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Welcome to Ballotpedia.

This note is about the user name you chose when you registered. The name you chose appears to be identical to or substantially similar to the name of an elected official or candidate. Ballotpedia has a user name policy to protect elected officials or candidates from mischievous impersonation.

  • If you are the elected official or candidate your user name makes you appear to be, we ask that you notify us by email, using an appropriate official email address, to establish that you are the elected official or candidate in question.
  • Send the email to Ballotpedia's editor.
  • If you do not verify your identity, depending on the nature of any edits you make, your user account may be blocked or even deleted, along with any edits you make.
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Your user name is inappropriate and will be deleted. If you wish to constructively edit on Ballotpedia, you may re-register with an appropriate user name.

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Welcome to Ballotpedia.

If you are affiliated with some of the people, campaigns, or organizations you have written about on Ballotpedia, you may have a conflict of interest. Editing where there is a conflict of interest, or where such a conflict might reasonably be inferred, is strongly discouraged. If you have a conflict of interest, you should avoid or exercise great caution when editing or creating articles related to you, your organization, your campaign or its competitors, as well as projects and products they are involved with.

If you have a conflict of interest, but you want to add information in a spirit of impartiality consistent with Ballotpedia's goals, please identify yourself on the "talk" or "discussion" page of any articles you edit. Editors who fit these descriptions should particularly take care to identify themselves:

  • If you work for a public relations agency or political consulting firm that has been retained to promote one side or the other of a ballot proposition or a political campaign of a candidate for elected office.
  • If you work for a campaign committee that is supporting one side or the other of a ballot measure, or one candidate or another in a campaign for elective office.
  • If you work for a political campaign that has some special interest in a particular event covered on Ballotpedia.
  • If you work for an organization and you are editing an article on Ballotpedia about that organization, or about an organization that yours is in conflict with.
Thank you.
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Thank you for contributing to Ballotpedia.

Some of the information you recently added to an article expresses an opinion without clarifying whose opinion it is or providing a footnote or citation to clarify why it is believed that someone holds that opinion.

Sentences or phrases that express an opinion that make it sound as if Ballotpedia itself is asserting that opinion must be removed.

However, usually the opinion belongs to someone and is part of the dialogue or discussion. If you can provide information about who the opinion belongs to and a reference to establish that this person does hold that opinion, please edit the article to reflect that.

If this can't be done, the opinion commentary needs to be removed from the article.

See Help:Citation conventions, Help:Footnotes and Help:Tutorials/Citing References for assistance.

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Welcome to Ballotpedia.

This note is about the appropriate use of edit summaries when you edit an article.

Some pointers to keep in mind:

  • As part of being a good citizen on Ballotpedia, please do use the edit summary feature.
  • Edit summaries should be descriptive enough to let others know in general terms what the nature of an edit was.
  • In your edit summary, you should follow the same general community guidelines as elsewhere on Ballotpedia. For example, don't use the edit summary to attack others or their edits.
  • If your edit is minor and virtually certain to be non-controversial, you can check the box that says "This is a minor edit."
  • Generally, the "edit summary" field is not a good place to initiate or carry on a dialogue about what is best for the article. Discussions about why you're making a change, if the change is one that a reasonable person is apt to regard as significant and/or not having achieved the consensus of other people working on the article, should generally take place on the article's talk page and should generally take place before making the change.
  • If you have more to say on the article's talk page about your edit, please add something like "See talk page" to let readers know that they can find additional discussion there.
  • This screenshot tutorial provides extensive information on how to use this feature.

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This note is to let you know that before you make a significant change to an article, you are strongly encouraged to discuss the change on the article's talk page before making it.

It is especially advisable to discuss changes on the talk page when you plan to:

  • Remove content that is not false or misleading.
  • Alter content you believe isn't neutral or balanced, but where a reasonable person might disagree with you about that.

It is generally not expected to discuss a change on an article's talk page in advance when you are:

  • Fixing an error
  • Updating information
  • Adding new information that is consistent with Ballotpedia's writing guidelines for specific kinds of articles, and that is accurate and well-sourced.

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Article titles should not be moved (re-named) unless the current title doesn't conform to Ballotpedia's article naming conventions.

When the current title conforms to Ballotpedia's naming conventions but you nevertheless believe that the article would be better served with a different title, you should initiate a discussion about your preference on the article's talk page and work toward consensus before moving the page.

If you recently moved a page without going through these steps, the page may have been restored to its original title. If so, and you continue to believe that the article would be better served with a different title, you are encouraged to open a discussion on the article's talk page regarding your views on an appropriate title for the article.

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Thank you for contributing to Ballotpedia.

You recently added some information to an article without providing a source such as a citation or footnote.

It is important to provide a citation or reference to justify adding information so that readers can assess the legitimacy of the information for themselves.

This tutorial explains in detail how to add footnotes.

Ballotpedia staff has added references to the information you recently added on Ballotpedia. In the future, the information you add will be removed if you do not provide a source.

Thank you!
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Thank you for contributing to Ballotpedia.

You recently added some citations or footnotes to an article in a non-standard style.

You might like to review and learn about our standard citation and footnote conventions which you can do through this tutorial on citing references.

Thank you!
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An image (file) you recently uploaded to Ballotpedia has been or may be removed, because it does not include the required information indicating that the image is in the public domain or, if it is not in the public domain, that Ballotpedia has permission to reproduce it.

For legal reasons, we cannot accept copyrighted images borrowed from other websites or printed material without permission.

  • Please read Ballotpedia:Image copyright for information about acceptable image use.
  • Please read Help:Image description page for information on how to edit the image/file upload page with information about why you believe it is legally allowable to reproduce the image on Ballotpedia.

Copyright infractions place Ballotpedia at legal risk, as well as violating the rights of others, and we take this very seriously. Users who continue to add such material. or who do not rectify the problem when it is brought to their attention, are likely to be blocked from editing.

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Material you recently added to Ballotpedia has some of the characteristics of material that was copied-and-pasted from Wikipedia. These characteristics include:
  • A number of red links to articles that do not exist on Ballotpedia, but do exist on Wikipedia.
  • Categories that do not exist on Ballotpedia, but do exist on Wikipedia.
  • A reference/footnote citation style that is frequently used on Wikipedia.

If you did copy-and-paste text from Wikipedia, you may have done so because you believe that text from Wikipedia is in the public domain and can be used anywhere else with no conditions. That is not the case.

If the text in question covers a topic that is relevant to Ballotpedia, we recommend that you re-write the text to put it into your own words, as well as removing inappropriate red links and categories that don't exist on Ballotpedia.

Copyright infractions place Ballotpedia at legal risk, as well as violating the rights of others, and we take this very seriously. Users who continue to add such material, or who do not rectify the problem when it is brought to their attention, are likely to be blocked from editing.

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Text you recently added has been or may be removed from Ballotpedia, because it appears to have added copyrighted material to Ballotpedia without indicating that permission had been obtained to reproduce the text here.
  • For legal reasons, we cannot accept copyrighted text borrowed from other websites or printed material without permission.
  • You may use other publications and websites for information in developing what you write on Ballotpedia, but not as the source of content such as sentences or images.

Copyright infractions place Ballotpedia at legal risk, as well as violating the rights of others, and we take this very seriously. Users who continue to add such material. or who do not rectify the problem when it is brought to their attention, are likely to be blocked from editing.

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Thanks for making a contribution to a Ballot measure project related article. Here is a page that should help provide some background about our project and useful tools and links:

If you have any questions about the projects or a specific article, please let me know.

We look forward to your future contributions!!

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Brittany Clingen
Project director, Ballot Measures

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Thanks for making a contribution to the State legislative project. Here is a page that should help provide some background about our project and useful tools and links:

If you have any questions about the project, please let me know.

We look forward to the contributions you will make to the pages! Thanks, and have fun.

--Tyler King, Project Director, State Legislatures

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Thanks for making a contribution to a State Executive Officials project related article. Here is a page that should help provide some background about our project and useful tools and links:

If you have any questions about the projects or a specific article, please let me know.

We look forward to your future contributions!

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Kristen Mathews
Project Director, State Executives

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Thanks for making a contribution to the School Board Elections project. Here is a page that should help provide some background about our project and useful tools and links:

If you have any questions about the project, please let me know.

We look forward to the contributions you will make to the pages! Thanks, and have fun.

--Daniel Anderson

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This account has been blocked for vandalism or spamming.

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This account has been blocked because it may violate a Ballotpedia policy designed to deter mischievous impersonation.

If this account belongs to you and you are the elected official or candidate this user name makes you appear to be, and you wish to be unblocked, please email Bailey Ludlam.

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This account has been blocked because based on a check user search, it is a sockpuppet.

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