1. have a reputation for reliability: they are
2. are independent of the subject
verifiable by other editors
Good research and citing your sources
Articles written out of thin air may be better than nothing, but they are hard to
verify, which is an important part of building a trusted reference work. Please research with the
best sources available and
cite them properly. Doing this, along with not copying text, will help avoid any possibility of
plagiarism. We welcome good short articles, called "
stubs", that can serve as launching pads from which others can take off – stubs can be relatively short, a few sentences, but should provide some useful information. If you do not have enough material to write a good stub, you probably should not create an article. At the end of a stub, you should include a "stub template" like this: . See the
list of stub types for a list of all specific stub templates.) Stubs help track articles that need expansion.
Articles written about living persons must be referenced so that they can be
verified. Biographies about living subjects that lack sources may be deleted.
Advocacy and controversial material
Please do not write articles that advocate one particular viewpoint on politics, religion, or anything else. Understand what we mean by a
neutral point of view before tackling this sort of topic.
Articles that contain different definitions of the topic
Articles are primarily about what something is, not any term(s). If the article is
just about a word or phrase and especially if there are very different ways that a term is used, it usually belongs in
Wiktionary. Instead, try to write a good short first paragraph that
defines one subject as well as some more material to go with it.
Make sure there are incoming links to the new article from other Wikipedia articles (click "What links here" in the toolbox) and that the new article is included in at least one appropriate category (see
help:category). Otherwise it will be difficult for readers to find the article.
These are articles about places like schools, or streets that are of interest to a relatively small number of people such as alumni or people who live nearby. There is no consensus about such articles, but some will challenge them if they include nothing that shows how the place is special and different from tens of thousands of similar places. Photographs add interest. Try to give
local-interest articles local colour.
Third-party sources are the only way to prove that the subject you are writing about is
If you're trying to create a new page, you'll start with a completely empty edit box. If you see text in the editing box that is filled with words you didn't write (for example, the contents of this page), you're accidentally editing a pre-existing page. Don't save your changes. See
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