When you 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.
Choose a Guide Type ¶
To get started, choose the type of guide you’re creating from the drop-down menu. Your options include project, technique, maintenance, how-to, repair, and installation.
Category Name ¶
Use the Category Name field to choose which category this guide will display in. For example, if you are showing people how to add a hand brake to a Razor scooter, your category would likely be "Razor Scooter".
In the summary field, use a sentence or two 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.
Provide a basic outline of your guide in the introduction field. Advice, anecdotes, and important safety protocols all belong here. The introduction may be as brief or as lengthy as you wish.
Flags tell the user about the status of a guide. 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 Guide Introduction tab 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 reasons. Some of these reasons include incorrect grammar, off-topic material, offensive text, or low-quality images. Flags are intended to point out opportunities for continuous improvement.
Publish Guide ¶
Although you have created a guide, it will remain private and unpublished—preventing it from showing up to the public—until you are ready for it to be publicly viewed.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, simply click the "Public" button on the right side of your screen while you are editing the guide. This authorizes the public to view it (if you have a public site), which means it will be published and show up in searches and category pages. If your site is private (login required) a public guide will only be visible to users are able to login to your site. If you only want selected individuals to view the guide, you can make the guide private except to certain people or teams.
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 on the right side of your screen while editing the guide. 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.
To learn more about editing permissions, see our page about the Permissions Manager.
What's the point of making a guide if no one will see it? Tags help 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.
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 while editing (adjacent to the “Undo”, “Preview”, and “Save” buttons). Before clicking "Delete Guide," consider repurposing or improving the guide. Deleting a guide cannot be undone, even by reverting to a previous version in the guide history.
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