[Wikipedia-l] HELP!!!!! HELP!!!!! HELP!!!!! HELP!!!!! HELP!!!!! HELP!!!!! HELP!!!!!

Ray Saintonge saintonge at telus.net
Mon Aug 11 19:16:24 UTC 2003

I have sent the following directly to Mr. Crawford in response to his 

> Hi John:
> I've read your desparate plea to have a question about a particular 
> article answered, but the name of the article was not specified.
>> Courtesy of Google, I read an article on your site a week or so ago. 
>> I have a query about that article, but do not understand from your 
>> site instructions how to raise it with you. 
> The usual place to raise questions about a specific article is on its 
> "Talk" page. For access to this click on "Discuss this page" in the 
> side bar. If no other comments have been previously made about this 
> article you will receive an edit box where you can write your question 
> and follow that by clicking on the "Save page" button below the box.. 
> Where their have been previous discussion you will receive a page 
> (with a yellow background) showing all those discussions. To add your 
> comments click on "Edit this page" wherever it conveniently appears at 
> the top or bottom of the page or in the side bar. This will give you 
> the edit box with all the previous discussion. Scroll to the bottom of 
> the edit box, put four hyphens at the beginning of the line 
> immediately below, and after a carriage return begin you questions or 
> comments. When you finish your comments click on the "Save page" as 
> before. The purpose of the 4 hyphens is to draw a line across the page 
> to separate your comments from the previous ones.
> Any subsequent response will be from a person interested in that 
> topic. If your query is about making an obvious correction to the, go 
> directly to "Edit this page" from the article itself, and make your 
> changes right there. Extreme caution is advised if the subject matter 
> is of a controversial nature. Using the Israel/Palestine dispute as an 
> example you can be assured that there are supporters of each side who 
> will be quick to revert any change that in their opinion appears to 
> unduly favour their opponents.
>> I am not a member ? do I need to be if I wish to read the articles on 
>> your site, or raise queries about them? 
> Not at all! Even a "non-member" may read, query or edit almost any 
> article. Your edits will be identified by your URL number. Any edit 
> that is so identified tends to be scrutinized more carefully to insure 
> that it is in good faith. This has proved an effective technique for 
> weeding out cranks and vandals. If you intend to stick around it would 
> be advisable to open an account with a name (or pseudonym) of your 
> choice. Your subsequent reappearances as a trustworthy contributor can 
> then be recognized by the regulars.
>> I have already emailed you, but do not really understand the reply 
>> which I received ? copy of both below. 
> The response that you received appears to be an automatic one. If 
> there was no problem, which I suspect to be the case, your letter 
> would have been forwarded to the mailing list without further ado. The 
> list is only very lightly moderated as a means of keeping spam from 
> the list. The role of the moderator is simply to make sure that you 
> are a real person. Once you have been so recognized, all of your 
> future postings will go directly to the list without his intervention.
> I hope this answers your questions adequately.
> Ray (Eclecticology)

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