Commons:Assume good faith
If at all possible, assume good faith for the intentions of others, and try to help them or resolve disputes with them on that basis.
Good faith and newcomers
It is important to be patient with newcomers, who will be unfamiliar with Commons' culture and rules, but may nonetheless turn out to be valuable contributors.
A newcomer's behavior probably seems appropriate to him/her, and a problem in that regard usually indicates unawareness or misunderstanding of Commons' culture rather than malicious intentions. Many new users who lack an intuitive grasp of Commons' customs are gradually brought around, once the logic behind these customs becomes clearer to them.
Good faith and copyright
When dealing with possible copyright violations, good faith means assuming that editors intend to comply with site policy and the law. That is different from assuming they have actually complied with either. Editors have an obligation to properly document the files they upload and material may be deleted if the documentation is incorrect or inadequate. Good faith corrective action includes informing editors of problems and helping them improve their practices.
- The English version of the Assume Good Faith guideline can be found at WP:AGF. Interwiki links to this guideline in other languages may be found in the sidebar.
- See also w:good faith
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