User talk:JustMe1234

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Welcome to Shifti!

Welcome to Shifti! Always glad to see new contributors. This is a bit of a standard boilerplate introduction that will hopefully help get you started on some of the basics you might not have noticed. Firstly, there's a main index of help pages at Help:Contents - a link is provided in the default sidebar titled "Help." It's a good idea to browse through the table of contents there so you'll know what information is available should you need it.

If you're here to post stories, there's a guide specifically for the basics of that over at Help:Posting stories. General editing assistance is at Help:Editing, and information about how to use talk pages (like this one) is at Help:Talk pages. If any of the formatting seems esoteric at first, don't worry - wikis are collaborative and other editors and administrators will come around to help tidy up anything that's left in a messy state, if you want. The more complex details can be learned later as you go.

You can set up a personal homepage for yourself at your root user page, which you can find by clicking on your user name at the top of the page. Use your user page however you see fit; most authors generally list their stories there, along with a bit of biographical information about themselves and perhaps some links to other websites. See Help:User pages.

If you have any questions, you can either click the edit link for this page and write it here or you can follow the link in my signature to my own home page and leave it in the talk page over there. You can find a list of Shifti's administrators at Shifti:Administrators. Once you've got your bearings, feel free to delete this welcome message from your user talk page. —Robotech Master 07:41, 7 July 2009 (UTC)

Wow, good job with figuring out the welcome, RM. Anyway… You've got the boilerplate, so here's a welcome from the administrators, JustMe1234. -- ShadowWolf 12:42, 7 July 2009 (UTC)

New to the Site

Hey all, thanks... I gotta admit, for a long-time computer user (work and home), I'm utterly clueless about wikis. Right now, everything seems extremely disjointed, but I can see that's just me.

Actually, one thing I'm hunting for is a way to make the website show me a list of newest storys (rather than just a list of most 'recent changes').

I joined because of the really nicely done story bit "Immunization Camp" which led me to the 'tsa-talk' section (seemingly quite different from the rest of the site).

I'm sure I'll have a ton more questions soon! Thanks for any help. I do write, but will not post anything until I have a handle on understanding this thing. Thanks again! —JustMe1234 19:59, 7 July 2009 (UTC)

Wow, you joined because of my story? That's awesome.
In terms of figuring out how the site works, it's not too hard if you spend a little time reading the help docs. One handy thing is that you can always use the "Edit" button (or "View Source" on pages that don't let you edit) to take a look at the source code and see what formatting tricks the writer used to make the page look the way it does. For instance, you can click "Edit" and see how I went in and edited this page to add a header and a link to "Immunization Camp".
You should also get in the habit of signing your talk posts by typing —~~~~ at the end. That way the wiki will automatically add your ID and the datestamp at the end. Like this: —Robotech Master 20:48, 7 July 2009 (UTC)
P.S. According to ShadowWolf, the closest thing you're going to find is the Special:NewPages page. And even then, you'll need to use the drop-down menu to select "User" and then click "Go" to get the majority of the most recent stories, because most (though not all) people posting stories here put them in their own User namespace so that other people can't come in and edit them. —Robotech Master 21:18, 7 July 2009 (UTC)
As RM pointed out, there is a page for getting the "new pages" - Special:NewPages - though you'll want to tell it "all" (or "user") for the namespace. I have looked into making a page that only lists new pages in Category:Story but have been unable to come up with a satisfactory solution. There is an RSS feed for pages like Special:RecentChanges which is how I actually track editing on Shifti. Anyway… if you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask. -- ShadowWolf 21:24, 7 July 2009 (UTC)