Wikipedia talk:Mea culpa

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Comments, corrections, and productive edits are welcome.

While I welcome improvements please try to stay within the original intended spirit of the essay. (1 == 2)Until 18:44, 28 April 2008 (UTC)

Nice essay. Great idea. I made some minor fixes, but it looks good. :) SynergeticMaggot (talk) 03:20, 7 May 2008 (UTC)

Spirit of the essay[edit]

The purpose of this essay is to offer kind, non-authoritarian, guidance to people who have made a mistake and wish to correct it. It should be useful as a link when acknowledging one's own mistakes, and good for people who have made a mistake and are not sure what to do.

This is not intended as a behavioral guide or any other kind of document that you might point someone to and tell them to follow. This is meant to be helpful advice, not a set of rules or even a description of best practices. Just one way to go about things. Remember, it means "my fault" not "your fault", and one of the primary reasons I chose that title is to ensure it is used self-referentially and not as a label given to others. (1 == 2)Until 19:10, 6 May 2008 (UTC)

Sorry to stick my nose in. Here are some more clues that you might have made a mistake:

  • Someone reverses your actions.
  • Your actions had a consequence you did not anticipate.
  • You acted in the throes of an emotional response.

Cheers, Bovlb (talk) 20:17, 6 May 2008 (UTC)

I made another mistake today[edit]

And I did the debriefing part. I noticed I do that all time (did I mention I'm an expert at this? ;-) ), so I added that particular procedure here too. --Kim Bruning (talk) 08:52, 8 May 2008 (UTC)