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PESWiki:Tutorial (Keep in mind)

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There are some things to keep in mind when editing PESWiki.


The Sandbox is located toward the bottom of the edit pages. It is below the save and preview buttons, and below the area of strange looking letters. It is just a highlighted word, sandbox, with no graphics. The Sandbox is used to learn editing without being unfair to writers and readers.


PESWiki encourages an atmosphere of friendliness and openness. Of course, in practice there are sometimes disagreements and even the occasional fight, but members of the community are expected to behave in a generally civil manner. The most important thing to keep in mind is that you should always assume good faith on the part of other editors. Don't assume that someone is acting out of spite or malice. If someone does something that upsets you, leave a polite message on the relevant article's talk page or on the user's talk page, and ask why. You may find that you've avoided a misunderstanding and saved yourself some embarrassment.

Editorial policies

Subject matter

PESWiki is a There was an error working with the wiki: Code[2]" subjects. What exactly constitutes notability varies, but few of us believe that there should be articles about every alternator on Earth or every company that sells anything.

There is a place for "original research" &mdash that is, new theories, etc., that haven't been supported by peer review. For more details about what PESWiki should include, see There was an error working with the wiki: Code[3], There was an error working with the wiki: Code[4] and There was an error working with the wiki: Code[5]. We also tend to discourage authors from writing about themselves or their own accomplishments, as this is a conflict of interest. If you have made notable accomplishments, someone else will write an article about you eventually. There was an error working with the wiki: Code[6] has more detail on this.

Citing sources

PESWiki doesn't require that you cite sources for the information you contribute, but we do highly prefer that you do so whenever possible. All sources should be listed in a section called "References". If any websites would be of particular interest to a reader of an article, they should be listed and linked to in an "External articles" section, and books of particular interest should be listed in a "Further reading" section, but only if they were not used as sources for the article. Citations help our readers verify what you've written and find more information. See PESWiki:Citing sources for more information.


Do not submit copyrighted material without permission. The best articles are usually written from either personal knowledge, or through the synthesis of research from multiple sources. For a more detailed discussion of copyrights, see PESWiki:Copyrights.

Renaming articles

If you find an article that you believe is mis-named, a copy & paste of the contents in the old article into a new article should be done as a last resort — among other things, it separates the previous contributions from their edit history. The preferred method is to move the page to the new name. If it's your first move, please read the warnings on the move page carefully, as there are a number of issues to consider before moving a page. For a more detailed discussion, see There was an error working with the wiki: Code[7]. If a "disambiguation" page is involved, it is best to review PESWiki:Disambiguation.

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