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pronoun

The choice of pronoun is the most important signal of point of view. Use of the pronoun "I?" indicates a personal or private point of view, and should in general be confined to a position paper that is signed and not open for others to edit. This should be named with its main point, not with a generic title, as it is rude and unfair to take up generic names with personal views.

Use of the pronoun "we" indicates that some group has agreed to some joint commitment and action. In the Living Platform this word should be reserved to mean all active participants in LP, and perhaps to mean the consensus or will of all members of the Green Party of Canada or just one of the committees it sets up to deal with some range of issues. See we for more detail on this important question.

An especially central question is the way multiple point of view is to be expressed. If there is a naming convention to express the point of view directly in the article/page title, then, it may be quite clear who "we" are, e.g. an article with a name like Basic Income (critical)? implies that "we" within that article are "we who are critical of Basic Income proposals". Likewise a name like fishery (vegan)? implies that "we" within that article are "vegans who debate the fishery."

In general LP articles should follow a neutral point of view in which we attribute? views to specific authors, e.g. "Hayley Eastosays...", "According to Issue Advocate Tom Manley)...", "The ((urbanist? Jane Jacobs claims...". Among other things this satisfies the Terms of Use exactly - such attribution information is far less likely to be obscured or lost as articles are being edited. Putting things in third party journalistic form from the beginning makes it more likely they'll be used in close to their Green wording by journalists, which is exactly what "we" want.

Use of they? or them? is problematic - especially when it is used to mean factions who might agree on some issues and not on others, e.g. other political party activists in other parties, or even with the Greens. Or to mean Americans or others who we cooperate with closely on, on some issues, and not on others. Use of you? is problematic also - use "one" where one can.

In the New Troll point of view, one may use "trolls" as a pronoun to mean "all dissenters" or "all who might disagree with the prevailing view" or "all who are rejected by editors". This use normally signals one accepting a status of troll and expressing confidence in the usefulness of trolling.



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