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A new page is distinguished from a page: the latter has a page history. However, creating a new page is just like editing a blank page, except that the message that is in Newarticletext appears, which can be different per project.

For general editing matters, in particular the markup language of the wikitext, see Wikipedia:How to edit a page.

General Principles

  • Search to see whether someone has written a similar page before you start one yourself.
  • Review conventions of the project you are working in regarding e.g.:
    • the naming;
    • whether a separate page is justified; perhaps it is better to add the text to a related page (especially if the text is not very long); that page can always be split later after it has grown.
  • The title of the article should be repeated in bold as the first words or among the first words of the article.

Starting a page through the URL

The URL corresponding to a non-existing page gives a webpage like that of an existing page, showing the text that is in MediaWiki:Noarticletext.

It has the usual edit link, which allows you to create the page.

Thus a "broken link" from within or outside the project is, in a way, not really broken, as long as the first part of it is correct.

An easy way to produce the URL is editing the last part of the URL of another page in the same project.

An interwiki link to a non-existing page (not recommended) gives the same result. See Wikipedia's page on InterWiki.

To get access to a MediaWiki project with all the links at the edges, but without superfluous loading of any page, you can bookmark a non-existing page.

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