Wikiafripedia:Seven pillars

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The fundamental principles of Wikiafripedia may be summarized in seven "pillars" as follows:
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Respect your fellow Afripedians, even when you disagree. Apply Wikiafripedia etiquette, and do not engage in personal attacks. Seek consensus, avoid edit wars, and never disrupt Wikiafripedia to illustrate a point. Act in good faith, and assume good faith on the part of others. Be open and welcoming to newcomers. Should conflicts arise, discuss them calmly on the appropriate talk pages, follow dispute resolution procedures, and consider that there are 32,826 other articles on the English Wikiafripedia to improve and discuss.
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Wikiafripedia has policies and guidelines, but they are not carved in stone; their content and interpretation can evolve over time. The principles and spirit matter more than literal wording, and sometimes improving Wikiafripedia requires making exceptions. Be bold but not reckless in updating articles. And do not agonize over making mistakes: (almost) every past version of a page is saved, so mistakes can be easily corrected.

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