There has been a situation today, and it makes me realize I need to tell you guys the importance of how you handle users who break rules.
For a user breaking a rule:
- Report a user's post with the rule break.
- Ask them to stop, but don't get in argument with them if they disagree. It's futile to escalate an argument; it's a strength to step away if they're not agreeing with you or even insulting you.
- Message me directly on my message wall on the wiki. I know it's less easy to use because it's not Discussions, but this way, at least your concerns may be more private there and I'll notice it faster than searching through the main feed.
- Be courteous in the process. Your writing can have a tone, intentional or not, and that can be problematic (for example, ALL CAPS can come of as shouting and exclamation points often have the same effect). Becoming hostile yourself is not needed if you're in the right or have concerns.
- If you are the one being called out for rule breaking, still be courteous. It's not fun to be told to stop doing something, but getting heated towards the accuser is not necessary either. Again, just message me or another staff member if you feel like you weren't in the wrong.
And, of course, outside of reporting broken rules:
- Respect the rules. If you know what's wrong, don't keep doing it. The logic that you can make more pages with the same break again is disrespectful and rude, I don't have patience for it. I will give temporary bans to people that I have previously warned if they keep on with the same or different rule breaks.
- If you don't agree with a rule or don't understand why it's implemented, message me or another staff member on our message walls on the wiki.
This is not to call out anyone, but these are things I've seen here and in the past, and we need to work on them. No, it won't prevent problems and arguments, but the more we can figure out how to get along and report people without drama, the better off we'll be in the long run.