Wikipedia:Follow all rules

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If the rules prevent you from improving or maintaining Wikipedia's quality, then for crying out loud, read them again. They're rules, you know, and you have to follow them. If they seem to be steering you wrong, you're just not applying enough of them. The rules are never wrong. If they still seem to give you trouble, then frankly, it's time to leave the project.

If people tell you that you have done the wrong thing, and you have followed all the rules, they must be wrong. Go through their recent contributions and search for a rule they've broken. There's bound to be one or two, which are surely the source of all their confusion. Pointing this out will help steer them back on the right path. If this does not help, post the infraction to the administrators' noticeboard with a heading like "rule violation by $ADMIN", and don't forget to suggest a punishment, immediate desysopping, or demotion.[b]

Nothing can be done without process. I mean, you wouldn't drink milk without having it processed, would you?[c] Then why on earth would you run an encyclopedia without it?

And go editing the rules to suit you.


  1. ^ no, really.
  2. ^ Be sure to use lots of bold text and CAPITAL LETTERS TO EMPHASIZE ITS EXCEPTIONAL IMPORTANCE.
  3. ^ Maybe you would, but work with me here.

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