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Hi User:Canele and User:JaimeS. I have copied the general disclaimer from Wikipedia as discussed previously. Please edit the text below as needed. In a week or so I will ask Kmdenmark to copy the below text to the actual page. Thanks!
Pyrrhus (talk) 20:11, July 20, 2019 (EDT)

Thank you Pyrrhus! Since Jaime had already requested this specific language back in June (see "Re: Using the cleanup tag" at MEpedia_talk:Cleanup), I'm wondering if User:Kmdenmark might kindly just go ahead and paste it in now, so that we get something in place? It's not totally perfect but that way we could discuss tweaks at leisure and just ask for another copy/paste once a new version's settled and at Kmdenmark's convenience? I'm just guessing it could take a bit to review various adjustments, given constraints on availability. Canele (talk) 20:53, July 20, 2019 (EDT)
Pyrrhus, User:JaimeS, and Canele: I pasted in the changed text. It reads very well. Let me know if you want changes. Kmdenmark (talk) 14:30, July 30, 2019 (EDT)
Fabulous, thank you so much Kmdenmark.
With that in place, I have subsequently edited the draft below to propose three small, non-at-all urgent tweaks for everyone's consideration (one each in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd grafs: some lines to strike, and a couple of added words, indicated in italics.) Mainly I suggest these out of concern the emphasis on alterations makes it sound like we're saying the text is ever reliably true--and it could be wrong from the start! I just want it to be crystal clear there's no moment when text is for sure reliable--not from the start, not even in a "featured article" process if we ever developed one (because while that's rigorous, it'd still--mostly likely--be volunteer-conducted rather than any medical expert signing off). It's a wiki so people should read with caution at every stage. Is my thought anyway--welcome feedback on these or additional changes. Thanks all! Canele (talk) 01:52, July 31, 2019 (EDT)
Just made trivial change of grammar and did a strikeout on Sponsors - there's only #MEAction but I think founder / funder would be a better word. I think #MEAction needs to be mentioned directly here. User:JenB I also think the validity bit is hard to read in capitals. I think changing "validity" in the heading to "reliability" or "accuracy" would make it more readable. notjusttired (talk) 05:45, July 31, 2019 (EDT)
The changes look good to me. I have none of my own to make. Kmdenmark (talk) 14:28, August 1, 2019 (EDT)

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