Wikipedia:Don't just say it, prove it
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Don't just say it, prove it in other words, if you claim something you'd better be prepare to prove your claim with the differences.
Making accusations of editors behavior
- If you accuse an editor, provide the differences. The differences should be taken from the accused editor own contributions, and neither from other editors opinions on the accused editor nor from the accused editor block log that sometimes is extremely misleading.
- If you accuse an editor in one time offense, one difference might be enough.
- If you accuse an editor in a behavior's pattern, you should be able to provide quite a few differences to prove this pattern. The provided differences should be taken from different months and different content contributions of the accused editor.
- Never falsely accuse an editor knowingly. It is a very bad practice to make accusations of somebody, if you know those are not true in advance. Besides making false accusations that could be easily proven wrong will make you look stupid.
- If you made a good faith accusation, and are proven wrong, redact your accusation and maybe, only if you sincerely feel like to, consider issuing an apology. As Margaret Lee Runbeck said: Apology is a lovely perfume; it can transform the clumsiest moment into a gracious gift.
- Blocking administrators, do not block valued and regular editors without adding an exact difference/differences that prompted your decision to your block rational. There are a few exceptions, but normally it should not be a problem to add the differences even, if blocking policy does not require to do this specifically.
- Administrators reviewing unblock requests, unblock valued and regular editors at once, if a blocking administrator failed to present the differences in the block rationale.
- Overall remember any accusation could hurt a person, unfair accusations much more so.
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