Recently there have been quite a few issues with users responding to comments or posts that break our wikis policies, because this is generally not accepted I felt that it was time for a quick reminder to avoid confusion.
When you see a comment or post that breaks wiki policies report it so that it can be handled accordingly by a user who knows how and has the ability to, but do not step into the matter yourself.
If you're responding to the comment to discuss what the user said and throw in your own thoughts you're likely breaking policies because you're replicating the same behavior. No matter who "started it" or what they said, you're responsible for your own actions and you won't receive any immunity from notices/warnings/blocks because you responded to something that broke policies.
If you're responding because you're trying to help out admins or because you're trying to inform the user their behavior is not allowed, you're also breaking policies. It's an admins job to handle such matters because they know how and have the ability to. Handling the matter improperly more often than not causes the matter to grow, grow at fault of you. Additionally admins do not act as personal users, but rather as admins and such matters are handled in user to admin relationships, not user to user.
Recently quite a few of us have broken policies in the manner explained above, though have not been issued any notices/warnings/blocked because these things have not been clearly expressed.
However, now that this reminder has been given, these things will no longer be allowed to slide. From now on, if you break policies in the manner explained above you will be given a notice/warning/block.
I hope this remindered has cleared the confusion you may have had on the subject.
If you have any questions or concerns feel free to express them below.
If not, I hope you will help us in leaving these issues behind so we can all enjoy our time here.
Have fun and happy editing!
I think it's best we all choose to put behind us what has already happened.
Also, let's not be rude to those who have and have chosen to admit to it, especially if we have done it in our past and forgotten.