Age of Wushu Wiki encourages users to be bold when updating articles. Wikis like ours develop faster when everybody helps to fix problems, correct grammar, add facts, make sure wording is accurate, etc. We would like everyone to be bold and help make Age of Wushu Wiki a better encyclopedia. How many times have you read something and thought—Why aren't these pages copy edited? Wikipedia not only allows you to add, revise, and edit articles: it wants you to do it. This does require some amount of politeness, but it works. You'll see. Of course, others here will edit what you write. Do not take it personally! They, like all of us, just wish to make Age of Wushu Wiki as good an encyclopedia as it can possibly be. Also, when you see a conflict in a talk page, do not be just a "mute spectator". Be bold and drop your opinion there!

...but don't be reckless!

Though the boldness of contributors like you is one of Age of Wushu Wiki's greatest assets, it is important that contributors take care of the common good and not edit recklessly. Of course, any changes you make that turn out badly can be reverted, usually painlessly. It is important not to be insulted if your changes are reverted or edited further. But there are some significant changes that can be long-lasting and that are harder to fix if the need arises. If you're unsure of anything, just ask for advice.

Non-article namespaces

Although editors are encouraged to be bold in updating articles, more caution is sometimes required when editing pages in non-article namespaces. Such pages are identified by a namespace prefix. For example, this page, Age of Wushu Wiki:Be bold, has the "Age of Wushu Wiki:" prefix; if it were called simply Be bold (with no prefix) it would be an article.

Problems may arise for a variety of reasons in different contexts in non-article namespaces. These problems should be taken into account in deciding whether to be bold, and how bold to be.

Template namespace

Being bold in updating templates can have far reaching consequences. This is because template changes can affect a large number of pages with a single edit. Moreover, some templates also form part of wide-ranging, uniform systems of templates across Age of Wushu Wiki. Templates may also have complex source code that can easily be broken by untested changes (although they can fortunately be corrected with a single revert). Because of these concerns, many heavily used templates are indefinitely protected from editing.

Category namespace

Creating new categories or reorganizing the category structure may come to affect many pages. If what you're doing might be considered controversial, propose changes on the community forums.

File namespace

Be bold in adding information to the description of an existing image. However, new images should be uploaded with new names rather than overwriting old ones. Doing otherwise risks having the old image confused with the new one.

User namespace

It is generally recommended that you do not edit another editor's User page or comments left on talk pages (other than your own, and even then do not be reckless). Fixing vandalism is nearly always welcome, even on user pages. Specific users will let you know if they find your changes inappropriate or if you have given incorrect information.

See also

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