Wiki Etiquette

From Placeography

Key Policies

  • Avoid bias. Non-Memoir articles should be written from a neutral point of view and be based on facts. Cite references when at all possible. Save the opinions for the forum.
  • Assume good faith.
  • If you use material copyrighted by others, cite your sources. Give credit where credit is due. If you copy articles from Wikipedia
 try to add something new or different, something you want to say.  No need to repeat everything they have already done.
  • Be Minnesota nice unless you are writing about someone who damages, remuddles or wrecks the places that matter to you and to all of us.
  • Don't delete other people's contributions. The deletions are permanently saved in the page history and can be restored if I decide they should.


Before Editing

  • If you want to 'test' or try some syntax please experiment in the sandbox or your own user page rather than on the content pages.
  • Search and 'Check Categories'. Try not to duplicate material.
  • Before you create and name a new page. Try to make sure it fits in and is logically named and organized.
  • Spell check.
  • If there is a general look and feel that a page or theme follows, try to be consistent in formatting.
  • Check discussion pages before making major changes.


  • Wikipedia:Assume good faith
  • Don't be mean
  • Work toward agreement.
  • Be patient with people (especially newcomers) who make mistakes in good faith.


  • Add decent edit summaries
  • Be neat
  • Don't engage in edit wars. If there is a disagreement, take it to the discussion page.
  • Sign your post on talk pages but not content pages. This will help the flow of conversation.
  • Check your facts, and cite references whenever possible.

Good Reading

There are a lot of things that are done right over at Wikipedia. Policies_and_guidelines and Wikiquette are great reading. [1]


  1. Most of this page has been adapted from [Slowtwiki]