In philosophy, the concept of good faith (Latin: bona fides, or bona fide for "in good faith") denotes sincere, honest intention or belief, regardless of the outcome of an action; the opposed concepts are bad faith, mala fides (duplicity) and perfidy (pretense).
In law, bona fides denotes the mental and moral states of honesty and conviction regarding either the truth or the falsity of a proposition, or of a body of opinion; likewise regarding either the rectitude or the depravity of a line of conduct. As a legal concept bona fides is especially important in matters of equity (see Contract). Linguistically, in the U.S., American English usage of bona fides applies it as synonymous with credentials, professional background, and documents attesting a person's identity, which is not synonymous with bona fide occupational qualifications.
Good faith effort 
In law 
In contract law, the implied covenant of good faith is a general presumption that the parties to a contract will deal with each other honestly, fairly, and in good faith, so as to not destroy the right of the other party or parties to receive the benefits of the contract.
In Wikipedia 
Public wikis such as Wikipedia depend on implicitly or explicitly assuming that their users are acting in good faith. The concept appears in Wikipedia's principle of "Assume good faith" (AGF), which has been a stated guideline since 2005. AGF has been described as "the first principle in the Wikipedia etiquette".[dead link] According to one study of users' motives for contributing to Wikipedia, "while participants have both individualistic and collaborative motives, collaborative (altruistic) motives dominate." Users are expected to "assume good faith" when interacting with one another even when it is argued that some users deserve karma points to differentiate their contributions, which could affect the aim of clarity and utility, in pursuit of the literary glory.
See also 
- Bad faith
- Bona fide occupational qualifications
- Hanlon's razor - "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."
- Honor system
- Implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing - in contract law
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