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If you have edited Wikipedia, you probably already know some basics, but Wiktionary does have a few conventions of its own. Please take a moment to learn our basics before jumping in.

First, all articles should be in our standard format, even if they are not yet complete. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with it. You can use one of our pre-defined article templates by typing the name of a non-existent article into the search box and hitting 'Go'. You can link Wikipedia pages, including your user page, using [[w:pagename]], {{pedia}}, or {{wikipedia}}.

Notice that article titles are case-sensitive and are not capitalized unless, like proper nouns, they are ordinarily capitalized (Poland or January). Also, take a moment to familiarize yourself with our criteria for inclusion, since Wiktionary is not an encyclopedia. Don't go looking for a Village pump – we have a Beer parlour. Note that while Wikipedia likes redirects, Wiktionary deletes most redirects (especially spelling variations), in favor of short entries. Please do not copy entries here from Wikipedia if they are in wikipedia:Category:Copy to Wiktionary; they are moved by bot, and will appear presently in the Transwiki: namespace.

A further major caveat is that a "Citation" on Wiktionary is synonymous with a "Quotation", we use these primary sources to construct dictionary definitions from evidence of the word being used. "References" (aka "Citations" on Wikipedia) are used predominantly for verifying Etymologies and usage notes, not the definitions themselves. This is partly to avoid copyright violation, and partly to ensure that we don't fall into the trap of adding "list words", or words that while often defined are never used in practice.

Note for experienced Wikipedians:
Wiktionary is run in a very different manner from Wikipedia and you will have a better experience if you do not assume the two are similar in culture. Please remember that despite your experience on Wikipedia, that experience may not always be applicable here. While you do not need to be an expert, or anything close to one, to contribute, please be as respectful of local policies and community practices as you can. Be aware that well-meaning Wikipedians have unfortunately found themselves blocked in the past for perceived disruption due to misunderstandings. To prevent a similar outcome, remember the maxim: be bold, but don't be reckless!
Having said that, we welcome Wikipedians, who have useful skills and experience to offer. The following are a couple of the most jarring differences between our projects that Wikipedians may want to learn up front, so things go smoothly for everyone. Changing policy pages on Wiktionary is very strongly discouraged. If you think something needs changing, please discuss it at the beer parlour, after which we may formally vote on the issue. You should also note that Wiktionary has very different user-space policies, we are here to build a dictionary and your user-page exists only to facilitate that. In particular we have voted to explicitly ban all userboxes with the exception of {{Babel}}; please do not create or use them.

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Some persistent minor mistakes in your editsEdit

Hey, in order to prevent your otherwise good edits causing unnecessary cleanup work for other editors, I wanted to bring to your attention a persistent pattern of mistakes in your etymological edits: some of your edits have been causing entries to be categorized incorrectly (due to incorrect use of etymological templates). See the following edits I and others have made to revert these mistakes:

The problem here is that, as in the fourth edit here listed for example, you entered the derivation in the template parameters as e.g. borrowed en|la (correct), but afterwards the derivation is incorrectly given in the templates as la|grc and grc|he. Thus, the English entry Sinai was being categorized in Category:Latin terms derived from Ancient Greek and Category:Ancient Greek terms derived from Hebrew. (My edit fixed this, by causing the entry to rightly be categorized in Category:English terms derived from Ancient Greek and Category:English terms derived from Hebrew, respectively.)

So in short: note that the first parameter of the {{der}} (and its related templates) is always the language code of the language of the entry the etymology pertains to (in the above cases, English).

A related issue is found in the fifth edit listed above, in which you used {{der|grc|grc|Ἀπολλώνιος}}, presumably simply because you wanted to show the language link before the term, but what this causes is that the template made the English entry it was on, Apollos, be categorized in Category:Ancient Greek twice-borrowed terms. If you want to show a language code without further categorization shenanigans, use {{cog}}. — Mnemosientje (t · c) 10:59, 8 February 2019 (UTC)

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