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At some point in your Wiki-career, you may have to go to the administrator's noticeboard for incidents to complain about a particular user or topic area. If you want your thread to be successful so you can obliterate your enemies, then use these helpful war-waging techniques. You can also use this advice if a thread has been opened about you.
- Don't. Just... don't
- If you ignored #1 and you still want to go to ANI, then let me explain a couple of things.
- Do make sure you're at the right board. ANI is for administrative action. ANI is not the complaints department. If a user needs to be blocked, then ANI is the right place. Topic bans, interaction bans, etc should be proposed at WP:AN
- Don't complain about content issues. If you're upset because another user disagrees with you and you can't come to a compromise, ANI isn't going to help you.
- Do gather all of the appropriate diffs. You should evaluate your diffs for substance and not multiplicity.
- Do keep it brief. If you want your complaint taken seriously, then stick to the facts and don't add your narrative and subjective opinion. The administrators' noticeboards are not the fairness noticeboards; action can and may be taken without any attention given to your book.
- Don't badger the uninvolved editors who try to help you. If you offered the relevant diffs, they will take up your cause for you. If you haven't, then badgering is not going to change the course of the discussion by arguing with everyone who doesn't share your viewpoint on the dispute. You have one shot when making your complaint. Make it count.
- Don't start ban discussions on threads you've opened. If you've convinced anyone that your complaint is valid, someone who is objective and disconnected will devise an appropriate sanction and put it forward. If one doesn't start, trying to push the discussion that direction will make you seem pushy and will automatically sway folks against your position.
- Do be specific in your topic ban requests. You may be entirely justified in asking for a topic ban, but if you the scope of your request is too broad, folks will oppose outright instead of offering alternates. The more specific you are, the more likely you are to success.
- Do keep your calm and watch the thread unfold naturally from a distance. Only offer additional information when asked for.
- Don't get upset when someone asks you a question. Answer respectfully and honestly.
- Don't expect Administrators to act quickly on your issue. Administrators are generally cautious about their tool use and will only act when they feel they are comfortable accepting responsibility for the outcome. They aren't your user rights, so don't demand someone else use them.
- Do try your best to find a solution that suits both you and the other party. Your efforts to find compromise will reflect well on you and will further the argument that everything that can be done has been done.
- Do stick to the facts of your current dispute. A user's past is relevant only if the current behavior is the same as the behavior a user received a recent (within 1 - 2 years depending on the severity) sanction for.
- Do speak moderately. The more you speak on your own behalf, the bigger chance you have to say something stupid. Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.
- Do expect the other party to disagree with you. That's why you're here after all; you're in a dispute. Offering a rebuttal to their rebuttal and restating what you've already said is going to create more unnecessary reading for administrators. We know how to scroll up, we don't need you to repeat everything you've already said. Just be patient and let us do our job.
- Do admit when you are wrong. Learn from your mistakes.