User talk:Atlascook

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Your submission at Articles for creation[edit]

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Thank you for your recent submission to Articles for Creation. Your article submission has been reviewed. The submission has not been accepted because it included copyrighted information, which is not permitted on Wikipedia. You are welcome to write an article on the subject, but please do not use copyrighted work.

The existing submission may be deleted at any time. Copyrighted work cannot be allowed to remain on Wikipedia.

Thank you for your contributions to Wikipedia! Roger (Dodger67) (talk) 09:32, 3 July 2013 (UTC)

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Hello! Atlascook, I noticed your article was declined at Articles for Creation, and that can be disappointing. If you are wondering or curious about why your article submission was declined please post a question at the Articles for creation help desk. If you have any other questions about your editing experience, we'd love to help you at the Teahouse, a friendly space on Wikipedia where experienced editors lend a hand to help new editors like yourself! See you there!


Hello, Atlascook, and welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are a few links to pages you might find helpful:

Please remember to sign your messages on talk pages by typing four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically insert your username and the date. If you need help, check out Wikipedia:Questions, ask me on my talk page, or ask your question on this page and then place {{help me}} before the question. Again, welcome! JohnCD (talk) 22:29, 12 July 2013 (UTC)


Copyright is a very serious issue for Wikipedia: both human and automatic systems check submitted material. The text you posted is identical with, which bears the notice "Copyright © 2000–2013 by The University of Texas at Austin. All Rights Reserved." We therefore have no choice but to delete it at sight. (Absence of a copyright notice would not have made no difference: we have to assume that any published material is copyright unless it is explicitly placed in the public domain or released under a compatible license).

Because of its mission to be a free encyclopedia, Wikipedia is published under the CC-BY-SA license, which allows any reader to copy, modify and re-use material for any purpose including commercial. This means that assertion by someone on the end of a wire that they wrote the material is not enough: we have to be certain that the person giving a release has the authority to do so, and that the actual copyright holder understands and agrees to the license terms. For those reasons, a formal copyright release is required, as described at Wikipedia:Donating copyrighted materials.

Other advice[edit]

You say that Dr. Chelikowsky wrote this piece and that he is "eager for his wiki page to be published".

Wikipedia does not do a good job of explaining to new users what it is, and more importantly what it is not. I must now explain that it is not a site like LinkedIn for people to publish their CVs, and writing about oneself is strongly discouraged. As you are employed by Dr. Chelikowsky or by the University, in writing about him you and he have from Wikipedia's point of view a Wikipedia:Conflict of interest, and should read that guideline and the Wikipedia:Plain and simple conflict of interest guide. COI does not prohibit you from editing, but if you submit an article about him you should not post it directly but should use the WP:Articles for creation system (as you did) so that it is checked by another user.

One important difference from a site like Myspace or LinkedIn is that nobody owns a Wikipedia article, not its first author and certainly not its subject. Any article you post will not be "Dr C's wiki page", it will be Wikipedia's page about him, it can and will be edited by others, and you will not be able to insist on your preferred version. It is not unknown for people who write about themselves to encounter Wikipedia's Law of Unintended Consequences. If Dr. Chelikowsky is looking to have a "home page" that he can control, Wikipedia is not the place for it.

Wikipedia has an inclusion criterion called Wikipedia:Notability which is not a matter of opinion but has to be demonstrated by showing "significant coverage in reliable sources that are independent of the subject." The test is, have people not connected with the subject thought him significant and important enough to write substantial comment about? That is explained in more detail at Wikipedia:Notability (people) and in particular Wikipedia:Notability (academics).

Having issued all these warnings, let me now be more encouraging. I normally have to tell people who post copies of material about themselves from elsewhere that there is no point making a copyright release because the material is too promotional in tone. That is not the case here, and your submission will serve as the basis of an article, though you may like to read WP:Your first article and WP:Writing better articles.


I will email you the text of your submission if you enable email on your Wikipedia account. To do that, while logged in click "Preferences" at the top of the page, and at the bottom of the "User profile tab" fill in your email address (which will not be visible to me or anyone) and check the box marked "Enable email from other users." I will be able to see when you have done that.

You can reply below here if you have any questions: I will "watch" this talk page, and that will keep things in one place.

Regards, JohnCD (talk) 22:29, 12 July 2013 (UTC)

Request for email of source text[edit]

Would you please email me the text we had submitted? I have enabled my email address with Wikipedia, and we plan to edit the text to make it unique for Wikipedia. I have not received the source as of Thu July 18, 2013 8:12AM (Central) Atlascook (talk) 13:12, 18 July 2013 (UTC)