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The following pages offer guidance on the style and content of
Wikipedia articles, and explain the Wikipedia community and important policies and conventions. This is a basic ''tutorial'', not [[Help:Wikipedia: The Missing Manual|an extensive manual]] or [[ WP:TWA|interactive learning environment]]. For more details on any information in the tutorial, you can click on the links to other resource pages as you read, opening them in a separate browser window or tab.
[[File:Edit Button.ogv|thumb|thumbtime=0:42|A short video about that "Edit" button and what it can do when '''you are bold!''']]
As a new contributor, you may feel a little overwhelmed by the sheer size and scope of [[
Wikipedia:About|this site]]. No new user can understand everything at first, and it's acceptable to [[ WP:COMMONSENSE|use common sense]] as you go about your editing. Wikipedia not only allows you to create, revise, and edit articles—it ''wants'' you to do so (see [[ WP:Bold|be bold]])! You just need to remember that while there are many protocols, [[ WP:PERFECTION|perfection is not required]], since [[ WP:WIP| Wikipedia is a work in progress]]. Collaborative editing means that incomplete or poorly written first drafts can [[ Wikipedia:Article development|evolve]] over time into excellent articles.
The goal of a
Wikipedia article is to create a comprehensive and [[ WP:NPOV|neutrally written]] summary of existing mainstream knowledge about a topic: Wikipedia does not publish [[ WP:NOR|original research]]. An encyclopedia is, by its nature, a [[tertiary source]] that provides a survey of information already published in the wider world. So we require that information be [[ WP:Verify|verifiable]] in [[ Wikipedia:Identifying reliable sources|reliable external sources]]. Ideally, all information should refer to reliable outside sources, using ''[[ WP:REFB|citations]]''. When adding content and creating new articles, an [[ Wikipedia:Encyclopedic style|encyclopedic style]] with a [[ WP:TONE|formal tone]] is important. Instead of essay-like, argumentative, or opinionated writing, Wikipedia articles should have a straightforward, [[ Wikipedia:Summary style|just-the-facts style]].
Wikipedia [[ Wikipedia:What Wikipedia is not# Wikipedia is not a bureaucracy|does not have many hard-and-fast rules]]; but [[ Wikipedia:List of policies|policies]], [[ Wikipedia:List of guidelines|guidelines]], and [[ Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Contents|formatting norms]] are developed by the community to describe best practices, clarify principles, resolve conflicts, and otherwise further our goals. All editors are expected to follow general [[ Wikipedia:Etiquette|social norms]]. The [[ Wikipedia community]] comprises people from many countries and cultures, with different views, perspectives, opinions, and backgrounds; in some cases these vary widely. Editors should treat each other [[ WP:Civility|respectfully]], [[ WP:AGF|work together collegially]], and avoid behaviour that is regarded as [[ Wikipedia:Here to build an encyclopedia|unacceptable]], [[ Wikipedia:Disruptive editing|disruptive]], [[ Wikipedia:Tendentious editing|controversially one-sided]], or [[ Wikipedia:Gaming the system|cheating the system]].
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<small>'''Note:''' ''To view this information in an article style format, see [[
Wikipedia:Contributing to Wikipedia|contributing to Wikipedia]]. Wikipedia also has "[[Help:Getting started|topic specific tutorials]]"; and [[Wikipedia:The Wikipedia Adventure|The Wikipedia Adventure]] a comprehensive and fun 7-mission interactive guided tour, which covers all the essentials about editing and the [[ Wikipedia:Expectations and norms of the Wikipedia community|expectations and norms of the Wikipedia community]].''</small>
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Wikipedia:Tutorial/Editing| How to
edit]]''' <span style="font-size: larger; font-weight: bold;">→</span>
Wikipedia tutorials| ]][[Category: Wikipedia basic information]][[Category: Wikipedia quick introductions]]
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