sona pona:Guide

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    Welcome, aspiring editor! This work-in-progress guide will hopefully help you get your bearings on the wiki.

    What do I do here?[edit source]


    • even just fix typos
    • sources
    • formatting
    • media
    • make requested pages or ones you know about
    • write essays

    Technical[edit source]

    Moderation[edit source]

    Your first edit won't appear immediately and will instead be sent to the moderators for approval. This is to prevent trolls from making new accounts purely to grief the wiki.[a]

    Policy[edit source]

    Be bold[edit source]

    If you have an idea for an edit or page, but you're not sure whether others will like it, just do it! Everyone can easily bring a page back to a previous version, so it's impossible to permanently "ruin" anything. Patrolling ensures that every edit will be inspected by at least one other person.

    Be messy[edit source]

    An unfinished or messy page is infinitely better than no page at all. Even if you never come back to it, someone else surely will.[b] Slap a template on top and let others work their magic.

    Source what you can[edit source]

    Unlike topics covered by Wikipedia, there aren't many public reliable sources for Toki Pona. (In fact, this very wiki was made to fill that gap!) As such, it's fine if an article doesn't have any citations, though they're always appreciated. Potential resources include:

    When using a proficient speaker's thoughts as a source, remember to note whether they reflect consensus or are rather their personal nasin. This includes what you may consider "official" material:

    This is the way I use Toki Pona.

    pu, p. 7

    Resources with open submissions, such as Tatoeba and Glosbe, often attract overconfident beginners and so should be treated with care.

    Trans rights[edit source]

    The sitelen sitelen glyph tonsi in the colors of the nonbinary flag.

    Formatting[edit source]

    In addition to standard MediaWiki formatting, note the following.

    Italics[edit source]

    Mark emphasized text with <em>emphasized text</em>.

    Mark Toki Pona text with Template:tp. For other languages, see the next section.

    {{tp|mu}} outputs mu.

    Mark variables with <var>variable name</var>.

    For other uses, like the titles of longform works, you can use ''italic text''.

    Language[edit source]

    Mark the language of non-English text with Template:lang.

    This lets technologies like screen readers treat the text according to its language (see ISO 639-3).
    {{lang|fr|''je parle bien''}} outputs je parle bien. Hover to see the language name.

    Mark unitalicized Toki Pona text with Template:tok.

    Italics usually help the reader distinguish between English and Toki Pona text. However, they may be unwanted for names loaned from Toki Pona, or for toki pona taso pages.
    {{tp|tok}} outputs tok.

    Titles[edit source]

    Mark a page title as italic or Toki Pona text using Template:Italic title, Template:tp title, or Template:tok title according to the guidance above.

    sitelen pona[edit source]

    Display sitelen Lasina or UCSUR codepoints as sitelen pona with Template:sp.

    {{sp|mu}} outputs mu. Hover or press to see the sitelen Lasina input.

    Indentation[edit source]

    Indent with Template:Indent.

    Using the : (description detail) syntax without a preceding ; (description term) produces invalid HTML, which is not accessible.

    Notes[edit source]

    1. And if they insist, they'll have to make at least one useful edit per account, which is a net win for us!
    2. Heck, this very guide started as barely more than an outline!