Welcome to Wikipedia. Although everyone is welcome to make constructive contributions to Wikipedia, at least one of your recent edits, such as the one you made to Smithsonian Institution, did not appear to be constructive and has been automatically reverted by ClueBot. Please use the sandbox for any test edits you would like to make, and take a look at the welcome page to learn more about contributing to this encyclopedia. If you believe there has been a mistake and would like to report a false positive, please report it here and then remove this warning from your talk page. If your edit was not vandalism, please feel free to make your edit again after reporting it. The following is the log entry regarding this warning: Smithsonian Institution was changed by Smithsonianinstitution (u) (t) deleting 9682 characters on 2009-03-04T16:37:06+00:00 . Thank you. ClueBot (talk) 16:37, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
Please refrain from making unconstructive edits to Wikipedia, as you did with to the page Smithsonian Institution. Such edits constitute vandalism and are reverted. Please do not continue to make unconstructive edits to pages; use the sandbox for testing. Thank you. J.delanoygabsadds 16:39, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
Hello, and welcome to Wikipedia!
I hope that I don't seem unfriendly or make you feel unwelcome, but I noticed your username, and I am concerned that it might not meet Wikipedia's username policy for the following reason: your username is the name of an organization. Please see WP:SPAMNAME in particular. After you look over that policy, could we discuss that concern here?
I'd appreciate learning your views, for instance, your reasons for wanting this particular name, and what alternative username you might accept that avoids raising this concern.
There are several options available to you:
- We can talk about it, here.
- If we can't resolve this on our own, we can ask for help through Wikipedia's dispute resolution process, such as requesting comments from other Wikipedians. Wikipedia administrators usually abide by agreements reached through this process.
- You can keep your contributions history under a new username. Visit Wikipedia:Changing username and follow the guidelines there.
- I think your best option is to go to Wikipedia:Changing username. You can just skip down to the section titled "Instructions" if you'd like. You username can be anything that abides by our username policy. Mostly anything latin-based text that isn't promotional (an organization's name) or inappropriate is fine. You just submit a request on following the link provided in the "Instructions" section. You should also read our Business FAQ, as you've stated you want to edit the Smithsonian article. Killiondude (talk) 18:54, 14 July 2009 (UTC)
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For information on how to contribute to Wikipedia when you have conflict of interest, please see our frequently asked questions for organizations. For more details about what, exactly, constitutes a conflict of interest, please see our conflict of interest guidelines. Thank you. --126.96.36.199 (talk) 16:39, 21 July 2009 (UTC)
Smithsonian Secretary's Wikipedia page
Hi, I work in the central office of public affairs at the Smithsonian and have been asked to update the Secretary's wikipedia page with updated awards. Could you please instruct me on how to make those edits correctly? Thanks so much! <SIopa (talk) 13:46, 12 July 2010 (UTC)>
- So the awards list was fine; my problem is that you were wholesale copying text from his biography. Generally speaking, that violates copyright and does not fit with the flow of the page; in addition, it is important to cite the sources you use when writing a page. So if you write something from scratch about Clough and cite his biography, that's a valid use. I can help format the citation if need be. —Disavian (talk/contribs) 02:26, 14 July 2010 (UTC)