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Communication is important for collaboration[edit source]
Collaboration requires communication. The easiest way to communicate when working on a book is to include descriptive edit summaries, to let other contributors know why you made a particular change or addition. If it is a "radical" change, it might also be a good idea to leave a more detailed note on the talk page.
More general discussions of the book as a whole may belong on a "project page" (if there is no project page, the discussion page of the main book page is usually the best place, contributors should always add this to their watchlists). If you ask a question but receive no answer, it may be that nobody else is currently working on the book, or perhaps they are not watching the page you left a note on. Past contributors can be found by browsing the page history.
Wherever you leave a message (edit summary, talk page, user talk, etc.), remember to be civil. Communication quickly breaks down where civility and mutual respect are absent.
In case of dispute[edit source]
Sometimes contributors of good faith are just unable to agree on something.