User talk:Bobdewhirst

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Hello, Bobdewhirst, and welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are some pages that you might find helpful:

I hope you enjoy editing here and being a Wikipedian! Please sign your name on talk pages using four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically produce your name and the date. If you need help, check out Wikipedia:Questions, ask me on my talk page, or place {{helpme}} on your talk page and someone will show up shortly to answer your questions. Again, welcome! David Ruben Talk 21:11, 8 November 2006 (UTC)

Please do not add inappropriate external links to Wikipedia. Wikipedia is not a mere directory of links nor should it be used for advertising or promotion. Inappropriate links include (but are not limited to) links to personal web sites, links to web sites with which you are affiliated, and links that exist to attract visitors to a web site or promote a product. See the external links guideline and spam policies for further explanations of links that are considered appropriate. If you feel the link should be added to the article, then please discuss it on the article's talk page rather than re-adding it. See the welcome page to learn more about Wikipedia. Thank you. David Ruben Talk 21:11, 8 November 2006 (UTC)

Please see what Wikipedia is not - it is not a directory listings, nor a link farm to publications or journals (however good they may be). Generally articles should be improved by adding content, wikipedia is not here to direct the reader to read about a topic externally (eg Encyclopaedia Britanica may have a good article, but it is not wikipedia's role to link to it, or to a publication on a particular topic). Likewise the British Medical Journal has had many fine papers on diabetes, but a link to the BMJ itself purely for this reason is not approprioate. See WP:EL, generally external links are to sites that provide more information on a topic than would be appropriate in an encyclopaedia. Links to specialist magazines are rarely appropriate for a topic (link to a specific article perhaps, but not to the overall magazine). Finally repeated linking of a website to multiple pages is likely to be viewed a spamming.

So please have a read of the policies & guidelines linked to above, and I then look forward to a new knowledgable editor helping on diabetes articles. :-) Yours David Ruben Talk 21:35, 8 November 2006 (UTC)