On Wikipedia, processes are the patterns and the methods of routine and semi-routine actions. It is a technical, methodical, and semi-formal means of accomplishing goals and resolving disputes. These processes are deferential to
Exact processes are subjective. Editors often express distinct patterns and methods. At the lowest level, editors are given the greatest discretion over the exact means of accomplishing a goal. As interests grows, disputes are fostered. Formal process becomes essential in resolving these conflicts.
Article-making is a loose process beginning with creation and continuing to a featured article review; it may in some cases be deleted.
Articles and groups of articles are tagged into semi-hierarchical categories, and grouped into portals.
|“||The real struggle is not between the right and the left [...] but between the party of the thoughtful and the party of the jerks. And no side of the political spectrum have a monopoly on either of those qualities.||”|
Decisions are made through the consensus of all involved parties. Low-profile articles, templates, and pages receive little traffic and editors often work alone. Editors are granted greater discretion over the means used to accomplish their goals. Consensus at this level is often implied (
As the number of editors involved in a particular edit space increase, potential disputes increase. Goals differ and the involved parties attempt to articulate their basis in the discussion. Decisions are made with the threshold of consensus, which requires all or most of the editors to concede to a specified action.
If the involved editors lack adequate means to resolve the dispute, such as reliable sources,
When the involved parties are unable to resolve the issue, the discussion may become stale. A Bold, Revert, and Discussion (BRD) cycle is a proactive means used to reestablish participation or accept consensus. An editor reads a proposal in whole or in part, which prompts the involved parties to identify the objections to edits, keeps discussion moving forward, or concedes with silence (
If the discussion is intense, the BRD cycle may increase contention, such that the dispute would be unresolved. Behavioral policies and guidelines become essential in retaining the integrity of the discussion. If a participant fails to adhere to these behavioral policies, a set of community notice boards are available as linkage institutions to
Some disputes cannot be resolved by the involved parties alone. Contentions may be too high, parties too persistent, or communication too incoherent to resolve the conflict by reasonable means. Two last resort institutions are available. The first is Mediation (
Community norms provide a consistent means from which decisions are made. Consistency builds integrity and is focused on providing value to the reader. Norms are articulated in essays or declared in policies and guidelines. Norms are a loose consensus, beginning with individual editors and ending with far reaching policies and guidelines. Widening consensus is the process from which individual decisions reach acceptance by a larger community.
Editors construct articles according to their beliefs, which can be modified by another editor according to their beliefs. For example, verifiability and notability dictate the criteria of inclusion, while consensus dictates how the criteria of inclusion is applied.
Grassroots consensus building among editors on an article is widened when larger standing committees are born. WikiProjects link groups of editors to facilitate discussion. They may operate with little activity and with loose enforcement or may become far reaching entities encompassing a large number of articles. WikiProjects provide the means for consistent article making and organization, and provide linkage institutions to policies and guidelines. To join or leave a WikiProject requires no obligation or requirement. It should be noted that articles
Policies and guidelines hold authority in decision making. They are cited in discussions, where its scope reaches so far as to: guiding writing style (
Policies and guidelines are living documents, which change according to the community's philosophy towards improvement. Changing a policy or guideline requires consensus, and the level of which generally entails that the changes be publicized, depending on the scope of the change.
A minor change such as rewording or improving the prose of the policy or guideline are made on the page's discussion. Some editors choose to use the project page's discussion as a preliminary measure for large amendments before using either a linkage institution or request for comment.
New policies and guidelines must are created by either: (1) tagging a project page with and running a Request for Comment, or (2) through a linkage institution such as the village pump (