Wikipedia:Biographies of living persons

  • if you have a complaint about a biography of a living person, and you wish to contact the wikimedia foundation, see contact us.

    editors must take particular care when adding information about living persons to any wikipedia page.[a] such material requires a high degree of sensitivity, and must adhere strictly to all applicable laws in the united states, to this policy, and to wikipedia's three core content policies:

    • neutral point of view (npov)
    • verifiability (v)
    • no original research (nor)

    we must get the article right. be very firm about the use of high-quality sources. all quotations and any material challenged or likely to be challenged must be supported by an inline citation to a reliable, published source. contentious material about living persons (or, in some cases, recently deceased) that is unsourced or poorly sourced—whether the material is negative, positive, neutral, or just questionable—should be removed immediately and without waiting for discussion.[1] users who persistently or egregiously violate this policy may be blocked from editing.

    biographies of living persons ("blps") must be written conservatively and with regard for the subject's privacy. wikipedia is an encyclopedia, not a tabloid: it is not wikipedia's job to be sensationalist, or to be the primary vehicle for the spread of titillating claims about people's lives; the possibility of harm to living subjects must always be considered when exercising editorial judgment. this policy applies to any living person mentioned in a blp, whether or not that person is the subject of the article, and to material about living persons in other articles and on other pages, including talk pages.[b] the burden of evidence rests with the editor who adds or restores the material.

  • writing style
  • reliable sources
  • presumption in favor of privacy
  • using blps to continue disputes
  • applicability of the policy
  • maintenance of blps
  • relationship between the subject, the article, and wikipedia
  • role of administrators
  • see also
  • notes
  • references
  • further reading

If you have a complaint about a biography of a living person, and you wish to contact the Wikimedia Foundation, see Contact us.

Editors must take particular care when adding information about living persons to any Wikipedia page.[a] Such material requires a high degree of sensitivity, and must adhere strictly to all applicable laws in the United States, to this policy, and to Wikipedia's three core content policies:

We must get the article right. Be very firm about the use of high-quality sources. All quotations and any material challenged or likely to be challenged must be supported by an inline citation to a reliable, published source. Contentious material about living persons (or, in some cases, recently deceased) that is unsourced or poorly sourced—whether the material is negative, positive, neutral, or just questionable—should be removed immediately and without waiting for discussion.[1] Users who persistently or egregiously violate this policy may be blocked from editing.

Biographies of living persons ("BLPs") must be written conservatively and with regard for the subject's privacy. Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, not a tabloid: it is not Wikipedia's job to be sensationalist, or to be the primary vehicle for the spread of titillating claims about people's lives; the possibility of harm to living subjects must always be considered when exercising editorial judgment. This policy applies to any living person mentioned in a BLP, whether or not that person is the subject of the article, and to material about living persons in other articles and on other pages, including talk pages.[b] The burden of evidence rests with the editor who adds or restores the material.