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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.

Terminology

Wikipedia's rules and best practices are specified in these documents:

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Policy

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

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Guideline

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.

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Information page

An information page describes a process on Wikipedia and reflects community consensus.

The basics

The Five Pillars

The Five Pillars are the five fundamental principles of Wikipedia:

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Wikipedia is an encyclopedia
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Wikipedia is written from a neutral point of view
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Wikipedia is free content that anyone can use, edit, and distribute
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Editors should treat each other with respect and civility
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Wikipedia has no firm rules

List

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.


 

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Content policies
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Biographies of Living PersonsImage Use PolicyWikipedia is Not a Dictionary

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Content guidelines
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AutobiographyAccuracy DisputeContent ForkingExternal LinksNo Disclaimers in ArticlesNon-Free ContentNon-Free Use Rationale GuidelineNon-U.S. CopyrightsOffensive MaterialPublic DomainSpamSpoiler

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

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Notability guidelines
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AcademicsAstronomical ObjectsBooksEventsFilmsGeographic FeaturesMusicNumbersOrganizations and CompaniesPeopleSportsWeb

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Naming conventions
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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 FootballComicsCompaniesFaunaFilmsFloraUK 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

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Style guidelines
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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) – NovelsTelevision – Visual Arts – Writing About FictionHistoryMilitary HistoryBlazonLegalLegalTrademarksRegionalCanadaChinaFranceHawaiiIndiaIrelandJapanKoreaPhilippinesPolandSingaporeTrinidad and TobagoReligionIslamLatter Day SaintsScienceChemistryComputingMathematicsMedicineTaxoBox DocumentationSportsCue SportsSnookerWikipedia ContentDisambiguation PagesInfoboxes

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Conduct policies
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Clean StartDispute ResolutionEdit WarringNo Personal AttacksOwnership of ContentSockpuppetryUsername Policy

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Behavioral guidelines
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Appealing a BlockCanvassingChanging Username GuidelinesCourtesy VanishingDeceased Wikipedians GuidelinesDo Not Disrupt Wikipedia to Illustrate a PointGaming the SystemPlease Do Not Bite the NewcomersReviewingRollbackSignaturesSpam BlacklistLinking to External Harassment

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Deletion policies
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Attack PageOversightProposed Deletion of Biographies of Living PeopleRevision Deletion

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Deletion guidelines
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Deletion Guidelines for AdministratorsSpeedy Keep

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Procedural policies
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Arbitration Committee: CheckUser and OversightBot PolicyCheckUserGlobal Rights PolicyIP Block ExemptionPage moverOpen ProxiesVolunteer Response Team

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Procedural information
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Enforcement policies
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Discretionary SanctionsBanning Policy

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Legal policies
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Child ProtectionCopyright ViolationsLibelNon-Free Content CriteriaPaid-contribution disclosureReusing Wikipedia Content

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Project content guidelines
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UserboxesWikiProject Council Guide

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Template guidelines
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High-Risk TemplatesSubstitutionTalk Page Templates

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Reference Desk guidelines
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GeneralMedical advice

See also

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