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Wikipedia has a lofty goal: a comprehensive collection of all of the knowledge in the world.

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 Wikipedia 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

Wikipedia 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[edit]

  • Administration – discuses both the human administrative structure of Wikipedia, as well as its non-human components.
  • The essence of Wikipedia – describes how Wikipedia is the use of collective intelligence, collaboration, and preservation to build more and better content.
  • Statement of principles – by the co-founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, as updated by the community since then.
  • What Wikipedia is not – describes how there are certain things that Wikipedia is not.
  • Original Wikipedia policy – as edited by the co-founder of Wikipedia, 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), Wikipedia Policy, Wikipedia, archived from the original on 2007-12-11
  3. ^ Roblimo (28 July 2004). "Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales Responds". Slashdot. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Wikipedia 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[edit]

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