User:Ansh666/Don't cite policies or guidelines until you've actually read them
|This page in a nutshell: Take the time to read and understand a policy or guideline before you try to cite it.|
Often, editors cite policies, guidelines, or essays in discussions based on their titles, or even just their shortcuts. Most of the time, these match the meaning of the page, so doing so is harmless. However, especially with the more complicated guidelines, simply reading the acronym or title is not enough to understand it. Editors citing these often trip up, using them in incorrect or irrelevant situations. This not only reflects badly on the user and their arguments (no matter how valid they are), but also can confuse new editors or even established ones.
The most common examples include Don't disrupt Wikipedia to illustrate a point (WP:POINT) and the various criteria for speedy deletion, but can also happen on other pages (for example, citing essays, proposals, or even defunct pages as policy).