|This page includes a summary of official policies on the English Wikipedia which are set out in detail elsewhere. Policies have wide acceptance among ors and are considered standards that all ors should follow. When ing this page, please ensure that your revision is consistent with the underlying policies. When in doubt, discuss it on the talk page.
Where a discrepancy exists, the policy page itself overrides. Changing this page does not change policy. Likewise, adding a page to this summary does not elevate it to policy status. Policies are promoted through consensus. See Wikipedia:Policies and guidelines for more.
All policies are listed at Category:Wikipedia policies. A list that also includes guidelines is at List of policies and guidelines. For an explanatory supplement of this page, see Wikipedia:Simplified ruleset. This page is broken into the following categories:
These are policies with legal implications. Outside of policies, such as those below and the office actions policy, Wikipedia does not censor itself of content that may be objectionable or offensive, or adopt other perennial legal proposals over content, so long as the content obeys the law of the United States. Legal issues are raised by filing a formal complaint with the Wikimedia Foundation.