Wikipedia:Keep it down to earth
Essay on editing Wikipedia
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|This page in a nutshell: Aim for workable solutions that have a realistic chance at succeeding.|
For down-to-earth language, see WP: Make technical articles understandable and WP: SLANG.
Keep it down to earth is an approach to dealing with problem editors and problem situations. When looking for solutions, choose real, workable solutions. Operate within the range of actual possibilities and existing resources.
- Don't try to wish a mentor into existence where no one has stepped forward, unless you're prepared to become the mentor.
- Don't attempt to set up compromises that require a problem editor's cooperation if the problem editor is clearly uncooperative.
- Don't try to offload the problem onto people who didn't volunteer for it or onto processes that weren't designed to handle it.
Do use the resources that are really available. If those resources are limited and unsatisfactory, seek willing cooperation or else volunteer yourself.