I don't know what is going through the minds of folks who create "templates" for "easy-to-edit" wikis, but it certainly isn't common sense.
I used to write simple programs for providing the parameters (the "switches") used by other applications, so that the user just had to answer a series of yes/no questions, and/or enter a number indicating a choice, and the program would put all the correct "switches" into the environment, and then run the application.
Expecting someone to make sense out of the kind of "template" help here in a short time is ridiculous. How come nobody does like I did - write a simple program that will create the "citation" automatically?
Just to give you an idea (I'd have to go back and look at the template to do this right, but I cannot now because my system is maxed out):
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The Encyclopedia of Making Things Easy For Idiots
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Dummies citation creation made easy
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Dummies citation creation made easy, Jones, Birdy, The Encyclopedia of Making Things Easy For Idiots, 1954 [...]
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So? What's so hard about that?
User4 14:38, 23 March 2014 (GMT)