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How Wikipedia Works by Ben Yates, Charles Matthews, Phoebe Ayers

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Chapter 13. Policy and Your Input

Wikipedia’s official policies apply to everyone—if you’re editing Wikipedia at all, rather than just reading it, then you have to accept that site policies apply to you too. Policies determine what types of articles are acceptable, what styles of writing are appropriate, and generally how editors should behave.

These policies are not dictated from on high. Like Wikipedia’s articles, they’ve been developed collaboratively by community members. In principle, anyone on the site can write and edit policy, and this chapter will brief you about how to participate. It will provide background on Wikipedia tradition and customs, which will help you understand the terms in which a debate is usually posed and give you a feel ...

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