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Five Pillars: The core rules of Wikipedia

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Wikipedia is the encyclopedia anyone can edit, but there's a lot of collaboration behind every article. You'll work with many people to build Wikipedia. To collaborate effectively, you'll want to follow the five key principles, or pillars, of Wikipedia.

Wikipedia's Five Pillars are:

  • Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia
  • Wikipedia has a neutral point of view
  • Wikipedia is free content
  • Wikipedians should interact in a respectful and civil manner
  • Wikipedia does not have firm rules

Let’s explore these a bit.