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|This page in a nutshell: Avoid writing or editing an article about yourself, other than to correct unambiguous errors of fact.|
Wikipedia has gone through many prolonged disputes about the significance, factual accuracy, and neutrality of such articles. Avoiding such editing keeps Wikipedia
Writing autobiographies is discouraged because it is difficult to write a neutral, verifiable autobiography, and there are many pitfalls.
If you have been published elsewhere on a topic, we welcome your expertise on the subject for Wikipedia articles. However, every Wikipedia article must cover its subject in a neutral, fair, and comprehensive way to advance knowledge of the subject as a whole. Please acknowledge and minimize your biases while enriching the Wikipedia readers' knowledge. Articles that exist primarily to advance the interests of the contributor will likely be deleted.
It is said that
Zaphod Beeblebrox's birth was markedby earthquakes, tidal waves, tornadoes, firestorms, the explosion of three neighbouring stars, and, shortly afterwards, by the issuing of over six and three quarter million writs for damages from all of the major landowners in his Galactic sector. However, the only person by whom this is said is Beeblebrox himself, and there are several possible theories to explain this.
There are a number of fundamental problems with autobiographies:
Just because you honestly believe you are being neutral doesn't mean you are.
The threshold between objectivity and autobiographical puffery is culturally constructed and the measure derives from what we are accustomed to consuming as disinterested journalism. The more truly neutral the source, the more truly diverse the sources, the more truly relevant the information, the less risk of the material presenting a self-aggrandizing impression. The principle of neutrality can be understood from the idea that facts appear impressive only when presented matter-of-factly. Merely using neutral language does not guarantee that the language will sound neutral.
Even if you believe you can synthesize an autobiography based only on verifiable material that is not original research you may still not be able to synthesize it in a completely neutral manner. For example, a recognized authority or prominent figure (or a writer composing on the person's behalf) might list objective summary data indicating such things as the sheer volume of one's published material, or the fact that their work has been translated into numerous languages or performed abroad. True claims expressing mere volume or scope can present a non-neutral impression that is usually recognizable to observers as deliberate self-aggrandizement as opposed to restrained journalism. Likewise, deep biographical detail, such as details of one's religious beliefs, the careers of one's