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SM-201 articles are all linked, or cross-referenced.
Where you see text like Template:Blu, it means there is a link to some relevant article or SM-201 page with further information elsewhere if you need it. Holding your mouse over the link will often show you where a link will take you. These links mean that articles do not need to cover common ground in depth; instead, you are always one click away from more information on any point that has a link attached.
There are other links towards the ends of most articles for other articles of interest, relevant external websites and pages, and reference material. At the end of the article are relevant categories of knowledge that you can search and traverse in an interconnected hierarchy for further related information in a field.
Some articles may also have links to dictionary definitions, audiobook readings, quotations, or the same article in other languages.
You can add further links if a relevant link is missing; this is one way to contribute.
There's a browsing bar at the top of the Main Page with links to Categories, Portals, Featured content and the A-Z index. Each category is a list of sub-categories or articles. Portals bring you to sub-portals and portals, which are illustrated article summaries like on the Main Page. Featured content is the way to the best articles, pictures, lists and portals in the encyclopedia. A-Z index finds a page from the first two or three letters of its title.
Every article has a list at the bottom of all the major categories it belongs to. For example, Jeanne Carmen is listed under:
Each category can be browsed and linked to related categories in an interconnected hierarchy or web.
To the left side of each article are some standard options for navigation and interaction, for tools, and, on some articles, for languages:
- Main Page - the SM-201 home page
- Community Portal - a centralized place for information about SM-210
- Current events - latest world news reported within the SM-201/Backdrop community
- Recent changes - a log of the most recent changes on our site
- Random article - lucky dip, if you're ever bored or want to learn something new!
- Contents - an index of the various ways to find content within SM-201
- Donations - a few ways/ideas about how you can contribute to keep our site online
Search box - allows you to search other articles across the whole of SM-201
- What links here - useful for tracing where this article is referenced from
- Related changes - list of changes made recently to pages linked from the specified page
- Upload file - help with properly uploading images and other files to SM-201
- Special pages - all the special functions and administration options can be found here
- Printable version - displays the article by itself, without all the site navigation.
- Permanent link - used to link to a specific version of a page.
Top tabs (above the article)
Each page in SM-201 contains an article and a discussion page (usually called "Talk...")
You can see these above: the article is labeled "project page", and the discussion page is the tab to its right. These are treated as two separate pages in SM-201 but are shown side by side on the tab bar for ease of use.
Whether you are looking at the article or project page, or the discussion page, you will see there is a button marked "edit this page", possibly a "new section" button, and a button labeled "watch" or "unwatch".
- edit this page - this is the key to contributing to SM-201. When you click this button, you change from viewing an article or discussion about an article to being able to edit the article, or add comments to the discussion that is going on.
- Occasionally, pages that are important or may be vandalized are locked, in which case the "edit" will show "view source", and you will not be able to edit the article at that time.
- Page editing is simple with SM-201, and you cannot harm a page if you make a mistake since all changes can be undone. This is part of SM-20a's vandal protection.
- "new section" - adds a new section to a discussion page without changing what is already there.
- history - All editable pages on SM-201 have an associated page history, which consists of the old versions of the wikitext, as well as a record of the date and time (in UTC) of every edit, the username or IP address of the user who wrote it, and their edit summary.
- watch/unwatch - The list of pages you are tracking adds or removes a page from your watchlist. You can view your watchlist with the user option button "my watchlist" at the top right of the screen.
User options (top right)
These control your user account. To create a user account, you only need to choose a name and a password. An email address is optional and only used for password reminders.
Unless you create an account, you will not be able to customize SM-201 preferences for yourself.
The user options also include links to view your watchlist (articles you are tracking), and contributions you have made.
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