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Citations quizEdit

Test yourself!
Let's say you've made a properly cited contribution to an article. Another editor removes it, but doesn't explain why. What is the best response?
  1. Add it right back in. If they wanted to remove something, they should have asked you. (click to expand or collapse)
    INCORRECT! This is what's called an "edit war," and could get you blocked from editing! It can be rude for another editor to remove your contributions without an explanation. But Wikipedia requires you to "assume good faith" from other editors. If you don't understand something, ask about it on the Talk page, or ask your Content Expert for help. You'll find them linked from your course page.
  2. Explain what you added, again citing the source of that material, to the Talk page of the article. Or go to the user page of the editor who removed your content, and ask why they removed it. (click to expand or collapse)
    CORRECT! The best way to find out why something happened on Wikipedia is to ask why. It might illuminate a difference of opinion, or it could have been a misunderstanding. Assume good faith, and ask without accusations, and you can start to arrive at a consensus.
  3. Assume you used a bad source, or did something else wrong. Don't edit the article again until the due date, and hope your professor sees it before the other editor. (click to expand or collapse)
    INCORRECT! Wikipedia is "the free encyclopedia anyone can edit", and that includes you. If you aren't comfortable using the Talk page, or user page of the editor, there are other options. You can always ask your instructor, or the Content Expert listed on your course page. That's why they're there!
  4. Tell the Talk page that you're being graded, and that others should avoid editing the article until your teacher sees it. Write this message entirely in capital letters, to make sure other editors see it. (click to expand or collapse)
    NCORRECT! Remember, nobody "owns" articles on Wikipedia. Asking other editors to stop working on an article comes across as incredibly hostile (AND SO DOES TYPING IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS). Your contributions are always saved on Wikipedia. If other editors remove or change your work, your instructor can still see what you've contributed in the article history page.

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