Database Guidelines 21. Contributor Improvement

How The CIP Works

21.1.1. The Contributor Improvement Program (shortened to CIP) puts a submission limit on users who get too many votes that show inconsistencies (for example, 'Needs Major Changes' or 'Entirely Incorrect'). The goal is to give these users tools to improve their submissions, and at the same time protect the database from incorrect submissions. The CIP should not be seen as a negative thing in itself, or a bad mark against the user. It is quite common for new users to find themselves in the CIP who may simply need to brush up on general guidelines. The CIP can also be useful to spot people who are perhaps abusing the database.

21.1.2. The CIP considers a user’s voting practices, quality submissions, and adherence to the guidelines. Once on the CIP, the user will be limited to a total of three contributions waiting for votes at any one time. If the user has more than three contributions currently waiting for votes at the time they are placed on the CIP, these will remain in the database. Users on the CIP will not be able to submit any more until they are voted on. Users on the CIP are still able to edit all their current contributions that have not been voted on. A user on the CIP will be encouraged to make quality submissions, and receive votes on them ('Correct', for example) to exit the program.

Getting Off The CIP

21.2. A good plan to get off the CIP is:

Asking For Help

21.3. Please post a request for help in the Database forum if you need help. Note that you should have tried your best to help yourself first, by reading the submission guidelines.

Helping Users On The CIP

21.4. Voters and other contributors are welcome to 'coach' users who are listed on the CIP in order to help them get their submissions straight, understand the guidelines, and exit the program. Leaving comments on a CIP user’s submissions, and/or PMing that submitter may help the individual in the CIP better understand the database system.

We Want You To Be The Best Submitter You Can Be!

We value all the efforts our community make to help form the database into the wealth of information it is. The CIP has proven to be a very successful tool for even the most seasoned submitters! If you find yourself in the program it means we see the potential in your submissions, and are keen to work with you to make your contributions as accurate as possible.