Wikipedia:Eight simple rules for editing our encyclopedia

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Even though there is a huge number of policy and guideline pages, you can get a good sense of how to edit Wikipedia by following these eight simple rules.

To some, Wikipedia can seem very bureaucratic. There are hundreds of policy and guideline pages, a virtual "alphabet soup" such as WP:V, WP:OR, WP:NPOV, WP:RS, WP:THIS, and WP:THAT (not to mention over 1600 like this one). However, if you start out by following these eight simple rules, the rest should come naturally.

Be certain that you are here to build an encyclopedia[edit]

Wikipedia is not the place to host your blog or personal web page, or to promote yourself, your company, your band, etc. If you are here to do only one thing and that one thing is prohibited by policy, guideline, and/or consensus, then this is not the project for you.

Assume that any other editor you encounter is also "here to build an encyclopedia" unless there is evidence to the contrary. Note that simply disagreeing with you is not "evidence to the contrary"."delet all program"y

There's not much more to say about this than has already been written in the link above and in various other policy, guideline, and essay pages except that it's our basic editorial policy. In other words, Wikipedia would not be "Wikipedia" without it.

For this project to work, editors have to behave civilly toward each other and treat each other with respect. No matter how smart you are or what you have to offer, if you're constantly rude to everybody and treating others in a condescending manner, then nobody is going to listen to you or want to work with you.

This one is very simple. If a rule would prevent you from improving, or preventing harm to, the encyclopedia, then just ignore it. However, be certain that what you are doing would really improve Wikipedia and is not just something that you want to do. Be prepared to justify your actions to anybody with a reasonable objection.

Wikipedia is not an MMORPG or other role playing game. Your edits can affect real people in the real world. You should have reliable sources for anything potentially controversial or likely to be challenged. This is especially true when writing about living people. Wikipedia is an online free-content encyclopedia project helping to create a world in which everyone can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. About-wiki

Wikipedia is not about winning or losing. Holding grudges against other editors who disagree with you only creates unnecessary drama and negative effects that distract others from improving the encyclopedia.

No matter how mundane your edits or how right you think you are, there will be times when other editors will object to, revert, and/or otherwise question your edits. In these cases, you must be prepared to discuss and justify your contributions. The role of "Talk page" discussion is so important that the Bold, Revert, Discuss cycle has been encouraged as a model for editing. If your only edits to talk pages are periodically blanking your own, then this is not the project for you.

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