User talk:Sanantonioriver

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Hello, Sanantonioriver, 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:

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Please do not copy text from other websites[edit]

Your addition to San Antonio River Authority has been removed, as it appears to have added copyrighted material to Wikipedia without permission from the copyright holder. For legal reasons, we cannot accept copyrighted text or images borrowed from other websites or printed material; such additions will be deleted. You may use external websites or publications as a source of information, but not as a source of article content such as sentences or images. Wikipedia takes copyright violations very seriously and persistent violators will be blocked from editing. —C.Fred (talk) 19:18, 22 September 2011 (UTC)

I work for the San Antonio River Authority and am simply placing our correct information on Wikipedia. Who better to provide correct and updated information that the actual organization. All of the information currently in place is outdated and incorrect.
Sanantonioriver (talk) 19:24, 22 September 2011 (UTC)
Even if you work for them (and there's no way I can readily verify that), you don't necessarily have the ability to give their work away to Wikipedia, since the text is under copyright.
Also, since you have a connection to SARA, you have a conflict of interest. Two of Wikipedia's guiding policies are verifiability and neutral point of view. The verifiability policy requires statements in articles to be backed up by reliable sources and encourages them to be secondary sources; primary sources, published by the subject, are to be used in limited situations only. You'll need to make sure to add secondary sources wherever possible. You'll also need to be sure to maintain neutral point of view throughout the article, avoiding the temptation to overhighlight the good points of the organization and delete or de-emphasize the negatives. That's another reason that text shouldn't be copied from subjects' websites: the text is usually written from a promotional and non-neutral point of view. —C.Fred (talk) 19:31, 22 September 2011 (UTC)
I have no reason to lie about working here and since it is a publicly funded Governmental organization, none of our content or imagery is copyrighted. We operate under the public information act. Please advise on how I may provide true and correct information to users of this site.Sanantonioriver (talk) 19:38, 22 September 2011 (UTC)
The front page of the website says otherwise: "Copyright © 2011 San Antonio River Authority". Only US federal publications are automatically in the public domain; state publications are not.
If the information needs updated, then cite a reliable source—preferably independent of the Authority—that backs up the change. If, for example, a new dam has opened in Karnes County, the best source would be a newspaper article about the opening of the dam that mentions it's the 14th in the county operated by SARA. —C.Fred (talk) 19:43, 22 September 2011 (UTC)