Wikipedia:Enjoy yourself

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Photograph of Boris Yeltsin at White House lectern with Bill Clinton to his left, both laughing, in October 1995
State visits can be stressful; but here, leaders Boris Yeltsin of Russia and Bill Clinton of the United States managed to laugh together (1995).

Wikipedia can be stressful. Requests for arbitration are made and accepted every week. Many talk pages are filled with conflict and even personal attacks. Some editors spend most of their time trying to prevent and cool down conflict.

However, Wikipedia is not supposed to be about conflict. It should be about building an encyclopedia. And that can be stressful too! But the key issue here is what editors get out of working on the encyclopedia—nothing, besides the personal satisfaction. Editors are supposed to enjoy themselves on Wikipedia. This is all too often forgotten. Most Wikipedians enjoy writing for the encyclopedia, but problems arise when they don't enjoy themselves. All editors should remember this at all times. Enjoying yourself is the key to Wikipedians remaining active on the project. If you are ever not enjoying yourself, you need to step back and consider what you are doing. Remember how to remain calm when editing becomes stressful. But never let Wikipedia become a chore. Never feel like you have to keep editing and discussing for Wikipedia's sake, because you don't.

Further advice[edit]

  1. Wikipedia:No personal attacks ever. No excuses.
  2. Wikipedia:Wikiquette includes the sometimes useful advice "Come back after a week or two".
  3. Wikipedia:WikiLove reminds us "It's only the internet! Breathe... and relax!".
  4. Wikipedia:Department of Fun is a great place to take a break and have some fun.
  5. Wikipedia:Wikipedia is a volunteer service Remember, you're a volunteer and you're not obligated to do anything
  6. Consider taking a WP:WIKIBREAK to regain your energy so you can edit again.
  7. Consider retiring if you no longer want to edit for fun.

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