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MicroWiki:Simplified ruleset

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MicroWiki has some rules, please try to use this as much as you can. We all make mistakes though.

  1. BE BOLD! in updating pages. Go ahead, it's a wiki!
    Encourage others, including those who disagree with you, likewise to BE BOLD!
  2. Be civil to other users at all times.
  3. Be NEUTRAL. A wiki is made as a neutral platform for people to read and inform themselves.
  4. Don't steal from somewhere else, even if it's Wikipedia. Micronationalists usually criticize Wikipedia for its dictatorial policy against micronations, so why should we use their information? Let's try to write everything by ourselves.  if you are using information from elsewhere, cite it in your article. This page is the only exception.
  5. No redlink saviours. A redlink saviour is a horribly short or useless article made just to prevent a link from appearing red (when the article doesn't exist). Unless with proper constructive information, an article that looks like a redlink saviour is likely to be deleted quickly by an Admin. So, how to prevent redlink saviours?
  6. Merge as much as possible. If you have short information about a lot of things, don't just make short two-sentence articles about all of them: just put all of them together. A lot of short sentences put together makes a long article!
  7. When in doubt, take it to the talk page. We have all the time in the world. Mutual respect is the guiding behavioural principle of Wikis and, although everyone knows that their writing may be edited mercilessly, it is easier to accept changes if the reasons for them are understood. If you discuss changes on the article's talk (or discussion) page before you make them, you should reach consensus faster and happier.
  8. Respect copyright. MicroWiki uses the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported Licence. Everything you contribute must be compatible with that license.
  9. Decent edit summaries and clear and transparent explanations are universally appreciated. Other editors need to understand your process, and it also helps you yourself to understand what you did after a long leave of absence from an article. Please state what you changed and why. If the explanation is too long, add more on the discussion page.
  10. Assume good faith; in other words, try to consider the person on the other end of the discussion is a thinking, rational being who is trying to positively contribute to the project — unless, and only unless, you have firm, solid, and objective proof to the contrary. Merely disagreeing with you is no such proof.
  11. Particularly, don't revert good faith edits. Reverting is a little too powerful sometimes. Don't succumb to the temptation, unless you're reverting very obvious vandalism (like "LALALALAL*&*@#@THIS_SUX0RZ", or someone changing "1+2=3" to "1+2=17"). If you really can't stand something, revert once, with an edit summary something like "(rv) I disagree strongly, I'll explain why in talk." and immediately take it to talk.
  12. No personal attacks. Don't write that user such and so is an idiot, or insult him/her (even if (s)he is an idiot). Instead, explain what they did wrong, why it is wrong, and how to fix it. If possible, fix it yourself (but see above).
  13. Be graceful: Be liberal in what you accept, be conservative in what you do. Try to accommodate other people's quirks the best you can, but try to be as polite, solid and straightforward as possible yourself.
  14. Sign your posts on talk pages using ~~~~ which gets replaced by your username and timestamp when you hit submit. But don't sign on mainspace articles.
  15. Use the preview button; it prevents edit conflicts. If you are uncomfortable with the souce editor, use the visual editor instead.
  16. No ownership of pages. This is a wiki, and anyone can edit it. so please do not act like you own pages, as it may result in sanctions.

It's important to have fun... but try to make sure those around you have fun too!