Battlestar Wiki:No personal attacks
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Don't do it
There is no excuse for personal attacks on other contributors. Please do not make them.
Remember that disputes on talk pages are accessible to everyone on the Internet. The way in which you conduct yourself on Battlestar Wiki reflects on Battlestar Wiki and on you.
Many Galactipedians remove personal attacks on third parties on sight, and although this isn't policy it's often seen as an appropriate reaction to extreme personal abuse. Users have been banned for repeatedly engaging in personal attacks. Abusive edit summaries are particularly ill-regarded.
Different contributors may not agree on an article. Members of opposing communities reasonably wish to express their views. Synthesising these views into a single article creates a better, more NPOV article for everyone. Remember to accept that we are all part of the same community as we are all Galactipedians.
Examples of personal attacks
Specific examples of personal attacks include but are not limited to:
Examples that are not personal attacks
Galactipedians engaging in debate is an essential part of the culture of Battlestar Wiki. Be civil and adhere to good wiki etiquette when stating disagreements to avoid personalizing them and try to minimize unnecessarily antagonistic comments. Disagreements with other editors can be discussed without resorting to personal attacks. It is important not to personalize comments that are directed at content and actions, but it is equally important not to interpret such comments as personal attacks. Specific examples of comments that are not personal attacks include, but are not limited to:
Be aware of wikilawyering
This policy can be a prime candidate for wikilawyering, which can be defined as asserting a technical interpretation of the policy to override the principle it expresses. This page is frequently edited and examples and remedies that do or do not appear here may have been edited to suit one editor's perspective, but not be generally agreed to by the community. In the end, common sense is more important than the exact wording in this and other policy articles, including the examples included above.
If you are personally attacked, you should ask the attacker to stop and note this policy. If he or she continues, consider following the dispute resolution process. You might also consider removing particularly clear-cut personal attacks; however, you should be very careful not to define "personally attack" too broadly, or to do this too frequently.
If you find yourself using this remedy frequently, you should reconsider your definition of "personal attack." When in doubt, follow the dispute resolution process instead.
In extreme cases, an attacker may be blocked under the "disruption" clause of the blocking policy, though the practice is almost always controversial. Personal attacks should be reported to the Chiefs' noticeboard.
A misguided notion: "Kicking them while they are down"
Note: There are certain Battlestar Wiki users who are unpopular, perhaps because of foolish or boorish behavior in the past. Such users may have been subject to disciplinary actions by the Battlestar Wiki chiefs group. It is only human to imagine that such users might be fair game for personal attacks. This notion is misguided; people make mistakes, often learn from them and change their ways. The NPA rule applies to all users irrespective of their past history or how others regard them.
It is your responsibility to foster and maintain a positive online community in Battlestar Wiki. Personal attacks against any user - regardless of his/her past behavior - are contrary to this spirit.
Off-wiki personal attacks
As with the attacks defined above, personal attacks on other editors in off-Battlestar Wiki venues reflect badly on the attacker and are unlikely to achieve a positive outcome. Battlestar Wiki acknowledges that it cannot regulate behavior in media not under the control of the Battlestar Wiki, but personal attacks elsewhere may create doubt as to whether your on-wiki actions are being conducted in good faith. Posting personal attacks or defamation off-Battlestar Wiki is harmful to the entire community, and to your relationship with it.
While you may not be directly penalized for off-wiki attacks, they may be taken as aggravating factors when any on-wiki policy violations are being considered. For example, they can be used as evidence of bad faith in the dispute-resolution process, or as evidence in requests for comment.