Wikipedia:Essay directory

This is a descriptive directory of Wikipedia essays and related information pages located in the Wikipedia namespace. There are currently around 2,123 essays, with over two dozen categories to separate them for searching.

You can also search essays by: A Special:Search, just include the words "Wikipedia essays" (with your other search-words) to hunt a topic inside an essay (note search may result with many non-essays).

Essays and information pages represent the opinion(s) or summaries of an individual or group of ors and are intended to supplement or clarify a process while sometimes offering advice. Essays and information pages are not one of Wikipedia's policies or guidelines, thus have no official status within the community. Following the instructions or guidance given in an essay or information page is optional, as they may be written and ed by anyone without overall community oversight.

List of Wikipedia essays[]

About essays[]

About Wikipedia[]

Privacy and security[]

About ors[]

Contributing to Wikipedia[]


Discussions and consensus[]

Development of Wikipedia[]

Removal or deletion of content[]

Wikipedia's code of conduct[]


Behavioural philosophy[]

Positive actions[]
Negative actions[]


Multiple accounts[]


Wikipedia's content protocols[]

Neutral point of view[]

Verifiability and sources[]



Essays in a nutshell[]

How-to pages[]

Humorous material[]

Wikipedia and User essays by category[]

The following is a list of Wikipedia and User essays categories.

Note: User essays are similar to essays placed in the Wikipedia namespace; however, they are often authored/ed by only one person, and may represent a strictly personal viewpoint about Wikipedia or its processes. The author of a personal essay located in their user space generally has the right to revert any changes made to it by any other user.
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Wikipedia essays(47 C, 2,076 P)
User essays(13 C, 2,186 P)
Reader help(3 C, 25 P)
Wikipedia help(38 C, 60 P)
Humorous Wikipedia essays(1 C, 154 P)
WikiProject advice(6 C, 29 P)

Historical essays[]

The Wikimedia Foundation's Meta-wiki was envisioned as the original place for ors to comment on and discuss Wikipedia, although the "Wikipedia" project space has since taken over most of that role. Many historical essays can still be found within Meta:Category:Essays.

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