Sasha Kopf's Celtic knot ring

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Ancestry and descent tables[]

Becky, you have been productive in your first couple of days here. Some very interesting articles.

The site has clever ways of minimizing typing and pasting, and of creating ancestry trees and descent tables that are automatically updated after the data on the constituent pages changes. But the pages need to be in the "facts" system, which is best done by use of the standard input forms. Doubtless you have seen the apology and caution above!

I use Firefox and have little difficulty with the forms. I propose to spend a few minutes getting some of your early Masons into the system. The only major difference in appearance will be the infobox at top right, which will push some of your images down a bit. If you then feel that the articles are noticeably less appealing, with the detriment not worth the other benefits, we can very quickly restore them to how you had them.

Robin Patterson (Talk) 04:08, June 17, 2010 (UTC)