wikiHow:Assume Good Faith

A core wiki value is to assume that all editors are here to build wikiHow rather than break it. The assumption of good faith helps to create a trusting community where editors feel free to make changes and share their ideas without being personally attacked for doing so. By treating newcomers similarly, we encourage helpful behavior and foster the growth of our vibrant and diverse community.

We all make mistakes though. So when you see an unconstructive edit, try to assume it was a well-intentioned error. Revert the error then coach the editor in a civil and supportive manner. Scolding and accusing an editor of sinister motives will guarantee that they don't stick around here long enough to learn how to edit productively.

That said, a small number of vandals and trolls do want to harm wikiHow. Fortunately it is easy to reverse and stop any damage once their intent becomes clear.

Collective Intelligence, Cooperation and Trust

wikiHow is continually evolving. Our articles are "well-refined" rather than "completed". There are gaps or leaps of logic in any given article at any given time.

However, not everyone can be an expert in every field. If we trust in each others' expertise, rather than challenge it, our collective intelligence and cooperation will continue to refine every article towards the betterment of wikiHow.

Naturally, everyone will not always agree on any given edit. If an opinion does not match the goal of an article, it does not mean an editor has ill intention or is attempting harm.

When doubt is cast on good faith, continue to assume good faith yourself. Be civil and seek consensus from others to resolve any conflicts, rather than attacking editors or edit warring with them. Even when bad conduct may be apparently due to bad faith, it is usually best to address the conduct without mentioning motives.

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