[Foundation-l] Compulsory policies for all Wikipedias

Jaska Zedlik jz53zc at gmail.com
Thu Apr 9 17:49:10 UTC 2009


It is totally clear that all the Wikipedias must respect and follow
some particular policies which are global for all the Wikipedias. The
question is what are these policies?

Each small Wikipedia doesn’t have all variety of policies and
guidelines which major Wikipedias have, and—it’s obvious—some time or
other they will need such a list of all-projects rules. What I found
for now is http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Help:How_to_start_a_new_Wikipedia
with the rules of copyright, license, NPOV and “What Wikipedia is
not”, but this page “is obsolete or no longer maintained” (and there
is even no rule of “Five pillars”). There is also page
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Founding_principles exists, but it
seems to be relevant for all Wikimedia projects, not only Wikipedias
(“Five pillars”, “What Wikipedia is not” are missed). There are some
other pages exist, but they all are not relevant here as well.

So, does an all-Wikipedias rules list exist, or if not, what are there
global rules which all the Wikipedias must follow?

And one more question. What is the general practice of who and how can
decide whether something meets the (all-project) rules or not?

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