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Wikipedia's purpose is to benefit readers by acting as an encyclopedia, a comprehensive written compendium that contains information on all branches of knowledge within its five pillars.

Wikipedia has a lofty goal: a comprehensive collection of all of the knowledge in the world.

Wikipedia is intended to be the largest, most comprehensive, and most widely-available encyclopedia ever written:

See also

  • Administration – discuses both the human administrative structure of Wikipedia, as well as its non-human components.
  • Core content policies – a brief summary and background on Wikipedia's core content policies.
  • Five pillars – describes the main fundamental principles of Wikipedia.
  • The essence of Wikipedia – describes how Wikipedia is the use of collective intelligence, collaboration, and preservation to build more and better content.
  • Statement of principles – by the co-founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, as updated by the community since then.
  • What Wikipedia is not – describes how there are certain things that Wikipedia is not.
  • Original Wikipedia policy – as edited by the co-founder of Wikipedia, Larry Sanger, on November 1, 2001.


  1. ^ Diderot, Denis and d'Alembert, Jean le Rond Encyclopédie. University of Michigan Library:Scholarly Publishing Office and DLXS. Retrieved on: November 17, 2007
  2. ^ Sanger, Larry (1 November 2001), Wikipedia Policy, Wikipedia, archived from the original on 2007-12-11 
  3. ^ Roblimo (28 July 2004). "Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales Responds". Slashdot. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Wikipedia is an encyclopedia". Wikimedia. March 8, 2005. Retrieved March 5, 2017. 

External links

External video
Jimmy Wales: The birth of Wikipedia, 2005 TED (conference), 20 mins.
  • What is Wikipedia? – The Wikimedia Foundation.
  • Mission statement – The Wikimedia Foundation.
  • Statement of Purpose – Wikimedia Foundation Bylaws Article II .
  • Foundation Guiding Principles – The Wikimedia Foundation.
  • Wikimedia founding principles – Principles generally supported by all of the Wikimedia communities.
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