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User talk:Brad Mclain

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Welcome to Wikitravel. You can edit your preferences to change how the software works for you. Please take a second to look at our copyleft and policies and guidelines, but feel free to plunge forward and edit some pages. Scanning the Manual of style, especially the article templates, can give you a good idea of how we like articles formatted. If you're new to our wiki software, MediaWiki, look at the Wiki markup to get an idea of how to edit a page. If you need help, check out the help desk, and if you need some info not on there, post a message in the travellers' pub.-- Andrew H. (Sapphire) 20:09, 3 January 2007 (EST)


Please notice the legal notices just above the "save page" button which explain our policies. In particular "All contributions must be your own original work." I appreciate that some of your own work was mixed in with the copyright violations you've been cutting and pasting, so I apologize for the loss of your hard work. Please understand that we really want stuff to be written by you. It doesn't have to perfect -- editors will help you to work on your text. But we value *your* contributions, not stuff copied from elsewhere. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me and re-contribute to the articles you've worked so hard on! -- Colin 02:19, 4 January 2007 (EST)

If you don't have time to write it in your own words, that's fine. But even then don't copy-n-paste. The text taken from a site whose purpose is to promote tourism still may not legally be copied without some pretty explicit permission. We'd rather have a mostly-empty article which will be filled in over time by contributors than have an illegal copy which will someday be noticed and then completely erased leaving us to start over. In the long run, we have more content that way. -- Colin 21:11, 4 January 2007 (EST)