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==Wikipedia Syntaxer==


Wikipedia Syntaxer

Gee, this version of the wikitext markup is gonna take some getting used to.

A Wikipedia Syntaxer either is someone who hasn't realised that [[TV Tropes]]... 'scuse me, TV Tropes, which uses a somewhat distant relative of PmWiki, has different syntax (aka codes or formatting) from [[Wikipedia]]... sigh... Wikipedia and the many other MediaWiki wikis; or is someone who has been spending their time updating both (literally, if they have two windows or tabs open) and has momentarily forgotten which one they're currently editing.


This means they mix up the syntax, leaving a page full of broken Wicks (that look [[like this]]) and Potholes (that look [[other example|like this]]) and all manner of other formatting problems that either they or another troper must unpick and fix.

Not to be confused with a [[Wikipedia Updater]]... er... Wikipedia Updater, but the two may sometimes overlap. It's quite possible to go the other way and accidentally use TV Tropes syntax on a [MediaWiki], err... MediaWiki wiki too.

For a relatively brief period in 2013, the "classic" Wikipedia method looked about to become a Discredited Trope, as that summer Wikipedia began to beta-test the Wikia format on its own site ... which, coincidentally enough, Wikipedia cofounder Jimmy Wales had a hand in as well.{{cn|date=October 2016}} People who prefer the traditional format can use the "Edit Source" function on any given article to keep using the Good Old Ways. As of the following fall, however, Wikipedia is back to using its old method and seems set in that way for some time.


And then there's BBCode, used in many forums, which uses its own syntax - square brackets, but a different way of using them, as can be seen in the [url=]official guide[/url]... uh, official guide.

And *then*...darn, then Reddit came around, which requires yet another [syntax]( uh, syntax entirely in its posts, which is made even worse if you use [GitHub]( sorry, GitHub or any other service which can interpret Markdown.

It's basically impossible for anyone in the habit of writing in all four styles to not make mistakes every now and then, resulting in a series of edits as they systematically fix their syntax, forget something, fix it again...


Related to Damn You, Muscle Memory!.

[[Category:Wiki Tropes]] [[Category:Self-Demonstrating Article|{{PAGENAME}}]] [[Category:Pages Needing Wicks]]



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