Wikipedia:Build content to endure
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This page in a nutshell: Take steps to ensure that content you write will not degrade or become outdated over time.

Wikipedia is littered with content that, while once great, has since decayed (much like this statue).
Most content on Wikipedia naturally improves over time. However, this is not always the case, and none of us will be around forever to defend the pages we care most about. This essay lists measures that can be taken to help prevent content from degrading over time.
As a general principle, when building something on Wikipedia, envision it 10 years or even 50 or 100 years in the future. This doesn't mean every system must be entirely maintenance free (which would be impossible), but if maintenance is so complicated or tedious that only you would reasonably do it, it's sure to eventually fail.
Overall, Wikipedia is a long-term endeavor, and contributions that survive will have a far greater impact than those that don't. By following these best practices, you will increase the likelihood that pages will endure and retain their quality into the future.
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Essays on building, editing, and deleting content
Philosophy
Articles must be writtenAll Five Pillars are the same heightAvoid vague introductionsBe a reliable sourceCivil POV pushing​Cohesion​Competence is requiredConcede lost argumentsDissent is not disloyaltyDon't lieDon't search for objectionsEditing Wikipedia is like visiting a foreign countryEditors will sometimes be wrongEight simple rules for editing our encyclopedia​Explanationism​External criticism of WikipediaHere to build an encyclopediaMost ideas are badNeedNeutrality of sourcesNot editing because of Wikipedia restrictionThe one question​Oversimplification​Paradoxes​Paraphrasing​POV and OR from editors, sources, and fieldsProcess is importantProduct, process, policyPurposeReasonability ruleSystemic biasThere is no seniorityTen Simple Rules for Editing WikipediaTendentious editingThe role of policies in collaborative anarchyThe rules are principlesTrifectaWikipedia in briefWikipedia is an encyclopediaWikipedia is a community
Construction
100K featured articles​Acronym overkill​Advanced source searching​Adding images improves the encyclopedia​Advanced article editing​Advanced table formatting​Advanced template coding​Advanced text formatting​Alternatives to the "Expand" template​Amnesia testA navbox on every pageAn unfinished house is a real problem​Articles have a half-life​Autosizing imagesAvoid mission statements​Bare URLsBe neutral in formBeef up that first revisionBlind men and an elephant​BOLD, revert, discuss cycleBuild content to endure​Cherrypicking​Chesterton's fence​Children's lit, adult new readers, & large-print books​Citation overkill​Citation underkill​Common-style fallacy​Concept cloud​Creating controversial content​Criticisms of society may be consistent with NPOV and reliability​Deprecated sources​Dictionaries as sourcesDon't demolish the house while it's still being builtDon't get hung up on minor detailsDon't hope the house will build itselfDon't panicDon't revert due solely to "no consensus"​Don't teach the controversy​Editing on mobile devices​Editors are not mindreaders​Encourage the newcomers​Endorsements (commercial)​Featured articles may have problems​Fruit of the poisonous treeGive an article a chance​Identifying and using independent sources History sourcesLaw sources​Primary sources​Science sourcesStyle guides​Tertiary sources​Ignore STRONGNAT for date formats​Inaccuracies in Wikipedia namespace​Inaccuracy​Introduction to structurism​Link rotMine a source​Merge TestMinors and persons judged incompetent​"Murder of" articlesNot every story/event/disaster needs a biography​Not everything needs a navboxNot everything needs a WikiProject​Nothing is in stone​Organizing disambiguation pages by subject area​Permastub​Potential, not just current state​Principle of some astonishment​Printability​Pruning article revisions​Publicists​Put a little effort into itRestoring part of a reverted editRobotic editingSham consensus​Specialized-style fallacyStub MakersRun an edit-a-thon​Temporary versions of articles​Tertiary-source fallacyThere is a deadline​There is no deadlineThe deadline is now​Understanding Wikipedia's content standards​Walled gardenWhat an article should not include​Wikipedia is a work in progress​Wikipedia is not a reliable source​Wikipedia is not being written in an organized fashionThe world will not end tomorrow​Write the article firstWriting better articles
Writing
Deletion
Adjectives in your recommendationsAfD is not a war zoneArguments to avoid in deletion discussionsArguments to avoid in deletion reviewsArguments to avoid in image deletion discussionsArguments to make in deletion discussionsAvoid repeated argumentsBefore commenting in a deletion discussionBut there must be sources!Confusing arguments mean nothingContent removalCounting and sorting are not original researchDelete the junkDoes deletion help?Don't confuse stub status with non-notabilityDon't overuse shortcuts to policy and guidelines to win your argumentFollow the leaderHow to save an article proposed for deletionI just don't like itIdentifying blatant advertisingIdentifying test editsImmunityKeep it conciseLiar liar pants on fireNothingNothing is clearOverzealous deletionRelisting can be abusiveRelist biasThe Heymann StandardUnopposed AFD discussionWikipedia is not Whack-A-MoleWhy was the page I created deleted?What to do if your article gets tagged for speedy deletionWhen in doubt, hide it in the woodworkNo Encyclopedic Use
Essays on civility
The basics
Philosophy
Dos
Don'ts
ALPHABETTISPAGHETTI​Civil POV pushingCyberbullyingDon't accuse someone of a personal attack for accusing of a personal attackDon't be a fanaticDon't be a jerkDon't be an ostrichDon't be ashamedDon't be a WikiBigotDon't be high-maintenanceDon't be inconsiderateDon't be obnoxiousDon't be prejudicedDon't be rudeDon't bludgeon the processDon't call a spade a spadeDon't call the kettle blackDon't call things cruftDon't come down like a ton of bricksDon't cry COIDon't demand that editors solve the problems they identifyDon't drink the consensus Kool-AidDon't eat the troll's foodDon't fight fire with fireDon't give a fuckDon't help too muchDon't make a smarmy valediction part of your signatureDon't remind others of past misdeedsDon't shoutDon't spite your faceDon't take the baitDon't template the regularsDon't throw your toys out of the pramDo not insult the vandalsGriefingNationalist editingNo angry mastodons just madmenNo, you can't have a ponyPassive aggressionPlease don't bite the newcomersPOV railroadThere are no oraclesYou can't squeeze blood from a turnip
WikiRelations
Essays on notability
Advanced source searchingAll high schools can be notableAlternative outletsArguments to avoid in deletion discussionsArticles with a single sourceAvoid template creepBare notabilityBig events make key participants notable​Bombardment​Businesses with a single locationBut it's true!Citation overkillCommon sourcing mistakes​Clones​Coatrack​Discriminate vs indiscriminate informationDrafts are not checked for notability or sanityEvery snowflake is uniqueExistence ≠ NotabilityExistence does not prove notabilityExtracting the meaning of significant coverageFartGoogle searches and numbersHigh SchoolsInclusion is not an indicator of notabilityIndependent sourcesInherent notabilityInsignificantMasking the lack of notabilityMake stubsNews coverage does not decrease notabilityNo amount of editing can overcome a lack of notabilityNo big lossNo one cares about your garage bandNo one really cares​Notability/Historical/Arguments​Notability cannot be purchasedNotability comparison testNotability is not a level playing fieldNotability is not a matter of opinionNotability is not relevance or reliabilityNotability means impactNotability pointsNotability sub-pages​Notabilitymandering​Not every single thing Donald Trump does deserves an articleObscurity ≠ Lack of notabilityOffline sourcesOne hundred wordsOne sentence does not an article makeOther stuff existsOverreliance upon GooglePerennial websitesPokémon testRead the source​Run-of-the-mill​Significant coverage not requiredSolutions are mixtures and nothing elseSubjective importanceThird-party sourcesTrivial mentionsVideo links​Vanispamcruftisement​What BLP1E is notWhat is and is not routine coverageWhat notability is notWhat to includeWikipedia is not here to tell the world about your noble cause
Humorous essays
Anti-WikipedianAsshole John ruleAssume bad faithAssume faithAssume good wraithAssume stupidityAssume that everyone's assuming good faith, assuming that you are assuming good faithAvoid using preview buttonAvoid using wikilinksBad Jokes and Other Deleted NonsenseBOLD, revert, revert, revertBoston Tea PartyBarnstaritisDon't stuff beans up your nose​Don't-give-a-fuckism​Edits Per Day​Editsummarisis​Emerson​Seven Ages of Editor, by Will E. Spear-ShakeGo ahead, vandalizeHow many Wikipedians does it take to change a lightbulb?How to put up a straight pole by pushing it at an angleIs that even an essay?Newcomers are delicious, so go ahead and bite themLegal vandalismLTTAUTMAOKNo climbing the Reichstag dressed as Spider-ManOops DefensePlease be a giant dick, so we can ban youPlease bite the newbies​R-e-s-p-e-c-t​Reducing consensus to an algorithmRequests for medicationRequirements for adminshipRouge adminRouge editorSarcasm is really helpfulSausages for tastingThe Night Before WikimasThe first rule of WikipediaThe Five Pillars of UntruthThings that should not be surprisingThe WikiBibleWatchlistitisWhy not create an account?You don't have to be mad to work here, but
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