# If a reply comes, try to agree about the wording to be used. That way, when an agreement is reached, an edit war is very unlikely. This has the disadvantage that the article stays in an unsatisfying state for a longer period, but an article that changes frequently does not create a good impression with other Wikipedians or of the project as a whole.
=== A few things to bear in mind ===
Wikipedia articles are supposed to represent all views, instead of supporting one over another, even if you believe something strongly. Talk (discussion) pages are not a place to debate value judgments about which of those views are right or wrong or better. If you want to do that, there are venues such as [[Usenet]], public [[weblog]]s, and other [[wiki]]s. Use article talk pages to discuss the accuracy/ inaccuracy, POV bias , or other problems in the article, not as a [[Wikipedia:Wikipedia is not a soapbox|soapbox]] for [[advocacy]].
* If someone disagrees with you, this does not necessarily mean that the person hates you, that the person thinks that you are stupid, that the person is stupid, or that the person is mean. When people post opinions without practical implications for the article, it is best to just leave them alone. What you think is not necessarily right or necessarily wrong—a common example of this is [[religion]]. Before you think about insulting someone's views, think about what would happen if they insulted yours. Remember that anything written on Wikipedia is kept permanently, even if it is not visible.
* Wikipedia invites you to [[Wikipedia:Be bold in updating pages|be bold]], though it is wise to remember that it is possible to be ''too'' bold. Before initiating discussion, ask yourself: is this necessary to discuss? Could I provide a [[Help:Edit summary|summary]] with my edit and wait for others to express opinions if they like? Might my actions have consequences that I have not considered?
* You can always take a discussion to [[e-mail]] or to your user page, if it is not essential to the article.
* If you know you do not get along with someone, do not interact with him or her more than you need to do. Unnecessary conflict distracts everyone from the task of making a good encyclopedia, and is unpleasant. Following someone you dislike around Wikipedia - [[Wikipedia:Harassment|Wikihounding]] - can be disruptive. If you do not get along with someone, try to become friendlier. If that does not help the situation then it is probably best to avoid them.
* Though editing articles is acceptable and encouraged, editing the signed words of another editor on a talk page or other discussion page is generally ''not'' acceptable, as it can alter the meaning of the original comment and misrepresent the original editor's thoughts. Avoid editing another editor's comments unless necessary.
== Other words of advice ==