Wikipedia:Biographies of living persons

Everyone must take extra care when changing pages with biographical material about a living person. Such content must have a high much care. The change must follow strictly all applicable laws in the United States and to all of our content policies, especially:

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Biographies of living persons
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Pages about living persons must be made carefully, with care for the subject's privacy. Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, not a tabloid paper (newspaper); it is not our job to be sensationalist (Oh my! Look!), or to be the primary place for the spread of interesting claims about people's lives. The possibility of harm to living subjects is one of the important factors to be considered when using editorial decision.

We must get the page right.[1] Always use of high quality references. Heated, arguable, material about living persons that is unsourced (without references) or poorly sourced—even if the content is negative (bad), positive (good), or just questionable—should be removed immediately and without waiting for discussion.[2]


  1. Jimmy Wales. Keynote speech, Wikimania, August 2006.
  2. Jimmy Wales. "WikiEN-l Zero information is preferred to misleading or false information", May 16, 2006 and May 19, 2006