Wikipedia:Wikipedia is not a social networking site

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Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia and, as a means to that end, an online community of people interested in building a high-quality encyclopedia in a spirit of mutual respect. Wikipedia is not, however, a social networking site.


Social networking sites are places where people meet and converse with each other online. A primary example is Facebook. Wikipedia is in no way such a website. While it does have forums for discussion such as the village pump and talk pages, these pages should be used to improve the encyclopedia. Users are expected to contribute to the encyclopedia, and not treat it like a forum.

User pages[edit]

User pages are given to Wikipedia users, and they are allowed to express themselves appropriately on them. However, it is expected of Wikipedia users to do so in a manner that may assist the project and not bring it into disrepute. Statements such as promoting illegal activities (illegal in the United States), hosting copyrighted materials, spouting hatred towards anyone, or political grandstanding should never be put on your Wikipedia user page. This includes creating userboxes and categories meant for use on userpages that promote the same agendas.

Users with no Edits, other than their own: user and user talk pages
Wikipedia users who also make no constructive edits other than to their own user page, user talk page, or the user pages and user talk pages of others face a block as well as their user page deleted if when notified of such do not change their actions.
If Users are trying to learn and organize their own user and user talk pages, while making no constructive edits during this time, they shall be exempt from being blocked [1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ See Talk Page with this section:' "Re: User's that make no constructive edits other to own pages only: Allow learning exemption." If this link does not work or its not on the talk page, then see archive and check for this section title.