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===Step one: Getting started===
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If this is your first visit to Ballotpedia, welcome! If you haven't seen it yet, check out the [[Ballotpedia:A Quick Overview|Ballotpedia Quickstart]], which will fill you in on the basics. Be sure to visit our [[Help:Tutorials|Library of Tutorials]] as well, which provide written instructions, screenshot tutorials and video tutorials.
If this is your first visit to Ballotpedia, start at the [[Ballotpedia:About|What is Ballotpedia?]] page. It'll fill you in on the basics.
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===Step two: Finding your way around===
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The [[Ballotpedia:Index of Help Contents|Index of Help Contents]] provides an overview of all help-related articles.
* [[Special:Allpages|The full list of Ballotpedia articles.]]
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* [[Initiative Campaigns|Find ballot initiatives and campaigns]] Current and historical, including in your state.
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* [[Help:Searching|How to search for an article]].
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* [[Help:How to explore Ballotpedia|How to explore Ballotpedia]].
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* [[State ballot measure websites]].
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===Step three: Getting ready to edit===
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{{Important new user}}
* First you need to [[Help:Registering with Ballotpedia|register]].
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* Then you need to know [[Help:Logging in|how to log in]].
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* It helps to read the [[Ballotpedia:Article Guidelines|article guidelines]].
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* Want to get your feet wet on some easy stuff first? Check the [[Ballotpedia:To do list]].
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===Step four: Editing===
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==Finding your way around==
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*[[Help:Searching]]
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**[[Help:Tutorials/Search on Ballotpedia|Tutorial:Searching]]
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*[[Help:Exploring Ballotpedia]]
  
* [[Ballotpedia:How to edit a page|How to edit a page]].  Anyone, including ''you'', can edit a page.
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===Getting ready to edit===
* [[Help:Quick guide to editing|Quick guide to editing]].
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*Read the [[Ballotpedia:Article Guidelines|article guidelines]] to see how we write.
* [[Ballotpedia:How to start a page|How to start a new page]].
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*Want to get your feet wet on some easy stuff? Find out [[Ballotpedia:Ways you can help|how you can help]].
* [[How to contribute to Ballotpedia]].
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* Read about [[Help:Talk page|how to use talk pages]], which will help you learn how to communicate with other Ballotpedia users about improving and adding to Ballotpedia's articles.
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* [[Help:Using Categories on Ballotpedia|What's the story with categories?]]
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* [[Adopt|Adopting a page on Ballotpedia]].
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* More help can be found at [[Help:Contents|Ballotpedia Help]].
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* If you'd like to help but want some direction about a good place to start, check out the [[List of Ballotpedia Projects|Ballotpedia Projects]] page.
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* After you save a page, read it again. That is, [[Recheck]] your work.
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See also: [[Help:Contents|Help page]]
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==Editing==
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*[[Help:Tutorials#Basic editing|Tutorial:Basic editing]]
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**[[Help:Editing a page]]
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**[[Help:Quick guide to editing]]
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*[[Help:Starting a page]]
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**[[Help:Tutorials/Start an article|Tutorial:Start an article]]
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*[[Ballotpedia:How to contribute to Ballotpedia|Contributing to Ballotpedia]]
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*[[Help:Talk page]]
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**[[Help:Tutorials/Using your "my talk" page|Tutorial:Using your talk page]]
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*[[Help:Categories on Ballotpedia]]
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*[[Help:Recheck]]
  
[[Category:Editing Help]]
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==See also==
[[Category:Ballotpedia basic information]]
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* [[Ballotpedia:Help]]
[[Category:Writing Articles for Ballotpedia]]
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* [[:Category:Editing help|Editing help]]
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Revision as of 23:19, 11 July 2013

Editing Help
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Index
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If this is your first visit to Ballotpedia, welcome! If you haven't seen it yet, check out the Ballotpedia Quickstart, which will fill you in on the basics. Be sure to visit our Library of Tutorials as well, which provide written instructions, screenshot tutorials and video tutorials.

The Index of Help Contents provides an overview of all help-related articles.

Send your email request for a new user account to newuser@ballotpedia.org with "NEW USER" in the subject line.
In the body of the email, please indicate your preferred username. (Read more here)

Finding your way around

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See also