Creative Freedom, Human Freedom, and User Freedoms
Here and elsewhere, I believe people should generally be free to do what they will, and to develop their wills and understandings of each others will and needs through a process of experimentation, observation, and further action and reactions based upon their own particular or peculiar levels of awareness, ignorance and confusion about many things — not constrained by anything but natural limits and proper social limits developed in properly agreed-to ways. I recognize that those who go beyond or seek to go beyond such limits as seem natural or proper to others may be motivated by many factors which it is not always easy or even possible to properly explain to others, and they should generally be left free to explore many areas of reality and possibility to the extent they do not clearly endanger or improperly suppress or diminish the rights and freedoms of others.
People, being complex beings, will, of necessity, have many ideas of what might be right or best for themselves or others, and it is generally a good thing that they be allowed to recognize and develop an appreciation for such complexities as are actual, rather than be constrained or confined in ways that leave them free to think upon many matters in only very over-simplified and extremely deficient, deluded, or detrimental ways.
People can have many diverse preferences in terms of many styles of presentation and action, and preferences can change with time and circumstances, and people should be free to change. I strongly believe that they should not be too tightly bound to some meticulously prescribed systems which often arise amidst reasons and assumptions which are sometimes but poorly thought out, and which often are adopted or in some manner imposed upon them for reasons which are not clear to most, and not always generally beneficial ones.
Within a page for an author, the most basic citations styles long used here are those I consider best, which I have often used in these varieties:
- ** Source (2013), Ch. X : xoxox, p. xx
- Though I hold only the Source and Date to be absolutely essential, the other details are desirable, if available; I also believe the generally preferable time format should be "4 April 2013" as it is the standard used in the time-stamp signatures most everyone seems to understand.
- ** As quoted in Source (2013) by Author A. Author, p. xx
- ** As quoted in Source (2013) edited by Editor A. Editor, p. xx
I created templates such as that I have posted at User talk:Kalki/Chalkboard some time ago, and I am inclined to begin using such on nearly all theme articles I create now. Unless it is a very small page to start, and unlikely to grow, I would recommend others use such as well — they allow adding to and editing such pages to be much easier.