To create a welcoming environment for everyone, all users should adhere to the user conduct guideline.
- Be bold: If you find something that can be improved, improve it and encourage others to do the same.
- Do not vandalize: Simply put, do not mess up pages on purpose. Blanking articles or sections, replacing content with nonsense or intentionally adding inaccurate information to articles is considered vandalism.
- Use edit summaries: Edit summaries are there to explain your changes; use them as often as possible. It helps with getting everybody on the same page and preventing conflicts among editors.
Interacting with other editors[edit source]
- Be polite: It is not only important what you say but also how you say it. Be civil when talking to other people, and treat them with respect. This site is built on cooperation.
- Assume good faith: Do your best to assume that other editors are trying to help unless you have evidence to the contrary. Accidents happen, and not everybody has a lot of experience with editing a wiki.
- Do not start edit wars: Be ready to discuss your changes with others. If you disagree with another editor, discuss the issue either on user message walls or article talk pages. Repeatedly reverting each other's changes ("edit warring") is bound to escalate the conflict instead of solving it. If you cannot reach a consensus, ask another user to mediate. In general, if someone reverts an edit you made, you should not re-add it without reaching a consensus on the article's talk page.
Talk pages[edit source]
- Sign comments: You should add four tildes (~~~~) to the end of all of your comments on talk pages, otherwise other people will not know it was you who made the comment. Do not get carried away and do the same thing when editing articles, however; only do so on talk pages.
- Do not edit other people's comments: Editing or removing other peoples' remarks on discussion pages or their personal user page is considered bad behavior. Post your own thoughts on the talk pages, and leave others to their own.
- Do not misuse talk pages: Talk pages are for the discussion of their respective articles and not for general chatter. Use the forum if you wish to share stories or otherwise discuss non-article specific issues.
User pages[edit source]
- Do not edit others' user pages: Pages in the "User" namespace are generally considered to be the property of the users they belong to. You can put whatever you like on your user pages (as long as you do not violate common rules of decency or insult other users), and nobody else is allowed to edit them without your permission. In turn, you may not edit other peoples' user pages without their permission either.
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