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The wiki can only succeed if we work together as a community to make it better. Good, collaborative behavior is expected.

The principle of collaboration suggests something about the behavior of the people who use and contribute to the wiki.


Your Participation

The principle of collaboration invites everyone to contribute. You should feel welcome to share your knowledge and expertise with the world. We feel strongly that every family historian has unique experience that allows him or her to be an expert on something. You are encouraged to share that expertise with other family historians via the wiki. Don't be shy. Share what you know.

This extends as well to all wiki participation, not just the addition of content. If you see a mistake, fix it. If you have a question about something, ask about it. The best wikis work because everyone who participates feels comfortable doing so and feels a sense of ownership over the wiki as a whole.

Of course, you want to be cognizant of the kinds of [[ Wiki:Content|content] that is appropriate for the wiki.

Behavior Toward Others

While the principle of collaboration encourages participation by everyone, it all suggests some guidelines in how each contributor treats other wiki users. Because so many people are involved, it is imperative that we all treat each other with kindness and respect. Always assume the best of other people and treat them as you would want them to treat you. Our code of conduct outlines further our expectations of wiki users.

Beyond the expectations of the Code of Conduct, following these recommdations of wiki etiquette will help the Family History Wiki run smoothly and be as useful as possible for everyone.

  • Be polite and considerate when dealing with others.
  • Remember that it is much easier to offend someone through text, so be extra careful in your communication with other users.
  • Be as clear and succinct as possible in your communication with others.
  • Keep your communications focused on the issue at hand, rather than on personal attacks.
  • Sign and date your comments on talk pages.
  • Respond to questions concerning your edits or additions promptly.
  • Don’t agrue for argument’s sake: if you cannot prove your point, drop it.
  • Recognize your own biases and account for them in your discussions.
  • Remove or summarize resolved disputes that you initiated.
  • Step in and help resolve other disputes.
  • Do not revert unless absolutely necessary and then, give a reason for why you did so.
  • Keep in mind that other users are actually people with feelings.
  • Take a break if you find your blood pressure rising
  • Praise others for their good work.
  • Show gratitude for another user’s help, good changes, and so on.

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