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Edit by edit, Wikipedia continuously grows and evolves over time. Volunteers collaborate openly to check each other’s work and ensure accuracy. For content to remain on Wikipedia, it must be written from a neutral point of view and attributed to a reliable source, so readers can verify the facts. Bots and monitoring tools help ensure articles meet these standards. Most editors act in good faith, but if anyone makes intentionally disruptive or malicious changes, the community will find these and fix them as quickly as possible.

If you notice an inaccuracy, you can request a correction on that article’s talk page. See an example of this on the ProPublica Talk page. We don’t edit or create content. That is all up to the volunteer community.

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Most of our projects discourage creating or editing articles about yourself and organizations in which you have a vested interest. This includes campaigns, products, and services you may be involved in.

Owners, employees, and contractors of a business are considered paid editors and are required by the Wikimedia Foundation Terms of Use and by the Wikipedia paid editing disclosure policy to disclose their paid status, employer, and other relevant affiliations if they engage in paid editing. Here’s more information about Wikipedia’s conflict of interest guidelines.

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Wikipedia is devoted to free, reliable, and neutral knowledge. We are not against online advertising, but we will not run ads on Wikipedia. Commercial interests could jeopardize Wikipedia’s position as a neutral source of information.

All the text and most media on Wikipedia articles can be reused

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