User talk:Nicola Swanborough

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Medical articles on Wikipedia must be cited by the best available evidence and written in a consistent format. We typically uses review articles. A list of resources to help edit such articles can be found here. Additionally, the diberri tool will aid in the formatting of references; all one needs to do is cut and paste the results. The welcome page is another good place to learn about editing the encyclopedia. If you have any questions, please feel free to drop me a note. Cheers. --Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 14:31, 4 August 2011 (UTC)

Your site is not a reliable source. Please use review articles. Thanks. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 15:03, 4 August 2011 (UTC)
I will help you upload the images. Please take some time to read about review articles. Referencing requirements are outlined here at WP:MEDRS Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 14:38, 5 August 2011 (UTC)

Nicola, I disagree with James and have responded on his talk page. I have restored your sources to the article and have formatted them using the {{cite web}} template. Colin°Talk 14:27, 7 August 2011 (UTC)


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Again, welcome!  -- Colin°Talk 14:27, 7 August 2011 (UTC)

In reply to some of your queries:

  • You can edit the first (lead) section by editing the whole article: click on the [Edit] link at the very top of the page (between [Read] and [View history]). This is unfortunately confusingly different to how you edit the later sections.
  • I see someone else has inserted the logo for the Epilepsy Society.
  • An easy way to add sources with all the required attributes is to use the citation templates. When you edit an article, click on the "Cite" button at the top of the edit window. Click on the "Templates" drop-down and choose an appropriate one. Don't worry about filling in all the fields but try to add as many as you can.

If you need more help just ask. I'll have your user page on my Watchlist for a while so you can write any questions here if you like. There's quite a lot to learn and worth spending the time reading our guidelines and policies. -- Colin°Talk 14:27, 7 August 2011 (UTC)

Hi Nicola,

Since you work for the Epilepsy Society, you should have a read of Wikipedia:Conflict of interest and make sure your edits here don't attract criticism. For example, ensure that the text you edit on the Society's article doesn't become an advert or boast: it needs to be dispassionate and encyclopaedic. Make sure when adding sources to e.g., Epilepsy that your purpose is to confirm the text is accurate, and not to give readers an external link to your organisation or to external information sources. Where those external information sources are better than the current WP text, our focus should be on improving the WP text rather than leading the reader elsewhere. The epilepsy-related articles on WP aren't strong: some are largely unsourced and poorly written, and some are far too technical. It would be great if you and your colleagues could improve this situation. Some medical folk are put off WP if they think their edits will be destroyed by vandalism or by editors pushing fringe ideas, but that doesn't tend to happen in this part of WP, which is actually quite neglected yet important. Colin°Talk

Epilepsy Society rename[edit]

I'm not an expert on article renaming (I'm not an Admin). If the rename is uncontroversial and the new name hasn't been used then any editor can move an article (though best to read all the guidelines on that first). However, Sfan00 IMG posted a "rename request" to the Talk:National Society for Epilepsy page to start a discussion on this rename. I think we now have to allow 7 days (from the 5th) to pass before the move is accepted and some admin comes along and actions it. It would be worth you adding your own (presumably support) comment to the discussion there so it is clear to the closing admin that there is a consensus to move. The we just wait a few more days. Colin°Talk 14:19, 11 August 2011 (UTC)


Nicola, I'm a little concerned that your recent edits seem to consist only of adding references that link to the Epilepsy Society web page. Please see the WP:SELFCITE section of our guideline on conflicts of interest, and the WP:CITESPAM section on our guideline on Spam. We'd normally expect editors to have added text along with a reference, rather than just add references. If you improve and expand the article text significantly, while using the Epilepsy Society material as a source (particularly the For Professionals material), then there'd be less of an issue.

For entering citations, have a practice with the cite web template edit tool I mentioned further up. It will format your references much nicer than bare links. Cheers, Colin°Talk 19:07, 12 August 2011 (UTC)

I am concerned with the references you are adding especially since you work for this organization. I have asked for further input here [1] and would request you not add further links to a site you work for until a consensus regarding this emerges. Many thanks.Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 04:22, 14 August 2011 (UTC)