Last updated at 3:13 pm UTC on 14 January 2006
All pages here are editable, and we encourage you to edit them. Try to write casually but factually, and in the third person where possible. Expect others to elaborate or complete your work.
These pages need not be chronological. If something isn't complete or quite right, correct it in place. To provide an opposed view, parenthetically cite a new page, giving it a name that plays off the original title. For more page naming ideas, see
Use idiom carefully, even sparingly, only when it clarifies. Idiom can be funny and part of your style, but what will Wang Shu Tong, in Hiaban City, China, make of it? How will an English-Russian dictionary translate your wordplay? Help make these pages clear and useful all over the world.
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- Use a blank line to separate paragraphs. Normally, lines are run together to fill the page.
- Don't indent unless you want to use one of the special formatting rules below.
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Some tips for linking pages together:
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- Type web URLs out fully. Include all http... stuff at the start. Wiki makes the whole thing a hyperlink. Ftp and mailto are other kinds of URLs you may use.
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For more ideas try editing interesting pages to see how they were typed. We also share
- Make your own pages by simply refering to them with short phrases all run together. The kind of link you get depends on whether the page is already in the repository. First see