Do not make personal attacks anywhere on Children Of The Lamp Wiki. Comment on content, not on the contributor. Personal attacks will not help you make a point; they hurt The Children of the Lamp Wiki community and deter users from helping create and maintain a good encyclopedia. There is no excusefor making personal attacks on other contributors. Please do not make them.
Consequences of personal attacks
Examples of personal attacks
- Racial, sexual, homophobic, ageist, religious or ethnic epithets directed against another contributor. Disagreement over what constitutes a religion, race, sexual preference, or ethnicity is not a legitimate excuse.
- Using someone's affiliations as a means of dismissing or discrediting their views, regardless of whether said affiliations are mainstream or extreme.
- Profanity directed at or against another contributor.
- Threats of violence, including death threats.
- Threats of vandalism to user pages or talk pages.
- Posting a link to an external source that contains the substance of an attack.
- Accusatory comments towards editors that can be considered personal attacks if said repeatedly, in bad faith, or with sufficient venom.
- Negative personal comments and "I'm better than you" attacks, such as "You have no life."
Examples that are not personal attacks
- Disagreements about content such as "Your statement about X is wrong" or "Your statement is a point of view, not fact" are not personal attacks.
- Personal attacks do not include civil language used to describe an editor's actions, and when made without involving their personal character, should not be construed as personal attacks. Stating, "Your statement is a personal attack..." is not itself a personal attack—it is a statement regarding the actions of the user, not a statement about the user.
- A comment in an edit history such as "reverting vandalism" is not a personal attack. However, it is important to assume good faith when making such a comment—if the edit that is being reverted could be interpreted as a good-faith edit, then don't label it as vandalism.
- Discuss the facts and how to express them, not the attributes of the other user. This does not mean that you have to agree with the other person, but rather agree to disagree. * Never suggest that a view is invalid simply because of who its proponent is.
- Explore issues in a less public forum like e-mail if a debate threatens to become personal.