This is an essay on civility.
It contains the advice or opinions of one or more Wikipedia contributors. This page is not an encyclopedia article, nor is it one of Wikipedia's policies or guidelines, as it has not been thoroughly vetted by the community. Some essays represent widespread norms; others only represent minority viewpoints.
Editors when debating what should or should not be included in articles often base their arguments on Duty, Safety, or Doing the Right Thing. These debates most often occur on current events.
- "Because people are illogically killing hogs, we should remove all references to swine from the name of this disease."
- "Because people may hurt themselves, we should not put this in the article."
- "Because Ron Paul said it, we need to put it in the article; He is a doctor."
These arguments are based on emotion, a sense of duty, and a false sense of what Wikipedia is for.
Wikipedia's only Duty is to build a great encyclopedia.
|Wikipedia is not a platform for undertaking causes.||no wiki-crusades|
|Wikipedia is not an agent of social change.||no wiki-change|
|Wikipedia is not a forum for free speech.||no wiki-forum|
|Wikipedia is not here to save the whales.||no wiki-save|
|Wikipedia is not here to do "The Right Thing".||no wiki-right|
|Wikipedia is not here to free Tibet.||no wiki-free|
|Wikipedia is not here to hug trees, pet puppies, or kiss babies.||no wiki-love|
|Wikipedia is not here to keep people from doing stupid stupid things.||no wiki-dumb|
|Wikipedia is not here to sing the praises of a religion or any religious figures.||no wiki-praise|
|Wikipedia is not here to deify Barack Obama, Ron Paul or Stephen Colbert.||no wiki-fluff|
|Wikipedia is not here to campaign for candidates, laws, or issues.||no wiki-campaigns|
|Wikipedia is not a tool to crush ignorance or make people think right||no wiki-ganda|
|Wikipedia is not a substitute for common sense.||no wiki-duh|
Wikipedia is only here to build a great encyclopedia, present well sourced reliable information in a concise NPOV manner, and let the world take it from there.