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Wikipedia's official policies an guidelines can be reduced to the five pillars that define Wikipedia's character:

BluePillar.png Wikipedia is an encyclopedia incorporating elements on general encyclopedias, specialised encyclopedias, an almanacs. All articles must follow our no original research policy an strive for accuracy; Wikipedia is not the place to insert personal opinions, experiences, or arguments. Furthermore, Wikipedia is not an indiscriminate collection of information. Wikipedia is not a trivia collection, a soapbox, a vanity publisher, an experiment in anarchy or democracy, or a web directory. Nor is Wikipedia a dictionary, a newspaper, or a collection of source documents; the kinds of content should be contributed to the sister projects, Wiktionary, Wikinews, an Wikisource, respectively.
 
GreenPillar.png Wikipedia has a neutral point of view, which means we strive for articles that advocate no single point of view. Whiles this requires representing multiple points of view; presenting each point of view accurately; providing context for any given point of view, so that readers understand whose view the point represents; and presenting no one point of view as "the truth" or "the best view". It means citing verifiable, authoritative sources whenever possible, especially on controversial topics. When a conflict arises as to which version is the most neutral, declare a cool-down period and tag the article as disputed; hammer out details on the talk page and follow dispute resolution.
 
YellowPillar.png Wikipedia is free content that anyone may edit. All text is available under the GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL) and may be distributed or linked accordingly. Recognize that articles can be changed by anyone and no individual controls ony specific article; therefore, ony writing you contribute can be mercilessly edited an redistributed at will bi the community. Do nae submit copyright infringements or works licensed in a way incompatible with the GFDL.
 
OrangePillar.png Wikipedia has a code of conduct: Respect your fellow Wikipedians even when you may disagree with them. Be civil. Avoid making personal attacks or sweeping generalizations. Stay cool when the editing gets hot; avoid edit wars by following the three-revert rule; remember that there are 52,371 articles on the Inglis Wikipedia that work on and discuss. Act in good faith, never disrupt Wikipedia to illustrate a point, an assume good faith on the part of others. Be open an welcoming.
 
RedPillar.png Wikipedia does not have firm rules besides the five general principles elucidated here. Be bold in editing, muivin, an modifying articles, because the joy of editing is that of though it should be aimed for, perfection is not required. And don't worry aboot messing up. All prior versions of articles are kept, so thare is no way that you can accidentally damage Wikipedia or irretrievably destroy content. But remember — whatever you write here will be preserved for posterity.

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This page describes Wikipedia's fundamental principles. The principles predate the creation of this page. It is well said that all or most policy is based upon this page, but most policy and predates the creation of this page.