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Ex-felons vote

Yes, keep working on that debate. It's a great topic. I will jump in to help out soon. In general, our policy is to make sure that users are following their interests and areas of expertise, so continue. :) Thanks for the kind words on Debatepedia. We have all the pieces together, except for a large-scale community, so that's what we're trying our best to create. -- Brooks Lindsay 11:56, 12 May 2008 (CDT)

Placement of text

In, Debate:ex-felons vote, the main question is supposed to go at the very top, replacing "write main question here...". This means that you have to put it between the === ===. The wiki code that we're using takes some getting used to. Don't worry if some of the formatting get's messed up when you're just getting started. Feel free to ask me for help. Best.:) -- Brooks Lindsay 11:22, 12 May 2008 (CDT)

Welcome Jane37

Thanks for posting your desire to volunteer five hours per day. That's wonderful. Sorry for the delay in responding. Let's get you started. The first thing to note is that we're trying to make the Debatepedia:Community forum and the Debatepedia:Editing tasks the primary locations for sharing information on areas of the site that need help. One debate I see that is popular but very underdeveloped is Debate:Condoms in Schools. Would you be interested in helping with that? Feel free to consider other specific debate topics of interest to you, and we can help you advance your knowledge on them, while contributing to the site at the same time. Write back to me on my user talk page here... Also, if you like, you can find my instant messenger information on my user page. -- Brooks Lindsay 11:09, 12 May 2008 (CDT)


Yes. MLA is the style. BUT, the reason we're breaking from it often is that it's not completely useful when introducing a quote. For instance, our adapted style allows for "credentials", after an author's or experts name. It seems that the importance of this outweighs the importance of adopting a rigid referencing style. BUT, what I'm referring to here are introductions to quotations. As far as footnotes, the style of choice is MLA. Let me know of your additional thoughts on this all. -- Brooks Lindsay 14:24, 12 May 2008 (CDT)

Ex-felons debate

Jane, keep up with the good work on the ex-felons debate. I have changed the name to Debate:Ex-felon's right to vote. Matt 00:07, 13 May 2008 (CDT)


Credentials look like this in a citation. Michael Pollan, author and professor at UC Berkely. "An Animal's Place". The New York Times Magazine. November 10, 2002. "Credentials" are just a way of giving more context to the reader as to where the author is coming from. MLA doesn't allow for this naturally, so... That's why, for introducing quotations, we've been using this method and than MLA for footnotes (although we've really not consistently done footnote citations yet). -- Brooks Lindsay 11:08, 13 May 2008 (CDT)

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