Wikipedia:List of policies and guidelines

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The following is a comprehensive list of policies and guidelines. For descriptive directories see Wikipedia:List of policies, Wikipedia:List of guidelines and Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Contents.


Wikipedia's rules and best practices are specified in two types of documents:

Green check.svg Policy[edit]

A policy documents a rule or standard with wide acceptance among Wikipedia editors that all users should normally follow.

Blue check.svg Guideline[edit]

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 basics[edit]

The Five Pillars[edit]

The Five Pillars are the five fundamental principles of Wikipedia:

Full list[edit]

  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.

Green check.svg Content policies[edit]

Biographies of Living PersonsImage Use PolicyWikipedia is Not a Dictionary

Blue check.svg Content guidelines[edit]

AutobiographyAccuracy DisputeContent ForkingExternal LinksNo Disclaimers in ArticlesNon-Free ContentNon-Free Use Rationale GuidelineNon-U.S. CopyrightsOffensive MaterialPortal GuidelinesPublic DomainSpamSpoiler

Blue check.svg Editing guidelines[edit]

As OfBroad Concept ArticlesCategories, Lists, and Navigation TemplatesCopying within WikipediaReviewing Good ArticlesHatnotePage BlankingOvercategorizationPreparing Images for UploadRed LinkRedirectSet Index ArticlesShortcutSoft RedirectSpellcheckingSubpagesUpdating InformationUser Categories

Blue check.svg Notability guidelines[edit]

AcademicsAstronomical ObjectsBooksEventsFilmsGeographic FeaturesMusicNumbersOrganizations and CompaniesPeopleSportsWeb

Blue check.svg Naming conventions[edit]

AcronymsCapitalizationCountry-Specific TopicsDefinite or Indefinite ArticlesEventsGeographic NamesNumbers and DatesLong ListsPeoplePluralsTechnical RestrictionsUse English

AircraftAncient RomansArmenianAstronomical ObjectsAustralian RoadsBaseball PlayersBelgium: Castle, Country House, Château and KasteelBelgium: Alternate Language NamesBooksBroadcastingBrusselsBurmeseLaw Enforcement Agency CategoriesChemistryChineseClergyCollege FootballComicsCompaniesFaunaFilmsFloraGeographic namesUK Parliament ConstituenciesGovernment and LegislationGreekHebrewIce HockeyIndicIrish CategoriesKoreanLanguagesLatter Day SaintsMacedoniaManuscriptsMongolianMusicNew ZealandNorse MythologyOperasEthnicities and TribesMiningPolitical PartiesShipsSports TeamsSportspeopleStations in PolandTelevisionTibetanRoyalty and NobilityU.S. State and Territory HighwaysUK StationsVideo GamesWest BankSwiss MunicipalitiesWriting Systems

Blue check.svg Style guidelines[edit]

Content: AccessibilityBiographiesLinkingSelf-References to AvoidWords to WatchWikimedia Sister Projects

Formatting: AbbreviationsCapital LettersDates and NumbersPronunciationProper NamesSpellingText FormattingTitles

Layout: LayoutLead SectionLists (Embedded ListsLists of WorksRoad Junction ListsStand-Alone Lists)TablesTrivia Sections

Images: ImagesCaptionsIcons

ArtsAnime and MangaComicsFilmMusic (Music SamplesRecord ChartsStringed Instrument Tunings) – NovelsTelevisionVisual ArtsWriting About FictionHistoryMilitary HistoryBlazonLegalLegalTrademarksRegionalCanadaChinaFranceHawaiiIndiaIrelandJapanKoreaPhilippinesPolandSingaporeTrinidad and TobagoReligionIslamLatter Day SaintsScienceChemistryComputingMathematicsMedicineTaxoBox DocumentationSportsCue SportsSnookerWikipedia ContentDisambiguation PagesInfoboxes

Green check.svg Conduct policies[edit]

Clean StartDispute ResolutionEdit WarringNo Personal AttacksOwnership of ArticlesSock PuppetryUsername Policy

Blue check.svg Behavioral guidelines[edit]

Appealing a BlockArticle Feedback Response GuidelinesCanvassingChanging Username GuidelinesCourtesy VanishingDeceased Wikipedians GuidelinesDo Not Disrupt Wikipedia to Illustrate a PointGaming the SystemPlease Do Not Bite the NewcomersReviewingRollbackSignaturesSpam BlacklistLinking to External Harassment

Green check.svg Deletion policies[edit]

Attack PageOversightProposed Deletion (Books)Proposed Deletion of Biographies of Living PeopleRevision Deletion

Blue check.svg Deletion guidelines[edit]

Deletion Guidelines for AdministratorsSpeedy Keep

Green check.svg Procedural policies[edit]

Arbitration Committee: CheckUser and OversightBot PolicyBureaucratsCheckUserGlobal Rights PolicyIP Block ExemptionMediation Committee PolicyOffice ActionsOpen ProxiesVolunteer Response Team

Green check.svg Enforcement policies[edit]

Discretionary SanctionsBanning Policy

Green check.svg Legal policies[edit]

Child ProtectionCopyright ViolationsLibelNon-Free Content CriteriaReusing Wikipedia Content

Blue check.svg Project content guidelines[edit]

UserboxesWikiProject Council Guide

Blue check.svg Template guidelines[edit]

High-Risk TemplatesSubstitutionTalk Page Templates

See also[edit]

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