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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.

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Terminology[edit]

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:

""Encyclopedia icon.svg "Wikipedia is an encyclopedia
""Scale icon green.svg "Wikipedia is written from a neutral point of view
""Jigsaw piece yellow 01.svg "Wikipedia is free content that anyone can use, edit, and distribute
""Smiley icon orange.svg "Editors should treat each other with respect and civility
""Light bulb icon red.svg "Wikipedia has no firm rules

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 Persons – "Image Use Policy – "Wikipedia is Not a Dictionary

""Blue check.svg "Content guidelines[edit]

"Autobiography – "Accuracy Dispute – "Content Forking – "External Links – "No Disclaimers in Articles – "Non-Free Content – "Non-Free Use Rationale Guideline – "Non-U.S. Copyrights – "Offensive Material – "Portal Guidelines – "Public Domain – "Spam – "Spoiler

""Blue check.svg "Editing guidelines[edit]

"As Of – "Broad-Concept Articles – "Categories, Lists, and Navigation Templates – "Copying within Wikipedia – "Reviewing Good Articles – "Hatnote – "Page Blanking – "Overcategorization – "Preparing Images for Upload – "Red Link – "Redirect – "Set Index Articles – "Shortcut – "Soft Redirect – "Spellchecking – "Subpages – "Updating Information – "User Categories

""Blue check.svg "Notability guidelines[edit]

"Academics – "Astronomical Objects – "Books – "Events – "Films – "Geographic Features – "Music – "Numbers – "Organizations and Companies – "People – "Sports – "Web

""Blue check.svg Naming conventions[edit]

"Acronyms – "Capitalization – "Country-Specific Topics – "Definite or Indefinite Articles – "Events – "Geographic Names – "Numbers and Dates – "Long Lists – "People – "Plurals – "Technical Restrictions – "Use English

"Aircraft – "Ancient Romans – "Armenian – "Astronomical Objects – "Australian Roads – "Baseball Players – "Belgium: Castle, Country House, Château and Kasteel – "Belgium: Alternate Language Names – "Books – "Broadcasting – "Brussels – "Burmese – "Law Enforcement Agency Categories – "Chemistry – "Chinese – "Clergy – "College Football – "Comics – "Companies – "Fauna – "Films – "Flora – "Geographic names – "UK Parliament Constituencies – "Government and Legislation– "Greek – "Hebrew – "Ice Hockey – "Indic – "Irish Categories – "Korean – "Languages – "Latter Day Saints – "Macedonia – "Manuscripts – "Mongolian – "Music – "New Zealand – "Norse Mythology – "Operas – "Ethnicities and Tribes – "Mining – "Political Parties – "Ships – "Sports Teams – "Sportspeople – "Stations in Poland – "Television – "Tibetan – "Royalty and Nobility – "U.S. State and Territory Highways – "UK Stations – "Video Games – "West Bank – "Swiss Municipalities – "Writing Systems

""Blue check.svg "Style guidelines[edit]

Content: "Accessibility – "Biographies – "Linking – "Self-References to Avoid – "Words to Watch – "Wikimedia Sister Projects

Formatting: "Abbreviations – "Capital Letters – "Dates and Numbers – "Pronunciation – "Proper Names – "Spelling – "Text Formatting – "Titles

Layout: "Layout – "Lead Section – "Lists ("Embedded Lists – "Lists of Works – "Road Junction Lists – "Stand-Alone Lists) – "Tables – "Trivia Sections

Images: "Images – "Captions – "Icons

Arts – "Anime and Manga – "Comics – "Film – "Music ("Music Samples – "Record Charts – "Stringed Instrument Tunings) – "Novels – "Television – "Visual Arts – "Writing About FictionHistory – "Military History – "BlazonLegal – "Legal – "TrademarksRegional – "Canada – "China – "France – "Hawaii – "India – "Ireland – "Japan – "Korea – "Philippines – "Poland – "Singapore – "Trinidad and TobagoReligion – "Islam – "Latter Day SaintsScience – "Chemistry – "Computing – "Mathematics – "Medicine – "TaxoBox DocumentationSports – "Cue Sports – "SnookerWikipedia Content – "Disambiguation Pages – "Infoboxes

""Green check.svg "Conduct policies[edit]

"Clean Start – "Dispute Resolution – "Edit Warring – "No Personal Attacks – "Ownership of Articles – "Sock Puppetry – "Username Policy

""Blue check.svg "Behavioral guidelines[edit]

"Appealing a Block – "Article Feedback Response Guidelines – "Canvassing – "Changing Username Guidelines – "Courtesy Vanishing – "Deceased Wikipedians Guidelines – "Do Not Disrupt Wikipedia to Illustrate a Point – "Gaming the System – "Please Do Not Bite the Newcomers – "Reviewing – "Rollback – "Signatures – "Spam Blacklist – "Linking to External Harassment

""Green check.svg "Deletion policies[edit]

"Attack Page – "Oversight – "Proposed Deletion (Books) – "Proposed Deletion of Biographies of Living People – "Revision Deletion

""Blue check.svg "Deletion guidelines[edit]

"Deletion Guidelines for Administrators – "Speedy Keep

""Green check.svg "Procedural policies[edit]

"Arbitration Committee: CheckUser and Oversight – "Bot Policy – "Bureaucrats – "CheckUser – "Global Rights Policy – "IP Block Exemption – "Mediation Committee Policy – "Page mover – "Office Actions – "Open Proxies – "Volunteer Response Team

""Green check.svg "Enforcement policies[edit]

"Discretionary Sanctions – "Banning Policy

""Green check.svg "Legal policies[edit]

"Child Protection – "Copyright Violations – "Libel – "Non-Free Content Criteria – "Paid-contribution disclosure – "Reusing Wikipedia Content

""Blue check.svg Project content guidelines[edit]

"Userboxes – "WikiProject Council Guide

""Blue check.svg Template guidelines[edit]

"High-Risk Templates – "Substitution – "Talk Page Templates

See also[edit]

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