FamilySearch Wiki:Editing

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Green check.png This page explains a policy, a widely accepted standard that all contributors should normally follow.

Please visit the talk page to add comments or suggestions for further development of the policy.


Don’t wait for perfection to enter content. Community monitoring and involvement have been proven to improve content quality. Explain changes you make using the summary field when saving your edits.

Guidelines[edit | edit source]

Use "Discussion" and "Talk" Pages[edit | edit source]

All contributions are appreciated. Edit wars are not tolerated. If an author feels that another author is targeting their contributions in any way, attempt to open a dialog with the other user on the other person’s talk page to begin an online discussion about the potential problem. In addition, if any Wiki user feels a contributor's efforts are not up to speed, it is best to handle it through the user's Talk page in a civil way. By following suggestions listed in the etiquette guidelines and both the dispute resolution and civility and polite discourse policies, most edit wars and civility issues can be resolved between users.

The "Under Construction" Template[edit | edit source]

The {{Under construction}} template can be used by authors who are currently editing an existing page. See the Category: Pages actively undergoing construction for instructions on how to add the template to a page. By adding the Under Construction template authors will help avoid edit wars. The Under Construction template should only be left on a page for a 24-72 hour time period. Authors should avoid editing pages when another author has added the under construction template to the page. Understanding the civility and polite discourse policy and also the etiquette guidelines will benefit all authors and users of the FamilySearch Research Wiki.