to the Sandbox.

Linking dates

Linking dates may not seem useful; however, please link dates since it enables the use of a user preference in how dates are displayed. An unlinked date, like July 13, 2004, will always be displayed in that manner. If you link the date:

[[July 13]], [[2004]]

Wikipedia will display it in one of the following ways:

July 13, 2004
13 July 2004
2004 July 13
2004-07-13

- according to the preference set by the individual user.

This feature is only available to logged-in users, and it only works if the date is linked.

Categories

You can also put the article in a category with others in a related topic. Just type [[Category:]], and put the name of the category between the colon and the brackets.

To make a link to a Category page (for example, as a reference for further research), simply put a colon (:) at the beginning of the "Category" tag, like this:

[[:Category:ARRSErs with small brains]]

The above code would produce the following:

Category:ARRSErs with small brains

Note that this link is in red as the page doesn't actually exist!

It is very important to put in the correct categories so that other people can easily find your work. The best way to find which categories to put in is to look at pages on similar subjects, and check which categories they use. For example if you write an article about a type of weapon, you may look at an article on another type of weapon to see which categories could be appropriate.

For more information regarding categories and categorization, refer to the Categories page.

Experiment

Try it! Head off to the sandbox again if you wish, before you Continue with the tutorial.