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Recent changes to Glenn MCConnell's page

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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:
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Ltrodgers 15:14, 21 May 2012 (CDT)

Nikki Haley recent edits

Hi Casey. Thanks for your recent edits to the profile pages of both Glenn McConnell and Nikki Haley. Unfortunately, I had to revert the edits because they appear to have been copied directly from Wikipedia. If you personally added the contents of the articles to both Wikipedia and Ballotpedia then that content can stay. If that is the case, please just post your Wikipedia username so that I can verify the contributions.

You can read more about this here.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave me a message on my talk page. Thanks! Ltrodgers 11:02, 23 May 2012 (CDT)

Re: Haley and McConnell

Hi Casey, thanks for the note on my talk page. You're right that the text on Wikipedia and Ballotpedia does not match exactly - there are a few words that have been changed. But by Ballotpedia standards (which are supported by most scholars) changing a few words is not sufficient to avoid plagiarism. If you'd still like to add contribute to the pages, which I do encourage you to do, you can paraphrase the information you previously added in your own words. The references will have to be changed in order to fit Ballotpedia's writing standards. You can use this page as a guide to adding proper references and citations, and I'm happy to help you with that aspect if you have any questions or run into any problems. Thanks for your understanding! Ltrodgers 12:32, 23 May 2012 (CDT)

Thank you!

Hi Casey, I did see the changes you made to Haley's page. Thanks for the improvements! I made one minor change and put some of the personal information in a new section at the bottom of her page. Ltrodgers 13:35, 25 May 2012 (CDT)

Unusual provisions in the South Carolina Constitution

Hey Casey, I wanted to thank you for the content addition you made to the South Carolina Constitution page -- really interesting stuff! If possible, would you please add references to the bottom three bits of information? The top three should be fine without references since readers are able to go to that specific article on the wiki.

Thanks again and I hope you are enjoying editing on the wiki! If you have any questions, feel free to leave me a message on my talk page. Tking 11:56, 28 June 2012 (CDT)

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