Wikipedia:Follow all rules

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Purple question mark.png This page is a modestly proposed policy, guideline, or process.[1] It may still be in development, under discussion, or in the process of gathering consensus for adoption. References or links to this page should not describe it as "policy", unless there is a superseding policy which says it should or the poll on the talk page reaches 80% support.

If the rules prevent you from improving or maintaining Wikipedia's quality, then for crying out loud read them again. They're rules, you know, and you have to follow them. If they seem to be steering you wrong you're just not applying enough of them. The rules are never wrong. If they still seem to give you trouble, then frankly, it's time to leave the project.

If people tell you that you have done the wrong thing and you have followed all the rules, they must be wrong. Go through their recent contributions and search for a rule they've broken. There's bound to be one or two, which are surely the source of all their confusion. Pointing this out will help steer them back on the right path. If this does not help, post the infraction to the administrators' noticeboard with a heading like "rule violation by $ADMIN", and don't forget to suggest a punishment, immediate desysopping, or demotion.[2]

Nothing can be done without process. I mean, you wouldn't drink milk without having it processed, would you?[3] Then why on earth would you run an encyclopedia without it?

And don't go editing the rules to suit you.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ No, not really.
  2. ^ Be sure to use lots of bold text and CAPITAL LETTERS TO EMPHASIZE ITS EXCEPTIONAL IMPORTANCE.
  3. ^ Maybe you would, but work with me here.
  4. ^ Unless the rules tell you to.

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