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Don't bite -- slobber them with kisses and love
''See also: [[Wikipedia:Please do not bite the new administrators]]''
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Wikipedia improves through not only the hard work of [[Wikipedia:Wikipedians by number of edits|more dedicated members]], but also through the often anonymous contributions of many curious [[newbie|newcomers]]. ''All'' of us were newcomers once, even those careful or lucky enough to have [[Wikipedia:Avoiding common mistakes|avoided common mistakes]], and many of us consider ourselves newcomers even after months (or years) of contributing.
New contributors are prospective "members" and are therefore our most valuable resource. We must treat newcomers with kindness and patience — nothing scares potentially valuable contributors away faster than hostility or elitism. While many newcomers hit the ground running, some lack knowledge about the way we do things.
== Please do not bite the newcomers ==
* Understand that newcomers are both needed by and of value to the community. By empowering newcomers, we improve the diversity of knowledge, opinions and ideals on Wikipedia, enhance its value and preserve its neutrality and integrity as a resource.
* Remember, our motto - and our invitation to the newcomer - is '''be bold'''. We have a set of rules and standards and traditions, but they must not be applied in such a way as to thwart those newcomers who take that invitation at face value. It is entirely possible for a newcomer to this site to bring a wealth of experience from other venues, together with ideas and creative energy which, current rules and standards notwithstanding, may further improve our community and end product. It may be that the rules and standards need revising or expanding; some of what the newcomer seems to be doing "wrong" at first may prove to actually improve Wikipedia. Observe for a while and, if necessary, ask what the newcomer is about before defining what he/she is doing as "wrong" or "substandard".