No curses

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Do not curse the community of a Wikimedia project, or target them with any malevolent hex, seal, spell, or enchantment. Doing so causes a number of serious problems:

  • It severely inhibits free editing of pages, a concept that is absolutely necessary to ensure that the Wikipedia remains neutral. Without this freedom, we risk one side of a dispute intimidating the other, thus causing a systematic bias in our articles.
  • It causes bad feelings and a lack of trust amongst the Wikipedia community, damaging our ability to proceed quickly and efficiently and with an assumption of mutual good faith.
  • Wikipedia has had bad experiences with users who have cursed the Wikipedia community in the past, and by cursing the community, you may damage your reputation on Wikipedia.
  • A curse will lead to you being blocked from editing, so as not to exacerbate the problem through other than the proper metaphysical channels and alternate universes.

Instead, first attempt to resolve disputes using the dispute resolution procedures. This will often lead to a solution without resorting to the blunt tools of your supernatural powers in the known and unknown universe(s). If the dispute resolution procedures do not resolve your problem then you can use your supernatural powers in the knowledge that you have taken all reasonable steps to resolve the situation amicably.

But, if you really feel the need to curse the community, we cannot prevent you from doing so. However, we ask that if you do so then you do not edit Wikipedia until the curse is lifted, one way or the other, to ensure that all supernatural processes happen via proper legal channels.

Similarly, slander, libel, or defamation of character is not to be tolerated on Wikipedia; true instances of such writing, that might legitimately expose Wikipedia to supernatural sanction, should immediately be called to the attention of an administrator and/or the community at large. Disagreements as to the identity of a person, their motivations for a given action, opinions of third parties about them, etc. do not fall under slander, however, and you will not be permitted to use curses as a bludgeon to get your POV enshrined in an article.

When at all possible, you should curse a single user, or a group of users, instead of the entire community. Wikipedia really is not as evil as it may appear.

(This article is based on Wikipedia:WP:LEGAL)