Wikipedia:Levels of competence
|This essay contains the advice or opinions of one or more Wikipedia contributors. Essays are not Wikipedia policies or guidelines. Some essays represent widespread norms; others only represent minority viewpoints.|
|This page in a nutshell: All editors go through a series of levels in their understanding of Wikipedia|
- He/She who is a beginner plays within the boundaries.
- He/She who is proficient explores the boundaries.
- He/She who is an expert creates the boundaries—or ignores them altogether.
While editing Wikipedia:
- Beginners don't know (or are only starting to learn) the rules.
- Intermediate users learn the rules.
- Advanced users learn the spirit of the rules.
- Finally, once users understand the spirit of the rules and principles, they can ignore them.
tip: Don't be afraid, just be BOLD! There's no way you can damage the wiki that can't be corrected in under a minute
- Edit Wikipedia, just make a change, go ahead! If you make a mistake, someone will correct you.
tip: you can pick up a lot of ideas about how consensus was previously formed by reading policy, guideline, and essay pages
- Can you name the five pillars of Wikipedia, and apply them?
- What are some issues with the five pillars as chosen? Would you choose other pillars, why?
tip:Try to get people to react to you in ways that just happen to lie along the lines of policy. When in a discussion, instead of pointing to the policy itself, try to integrate your understanding of the policy in your own words, and try to convince people that way. You'll probably learn a lot from how they reply!
- Do you understand WP:IAR?
- If you are an admin, can you enforce policy without use of your admin tools?
- Can you get people to follow policy, without making a single link to a policy page yourself?
- Can you convince people to follow the principles behind the policy, simply by setting a good example?
- Wikipedia:Competence is required
- Wikipedia:Minors and persons judged incompetent
- c2:ShuHaRi, also: Shuhari
- Finite and Infinite Games
- Wikipedia:Leave it to the experienced
- shu-ha-ri can be loosely translated as Learning, Applying, and Transcending