Site etiquette

Four Golden Rules 

This is a collaborative project that aims to give everyone a voice. Given this, please bear in mind the following points when using the site:

  1. Please encourage the involvement of different users. Think about how you’re coming across to other users, especially those who are new to the subject matter. Don’t overwrite other users’ contributions – add your information to theirs instead unless it’s changing facts.
  2. Make each page as easy to read through as possible by using paragraph breaks and sentence case. If you add biographical material, try to do it bearing in mind that lots of people aren’t familiar with military abbreviations and ‘On 4 January 1944, Richard Harleman’s B-24H (serial number 42-7476) ‘Nice n’ Naughty’ experienced problems on take-off. The aircraft ran off the end of the runway and crashed in a ditch.’ sounds more user friendly than: ‘On 4 Jan 1944 B-24H # 42-7476 'Nice N' Naughty'. Problems on TO and AC ran off end of runway and crashed in ditch.’
  3. Write up your sources in a way that makes it easier for the next person to see which bit of information you’ve added relates to which source. It’s good to add links to online sources, but also describe them in case the website they link to is taken down.
  4. Don’t plagiarise other people’s work: share and attribute.

A note on moderation

Changes made to entries will appear immediately and will not be moderated beforehand. We look to users to help regulate the site. For a list of behaviours which we consider inconsistent with the desire to nurture a collaborative online research community, please see our Terms & Conditions. If you spot content on the site that you think will be offensive to others or identify users consistently acting in ways that are not appropriate, then get in contact with us at

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