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This article aims to provide useful information about using the Gentoo wiki - as opposed to documentation for Gentoo itself (which the Wiki contains). It lists resources for both readers, to help them use the wiki and find relevant information, and for contributors, with explanations of how to add content correctly.

Note
For people looking for help using Gentoo, the main Gentoo Wiki page and the Handbook are the main hubs for Gentoo documentation.

The Wiki project page has information about how the Wiki is run. See also the Gentoo wiki FAQ.

Reading

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.

User pages and preferences

A user account has preferences that can change how the site is shown for that user, and user page to communicate with other users.

Editing

For small corrections, such as typos, fixing or adding links, etc., please just create an account and make the change! It really is as simple as clicking the edit button on the top right of a page, changing the text just like in modern text editor, and clicking save. Don't worry about making mistakes, really! Everything is backed up, and changes will be checked by an editor soon after they are made - so please, just give it a go!!

The contributor's guide is an invaluable support when seriously getting into editing wiki pages. Please read the official Gentoo wiki guidelines, before making substantial edits or contributing more seriously, to understand how to properly lay out articles.

The wiki project page provides more information about how the wiki is managed and what tasks need work.

On the wiki, as in all Gentoo fora, please follow the Code of Conduct guidelines.

Tip
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.

Essential editing topics

Advanced editing

Templates

Templates help layout standard or repetitive elements.

External resources