Wikipedia:List of policies

All policies are listed at Category:Wikipedia policies. A list that also includes guidelines is at List of policies and guidelines. This page is broken into the following categories:

  • Content, which defines the scope of the encyclopedia and the material that is suitable for it
  • Conduct, which describes how editors can successfully collaborate and what behavior is acceptable
  • Deletion, which explains the processes by which pages, revisions, and logs may be deleted
  • Enforcement, which accounts for various means by which standards may be enforced
  • Legal, which includes rules influenced by legal considerations, and remedies for their misuse
  • Procedural, which documents various processes by which the English Wikipedia operates

Content

Pages currently in Category:Wikipedia content policies:
Article titles
The ideal title for a Wikipedia article is recognizable to English speakers, easy to find, precise, concise, and consistent with other titles.
Biographies of living persons
Articles about living persons, which require a degree of sensitivity, must adhere strictly to Wikipedia's content policies. Be very firm about high-quality references, particularly about details of personal lives. Contentious material that is unsourced or poorly sourced should be removed immediately.
Image use policy
Generally avoid uploading non-free images; fully describe images' sources and copyright details on their description pages, and try to make images as useful and reusable as possible.
Neutral point of view
Everything that our readers can see, including articles, templates, categories and portals, must be written neutrally and without bias.
No original research
Articles may not contain any unpublished theories, data, statements, concepts, arguments, or ideas; or any new interpretation, analysis, or synthesis of published data, statements, concepts, arguments, or ideas that, in the words of Wikipedia's co-founder Jimbo Wales, would amount to a "novel narrative or historical interpretation."
Verifiability
Articles should cite sources whenever possible. While we cannot check the accuracy of cited sources, we can check whether they have been published by a reputable publication and whether independent sources have supported them on review. Any unsourced material may be challenged and removed.
What Wikipedia is not
Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia. Please avoid the temptation to use Wikipedia for other purposes.
Wikipedia is not a dictionary
Wikipedia is not a dictionary or a slang, jargon or usage guide.
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