... I was just reading that page and my mouse slipped and hit the edit button.
Then I tripped and as I was falling I hit the keyboard and typed all that content.
As I struggled to my feet I was pawing at the desk and the mouse came down and hit save.
• Crossmr23:18, 16 December 2010 (UTC)
Why we are here
This project is here to build an encyclopedia. Please limit your actions here to things that help that goal.
The volume of corporate vanity/vandalism which is showing up on Wikipedia is overwhelming.
If we are to remain true to our encyclopedic mission this kind of nonsense cannot be tolerated. We are losing the battle for encyclopedic content in favor of people intent on hijacking Wikipedia for their own memes. This scourge is a serious waste of time and energy.
I am issuing a call to arms to the community to act in a much more draconian fashion in response to corporate self-editing and vanity page creation. This is simply out of hand, and we need your help.
Has anyone else noticed how spammers and other conflict of interest editors think the guidelines are for the other guy and what they are doing is "useful" and shouldn't be questioned? And they are completely sincere about that.
It's entirely plausible that an editor can plow blithely on, unaware of guidelines. Perhaps we need a corollary to Assume good faith called Assume no clue.
We have dialogues here in two languages. Let's for the purposes of discussion call them Wonkish and Arbish.
In Wonkish, discretion stands for certain vague and disreputable areas of policy where what should happen is not yet properly regulated. In Arbish, you have always to look behind applications of policy to see intention and the application to the mission of writing an encyclopedia.
In other words, discretion in Arbish is read as saying that proactive admins are the main lines of defence of the project. It is much better to have them out there doing their best, taking the mop and bucket away from a few, than to do up the constraints ever tighter to preempt misuse of admin powers.
Here are two quotes from the man whom E. O. Wilson called the lyric poet of human evolution, who brought paleoanthropology to the attention of the world at large and made it interesting to us all:
“Change is the elixir of the human circumstance, and acceptance of challenge the way of our kind. We are bad-weather animals, disaster’s fairest children. For the soundest of evolutionary reasons man appears at his best when times are worst.”