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==What "Ignore all rules" does not mean==
 
==What "Ignore all rules" does not mean==
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*A user may not use this policy as a ''carte blanche'' or a trump card. If you plan on breaking the rules, you had better have a credible explanation for it.
*"Ignore all rules" does not mean that every action is justifiable. It is neither a trump card game nor a ''carte blanche''. A rule-ignorer '''must''' justify how their actions improve the encyclopedia if challenged.
 
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*Assume good faith someone breaking a rule, but don't feel obstructed from pointing out policy breaches when you are witness to them.
*"Ignore all rules" does not stop you from pointing out a rule to someone who has broken it, but do consider that their judgment may have been correct. Assume good faith.
 
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*This policy is not an excuse for breaking the rules. Site policy exists for a reason; you had better have a good reason for violating it.
*"Ignore all rules" is not an answer if someone asks you why you broke a rule. Most of the rules are derived from a lot of thoughtful experience and exist for pretty good reasons; they should therefore only be broken for good reasons.
 
*"Ignore all rules" is not an exemption from accountability. You're still responsible for reasonably foreseeable effects of your actions on the wiki and towards other users.
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*There is no exemption from accountability hidden in this policy. You're still responsible for reasonably foreseeable effects of your actions on the wiki and towards other users.
   
 
== See also ==
 
== See also ==

Revision as of 23:28, 3 September 2007


You do not need to read any rules before contributing to PvX. If you act reasonably and logically, your actions will usually be right; if not, it takes two mouse clicks to undo them. If your edits prove contentious, they will be discussed appropriately.

Note that this policy does not subvert all other rules; it is not a "get out of jail free" card. This rule supersedes other site policies when it would be detrimental to follow static site policy. There are times when rules would be better off broken.

Here are several other things that "Ignore all rules" does and does not mean:

What "Ignore all rules" means

  • Don't follow written instructions to the letter. For example, if you would like to submit a completed build directly to the Untested-Testing category, go for it.
  • Rules derive their power to compel, not from being written down on a page labelled "guideline" or "policy", but from being a reflection of the shared opinions and practices of a great many editors. Sometimes it's alright to give in to peer pressure.
  • Most rules are ultimately descriptive, not prescriptive, and they sometimes lag behind the practices they describe. If site policy is out-of-date, it may be better to follow the spirit, if not the letter, of the policy.
  • "The spirit of the rule trumps the letter of the rule." The common purpose of providing a quality build resource for GW players trumps both.
  • Obeying the rules is less important than improving the site.

What "Ignore all rules" does not mean

  • A user may not use this policy as a carte blanche or a trump card. If you plan on breaking the rules, you had better have a credible explanation for it.
  • Assume good faith someone breaking a rule, but don't feel obstructed from pointing out policy breaches when you are witness to them.
  • This policy is not an excuse for breaking the rules. Site policy exists for a reason; you had better have a good reason for violating it.
  • There is no exemption from accountability hidden in this policy. You're still responsible for reasonably foreseeable effects of your actions on the wiki and towards other users.

See also