Wikipedia:Biographies of living persons
|This policy is changing to be simplified. This policy may not be complete yet and the policy at The English Wikipedia should be followed at the moment.|
|This page in a nutshell: Wikipedia pages can change real people's lives. This gives us a ethical and legal responsibility. Biographical material (material about a living person) must be made with the greatest care and attention to proof, neutrality and avoiding original research.|
Everyone must take extra care when changing pages with biographical material about a living person. Such content must have a high much care. The change must follow strictly all applicable laws in the United States and to all of our content policies, especially:
|What Wikipedia is not
Ignore all rules
|Neutral point of view
No original research
Biographies of living persons
|Working with others|
No personal attacks
No legal threats
|Full list of policies
List of guidelines
Pages about living persons must be made carefully, with care for the subject's privacy. Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, not a tabloid paper (newspaper); it is not our job to be sensationalist (Oh my! Look!), or to be the primary place for the spread of interesting claims about people's lives. The possibility of harm to living subjects is one of the important factors to be considered when using editorial decision.
We must get the page right. Always use of high quality references. Heated, arguable, material about living persons that is unsourced (without references) or poorly sourced—even if the content is negative (bad), positive (good), or just questionable—should be removed immediately and without waiting for discussion.
- Jimmy Wales. Keynote speech, Wikimania, August 2006.
- Jimmy Wales. "WikiEN-l Zero information is preferred to misleading or false information", May 16, 2006 and May 19, 2006