(Jacked from the Runescape Wiki)
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So, I was wondering if we should institute a policy much like this one.
I wish everyone was equal. There wouldn't be wars, conflicts, arguements. However everyone is different and so in that respect not everyone is equal. Now in a wiki i agree, we are all equal. In real life no we're not. But yeh, i think there should be a policy. However what exactly is the policy? All users are equal doesn't seem like a policy. I may be wrong, so enlighten me :D
Yea, not really getting what you're going for here, unless u want this site to be communist one which I think might be a bad idea, to much work for everyone instead of too much work for a few. And everyone technically is equal here already, just a couple of us are more equal than the other ones, but it works because the other ones usually have no idea wtf is going on anyways, but I'm with Park in that maybe if you had a structured proposal instead of stating who we should emulate we'd more easily comprehend the jist of this suggested policy.
- What he said :P
Err...okay. But some are more equal then others... (Me, myself, That Dude over there... XD. Really, it sounds good, except for the Runecape referances.
- LOL, i agree!
So, tell me this AJ, if a n00b comes along, cusses everyone out and tears up the sight, would he be "equal" to the rest of us? --//Out of the Darkness// //Into the Light// 16:46, 23 February 2009 (UTC)