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When discussing potential changes to Wikipedia policy or guideline, cite WP:WEDGE as a shorthand for:
It's the thin end of the wedge.
This essay will help you understand when to use WP:WEDGE and how to respond to criticism when you do use it.
Use this argument for one or more of the following reasons:
- It's a bad idea because it'll lead to Evil Things
- You can't be bothered to think of a really good argument against it
- There isn't a really good argument against it
- You're frightened of being accused of WP:IDON'TLIKEIT, but you <ahem> don't like it
- Because no-one has written WP:ITSTANDSTOREASON yet, and this is an admirable pub logic substitute
Responding to criticism of WP:WEDGE
Some people dislike the use of this argument. They may accuse you of all sorts of wrongmindedness. However, the beauty of WP:WEDGE is that you need not actually respond to logical argument. Simply repeat "Yes, but WP:WEDGE" and relax.
The more formal among you may prefer the more Parliamentarian response, "I refer the Honourable User to the answer I gave some moments ago."
That should do the trick nicely.