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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.

When editing or creating an article, please be sure to make omissions explicit. Memory Alpha's ultimate goal is completeness – so make it obvious when there's something missing from an article. You can do this by including a note at the top of the page, or including a message in HTML comments, or by posting a warning on the article's talk page.

There are two reasons why it's important to leave notices: first, it informs other readers that they're not getting all of the information available on the subject when they read that article. That's crucial so we don't leave people confused about the omissions. But second, and perhaps more importantly, it encourages people to contribute by showing a gap that needs to be filled – perhaps a gap that they have special knowledge of and can fill themselves.

Don't feel bad if you can't completely cover every part of a topic yourself. Memory Alpha is a collaborative project – there's always going to be someone else who can finish your work. (Don't take this as an excuse for procrastination, though!)

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