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First, you can change or add anything. But there exist a fair number of people who will delete your changes if they do not conform to the **rules**. 

Second, the **group rules**. The group meaning the current batch of Wiki active participants. This means community expectations can and do change, so go with the flow.

Third, as Wiki is a community you will find **lots of contradictions** (**rough** consensus and outdated pages). So all advice, including this page, is not without people who take exception to information within. A suggestion is to accommodate opposing views, sometimes these are kept in separate pages and linked together.

Fourth, make sure you arm yourself with the **knowledge on how to undo the deletes** if necessary. There are still people knowledgeable in Wiki matters to help you in a positive manner. Newbies are advised to stay out of conflicts, and accept the fact that they can get caught in unfortunate cross-fires, just like in a real-life night out at the local pub.

Fifth. Once in a great while there is about of **impersonation and use of sock puppet's**. And the identification of people making changes or distortion of existing material sometimes only serves to mislead. At other times, things can get confusing that even veterans here can mis-interpret both the message and its context.

Sixth. All is not lost. The concept is reasonable. And there is **even sometimes good advice** from controversial figures. An example I got from one such person being: if you see something good, copy it somewhere off the net, since it may not last till your next visit.

Seventh. **Have a "better" life**. Get off Wiki to do something that keeps your family happy. But do come back.