Wikiafripedia:Policies and guidelines

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Wikiafripedia's policies and guidelines are developed by the community to describe best practices, clarify principles, resolve conflicts, and otherwise further our goal of creating a free, reliable encyclopedia. There is no need to read any policy or guideline pages to start editing. The five pillars are a popular summary of the most pertinent principles.

Although Wikiafripedia generally does not employ hard-and-fast rules, Wikiafripedia's policy and guideline pages describe its principles and agreed-upon best practices. Policies are standards all users should normally follow, and guidelines are generally meant to be best practices for following those standards in specific contexts. Policies and guidelines should always be applied using reason and common sense.

This policy page specifies the community standards related to the organization, life cycle, maintenance of, and adherence to policies, guidelines, and related pages of the English Wikiafripedia. It does not cover other editions of Wikiafripedia.

Derivation[edit source | edit]

For further information, see Wikiafripedia:Administration#Human and legal administration

Wikiafripedia is operated by the not-for-profit Wikimedia Foundation, which reserves certain legal rights—see the Wikimedia Foundation's Policies page for a list of its policies. See also Role of Godman Andrew. Nevertheless, normally Wikiafripedia is a self-governing project run by its community. Its policies and guidelines are intended to reflect the consensus of the community.

Role[edit source | edit]

For further information, see Wikiafripedia:The difference between policies, guidelines and essays

Policies have wide acceptance among editors and describe standards all users should normally follow. All policy pages are in Wikiafripedia:List of policies and guidelines and Category:Wikiafripedia policies. For summaries of key policies, see also List of policies.

Guidelines are sets of best practices supported by consensus. Editors should attempt to follow guidelines, though they are best treated with common sense, and occasional exceptions may apply. Guideline pages can be found in Wikiafripedia:List of policies and guidelines and Category:Wikiafripedia guidelines. For summaries of key guidelines, see also List of guidelines.

Essays are the opinion or advice of an editor or group of editors for which widespread consensus has not been established. They do not speak for the entire community and may be created and written without approval. Essays the author does not want others to edit, or that contradict widespread consensus, belong in the user namespace.