How to use Tarotpedia

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Tarotpedia is a "wiki" based site, using the same software that runs Wikipedia. However, it is not a part of Wikipedia, but rather, a site created by the Tarot Community, for the Tarot Community, but also as a resource for those unfamiliar with Tarot who are seeking to understand the history and usage of these wonderful decks.

As such, it is a collaborative venture, every member can edit existing material, or add new information. This is not a "typical" website where "someone" is presenting information.. instead, it is a new type of site that allows all members to update the content and participate in the growth. The goal is to create a resource where information about all things Tarot has been collectively brought together from members all over the world. This is our site, its success depends entirely on its members.


To navigate, you might want to start with the "key pages" always available on the left of the screen. Simply browse any page of interest and follow the blue links. There is also a "search" feature on the left-hand bar of each page. Use it to find anything in particular that you are looking for.

Why are there red and blue links? What's the difference?

You'll notice that some links are red, and some are blue. Blue links indicate a page that currently exists with user contributions on it. A red link indicates a page that "should" exist, but no one has entered any content into it yet. Clicking on a red link takes you directly into "edit" mode for the placeholder page. It's ready for someone to contribute to it - maybe even by you. But, to edit a page, you must be a member. Membership is free.

Becoming a Member

So what can you do if you note an error, an omission, or an uncreated page, and you are confident that your entry is accurate and will be of benefit to the tarot community? Become a Member, and add to the collective knowledge contained in the site.


Your first step is to register a tarotpedia account. This is similar to creating a Wikipedia or bulletin board account. Just click the "Register" link in the top right of any page. Once registered, you will be able to make modifications to most pages. Please take care in your alterations, as they are live pages.

Your "username", and "my talk" links at the top of the page

Once you are a member, you will notice two icons at the top of every page, your "username", and "mytalk"

username: If you click it, you will be prompted to create a page about yourself. Tell us who you are! How did you become interested in Tarot, what are your interests... anything that relates to who you are and why Tarot has become a part of your life.

my talk: This is your *public* message board. There are no private pages on Tarotpedia, so please remember when leaving messages that anyone/everyone can see them! On your "my talk" page, other members can leave you notes, just as you can leave notes for others on their "my talk" page.

Who are the other members?

You can find other members by going to this page: List Users. It's currently under the Special Pages link in the "toolbox" on the left of the screen. (Special Pages has many interesting links, please explore them.) You can click on the name of any user, and then click on the "discussion" tab at the top of the page to find their "my chat" page to leave a message.

Recent changes

Also on the left of the screen under "navigation" you will find the Recent Changes page. This is a history of every edit that has occured on Tarotpedia. We warn you, it is addictive. You can check here to see what's new, and who is contributing.

Watching pages

You can also "watch" a page, and be alerted via email (if you have set up email in your prefernces) whenever a change occurs to the page. Just click the "watch" tab on the top of any page to watch it.

Page Discussion

Just like every user has their own "my chat" area, each page does as well! You can leave comments in the "discussion" tab, sign it if you wish, and others will be able to add new comments about the content and have a discussion about what might improve the page.


When leaving message in "my chat" or on a page's "discussion" area, you can type four tildes (~~~~) to have the system automatically insert your username (with a link to you user page) and time you entered the message. Like this: le pendu 22:34, 23 January 2006 (PST) (three tildes ~~~ inserts only your username with a link, not the time).

How to edit an existing page

Most pages have an "edit" tab at the top of the page that allows members to update, delete, or add content. Some pages have been locked for organizational purposes, in that case you will see a "page source" tab instead.

To edit a page, just click on the "edit" tab, make your modifications, click the "Show preview" button at the bottom of the page to check your edits, and when you are ready, click the "Save page" button to save your edits to the page.

A little worried??? Try the Practice Page!

The Practice page may be used to practice your editing skills, (once you arrive on the page, you can edit it by clicking the 'edit' tab at the top). Go ahead and try adding, deleting, linking.. get used to how Tarotpedia works. It may seem hard at first, but you'll get it in no time, really.

Formatting your code

You'll see that pages have formatting, such as words in italic or bold, sub-headings, images, and other formatting that give each page its special look.

There are two ways to code your text. The first is to simply know some of the code. The second is that as you edit, you'll see above the edit box a series of buttons: Code image.jpg In edit mode, moving your cursor over these will both describe their function, and show the code.

For example, the third button is to make an internal link, and shows that this is done by coding [[pagename]] (the word pagename replaced by whatever is needed, with two sets of square brackets).

Here are a few formatting codes to help. For even more codes, please visit this page.


External websites use: [URL description], for example:
[ Association for Tarot Studies] to get this: Association for Tarot Studies

Internal links use: [[pagename]] (notice the double brackets for internal links), for example:
[[Tarot Decks]] to get this: Tarot Decks


Each of the sections above is headed by a subheading. For example, the code for the subtitle Formatting your code (just above) looks like this:

==Formatting your code== ← two '=' signs signify a level 2 subheading.

The subheadings subheading has the following code:

===subheadings=== ← three '=' signs signify a level 3 subheading:

Bold and Italic

To make any word or words bold, place three single quotation marks on either side of the word or words. For example, '''bawld''' → bawld

To make any word or words italic, place two single quotation marks on either side of the word or words. For example, ''hello there'' → hello there

To make something bold and italic, use both codes together (ie, place five single quotation marks!). For example, '''''wow''''' → wow


To add a bullet, put an asterisk (*) as the first character of the line.

Adding Images

You can add an image to an article by clicking "Upload file" link which is always available under the "toolbox" menu on the left. It will take you to the Upload page. Please only add one image to an article, unless the subject of the article requires more images for educational purposes.

Image file size should be kept as low as possible, under 50k is a good guideline. Images over 100k may be deleted.

Spacing the paragraphs

When you add a Header, the text below will automatically be spaced. When writing paragraphs, you may need to add TWO "returns" to get the paragraphs seperated correctly. Just check the "show preview" button to see how the text will be displayed, and add "returns" to get the "right look" that you desire.

How to create a new page

Creating a page from a pre-existing placeholder page (red link)

Anytime you see a red link, it is a placeholder page. It means that page has been suggested (by someone creating a link to it), but no content exists for the page yet. If you would like to start content for that page, just click the link and you will be prompted to add content. This is just like editing a page, only you are editing a page that just came into existence because you opened the link!

Creating a placeholder page (red link), and then adding content to make it an actual page (blue link)

Sometimes you may wish to create a page that doesn't already have a placeholder page (red link). You need to decide where the link that leads to it will exist. For example, if you would like to create a new page about a Tarot Deck, and no one has created a placeholder (red link) for it, you simply need to create the link and the placeholder page will be created. For example, you may wish to add a link on the Tarot_Decks_2001_-_Present page. Click the edit tab at the top of the page, and add a link in the appropriate place by placing the word or words within double square brackets, like this:

Make it easier on yourself, use Templates!

Please use one of the predefined templates when creating a page.

We've created templates for most page types. These will enable you to quickly create a new page with all of the basic formatting already added for you.

Just click Templates under the Key Pages menu in the sidebar to see currently available templates.

Follow these steps to use a Template:

  • Choose a template from the Templates page
  • Click the view source tab from the top of the page
  • Copy the code
  • "Create" the page (see "creating a page" below) you wish to format
  • Paste the code
  • Click the Show preview button, and if the page looks correct to you, click the Save page button.
  • You are now ready to add your content by clicking the edit tab.
Current templates:





  • Template: Template:Artist This is the template that you should copy the code from.
  • Sample Page: (pending)

[[new page name]] once saved, will look like: new page name.

This creates a link on the page. After saving, just click on the link, and follow the instructions under "Creating a page from a pre-existing placeholder page (red link)".

Comments and Questions

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