Wiki Etiquette

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Key Policies

  • Avoid bias. Non-Memoir articles should be written from a neutral point of view and be based on facts. Cite references when at all possible. Save the opinions for the forum.
  • Assume good faith.
  • Don't infringe copyrights. Create links, but don't cut-and-paste from copyrighted sources. If you see copyrighted material on this wiki, please reword it, cite it, or let someone know who can change it.
  • Be nice - Don't be rude or offensive. Please use the discussion pages to discuss the material (not the author) and work towards an agreement. Be respectful.
  • Don't delete other people's contributions (unless you know what you are doing).


Before Editing

  • If you want to 'test' or try some syntax please experiment in the sandbox or your own user page rather than on the content pages.
  • Search and 'Check Categories'. Try not to duplicate material.
  • Before you create and name a new page. Try to make sure it fits in and is logically named and organized.
  • Spell check.
  • If there is a general look and feel that a page or theme follows, try to be consistent in formatting.
  • Check discussion pages before making major changes.


  • Wikipedia:Assume good faith
  • Don't be mean
  • Work toward agreement.
  • Be patient with people (especially newcomers) who make mistakes in good faith.


  • Add decent edit summaries
  • Be neat
  • Don't engage in edit wars. If there is a disagreement, take it to the discussion page.
  • Sign your post on talk pages but not content pages. This will help the flow of conversation.
  • Check your facts, and cite references whenever possible.

Good Reading

There are a lot of things that are done right over at Wikipedia. Until Minnesota Historical Society policies and guidlines are more refined Wikipedia's Policies_and_guidelines and Wikiquette are great reading. [1]


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