Wikipedia's purpose is to benefit readers by acting as an encyclopedia, a comprehensive written compendium that contains information on all branches of knowledge. The goal of a article is to present a neutrally written summary of existing mainstream knowledge in a fair and accurate manner with a straightforward, "just-the-facts style". Articles should have an encyclopedic style with a formal tone instead of essay-like, argumentative, promotional or opinionated writing.

Concept of an encyclopedia:

is intended to be the largest, most comprehensive, and most widely-available encyclopedia ever written:

Wikipedia's content is governed by three principal core content policies: neutral point of view, verifiability, and no original research:

See also

  • Administration – discuses both the human administrative structure of, as well as its non-human components.
  • The essence of – describes how is the use of collective intelligence, collaboration, and preservation to build more and better content.
  • Statement of principles – by the co-founder of, Jimmy Wales, as updated by the community since then.
  • What is not – describes how there are certain things that is not.
  • Original policy – as edited by the co-founder of, Larry Sanger, on November 1, 2001.


  1. ^ Diderot, Denis and d'Alembert, Jean le Rond Encyclopédie. University of Michigan Library:Scholarly Publishing Office and DLXS. Retrieved on: November 17, 2007
  2. ^ Sanger, Larry (1 November 2001), Policy, Wikipedia, archived from the original on 2007-12-11
  3. ^ Roblimo (28 July 2004). "Founder Jimmy Wales Responds". Slashdot. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
  4. ^ "is an encyclopedia". Wikimedia. March 8, 2005. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  5. ^ "Neutral point of view/draft - Meta".
  6. ^ "Wikipedia: NeutralPointOfView". 16 April 2001.

External links

External video
Jimmy Wales: The birth of, 2005 TED (conference), 20 mins.
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