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This page describes one of Memory Alpha's policies and guidelines

Please read through the policy below to familiarize yourself with our common practices and rules.
If you have any questions, suggestions, or complaints, please post them on the talk page.

Okay, so you've decided to join the Memory Alpha community. That's great! So, you may be wondering, "now what?" One of the great guidelines about any wiki is that you only have to contribute what you know or are willing to learn about – there's no assigned reading or assigned articles. Everyone is permitted to chose their topics and what articles they'll write themselves or expand.

That being said, contributors are encouraged to expand their horizons a bit, and try learning about a new subject in order to write a Memory Alpha article about it. Although it may seem a lot like research (real work – ugh!), learning about a new part of the Star Trek universe can often be quite enlightening and entertaining. So you don't have to limit yourself to your current interests. You never know, you might find a new favorite subject!

Ultimately, of course, the decision is up to you.

Completeness

One corollary to this policy is that Memory Alpha strives for completeness – we want to cover as much information about Star Trek in as great detail as humanly possible. Of course, creating stubs is not always a bad thing, and if you create a really useful stub, that's definitely a good thing!

However, don't take this rule as a requirement that only complete articles be submitted – that's not the intention of the policy at all. Memory Alpha is a continuous work-in-progress, so stubs and abbreviated articles are always acceptable.

A useful rule of thumb is the two-sentence minimum. Whenever you create a new article that you don't know too much about (or aren't interested in writing), include at least two sentences before you press the "Save page" button. Two sentences is about the minimum necessary to provide good content that is at least minimally informative.

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