Commons:Do not disrupt Commons to illustrate a point
State your point—do not prove it experimentallyEdit
When one becomes frustrated with the way a policy or guideline is being applied, the temptation may arise to try to discredit the rule or interpretation thereof by, in one's view, enforcing it consistently. This may even entail an attempt to turn consensus against a policy by satirically applying it on various pages.
Such tactics are highly disruptive and can lead to a block or ban. Consider that Commons is not perfectly consistent, and its rules are not a code of law. Discussion is the preferred venue for highlighting issues with rules or practices. If direct discussion fails to resolve a problem, look into dispute resolution.
- If you have nominated a file for deletion...
- do make your case clearly in the discussion, noting examples of files that could exist under the rationale for keeping the one in question (i.e. "other stuff exists").
- do not upload a file on what you consider to be a similarly unsuitable topic just to get it listed for deletion and have others make the same arguments you are making.
- If you feel that a policy or guideline should be changed, and others disagree...
- do explain what you see as the problem with the rule as written, and perhaps post a notice of the discussion at the Village pump
- do not attempt to enforce the existing rule with the aim of provoking opposition to it
- If you feel that it is too easy to add misinformation to Commons...
- do watch recent changes and fact-check anything that looks at all suspicious
- do not create an elaborate hoax with hopes of getting publicity for it
- If you get blocked by a sysop...
- do state your opinion on that case clearly
- do not try to run down that sysop.
- If you are advised by another user, that you do a certain mistake
- do try to improve that mistake or try to explain why it isn't a mistake
- do not look through that other user's mistakes to show him how bad he in fact is.
A shortcut to this page is COM:POINT. However, just because someone is making a point does not mean that they are disrupting Commons to illustrate it, which is the only circumstance under which someone should be warned about this essay.