User:Neko/User Page Guide For DEM Members

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Yello! This guide is aimed specifically at new DEM members who want to start their own user page on the UD wiki - but almost anyone who is new will finds bits which are useful or just helps find what you’re looking for. The guide will start off with getting some ideas before going through some basic coding and then finishing off with templates and userboxes. Use the contents to the left here to jump down to a section if you want to skip to a certain section. I hope you find this useful and if you have any questions please leave me a message on my talk page (press the '+' next to the 'edit' tab to leave me a new message).

Starting Off

The first thing you will need to do is to create an account on the wiki if you havn't got one already (click here). When you are logged in to your account, you will see your account's name as a link at the top right of the page (e.g. I'm called Neko so along the top it says 'Neko'). Clicking on the link will take you to your user page. Your user page is your own personal space - under normal circumstances no one but you will add, edit or change anything in your space (except your user talk page which is used by others to leave you messages). You can do almost whatever you want as long as it does not go against the UD wiki rules.

You can also create user sub-pages. This guide is one: it's still part of my user pages as it has User:Neko at the start name of the page (User:Neko/User Page Guide For DEM Members). There's no limit on the number of sub-pages you can have, as long as you don't go crazy with it. Some people create a sub-page for each character they own on Urban Dead. Some use sub-pages as a journal to keep a diary on their character's life in Malton. Others users have sub-pages to create, work on, or test out new, very long or complicating coding. I've created a sub-page as guide to DEM members want to know how to make userpages!

Getting Ideas

So now that you have an account and you know how to reach your userpage. So what are you going to put on your user page? Well looking at what other DEM members have done is a good place to start:

Other places to have a look at what other users have done would be the complete list of users which is found on the Special:User List page (note that this will literally list every user on UD wiki).

Coding

Basic Editing

The help pages cover most of the basics you will need:

Editing Help
Basic Editing

Advanced Editing

Advanced Timesavers

Page Tricks

Communicating your Edits

Miscellaneous

Policies and Guidelines
Guidelines

Policy Documents

In most cases, I will be adding / building bits onto the basic stuff mentioned in the help pages rather than going from scratch. The help pages are there so might as well use them. Please read the Help:Tables or keep it as a bookmark to go back to - you will properly need it for a while.

Copy & Editing

If you are new to wiki language then typing codes from scratch can be a long and daunting prospect - you will properly find it taking forever and that one mistake could make the whole coding break. The best thing for yous to do is to instead copy and paste codes from other pages, add them to your page, then just edit / change the colours, sizes, images, info etc. Click the 'Edit' tab at the top of the page, scroll down till you find the piece of code you want, then copy and paste it.

By the same token, do not be surprised or mad if someone copies your codes one day - and if you do edit anything outside your user pages do expected your work to have been changed in some way. Everything you write on the wiki is considered to be 'free' and hence others can copy, edit or delete it (the last two do not apply to user pages). This is stated at the bottom every time you do to edit something:

Start quote rb.gif Please note that all contributions to The Urban Dead Wiki may be edited, altered, or removed by other contributors. If you don't want your writing to be edited mercilessly, then don't submit it here. You are also promising us that you wrote this yourself, or copied it from a public domain or similar free resource (see Project:Copyrights for details). Do not submit copyrighted work without permission.
- UD Wiki
End quote rb.gif

Useful Codes That May Not Be In Help Pages

Changing Sizes

width="500px" or width="25%" or height="30px" or height="25%"

Sizes are fairly easy to spot in coding as they always have 'width' and 'height' before it. In most cases - but not all- you can enter the size in either pixel (px) or as a percentage of the page (%). Remember though to not delete the "" though as without them the code won't work.

Alignments

align="left" or align="center" or align="right"
valign="top" or valign="center" or valign="buttom"

Alignments are easy to spot again: align codes the horizontal position whist valign codes the vertical position.

Changing Backgrounds

background:#4AA02C or background-color:#FFFFF3 or bgcolor="#6495ED"

When you see these codes, they're programing the colour of the background - with the 6 letters and number after the # (known as the hexcode) telling the computer what colour to make it. Just go to Help:Web Colours, choose a colour you like, replacing the hexcode with the hexcode of the colour you want (6 letters / numbers with no spaces) and tada. You've changed the colour to something of your own. In some cases you can just enter the name of the colour - but it's generally easier and safer to use the hexcode.

HTML Code Snippets

<br>

Line break. It's like pressing 'Enter' on the keyboard.

<font color="#7FFFD4">Text</font> or <font color="blue">Text</font>

This changed the colour of your text. You can either use a hexcode (Help:Web Colours) or the name of colour.

Adding Images & Pictures

Please see Help:Images and other Media for the main information.

I assume you've looked at the main help page about images (see link above) and know what codes to use. What I'm going to add on here is useful links to find the image you're looking for and uploading new images if none are what you like want something original. Firstly, any images already uploaded onto the wiki should ideally already be category so here's a helpful link to all of them:

Image Categories
Group ImagesLocation ImagesScreenshots
Character ImagesMapsPage ElementsEvent Images
StatsUnsorted ImagesUnused ImagesIconsWeapons
FlagsDecorationsEmoticonsComicsHumorous Images

You can also upload any new image to the wiki for your user page. Go to the Upload file page (look at the sidebar) and search for the image you want. If the image is for your character / persona or to do with your character / persona, make sure you add Category:Character Images to the summary section when you upload the file.

[[Category:Character Images]]

There are other image categories so if you’re uploading an image that's not for your user page - please have a look which category you would need to add.

Character Profiles

Note: I have not done any formatting / altering / style / align codes to the profiles: they appear below as they would appear on your user page.

Character profiles are special templates that work as infoboxes or statboxes ('stat screeeeen' to anyone who get certain the YouTube reference). They give brief details about your character and it's generally nice to have on your user page (or character page if you’re making a separate page per character):

Character Profile 1

Neko
Neko.jpg
Joined: 28th Feb 2011
Character class: Medic
Favorite equipment: First Aid Kit
Character profile: Urban Dead profile
Current status: Alive
Character group: MEMS
Character stats: Level 0
Journal: No journal for Neko
To put this type of profile box (no 1) onto your page, go to Template:Character and follow the instructions there.

Character Profile 2

Neko
Joined: 28th Feb 2011
Character style: Medic
Favorite equipment: First Aid Kit
Current status: Alive
Group: MEMS
To put this type of profile box (no 2) onto your page, go to Template:CharacterInfo and follow the instructions there.

Character Profile 3

EMT Neko
Neko.jpg
Joined: 28th Feb 2011
Character Details: Urban Dead profile
Rank: EMT
Character Class: Medic
Favorite Equipment: First Aid Kit
Favorite Weapon: Pistols
Backup Weapon: Fire Axe
Current Status: Alive
Location: Malton
Current Level: 0
Kills: 0
Revives: 0
Deaths: 0
Group: MEMS
Journal: No journal
To put this type of profile box (no 3) onto your page, go to Template talk:Profile and follow the instructions there.


Custom Character Profile

Neko
Neko.jpg
Joined: 28th Feb 2011
Class: Military Medic
Level: 0
UD Profile: Nekonova
Brainstock Profile: Neko
Group: Malton Emergency Medical Service
Rank: EMT
DEM Badge No: 000

I didn't quite like the others ones so I created my own which I use for myself. Feel free to copy the coding below but because it's not in a template format you'll have to manually change the values of it. Still, this is a good opportunity to practise the 'copy and edit' style - you can change the colours, sizes and even the text to your liking.

{| cellpadding="2" cellspacing="0" border="1" align="right" style="margin-left:0.5em"
 |-
 ! bgcolor="#6495ED" align=center | <font color=#FFFFFF> Name </font>
 |- 
 !align="center"| [[Image:Name.jpg]]
 |-
 |
 {|
 | '''Joined:'''
 | Date
 |-
 | '''Class:'''
 | [[Civilian/Military/Scientist]] [[Class]]
 |-
 | '''Level:'''
 | 0
 |-
 | '''UD Profile:'''
 | [http://www.urbandead.com/profile.cgi?id=1871945 Nekonova]
 |-
 | '''Brainstock Profile:'''
 | [http://s1.zetaboards.com/brainstock/profile/1531397/ Neko]
 |-
 | '''Group:'''
 | [[Malton Emergency Medical Service]]
 |-
 | '''Rank:'''
 | EMT
 |-
 | '''[[DEM]] Badge No:'''
 | 000
 |}
 |}


DEM Templates

DEM Group Member Templates

Adding below one of these templates will show that you are a member of that group and will add you to the list of members in your DEM group - simply copy and paste the code onto your user page. For more instructions on how to use the templates, click the link below to go to the relevant template's page.

DEM Group Example / Template Code
MFD
FireFighterBadge.gif Malton Fire Department
This user is a member of the MFD.
{{Template:MFD}}
MEMS
MEMS logo.gif Malton Emergency Medical Service
This user is a member of the MEMS.
{{Template:MEMS Member}}
MPD
Mpd.png Malton Police Department
This user is a member of the MPD.
{{Template:MPD}}
MFU
MFU logo.jpg Malton Forensics Unit
This user is a member of the MFU.
{{Template:MFU Member}}
MM
Marshals.png Malton Marshals
This user is a member of the MM.
{{Template:MM Member}}
MCDU
MCDUlogo.png Malton Civil Defense Unit
This user is a member of the MCDU.
{{Template:MCDU Member}} 
MCDU Note: individual units also have their own versions - please see the individual unit pages for more info.

DEM Group Ribbon Templates

The DEM has a series of DEM Merits and Ribbons it issues to members who display mastery over key skills: and a number of DEM groups have created special templates to present these should you choose to use them. Please click the link below to go to the relevant template's page. If your group doesn't have a template, you can still add the ribbons by hand to your page (see here).

DEM Group Example Code
MEMS
MEMS logo.gif MEMS:EXAMPLE's Ribbons
MEMS - Rank 1 Field Medicine Science Resident Surgeon
WeaponMaster HandSpecialist Fitness Sniper
Engineer Community Support Radio Operator Mallrat
Recon 5 Years Service Purple Heart Valor
See Template:MEMS Ribbons
MPD
MPD - Constable
001
Cons EXAMPLE (MPD)
WeaponMaster HandSpecialist Fitness
Sniper Community Support Radio Operator
Engineer Field Medicine Science
Resident Surgeon Mallrat Recon
5 Years Service Purple Heart Valor
Active
See Template:MPDRibbons
MFU
MFU logo.jpg MFU: EXAMPLE's Ribbons
WeaponMaster HandSpecialist Fitness Sniper
Community Support Radio Operator Engineer Field Medicine
Science Resident Surgeon Mallrat Recon
MFU - Rank 1 5 Years Service Purple Heart Valor
See Template:MFU Ribbons
MCDU

MCDUlogo.png

MCDU: Sergeant Major Example MCDU - Sergeant Major DEM Badge 000
Weapon Master Hand Specialist Fitness Sniper
Community Support Radio Operator Engineer Field Medicine
Science Resident Surgeon Acquisition Recon
5 Years Service Purple Heart Valor
Academy Graduation Command Staff One Year Service Outstanding
Meritous Service Recruitment Policy The Order of Malton
Active
See Template:MCDU Ribbons


DEM Supported Policies

The DEM support a number of supported policies. If you wish to add you own support for these policies by adding one of their templates, click on the links below:

User Templates & Userboxes

Aside from special DEM templates, there are loads out there are other templates for your user page (sometimes called userboxes) which can be about almost everything and anything: from what class you are to your opinions to quirky comments, memos or other random stuff. Feel free to add as many as you want on your user page. Some users have so many that they not only have a userbox saying they have too many userboxes, they will also go out of their way to organise them in some way (I use tables because their easy and the coding won't break easily - call me lazy if you want). Here are a few pages to help you find your chosen templates / userboxes:

Personal tools
project wonderful
column-okay