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Are you a deletionist?[edit]

I just ran across a page that had -- under the excuse of clarifying the topic -- a large amount of material information deleted from it. I only noticed as I recalled having added some small details to it some time ago. I don't mind my changes being gone, but I would not be surprised if the original author(s) of the deleted content might feel somewhat frustrated.

If you are an "editor" and you like to use the "delete" button, may I recommend that you focus on deleting vandalism. If you are about to delete actual content, just don't. Move it somewhere else. If you don't know where to put it, comment it out for the time being. (Yes, HTML comment tags work.)

Whatever you do, don't delete content. Once it's gone, it's gone. You may feel that there's a never ending supply of content, but that's only true if you don't care about the quality of content. To keep experts interested, you can't delete their work right and left. They will stop contributing. And then the number of pages without proper references will just keep climbing, and more pages will seem like they were prepared by non-experts parroting "details" from unknown sources.

No big deal[edit]

In the very early days of Wikipedia, all users functioned as administrators, and in principle they still should. From early on, it has been pointed out that administrators should never develop into a special subgroup of the community but should be a part of the community like anyone else. Generally, the maintenance and administration of Wikipedia can be conducted by anyone, without the specific technical functions granted to administrators.

The following is an often paraphrased comment about the title and process of administratorship—referred to as "sysops" here—made by Jimbo Wales in February 2003:

A modern clarification of this statement would be that while the correct use of the tools and appropriate conduct is considered very important, merely "being an administrator" is not.

Principles of Editing[edit]

This is a work-in-progress expression of the principles I try to follow, and wish others would, too, when editing, creating, or deleting Wikipedia content.

  1. If you edit, focus on small changes
  2. Always choose moving content over deleting it, as content is precious and might never be recreated.
  3. If you don't know where to move content to, don't delete it just because it doesn't fit where it is.
  4. Don't worry, poor content will get edited out over time.
  5. Narrow POV is perfectly acceptable if it's properly marked as such.
  6. Use references. Preferably have a <ref>..</ref> for every statement and reference to other works.
  7. Did I mention not to delete content?
  8. A picture is worth a thousand words! Promote the acceptance of narrower licenses for wikipedia images, e.g. wikipedia-only and non-commercial-use-only licenses.

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Cite Book Template[edit]

{{cite book |author=Charge, Commit H.; Wales, Jimmy D. |title=Textbook of medical 
physiology |publisher=W.B. Saunders |location=Philadelphia |year=1996 |pages= 
|isbn=0-7216-5944-6 |oclc= |doi= |accessdate=}}

Charge, Commit H.; Wales, Jimmy D. (1996). Textbook of medical physiology. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders. ISBN 0-7216-5944-6.

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