User talk:Tom Monto, Alberta historian

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Hello, Tom Monto, Alberta historian, and welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like this place and decide to stay. Here are some pages that you might find helpful:

Please sign your name on talk pages using four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically produce your username and the date. If you need help, check out Wikipedia:Questions, ask me on my talk page, or place {{helpme}} on your talk page and ask your question there.  Again, welcome! Sunray (talk) 22:33, 1 January 2012 (UTC)

Sunray (talk) 22:33, 1 January 2012 (UTC)

Recent edits[edit]

Please do not add or change content without verifying it by citing reliable sources, as you did to Edmonton. Please review the guidelines at Wikipedia:Citing sources and take this opportunity to add references to the article. Sunray (talk) 07:30, 2 January 2012 (UTC)

  • Your additions to the article on Edmonton, Strathcona and Old Strathcona are much appreciated. To elaborate on the above: Wikipedia guidelines strongly encourage editors to provide sources for major edits. If you take a look at the Strathcona article you will see how I've re-structured your additions and added inline citations. I suggest that you take care to avoid conflicts of interest.
  • You may want to take a look at Brian Crawford's comments in his edit summaries for the Old Strathcona article (click on "View history" to see the edit summaries). Editors will react if they think you are promoting your own book. On the other hand, there is nothing wrong with citing your book (which I have done), particularly if you also add other references in a fair and balanced manner (the Old Strathcona article is badly in need of attention). A diversity of sources usually makes for a better article.
  • Writing for an encyclopedia is somewhat different than writing a book or a journal article. The policies and guidelines have been developed over time to assist in creating a useful online reference. Note that the Edmonton article is classed as a Good article (see talk page for the rating of each article). Editors will tend to be less forgiving if one adds unsourced material to the higher-rated articles (i.e., GA, A-Class, and FA).

I hope that you will enjoy your experience editing here. Many of the Canadian articles would benefit from your expert attention. Best wishes Sunray (talk) 08:20, 2 January 2012 (UTC)