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How to survive Wikipedia:

  • Wikipedia attracts a lot of people with mental health issues. More often than not they’ll be someone who makes new accounts every time they get banned, which can take months to years. I spent my first few months on Wikipedia wasting time with two such characters. If you try to engage with someone like this, spot the signs and don’t bother. Move on.
  • Yes, of course systemic bias is a thing on Wikipedia. That’s why WP:NPOV exists. No, don’t complain about it on Wikipedia, it will be denied and you’ll be accused of harassment, being biased yourself, or having some sort of 'us vs them' mentality. Of course, that’s how systemic bias works. If you care about neutrality, avoid contentious issues that editors and admins on Wikipedia care about.
  • Policies are ‘standards that all users should normally follow’. In practice, the emphasis is on normally. Users feel free to enforce or disregard these policies at will, depending on their interests and biases. Accept this.
  • Know when you're being stonewalled. Seek dispute resolution.
  • Dispute resolution is broken. If you can’t resolve a dispute with an editor, ask for a 3rd opinion. When that 3rd opinion fails to resolve the issue, open an RfC, vote for your option, and forget about the issue for the next 2-3 months while the RfC concludes (don’t forget to reopen and update the RfC date once a month.)
  • In short: Wikipedia is better the less you’re invested in it. Be a gnome.