Wikipedia:The Five Pillars of Untruth
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bad side workings can easily be summarized in these five pillars.
- Wikipedia is not an encyclopedia.
- It is a soapbox, an advertising platform, a vanity press, an experiment in anarchy and democracy, an indiscriminate collection of raw data, a web directory, a dictionary, a newspaper, and a collection of source documents, all in one.
- Wikipedia is not written from a neutral point of view.
- We strive for articles that explain only one point of view in a partial tone. We like advocacy and debate issues. In articles with multiple points of view, we always choose one and present it as "the truth" or "the best view". Editors' personal experiences, interpretations and opinions belong here.
- Wikipedia is not free content.
- Each article is owned by an editor and contributions are not allowed to be redistributed.
- Editors should be disrespectful and uncivil to each other.
- Disrespect your fellow Wikipedians, even when you agree. Make personal attacks. Never seek consensus, make edit wars, and disrupt Wikipedia to illustrate a point. Always assume bad faith on other's contributions. Always bite the newcomers. If a conflict arises, revert other's edits.
- Wikipedia has firm rules.
- It has policies and guidelines that are carved in stone. Their literal wording matters the most. Don't be bold in updating edits and agonize about making mistakes.