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Hello, MelissaMcGrath! Welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions. You may benefit from following some of the links below, which will help you get the most out of Wikipedia. If you have any questions you can ask me on my talk page, or place {{helpme}} on your talk page and ask your question there. Please remember to sign your name on talk pages by clicking or by typing four tildes "~~~~"; this will automatically produce your name and the date. If you are already excited about Wikipedia, you might want to consider being "adopted" by a more experienced editor or joining a WikiProject to collaborate with others in creating and improving articles of your interest. Click here for a directory of all the WikiProjects. Finally, please do your best to always fill in the edit summary field when making edits to pages. Happy editing! — Scientizzle 19:38, 27 August 2012 (UTC)
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Hello, MelissaMcGrath. We welcome your contributions to Wikipedia, but if you are affiliated with some of the people, places or things you have written about on Wikipedia, you may need to consider our guidance on conflicts of interest.

All editors are required to comply with Wikipedia's neutral point of view content policy. People who are very close to a subject often have a distorted view of it, which may cause them to inadvertently edit in ways that make the article either too flattering or too disparaging. People with a close connection to a subject are not absolutely prohibited from editing about that subject, but they need to be especially careful about ensuring their edits are verified by reliable sources and writing with as little bias as possible.

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For information on how to contribute to Wikipedia when you have a conflict of interest, please see our frequently asked questions for organizations. Thank you. — Scientizzle 19:38, 27 August 2012 (UTC)

Thank you[edit]

Thank you for your advice. I will look at the guidelines related to conflict of interest. However, whoever has been posting to the Tom Luna wikipedia page has definitely not been following these guidelines. The information is clearly bias and several points were not factual. How do I ensure the correct information is posted if not through the editing process? --MelissaMcGrath (talk) 23:50, 27 August 2012 (UTC)MelissaMcGrath

I have a few suggestions. First, If you're going to fix factual issues, do them one at a time, citing appropriate reliable sources to back up each claim, and use a clear edit summary explaining the changes for each edit. This will help others to follow your train of thought; some of the changes you made looked fine but others read like a PR press release. additionally, removal of some criticisms backed up by reliable sources (e.g., [1]) is completely inappropriate.
Another issue is your comment that "The previous biography contained incorrect information about Tom Luna. Some of this information was attributed to news sources that got the information wrong and were asked to correct it." Wikipedia policy is verifiability, not truth--this means that the sometimes-frustrating-reality is that unless a reliable source is available to correct the information you feel is incorrect, policy does not allow the inclusion of unverifiable information.
Finally, this article is covered under the biographies of living people policy, which sets a higher bar for sourcing contentious claims. I would suggest asking for help at Wikipedia:Biographies of living persons/Noticeboard where many experienced editors can help improve the article. Best of luck, — Scientizzle 16:27, 28 August 2012 (UTC)