Wikipedia:Wikipedia is a volunteer service

Wikipedia is a volunteer service. But, what exactly does this mean?

Reasons why one may not be ing[]

There are various reasons why one does not immediately improve pages to meet certain standards, or even to prevent deletion. If an or states an intention to make an improvement that will take more time, this should be respected.

Researching an important topic

Researching topic[]

Sometimes, an improvement will require time for researching information on the topic at hand. This may include finding and studying books, newspapers, journals, or websites, choosing the most appropriate sources, or summarizing material in encyclopedic form. Rome was not built in a day; neither is Wikipedia.

Other Wikipedia activities[]

Many ors are busy with creating or ing a series of articles or other materials, or making other improvements to Wikipedia. Others are happier working in behind-the-scenes areas of the project, such as removing vandalism. An unrelated matter may have to wait.

Busy life[]

Some ors have other hobbies ...
... or work that must take priority

Some people may be dedicated to Wikipedia as their number one cause in life. For most ors, however, ing Wikipedia is akin to a hobby that ranks lower in personal importance than ors' personal lives and their employment, family, health and other factors. Real life usually takes priority over ing Wikipedia.

Because Wikipedia is completely voluntary, under no circumstances are ors obliged or expected to make any s, respond to any messages, or to otherwise have any involvement. Please don't presume you have offended a fellow or who has not responded to your message, or that they are insulting you: assume good faith and remember life might have gotten complicated. By drawing negative inferences from their lack of ing, you might be making it less attractive for them to productively contribute to the project in the future.


Sometimes Wikipedia can be stressful. When this happens, sometimes the best thing to do is take a break. If you're not enjoying ing, then it is time to take a break – don't be a wikipediholic. Remember, if things don't go your way, it's not the end of the world.


Editing Wikipedia is a labour of love, and each or, more often than not, has more than one hobby or activity competing for their available bandwidth. How an or chooses to manage their available bandwidth, with respect to time allocation, is entirely up to them. An or may find themselves ing for hours each day. An or’s involvement may be sporadic and only transpire when the mood strikes. A healthy "ing-life" balance is fundamentally important. This balance looks different for each individual and is subject to change at any time. For example, an or who has, for the last several years, been spending an average of 10 hours each week ing Wikipedia, may discover a new hobby they wish to dedicate those 10 hours to. Or, perhaps the unexpected onset of a competing priority(s) takes precedent of an individual’s time. The key takeaway remains the same: Each Wikipedia or is a volunteer, and it is their collective effort that allows for this model to work. Everyone pitches in when and how they see fit, so long as their efforts are in accordance with the terms and conditions of volunteering their services.

Caveats and exceptions[]

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