Wikipedia:List of policies

All policies are listed at Category:Wikipedia policies. A list that also includes guidelines is at List of policies and guidelines. This page is broken into the following categories:

The ideal title for a Wikipedia article is recognizable to English speakers, easy to find, precise, concise, and consistent with other titles.
Articles about living persons, which require a degree of sensitivity, must adhere strictly to Wikipedia's content policies. Be very firm about high-quality references, particularly about details of personal lives. Contentious material that is unsourced or poorly sourced should be removed immediately.
Generally avoid uploading non-free images; fully describe images' sources and copyright details on their description pages, and try to make images as useful and reusable as possible.
Everything that our readers can see, including articles, templates, categories and portals, must be written neutrally and without bias.
Articles may not contain any unpublished theories, data, statements, concepts, arguments, or ideas; or any new interpretation, analysis, or synthesis of published data, statements, concepts, arguments, or ideas that, in the words of Wikipedia's co-founder Jimbo Wales, would amount to a "novel narrative or historical interpretation."
Articles should cite sources whenever possible. While we cannot check the accuracy of cited sources, we can check whether they have been published by a reputable publication and whether independent sources have supported them on review. Any unsourced material may be challenged and removed.
Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia. Please avoid the temptation to use Wikipedia for other purposes.
Rudeness or insensitivity, whether intentional or not, can distract from and interfere with our work. Dispute resolution forums are available when civil, reasoned discussion breaks down.
Consensus among equals is our only tool for resolving content disputes, and our main tool for resolving all other disputes.
The first step to resolving any dispute is to talk to those who disagree with you. If that fails, there are more structured forms of discussion available.
Improve pages wherever you can, and don't worry about leaving them imperfect. It is advisable to explain major changes.
Do not stop other editors from enjoying Wikipedia by making threats, nitpicking good-faith edits to different articles, repeated annoying and unwanted contacts, repeated personal attacks or posting personal information.
Do not make personal attacks anywhere in Wikipedia. Comment on the content, not on the contributor. Personal attacks damage the community and deter editors.
Although you retain some rights under Wikipedia's copyright provisions, pages that you create and edit belong to the community. Others can and often do mercilessly edit "your" material.
Do not use multiple accounts to create the illusion of greater support for an issue, to mislead others, or to circumvent a block. Do not ask your friends to create accounts to support you or anyone.
Choose a neutral username with which you will be happy. You can usually change your name if you need to by asking, but you cannot delete it.
Vandalism is any addition, deletion, or change to content made in a deliberate attempt to compromise the integrity of the encyclopedia. It is inappropriate behavior for an online encyclopedia.
A Wikipedia article, page, category, redirect or image that exists primarily to disparage its subject is an "attack page". These pages are subject to being deleted by any administrator at any time.
Articles, images, categories etc. may be "speedily deleted" if they clearly fall within certain categories, which generally boil down to pages lacking content, or disruptive pages. Anything potentially controversial should go through the deletion process instead.
Deleting articles requires an administrator and generally follows a consensus-forming process. Most potentially controversial deletions require a three-step process and a waiting period of a week.
Content can be hidden from both users and administrators under certain strict criteria.
As a shortcut around the Articles for Deletion ("AfD") process, for uncontroversial deletions an article can be proposed for deletion, but only once. If no one contests the proposed deletion within seven days, an administrator may delete the article.
Articles that are unsourced biographies of living persons can be proposed for deletion through a special process. If no one contests the proposed deletion within seven days, an administrator may delete the article. In order to contest the proposed deletion, at least one reliable source supporting at least one statement in the article must be added.
A function available to administrators to eliminate grossly improper posts and log entries.
Administrators, like all editors, are not perfect beings. However, in general, they are expected to act as role models within the community, and a good general standard of civility, fairness, and general conduct both to editors and in content matters, is expected. When acting as administrators, they are also expected to be fair, exercise good judgment, and give explanations and be communicative as necessary.
Extremely disruptive editors may be banned from Wikipedia. Please respect these bans, do not bait banned users, and do not help them out. Bans can be appealed to Jimbo Wales or the Arbitration Committee, depending on the nature of the ban.
Disruptive editors can be blocked from editing for short, long, or indefinite periods of time.
Pages can be protected against vandals or during fierce content disputes. Protected pages can, but in general should not, be edited by administrators. In addition, pages undergoing frequent vandalism can be semi-protected to block edits by very new or unregistered editors.

These are policies with legal implications. Outside of policies, such as those below and the office actions policy, Wikipedia does not censor itself of content that may be objectionable or offensive, or adopt other perennial legal proposals over content, so long as the content obeys the law of the United States. Legal issues are raised by filing a formal complaint with the Wikimedia Foundation.

Editors who advocate or attempt to pursue or facilitate inappropriate adult–child relationships, or who identify themselves as paedophiles, are to be blocked indefinitely.
Relates to material copied from sources that are either not public domain, or are not compatibly licensed without the permission of the copyright holder. Wikipedia has no tolerance for copyright violations in our encyclopedia, and we actively strive to find and remove any violations.
Relates to the copyrighted Wikipedia text being licensed to the public under one or several liberal licenses.
The global non-discrimination policy for staff and contractors, as set by the Board of Trustees.
The Exemption Doctrine Policy for the English Wikipedia. The cases in which you can declare usage of a non-free image, audio clip, or video clip as "fair use" are quite narrow. You must specify the exact use, and only use the image or clip in that one context. Only use non-free content as a last resort.
Editors must disclose their employer, client, and affiliation with respect to any contribution for which they receive, or expect to receive, compensation.
Programs that update pages automatically in a useful and harmless way may be welcome, as long as their owners seek approval first and are careful to keep them from running amok or being a drain on resources.
CheckUser is a tool allowed to be used by a small number of editors who are permitted to examine user IP information and other server log data under certain circumstances, for the purposes of protecting Wikipedia against actual and potential disruption and abuse.
Edit filter helper is a user group that allows non-administrators to view the details, code, and logs of private edit filters, but not to edit them.
The file mover user right allows users to rename files subject to policy.
English Wikipedia restrictions on users who have global rights on all Foundation sites
Interface administrators are users who can edit all scripts and style pages in the MediaWiki namespace.
Editors in good standing whose editing is disrupted by unrelated blocks or firewalls may request IP block exemption, which allows editing on an otherwise-blocked IP address.
New page reviewers work with the New Pages Feed and the Page Curation Tool to process, approve, or tag newly created pages.
Open proxies may be blocked from editing for any period at any time to deal with editing abuse.
The page mover permission allows editors to move pages, and subpages, without leaving redirects.
The template editor permission allows editors to make changes to templates and modules that are protected with template-protection.
If you disagree with an edit that was made referencing a volunteer response ticket number as a reason, or in the edit summary, please follow the steps listed at "".
"If a rule prevents you from improving or maintaining Wikipedia, ignore it."
While all users are asked to maintain a strong password, some users with advanced permissions are required to do so and the strength of their passwords may be audited by the Wikimedia Foundation.