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					    Abuse of tags - Bad-faith placing of non-content tags, such as
deletion and semi-protections tags, on pages that do not meet such
criteria.
    Account creation, malicious - Creating accounts with usernames that
contain deliberately offensive or disruptive terms is considered
vandalism, whether the account is used or not.
    Copyrighted material, repeated uploading of
    Edit summary vandalism - Making offensive edit summaries in an
attempt to leave a mark that cannot be easily expunged from the record
(edit summaries cannot simply be "reverted" and require administrative
action if they have to be removed from a page's history). Often combined
with malicious account creation.
    Hidden vandalism - Any form of vandalism that makes use of embedded
text, which is not visible to the final rendering of the article but
visible during editing. This includes link vandalism, or placing
malicious, offensive, or otherwise disruptive or irrelevant messages or
spam in hidden comments for editors to see.
    Image vandalism - Uploading shock images, inappropriately placing
explicit images on pages, or simply using any image in a way that is
disruptive. (cf. Sexual content below)
    Page-move vandalism - Changing the names of pages to disruptive,
irrelevant, or inappropriate names. Only autoconfirmed or confirmed users
can move pages (in English Wikipedia.)

Rules and laws governing content and editor behavior

Content in Wikipedia is subject to the laws (in particular, the copyright
laws) of the United States and of the U.S. state of Florida, where the
majority of Wikipedia's servers reside. Beyond legal matters, the
editorial principles of Wikipedia are embodied in the "five pillars", and
numerous policies and guidelines that are intended to shape the content
appropriately. Even these rules are stored in wiki form, and Wikipedia
editors as a community write and revise the website's policies and
guidelines.[84] Rules can be enforced by deleting or modifying article
materials failing to meet them. The rules on the non-English editions of
Wikipedia branched off a translation of the rules on the English
Wikipedia and have since diverged to some extent. While they still show
similarities, they differ in many details.
English Wikipedia
Main Page of the English Wikipedia on October 20, 2010.
The mobile version of the English Wikipedia Main Page in the Safari web
browser on an iPod Touch
Content policies

According to the rules on the English Wikipedia, each entry in Wikipedia
to be worthy of inclusion must be about a topic that is encyclopedic and
is not a dictionary entry or dictionary-like.[85] A topic should also
meet Wikipedia's standards of "notability",[86] which usually means that
it must have received significant coverage in reliable secondary sources
such as mainstream media or major academic journals that are independent
of the subject of the topic. Further, Wikipedia must expose knowledge
that is already established and recognized.[87] In other words, it must
not present, for instance, new information or original works. A claim
that is likely to be challenged requires a reference to a reliable
source. Among Wikipedia editors, this is often phrased as "verifiability,
not truth" to express the idea that the readers, not the encyclopedia,
are ultimately responsible for checking the truthfulness of the articles
and making their own interpretations.[88] This can lead to the removal of
information that is valid, thus hindering inclusion of knowledge and
growth of the encyclopedia.[89] Finally, Wikipedia must not take a
side.[90] All opinions and viewpoints, if attributable to external
sources, must enjoy an appropriate share of coverage within an
article.[91] This is known as neutral point of view (NPOV).
Dispute resolution

Wikipedia has many methods of settling disputes. A "BOLD, revert,
discuss" cycle sometimes occurs, in which an editor changes something,
another editor reverts that, and then the matter is discussed on the
appropriate talk page. In order to gain a broader community consensus,
issues can be raised at the Village Pump, or a Request for Comment can be
made soliciting other editors' input. "Wikiquette Assistance" is a non-
binding noticeboard where editors can report impolite, uncivil, or other
difficult communications with other editors. Specialized forums exist for
centralizing discussion on specific decisions, such as whether or not an
article should be deleted. Mediation is sometimes used, although it has
been deemed by some Wikipedians to be unhelpful for resolving
particularly contentious disputes.
Arbitration Committee

				
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