Value system

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Noto Emoji Oreo 1f4c4.svg This is an essay. It expresses the opinions and ideas of some Wikimedians but may not have wide support. This is not policy on Meta, but it may be a policy or guideline on other Wikimedia projects. Feel free to update this page as needed, or use the discussion page to propose major changes.

What is Wikipedia's value system? Please enter your opinions below. We are also interested in contributors' and users individual value systems and visions for the project. But not here. Please state here what you think wiki's shared value system is, to the best of your own ability.


Collaboratively synergize to the best; implement some type of version control and attribution; make it freely publicly available. Chit chat with the rest of community (and other users) randomly to help fix/update mistakes, omissions, etc. inevitable from casual public access and wiki creation process; iterate to global prosperity. User:mirwin

Correction The above personal summary may be drafted on the main site in various files in written form to some extent but it appears that there is widespread disagreement, disregard and variation in applied values. In my opinion "We" are still a collection of individuals and owners, not a "community", team, or group with a vision we can articulate to newcomer's and successfully meet the implied w:social contract of the w:GPL/w:FDL. In my opinion this is more than a bit duplicious when combined with the urgent emphasis to write and interact only on the article pages and preferably in the form of complete articles. This project appears to verge on attempting to fraudulently exploit "ignorant" (of local undocumented "community" values and methods) newcomer's until they grow grumpy, divert them to written materials (which are capriciously disregarded at will with impunity by some, while selectively enforced against others) to keep them productively around for a while longer adding value in pursuit of a saleable encyclopedia product, and then encourage them to leave if they grow intractable since they will not comply with "owner" dictates that appear to violate written and unwritten guidelines which assert that there are no hard and fast guidelines. User:mirwin

As is the case in many (if not all) communities, Wikipedia's value system is tacit. Most people are not aware of there being a value system at work.


Le systeme de valeur actuel de Wikipedia consiste essentiellement a laisser impunemment quelques editeurs reverter sans fin les points de vue allant a l'encontre du point de vue global americain, les autres editeurs s'amusant probablement de voir quelque debile legere essayer de sauver les apparences d'une encyclopedie ayant un objectif de neutralite totalement hypothetique et irrealiste. C'est d'une infinie tristesse. Et oui, c'est exact, la plupart des editeurs ne sont meme pas conscients de la fraude magistrale a laquelle ils participent. Et je me demande ce que je fais la. Je pense avoir eventuellement enfin atteint le stade ou je realise combien ma presence nuit a la bonne marche d'un produit uniquement destine a des foules dont je ne souhaite pas faire partie.