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Near the bottom of each article is place where the reader may comment on the article. The MPCA would like your feedback. Share your feedback with the editors and help improve this page and the Manual.

Just enter your suggestions for improving the article in the text box then click the “Post your feedback” button. Be aware that there are filters on the text being entered that help prevent SPAM or profanity from being saved in the system.

There is a limit on the amount of text that can be entered. The limit is the equivilent of about 50 lines of text.

Be aware the system records which IP address the comment came from.

The comments previously submitted can be found here. As we address comments, we mark them as reviewed. Often we will enter a statement describing how we responded to the comment. This response can be viewed.

Here are some tips we would appreciate you follow:

  • Communicate: If in doubt, make the extra effort so that other people understand you. Being friendly is a great help. It is always a good idea to explain your views.
  • Stay on topic: These comments are for discussing the article, not for general conversation about the article's subject (much less other subjects). Keep discussions focused on how to improve the article.
  • Be positive: Comments should be used to discuss ways to improve an article, not to criticize, pick apart, or vent about the current status of an article or its subject. However, if you feel something is wrong, but are not sure how to fix it, then by all means feel free to draw attention to this and ask for suggestions from others.
  • Stay objective: Comments are not a forum for commenters to argue their personal point of view about a controversial issue. They are a forum to help inform the editors on how the points of view of reliable sources that should be included in the article, so that the end result is neutral. The best way to present a case is to find properly referenced material.
  • Deal with facts: The comments are an ideal place for issues relating to verification, such as asking for help finding sources, discussing conflicts or inconsistencies among sources, and examining the reliability of references. Asking for a verifiable reference supporting a statement is often better than arguing against it.
  • Make suggestions: Suggestions for new information for the article can be put forward for discussion by other editors if you wish. Suggestions might include changes to specific details, page moves, merges or making a section of a long article into a separate article.

Good practices

  • Before commenting, you might want to check here to see if esentially the same comment has already been made. Duplicating the same comments can cause confusion. If you want to support the comments made by another by submitting another comment feel free. But if a typo has already been reported do not feel the need to report it again.
  • Comment on content, not on the contributor: Keep the discussions focused upon the topic of the page, rather than on the personalities of the editors or others.
  • Be concise: Long, rambling messages are difficult to understand, and are frequently either ignored or misunderstood. If you need to make a detailed, point by point discussion you might break it up into several comments .
  • Avoid excessive emphasis: CAPITAL LETTERS are considered shouting and are virtually never appropriate
  • Use English: No matter to whom you address a comment, or where, it is preferred that you use English. This is so that comments may be comprehensible to the community at large. If the use of another language is unavoidable, try to also provide a translation of the comments.

Behavior that is unacceptable

Violations (and especially repeated violations) may lead to the offender being blocked or banned from commenting.

  • No personal attacks: A personal attack is saying something negative about another person.
  • No insults: Do not make ad hominem attacks, such as calling someone an idiot or a fascist. Instead, explain what is wrong with an edit and how to fix it.
  • Do not threaten people
  • Never post personal details: Users who post what they believe are the personal details of other users without their consent may be blocked for any length of time, including indefinitely.
  • Do not misrepresent other people: Be precise in quoting others. Remember this often means providing the context.

This page was last modified on 15 July 2015, at 13:48.

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