The wiki help pages provide useful information about using the Gentoo wiki (as opposed to documentation for Gentoo itself, which the Wiki contains).
For people looking for help using Gentoo Linux, the main Gentoo Wiki page and the Handbook are the principal online sources for Gentoo documentation.
For those looking for help with a particular issue from the community, after having checked all the documentation, see the support page.
Please follow the code of conduct when engaging in all wiki activity. The wiki project aims to maintain a respectful, constructive environment - please be polite and considerate of other users. All wiki edits should be made in the spirit of moving the project towards the common goals. Documentation and discourse should be objective and fact based. The project is consensus based.
Reading the Wiki should be somewhat self-evident, it works much like most standard websites. More detailed information is provided here for more advanced use:
For small corrections, such as typos, fixing or adding links, etc., please just create an account and make the change!
Once logged in, it only takes a few clicks to make a change: click the "Edit source" (or "Edit") button at the top of a page, make changes (edits) to the text, add a brief summary of the edit, and click the "Save page" button! Don't worry too much about making mistakes: everything is backed up, and changes will be checked by an editor soon after they are made.
Some email providers can occasionally block the account creation confirmation email as spam. If not receiving the email, check "spam" folder, but the email can sometimes be blocked even before that. Using an account with an alternate email provider can sometimes circumvent the issue. Please get in touch with us on #gentoo-wiki (webchat) if having issues creating an account.
The contributor's guide is invaluable when getting into editing wiki pages, for anything more than a simple correction. It explains wiki fundamentals, goals and general workings - all the basic information to start editing articles. At the very least, check out the getting started section.
Please read the official Gentoo wiki guidelines before making anything more than the most basic changes. The guidelines explain how to properly write and lay out pages, to create well formed articles, while maintaining a coherent style across the wiki.
Editing the wiki is a really great way to contribute to Gentoo! It really does help other users, and it is easy to get started with. Remember that there are also other ways to contribute to Gentoo.
For any questions, comments, or suggestions, or for anyone starting to make somewhat regular contributions, please come join us on IRC: #gentoo-wiki (webchat). The web chat should work really well for anyone not wanting to set up an IRC client. The channel can be quiet, but we will try to answer any questions the best we can.
Essential editing topics
These pages are essential reading for anyone getting into editing the wiki:
These topics are important to know when making any substantial edits:
- Deleting a page
- Editing pages
- External searches
- Magic words
- Managing files
- Moving (renaming) a page
- Patrolled edits
- Protected pages
- Special pages
Templates help layout standard or repetitive elements.
- Template sandbox and test cases
- All templates
User pages and preferences
Create a wiki user account to edit pages or communicate with other wiki users. A user account has a preferences page that can change the parameters of how the site is shown and behaves for that user. Each account has a user page to communicate to other wiki users, with a talk page. User subpages can be used as a staging area for wiki work.
- Category:Gentoo Wiki — how to use the wiki, and information and resources for editors.
- Help:Contents at meta.wikimedia.org