Wikipedia:List of policies and guidelines
|This is an information page that describes a communal consensus on some aspect or aspects of Wikipedia's norms and practices. It is intended to supplement and/or clarify a process or some guidance. It is not one of Wikipedia's policies or guidelines; where something is inconsistent with this essay, please defer to those.|
|Policies and guidelines|
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- 1 Terminology
- 2 The basics
- 3 Full list
- 3.1 Content policies
- 3.2 Content guidelines
- 3.3 Editing guidelines
- 3.4 Notability guidelines
- 3.5 Naming conventions
- 3.6 Style guidelines
- 3.7 Conduct policies
- 3.8 Behavioral guidelines
- 3.9 Deletion policies
- 3.10 Deletion guidelines
- 3.11 Procedural policies
- 3.12 Enforcement policies
- 3.13 Legal policies
- 3.14 Project content guidelines
- 3.15 Template guidelines
- 4 See also
Wikipedia's rules and best practices are specified in two types of documents:
A policy documents a rule or standard with wide acceptance among Wikipedia editors that all users should normally follow.
A guideline is a set of best practices that are supported by the consensus of Wikipedia editors. Editors should attempt to follow guidelines, though they are best treated with common sense. Occasional exceptions may apply. Naming conventions are considered guidelines.
The Five Pillars
The Five Pillars are the five fundamental principles of Wikipedia:
- Wikipedia is an encyclopedia.
- Wikipedia is written from a neutral point of view.
- Wikipedia is free content that anyone can use, edit, and distribute.
- Editors should treat each other with respect and civility.
- Wikipedia has no firm rules.
|Large-print links are broad, fundamental policies and guidelines that apply throughout Wikipedia.
Normal-print links are policies and guidelines that are general in scope but may apply to more specific situations.
Small-print links are policies and guidelines that are specific to a subject area or process on Wikipedia.
Arbitration Committee: CheckUser and Oversight – Bot Policy – Bureaucrats – CheckUser – Global Rights Policy – IP Block Exemption – Mediation Committee Policy – Office Actions – Open Proxies – Volunteer Response Team
Project content guidelines
- Community standards and advice – a quick directory of community norms and related guidance essays.
- Advice pages – about advice pages written by WikiProjects.
- Introduction to policies and guidelines – a quick introduction to the major policies and guidelines for very new users.
- Keep in mind – a quick introduction on how to apply policies and guidelines as you go about editing.
- Related essays
- Simplified rule-set – some basic aspect of Wikipedia norms and practices.
- Eight rules for editing – if you start out by following these simple rules, the rest should come naturally.
- Ten rules for editing – Wikipedia can be daunting, but here we provide tips to make editing smoother.
- Trifecta – ultra fast overview of foundational principles related to policies and guidelines.
- The rules are principles – policies and guidelines exist as rough approximations of their underlying principles.