Battlestar Wiki:Assume good faith
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Assume that others are trying to help Battlestar Wiki rather than harm it, unless there is clear evidence to the contrary.
A Fundamental Principle
To assume good faith is a fundamental principle on any web-based, free content, encyclopedia project. In allowing anyone to edit, we must assume that most people who work on the project are trying to help it, not hurt it. If this weren't true, a project like Battlestar Wiki would be doomed from the beginning.
When you can reasonably assume that a mistake someone made was a well-intentioned attempt to further the goals of the project, correct it without criticizing. When you disagree with someone, remember that they probably believe that they are helping the project. Consider using talk pages to explain yourself, and give others the opportunity to do the same. This can avoid misunderstandings and prevent problems from escalating.
Newcomers unaware of Battlestar Wiki's unique culture and the mechanics of wiki editing often make mistakes or fail to respect community norms. It is not uncommon for a newcomer to believe that an unfamiliar policy should be changed to match their experience elsewhere. Similarly, many newcomers bring with them experience or expertise for which they expect immediate respect. Behaviors arising from these perspectives are not malicious.
As Battlestar Galactica is a work of fiction, every viewer's perception of what's occurred can be subjective. Often, this perception may also be incomplete (usually due to the viewers who may have not seen every episode or remembered specific details) which result in contributions that are inaccurate. Veteran contributors should take care when an obviously inaccurate contribution is added and should assume that the contributor isn't as versed in the subject matter.
Rather than reverting the article without any explanation other than on the (often abrupt and impersonal) edit summary of an article, you can help the contributor by politely commenting on the revert in detail on their talk page.
One recommended method in helping a newcomer without biting them is to:
Here's an example:
Welcome! I reverted your contribution to Humanoid Cylon speculation in the needed qualifiers section. To begin, there is no official sourcing that indicates that the Cylons fully isolated themselves from humanity for 40 years, only that the humans themselves had not been aware of any Cylons amongst them for 40 years. Second, your line, "It is safe to assume that no humanoid Cylon can have a history longer than 40 years or have verifiable blood relatives" is not consistent with RDM's canonical note (located in the paragraph below your entry): Humanoid Cylons are not and have never been human, so therefore they cannot have any blood relatives.
Be sure to read the policy on what source material or speculation is appropriate on the wiki. "Educated guesses" such as what you attempted are allowed, but an official source must back up the claim, else, it may be considered fanwanking, or original fan research, which isn't allowed. Don't let my comments deter you from being bold and adding your further insights into the wiki!
Intentions, not actions
Assuming good faith is about intentions, not actions. Well-meaning people make mistakes, and you should correct them when they do. You should not act like their mistake was deliberate. Correct, but don't scold. There will be people on Battlestar Wiki with whom you disagree. Even if they're wrong, that doesn't mean they're trying to wreck the project. There will be some people with whom you find it hard to work. That doesn't mean they're trying to wreck the project either. It is never necessary that we attribute an editor's actions to bad faith, even if bad faith seems obvious, as all our countermeasures (i.e. reverting, blocking) can be performed on the basis of behavior rather than intent.
Assuming good faith also does not mean that no action by editors should be criticized, but instead that actions should not be needlessly attributed to malice.
Or, more likely, at Battlestar Wiki, it is an unfamiliarity of our policies and procedures.
It's important to be nice, until it is time to not be nice.