From Electrical Engineering TA Handbook
Frequently, on several of our process pages, people make comments containing the word per, such as:
Among new users, there is the occasional confusion about what the word per means and implies. Specifically, "Merge per WP:CUTS" means either:
- "In my opinion we should merge this, for the reasoning explained on WP:CUTS"
- "I interpret WP:CUTS as recommending this course of action be taken, and furthermore I think that the current version of WP:CUTS provides a good principle on which to base choices in matters like this one".
It is sometimes misunderstood as, but specifically does not mean, the following:
- "WP:CUTS is officially policy and therefore it is mandatory to merge this".
Now, "WP:CUTS isn't policy!" is not the proper way to go about such a challenge. It would be only a straw man argument. WP:CUTS might not be a policy, but it is still a reason. You are free to disagree, to debate, to provide your own reason – with or without reference to any other page – or to challenge the referenced WP:CUTS contents. Moreover, Wikipedia has a rule about ignoring all the rules, so you can do the same even if WP:CUTS in fact is a policy.
Many pages have a CAPITALIZED shortcut like "WP:PAGE"; this does not give those pages any greater degree of officiality, the shortcut exists just for convenience. For instance, such shortcuts are used for policy, guidelines, essays, wikiprojects and parody pages.
The "Oppose per User:Example" means the following:
- "User:Example makes a good argument, and I'm going to recommend the course of action because I substantially agree with the bulk of what s/he said".