Wikipedia:Purpose

Wikipedia has a lofty goal: a comprehensive collection of all of the knowledge in the world.

Wikipedia's purpose is to benefit readers by acting as an encyclopedia, a comprehensive written compendium that contains information on all branches of knowledge. The goal of a Wikipedia article is to present a neutrally written summary of existing mainstream knowledge in a fair and accurate manner with a straightforward, '"just-the-facts style". Articles should have an encyclopedic style with a formal tone instead of essay-like, argumentative, promotional or opinionated writing.

Concept of an encyclopedia:

Wikipedia is intended to be the largest, most comprehensive, and most widely-available encyclopedia ever written:

Wikipedia's content is governed by three principal core content policies: neutral point of view, verifiability, and no original research:

See also

  • Administration – discuses both the human administrative structure of Wikipedia, as well as its non-human components.
  • The essence of Wikipedia – describes how Wikipedia is the use of collective intelligence, collaboration, and preservation to build more and better content.
  • Statement of principles – by the co-founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, as updated by the community since then.
  • What Wikipedia is not – describes how there are certain things that Wikipedia is not.
  • Original Wikipedia policy – as edited by the co-founder of Wikipedia, Larry Sanger, on November 1, 2001.
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