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Wikipedia:Please say please

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If this sign just said RING BELL, then the sign would sound demanding, however the simple word "please" makes the sentence calmer and more likely to achieve its aims.

When addressing other editors and making requests, please say "please".

The word "please" is a magic word. If you want another editor to do something, there is a much better chance (though not guaranteed) that they will do it if you use the word "please".

"Please" indicates politeness, and turns a sentence from a demand to a polite question that something be done.

What if I don't say "please"?


Not saying "please" doesn't violate any Wikipedia guidelines or policies, hence it is simply a common courtesy.

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