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Hi BulldozerD11 -- we are excited to have Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki as part of the Wikia community!

Starting a new wiki can be overwhelming, but don't worry, the Wikia Community Team is here to help! We have put together a few guides to getting started. They say imitation is the best form of flattery so absolutely check out other wikis on Wikia for ideas on layout, ways to organize your content, etc. We are all one big family at Wikia and the most important thing is to have fun!

  • Our guide to Getting Started gives you 5 things you can do right now to set your wiki up for success
  • We also put together some Advice On Starting a Wiki which provides a more a in-depth look at some of the important things you should consider when building a wiki
  • If you are new to wikis in general than we recommend checking our new user FAQ

If you need help (which trust me we ALL do) you can access our full in-depth help at Help Wikia, or email us through our contact form. Also, you can visit our live #wikia chat channel any time. A lot of the veteran "Wikians" hang out here so its a good place if come if you want to get some advice or simply make friends.

Now, go edit! We look forward to seeing this project thrive!

Best wishes, Catherine Munro @fandom


Hi, I'm Wendy, a helper with wikia. I stopped by and noticed your comments about copying from wikipedia. I had two suggestions: 1) if you click "edit this page" on wikipedia, you can copy the wiki-marked code directly. This will leave a lot of redlinks, and require some fiddling on this end, but keeps the sections and everything in the right places. It also keeps all the references and external links intact. 2) There's a template Template:Wikipedia, which you can use to indicate you copied the text from wikipedia. Just type {{wikipedia}} at the bottom of each page. If the article on wikipedia has a different name, try typing {{wikipedia|wparticletitle}}.

I hope that helps, and if you have any question about anything please leave a message on my talk page! -- Wendy (talk) 01:09, 14 April 2008 (UTC)

Hi. Yes, copying from wikipedia is a great way to get things started. I often find I want to break up their long articles into shorter ones, given the larger "space" of the wiki, but that's after I get all the info in one spot :).
The images on wikipedia are on their servers; in order to see an image on this wiki you have to upload it here. If you click an image on wikipedia, you'll go to a page with just the image, and you can then save the image on your computer (right click on most computers will bring up a menu with this option). Then go to the Special:Upload (which is also in the toolbox on the left as "Upload image") and upload the image to this wiki. Then you can link to the image with [[Image:Yourimage.jpg|frame]] in your articles or follow the instructions on the editing page for inserting an image. This can get tedious for lots of images, so I try to get one per article and then expand out as needed. You can also find images elsewhere on the web, save them, and upload them. Or best of all, since you say you repair machines, you can take your own images and upload them if you like.
In terms of organization, there are a number of ways to make tables. For example, table example has a fairly standard wiki table which you can customize to have any number of columns or type of information. Or you can make templates, such as template table example if you meant neatly boxed lists of related links, or Template:Infobox can be used to make a simple table. Which style were you looking for? -- Wendy (talk) 02:40, 14 April 2008 (UTC)

wikipedia referencing

Hey there, I'm PanSola, another Wikia helper (-:

I just want to let you know that, when you take text from Wikipedia, in addition to mentioning them in the edit summary and/or have a line in the article saying "from Wikipedia", it'd be safest to do a full attribution using {{Wikipedia}}. You can see one example at Soilmec, where I've done an example.

I'm glad to see you getting your wiki jumpstarted using Wikipedia. Keep up the good work, and let me know if you have any questions! -User:PanSola(talk/history) 02:46, 22 April 2008 (UTC)


Hi Bulldozer! I'm Shawn, a Wikia Hobbies Helper. I just wanted to drop a quick note to say how impressed I am at how much work you've gotten through so far - this is really amazing! Some of the top people at Wikia have been noticing as well! If you need any help with anything at all, please don't hesitate to let me know via my talk page, I'm here to lend a hand with anything you need. Shawn (talk) 17:30, 17 June 2008 (UTC)

Bulldozer - I'm going to be making logos for you and another wiki tonight, so as soon as it's done, I'll post it. As far as promotion goes, we're working on getting your Google hits up, too. We'll do our best to try and get some new people in here and helping! One thing that might work on your end: do you belong to any forums, mailing lists or websites that you might be able to mention the wiki on? Getting people you know are already interested in the material to help is a good way of building up a user base. Shawn (talk) 18:28, 18 June 2008 (UTC)

The logo is uploaded! Shawn (talk) 08:52, 19 June 2008 (UTC)

Sidebars and Templates

Hi -- I got your note, and I've cleaned up the problem on Railways Wiki, so it should be more useable now. The coding for mediawiki can be complicated! Your sidebars were ok, only there were some extra spaces (causing some of the problems), and the text you inserted on how to edit it was causing a few more errors. So I took it out :).

Copying templates from wikipedia is pretty hard -- they use some very compicated, interwoven stuff. I went ahead and just simplified the two templates you mentioned. I hope they are ok.

In general, for templates or the MediaWiki coding, I'd recommend looking at other wikis, and when you find something you like copy it and edit that :). Muppet Wiki is a good choice for MediaWiki, although we don't have any of the "Cleanup" type templates. I actually borrowed a format from Lord of the Rings for that :).

The Spotlight Criteria are here, and you can request a spotlight for your wiki on the talk page there. Offhand I think you'd need to customize Template:Welcome and you'd probably have them all, but you should check yourself :). -- Wendy (talk) 18:49, 15 July 2008 (UTC)

Bulldozer - I definitely want to give you a Spotlight! You don't have to request one, I've been talking with one of the other Community guys here at Wikia. I've been watching what you've been doing here and frankly it's phenomenal. I'll be making a spotlight graphic for you today so it should be showing up on the spotlight sections pretty soon! Shawn (talk) 17:53, 24 July 2008 (UTC)

Image Upload Tool

Hi again -- I've never seen the problem you describe with the Upload Tool getting overlapped by the sidebars, and I just tried it here and it's fine. Could you tell me what Browser you use? Also, if you could take a screenshot of the overlap and upload it here that would be helpful for me to figure it out.. -- Wendy (talk) 20:02, 15 July 2008 (UTC)

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