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The purpose of the MozillaZine Knowledge Base is to help gather support, resources, hints, tips and answers to FAQs (frequently asked questions) for Mozilla products, all in one place. Anyone can contribute, so feel free to help! The purpose of the MozillaZine Knowledge Base is to help gather support, resources, hints, tips and answers to FAQs (frequently asked questions) for Mozilla products, all in one place. Anyone can contribute, so feel free to help!
-However, if you have any comments/problems/issues related to [[Intro : Summary|Mozilla Products]], please do not post them here! Rather, post them in the [http://forums.mozillazine.org/ MozillaZine Forums].+However, if you have any comments, problems, or feature requests related to [[Summary of Mozilla products|Mozilla Products]], please do not post them here! Rather, post them in the [http://forums.mozillazine.org/ MozillaZine Forums].
The Knowledge Base is intended to provide factual information about Mozilla products for users and developers. As such, the general situation is that questions are asked in the forums, and when a suitable answer has been provided then this information is written up in the Knowledge Base. These resources are the result of community effort! If you have had your question answered in the forums, show your appreciation by writing the answer up in the Knowledge Base :-) The Knowledge Base is intended to provide factual information about Mozilla products for users and developers. As such, the general situation is that questions are asked in the forums, and when a suitable answer has been provided then this information is written up in the Knowledge Base. These resources are the result of community effort! If you have had your question answered in the forums, show your appreciation by writing the answer up in the Knowledge Base :-)
-Because this Knowledge Base is a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki wiki], you are free to modify existing articles, and to create brand new ones. However, be sure to read the [[rules]] for contributing, and [[MozillaZine Knowledge Base:Formatting | learn how to edit pages]]. To begin, you will need to log in or create a new account.+Because this Knowledge Base is a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki wiki], you are free to modify existing articles, and to create brand new ones. Before you begin editing, please take a few minutes to read the [[rules]] for contributing.
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-Read [http://www.mozillazine.org/talkback.html?article=4279 the original MozillaZine post] announcing the Knowledge Base's creation.+
== Contributing to the Knowledge Base == == Contributing to the Knowledge Base ==
-=== Participating === 
-* Watch the automatically generated [[Special:Recentchanges|Recent changes]] page, linked on the left in the default skin. 
-* If you want to add a comment about a page, use the "Discussion" link in the menu over there >>>>. 
=== Editing === === Editing ===
-* To edit a page, click the "Edit this page" link at the right of the page. [[MozillaZine Knowledge Base:Formatting | Learn how to edit pages]].+* To edit a page, click the "Edit this page" link at the right of the page. If it's your first time, you'll be asked to create an account to log in. (No e-mail address or personal information in required.)
 +* Try some random editing in the [[Sandbox]]. Don't be afraid to make a mess&mdash;that's what the Sandbox page is for!
 +* To learn about various kinds of formatting you can add to your editing (such as headers or links), read [[MozillaZine Knowledge Base:Formatting | this page]].
 + 
 +===Why so many rules?===
 +If you go to the [[Rules | Knowledge Base Rules]] page and start clicking the links, you might soon get the impression that you'll have to spend a few hours reading all the various rules and guildelines before you can start contributing to the Knowledge Base. That is not our intention. While it is true that people who become regular contributors gradually absorb the [[In-house style | style guidelines]] and learn how to do things like [[Rules/Categories | categorize new articles]], we don't expect new contributors to know all the idiosyncratic editorial guidelines and procedures used here. What matters most is that if you have something positive to contribute, then contribute! Go ahead and add your content, and if necessary someone else will come along later to pretty it up.
 + 
 +===Need help getting started?===
 +* If you're thinking of adding some information to a Knowledge Base article but aren't sure if it belongs there, feel free to use the article's "Talk" page to insert a comment or ask for feedback. To edit the Talk page of an article you're viewing, click on the "Discussion" link on the right and then on the "Edit this page" link.
 +* If you're having trouble with editing-related actions&mdash;for example, you can't figure out how to create a new page&mdash;feel free to ask for assistance on the [[Help wanted]] page.
 + 
 +===Keeping up with changes===
 +* The [[Special:Recentchanges|Recent changes]] page, linked on the right, is an automatically generated list of the most recent edits to the Knowledge Base.
 +* Clicking on the "Watch" link on a page will add that page to your watchlist. All your watched pages will appear in bold in the Recent changes list.
 +* Each page also has a "History" link, which you can use to view that page's history of edits.
 +* The [[Knowledge Base changes]] page is used to propose and discuss new ideas for and major changes to the Knowledge Base.
-=== Setting site preferences ===+==Other information==
-* [[MozillaZine Knowledge Base:User Preferences Help | A guide to all the Mediawiki preferences]].+* Read [http://www.mozillazine.org/talkback.html?article=4279 the original MozillaZine post] announcing the creation of the Knowledge Base.
 +* [[MozillaZine Knowledge Base:User Preferences Help | A guide to all the MediaWiki preferences]].

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The purpose of the MozillaZine Knowledge Base is to help gather support, resources, hints, tips and answers to FAQs (frequently asked questions) for Mozilla products, all in one place. Anyone can contribute, so feel free to help!

However, if you have any comments, problems, or feature requests related to Mozilla Products, please do not post them here! Rather, post them in the MozillaZine Forums. The Knowledge Base is intended to provide factual information about Mozilla products for users and developers. As such, the general situation is that questions are asked in the forums, and when a suitable answer has been provided then this information is written up in the Knowledge Base. These resources are the result of community effort! If you have had your question answered in the forums, show your appreciation by writing the answer up in the Knowledge Base :-)

Because this Knowledge Base is a wiki, you are free to modify existing articles, and to create brand new ones. Before you begin editing, please take a few minutes to read the rules for contributing.

Contributing to the Knowledge Base

Editing

  • To edit a page, click the "Edit this page" link at the right of the page. If it's your first time, you'll be asked to create an account to log in. (No e-mail address or personal information in required.)
  • Try some random editing in the Sandbox. Don't be afraid to make a mess—that's what the Sandbox page is for!
  • To learn about various kinds of formatting you can add to your editing (such as headers or links), read this page.

Why so many rules?

If you go to the Knowledge Base Rules page and start clicking the links, you might soon get the impression that you'll have to spend a few hours reading all the various rules and guildelines before you can start contributing to the Knowledge Base. That is not our intention. While it is true that people who become regular contributors gradually absorb the style guidelines and learn how to do things like categorize new articles, we don't expect new contributors to know all the idiosyncratic editorial guidelines and procedures used here. What matters most is that if you have something positive to contribute, then contribute! Go ahead and add your content, and if necessary someone else will come along later to pretty it up.

Need help getting started?

  • If you're thinking of adding some information to a Knowledge Base article but aren't sure if it belongs there, feel free to use the article's "Talk" page to insert a comment or ask for feedback. To edit the Talk page of an article you're viewing, click on the "Discussion" link on the right and then on the "Edit this page" link.
  • If you're having trouble with editing-related actions—for example, you can't figure out how to create a new page—feel free to ask for assistance on the Help wanted page.

Keeping up with changes

  • The Recent changes page, linked on the right, is an automatically generated list of the most recent edits to the Knowledge Base.
  • Clicking on the "Watch" link on a page will add that page to your watchlist. All your watched pages will appear in bold in the Recent changes list.
  • Each page also has a "History" link, which you can use to view that page's history of edits.
  • The Knowledge Base changes page is used to propose and discuss new ideas for and major changes to the Knowledge Base.

Other information