Wikipedia:Essays

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For the Wikiproject, see WP:WikiProject Essays. For the Wikipedia policy on personal essays as articles, see WP:NOTESSAY.
"Wikipedia:User essay" redirects here. For the category with a similar name, see Wikipedia:User essays.

Essays, as used by Wikipedia editors, typically contain advice or opinions of one or more Wikipedia contributors. The two main types are Wikipedia essays and User essays.

Types of essay[edit]

Wikipedia essays
Typically addresses some aspect of working in Wikipedia, but has not been formally adopted as a guideline or policy by the community at large.
See: Wikipedia:Wikipedia essays
User essays
These are similar to essays placed in the project namespace; however, they are often authored by only one person, and may represent a strictly personal viewpoint about Wikipedia. You should not normally edit someone else's user essay without permission.
See: Category:User essays
Wikipedia information pages
Wikipedia information pages, while not policies or guidelines themselves, are intended to supplement or clarify Wikipedia practices, guidelines, policies, or other Wikipedia norms and practices that in fact have communal consensus. Where essay pages offer advice or opinions through viewpoints, information pages supplement or clarify communal consensus through impartiality.
WikiProject advice pages
WikiProjects are groups of editors who like working together. Advice pages written by these groups are formally considered the same as pages written by anyone else, that is, they are essays unless and until they have been formally adopted as community-wide guidelines or policies. WikiProjects are encouraged to write essays explaining how the community's policies and guidelines should be applied to their areas of interest and expertise.
Historical essays
The Wikimedia Foundation's Meta-wiki was envisioned as the original place for editors to comment on and discuss Wikipedia, although the "Wikipedia" project space has since taken over most of that role. Many historical essays can still be found within Meta:Category:Essays.

Templates[edit]

Pages tagged with {{essay}} categorize into Category:Wikipedia essays if they are in the Wikipedia namespace and into Category:User essays if they are in userspace. Please use more specific templates where appropriate:

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