My welcome message:
Welcome to Wikipedia. Here is some general information you may find useful: click here
- Be Bold with your edits but also be moderate, check out the policy on NPOV, or neutral point of view and remember to cite your sources. Proper Wikiquette suggests it is a good idea to make a suggestion first on the discussion page of a controversial article before making substantial edits, if you wish to avoid an edit war. We do not own the material we contribute, so be prepared to have your entries edited mercilessly— the thought "but it's my article" should never cross your mind.
- You can find help with editing at How to edit a page including how to do special characters and formatting, and the Manual of Style is also strongly recommended. Specific questions can be asked at Wikipedia:Newcomers help page.
- When most of us start working on Wikipedia or its sister projects we think of them mainly as information resources, but Wikipedia is also an international community. It is a way for us to share and collaborate as we work towards the elusive goal of consensus. Check out the Community portal at the left of any page to find many opportunities to work together.
You should place new entries on Talk (discussion) pages at the bottom, and sign with four tildes like this:~~~~ (there is also a sig button at the top of the edit window), and you can indent your entry in a discussion thread by putting a colon (:) or several (:::) as needed in the left-hand margin. If you inadvertantly put a space as the first character on a line, that line will remain unformatted (not recommended).
Happy Editing. --Blainster 17:31, 7 August 2006 (UTC)