Wikipedia:There is no Divine Right Of Editors

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King Charles believed in the Divine Right of Kings. Don't end up like him.

You have been editing Wikipedia for many years. You have 40,000 edits, you have just become an administrator. But a new Wikipedian, with 40 edits and less than a month editing, notes on ANI that some comments you have made recently are less than civil. Do you: A. Reply to him harshly with a barrage of inconsiderate comments saying he can't tell you off, you are superior to him? B. Delete the conversation, block the editor permanently without attempting to reply, and sit back confident you have done the right thing? C. Apologize about it and respond in a civil way?

The answer is C, and if you answered anything else, that is not a good way to handle it. You are relying on the Divine Right Of Editors.

There is no Divine Right Of Editors. (Hopefully the title made this obvious.) It does not matter who or what you are, you have to be a responsible, considerate editor.

A brief summary of a Divine Right

A Divine Right is the belief that God made you to be superior. You can tell someone believes in a Divine Right if:

They claim ultimate superiority

They openly claim that they are superior in their comments.

They say they are above the law

They expect the law to flow around what they do rather than hitting it.

They think they have automatic consensus before they declare it

They block without good reason and refuse to unblock. Bad cases may even WikiStalk the blocked userpage to weed out any unblock requests. This also applies to closing conversations and deleting articles with no reason.

How to depose a Divine Right Of Wikipedian

A good way to point out the error of their ways would be to calmly explain protocol. If they go back to the old "above the law" claim, give them this page to read. If they still argue, an ANI may be in order. Note: This does not include editors who refuse to respond, see WP:Communication is required.

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