Welcome to the Wiki! This is intended to be a primer for people who are new to the wiki to get a sense of how things are generally done here. Basically, we're a community working together to create and compile anything and everything about the Yuba-Sutter area—especially the little, enjoyable things.

This entire site is maintained by the people who use it: anyone can edit this website. That means that as soon as you create your (free) account, you can edit this web page or any other one on this entire site. There are many other people all doing the same thing, all generally friendly and eager to help. We would love for you to join us.

We hope you will enjoy being a part of the wiki community. Here are some helpful tips that we've found useful for new members.

1. If something on a page is incorrect, please feel free to correct it. If you have doubts about what is correct, try leaving a comment to start a discussion about it.

2. Factual information should generally not be deleted. If you feel that the facts posted are selected to support a particular bias, try adding additional facts to support your own point of view.

3. The goal is not so much to present a neutral point of view, but rather to reflect that in our community there are differing opinions and viewpoints. There may sometimes even be entire pages that reflect a clear bias in one direction—but if so, then other editors should feel free to create additional pages that reflect a clear bias in the opposite direction. (Pages that reflect clear biases will most often be found in the Issues section.)

4. When you post a review of a local business, keep in mind that your review will reflect on you as much as on the business or other page you are reviewing. Also, bear in mind that business owners are people too, and sometimes people have "off days" that are not typical of them. If you are a business owner yourself, please see Wiki Editing Tips for Business Owners.

5. There is always room to expand the wiki into new realms. Do you have a hobby or interest that isn't discussed much (or at all) on the wiki? You can create a new section of the wiki about your hobby, or greatly expand an existing section. Try not to feel limited to the existing pages or links. For example, the Yuba College entry here is currently very minimal, but the Butte College entry on the Chico Wiki is much larger, filling many separate pages. The Yuba College entry could be similarly expanded onto many pages. There are many other instances in which the Sacramento, Chico, or Davis wikis contain pages that ours doesn't, and there's no reason why such pages couldn't be added to ours. Also, even if a particular topic isn't covered on any of those wikis, that's no reason not to add it to this one.

6. Feel free to add silly stuff—local urban legends, rumors of paranormal phenomena, pages about your pets, and so on. Sometimes the silly stuff is the most fun to read, and it can convey more of the personality of the neighborhood and the various people living in it.

7. It's always nice to introduce yourself by creating a page about yourself. It increases the sense of community and can also help establish your credibility. Using your real name—or a well-established pseudonym—can also help establish your credibility, because doing so shows that you're willing to stake your reputation in the larger world on the validity of your wiki edits. It also helps show that you're not a sockpuppet.

8. Want to post about a place in an another county? First, check whether there's another local wiki that's closer to the location you want to post about. For example, if you want to post about a place in Sacramento, Chico, or Davis, it would probably be more useful for you to expand an existing page on the local wiki for that city and then just link to it from the Places to Visit in Nearby Counties page on the Yuba-Sutter Wiki than for you to create a whole new page about it on the Yuba-Sutter Wiki. If you want to post about a place in Rio Linda, it would still make more sense to post it in the Sacramento Wiki than to post it here, because Rio Linda is part of the Sacramento metropolitan area rather than the Yuba-Sutter area. But if you want to post about a place in Honcut, California, it might make more sense to post it here than on the Chico Wiki, since Honcut is much closer to Marysville and Yuba City than to Chico. Or what if you want to post about a place in Colusa or Grass Valley? There are no local wikis for anyplace in Colusa County or Nevada County, so it would probably make the most sense to post it on the Yuba-Sutter Wiki.

9. If you find yourself combatting a spammer or vandal, try exponential backoff editing.

10. We are all still learning how to make this the best possible wiki for the Yuba-Sutter area. Please join us in discussion.

This page is adapted from the Welcome to the Wiki page on the Davis Wiki.