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NeuroWiki articles are all linked, or cross-referenced. Wherever you see highlighted text like this, it means there is a link to some relevant article or NeuroWiki page with further in-depth information elsewhere if you need it. Holding your mouse over the link will often show you where a link will take you. You are always one click away from more information on any point that has a link attached. There are other links towards the end of most articles, for other articles of interest, relevant external web sites and pages, reference material, and organized categories of knowledge which you can search and traverse in a loose hierarchy for more information. Some articles may also have links to dictionary definitions, audio-book readings, quotations, and further information available on other University of Neurosurgery or CNS sites. You can add additional links if a relevant link is missing, and this is one way to contribute. Get started!

Editing most NeuroWiki pages is not difficult. Simply click on the "edit this page" tab at the top of a NeuroWiki page (or on a section-edit link). This will bring you to a new page with a text box containing the editable text of the original page. You should write a short edit summary in the small field below the edit-box. You may use shorthand to describe your changes, as described in the legend, and when you have finished, press the "Show preview" button to see how your changes will look. You can also see the difference between your edited page with your edits and the previous version of the page by pressing the "Show changes" button. If you're satisfied with what you see, press the Save page button. Your changes will immediately be visible to all NeuroWIKI users. Get started!

You can also click on the "Discussion" tab to see the corresponding talk page, which contains comments about the page from other NeuroWiki users. Click on the "+" tab to add a new section, or edit the page in the same way as an article page.

You should remember to sign your messages on talk pages and some special-purpose project pages, but you should not sign edits you make to regular articles. In page histories, the software keeps track of which user makes each change.

Minor edits

A check to the "minor edit" box signifies that only superficial differences exist between the current and previous version: typo corrections, formatting and presentational changes, rearranging of text without modifying content, etc. A minor edit is a version that the editor believes requires no review and could never be the subject of a dispute. The "minor edit" option is one of several editing options available only to registered users. Get started!

Major edits

All editors are encouraged to be bold, but there are several things that a user can do to ensure that major edits are performed smoothly. Before engaging in a major edit, a user should consider discussing proposed changes on the article discussion/talk page. Once the edit has been completed, the inclusion of an edit summary will assist in documenting the changes. These steps will help to ensure that major edits are well received by the NeuroWiki community.

A major edit should be reviewed to confirm that it is consensual to all concerned editors. Therefore, any change that affects the meaning of an article is major (not minor), even if the edit is a single word.

There are no necessary terms to which you have to agree when doing major edits, but the recommendations above have become best practice. If you do it your own way, the likelihood of your edits being re-edited may be higher. Get started!

Wiki markup

The NeuroWiki default for all users is conventional WYSIWYG editing. However, users can change their preferences and uncheck the WYSIWYG editing in order to use the more powerful wiki markup. The wiki markup is the syntax system you can use to format a NeuroWiki page; please see "Help:Editing" for details on it, and "Help:Wikitext" examples for a longer list of the possibilities of Wikitext.

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