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'''Manual of Nice'''
 
better known as
'''''Bulbapedia's code of conduct''''
'''Bulbapedia's code of conduct'''
==Outline==
The purpose of the Code of Conduct is to outline, specifically, acceptable behavior when users interact with each other. It is not the [[BP:MoS|Manual of Style]], and does not pretend to tell you how to edit pages. This doesn't even deal with edit wars specifically (which are bad, and against the rules, but not a violation of the code of conduct.) The Code of Conduct governs interaction between users on every aspect of Bulbapedia: the main space, the Shipping space, the userspace, and every other space there is.
It sounds really simple, but if you just make an effort to be nice or be quiet, that will help a lot. If somebody's doing something wrong and you want to write on their user talk page, describe what's incorrect and provide encouragement and advice in how to make it better. Nobody was born with an intuitive understanding of wikicode, or the English language for that matter. Positive reinforcement goes a long way to making the community stronger and new users better contributors--because even bad contributions are additions.
 
If someone makes an incorrect edit, nobody is done a favor by degrading the incorrect party. Of course, it is the duty of another user to correct the problem. But snide comments aren't required--or even useful. New users aren't made better if they feel like outsiders to a private club--and Bulbapedia isn't a club. This is the community-driven Pokémon encyclopedia. We accept everyone with an e-mail address.
 
If someone starts trouble on your talk page, don't respond in kind. Let it slide, or, if you have to respond, respond nicely. If it's really bad, contact an administrator--administrators are here to help. If it's an administrator, causing the problem or you don't feel comfortable talking to any of the admins, contact [[User:TTEchidna|TTEchidna]], the current Editor-in-Chief. If you don't feel comfortable talking to him for some reason, or need outside perspective, [[User:evkl|evkl]] or [[User:Archaic|Archaic]] are both available to field issues.
 
==User Feuds==
There are a handful of long-running feuds between some users. Kiss and make up. Bury the hatchet. Drain the bad blood. It would be a really great thing if every user who knew they had someone they really didn't get along with extended their hand--metaphorically--and apologized for wronging the other.
 
Accept that apology if it drops your way. Apologize back for anything you might have done to wrong them. Because we're all in this together, at the end of the day, and there's no reason to make enemies when you could have friends.
 
==Concluding thoughts==
Play nice, please.