Wiktionary:Policies and guidelines

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Wiktionary is a collaborative project and its founders and contributors have common goals.

Wiktionary policies and guidelines help us to work toward those common goals. These policies are continually evolving, and need some effort to maintain their evolution. You can contribute to the effort.

Key policies

You don't need to read every Wiktionary policy before you contribute! However, the following principles are key to a productive, collaborative Wiktionary experience, and should always be borne in mind.

  1. Wiktionary is a dictionary, thesaurus, and phrasebook.
  2. Wiktionary is multi-lingual in that it has entries for words from any language. It aims to cover Every Word from Every Language. This Wiktionary is the English-language Wiktionary. That means the texts of entries, including those for words from other languages, are written in English. Wiktionaries in other languages give definitions of these words in their own languages. See also the developing policy on foreign words and translations.
  3. Respect copyrights. Wiktionary is a free dictionary licensed under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License and the Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Submitting work which infringes copyrights threatens our objective to build a truly free dictionary that anyone can redistribute, and could lead to legal problems. See Wiktionary copyrights for more information.
  4. Avoid bias. Entries should be written from a neutral point of view, representing all usages fairly and sympathetically.
  5. Respect other contributors. Wiktionary contributors come from many different countries and cultures, and have widely different views. Treating others with respect is key to collaborating effectively in building this Wiktionary. For some guidelines, see Wiktionary:Civility and Wiktionary:Dispute resolution.

A former alphabetical list of policies was at Wiktionary:Index to Policies, but is no longer maintained.