Guide Introduction

Introduction ¶ 

When you first create a new guide or click the "Edit" button at the top righthand corner of any guide, you'll be taken to the Guide Introduction.

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Choose a Guide Type ¶ 

To get the process started, choose the type of guide you’re creating from the drop-down menu. Your options include repair, maintenance, replacement, disassembly, teardown, and technique.

Category Name ¶ 

Use the Category Name field to classify what you’re working on. In other words, categorize it. If you are showing people how to add a hand brake to a Razor scooter, your category would likely be "Razor Scooter".

Summary ¶ 

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In a sentence or two, use the summary field to briefly describe your guide. What you type here will show up as a quick blurb in search results—so it's important to be succinct.

Example Summary: Constructing your own suit of chain mail armor from ordinary household objects.

Introduction ¶ 

Provide a basic outline of your guide in the introduction. Advice, anecdotes, and important safety protocols all belong here. The introduction may be as brief or as lengthy as you wish.

Flags ¶ 

Flags tell the user about the status of an article. A detailed discussion on the specifics of guide flags can be found on the About Flags Help Page. By default, the “In Progress” flag is added to any new guide. You may add or remove most flags by returning to the Introduction Page at any point. Some flags, such as “User Contributed,” can only be removed by an administrator.

To ensure quality in all guides, any member can flag another member’s guide for any number of concerns. Some of these concerns include incorrect grammar, off-topic material, offensive text, or low-quality images. Flags are intended to point out opportunities for continuous improvement.

Publish Guide ¶ 

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Although you have created a guide, it will remain private and unpublished—preventing it from showing up to the public—until you are ready for it to be publicly viewed. When you have decided to make your guide visible to certain parties, you can return to the Introduction page and manage your guide’s visibility. You can either authorize specific groups to also view your private guide—or you can authorize the public to view it, in which case it will be published and show up in searches and category pages.

Edit Permissions ¶ 

Edit Permissions is an administrator–only feature that keeps track of edits made by site members. Set the permissions threshold from 0 to ∞ for any guide by adjusting the slider to the right of the text window. Edits made to a guide by a user with a reputation lower than the permission threshold will be sent to the patrol queue for approval.

Tags ¶ 

What's the point of making a step-by-step how-to guide if no one will see it? Tags enable your guide to show up in more search results. Simply add pertinent tags one-by-one, and then save them. Anyone may add, delete, or edit tags on a guide at any point.

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Delete Guide ¶ 

Deleting a guide is an irreversible leap of faith that can only be made by a guide's creator or an administrator. Once a guide is deleted, it cannot be recovered. The "Delete Guide" button is located at the bottom left of the page (adjacent to the “Undo”, “Preview”, and “Save” buttons). Before clicking "Delete Guide," consider repurposing the guide by simply filling in a new category or creating a different guide for the same category. Deleting a guide cannot be undone, even by reverting to a previous version in the guide history.

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