Wikipedia:Suppose good faith
October 28, 2021
The assumption of good faith is a basic principle of Wikipedia. Because of the nature of working in Wikipedia that allows everyone to edit and edit articles, so I assume everyone here is trying to help build Wikipedia. If this claim is false, the Wikipedia project will fail from the start. If you discover a user's mistake and they mean it to help, correct it without criticizing the perpetrator. When you don't agree with someone, remember that they may think they are helping Wikipedia with their work. Use discussion pages to explain your position and give others the opportunity to explain theirs as well. This may spare us all unnecessary misunderstandings. Be patient with new users and don't torture them. New users are usually not familiar with Wikipedia's culture and business. You may initially understand their actions as an act of vandalism and disrespect for the principles and values of the Wikipedia community. It's natural for some new users to think that one of Wikipedia's long-established policies should be changed to suit their own experiences. On the other hand, other new users come with many interesting ideas and experiences that may be widely respected among the members of the community. Assuming good faith is an intent, not an action. Good people make mistakes, and it is your job to guide them when they do. Don't act as if the mistake they made was unforgivable. Correct, but do not reprimand. When you disagree with some users about a topic, it does not mean that they want to demolish the project. Accusing others of not being well-meaning is in itself "not assuming good faith".