Wikipedia:Eligibility criteria for articles


May 20, 2022

These Article Eligibility Criteria (AAC) are intended to facilitate discussions to retain or delete an article. By retaining consensus criteria, they reflect the experience acquired by the community. As such, they are part of Wikipedia's content guidelines. If a subject meets the eligibility criteria, there is a presumption about its encyclopedic relevance. However, sufficient independent sources must exist (even if not mentioned in the article) that demonstrate this compliance with the criteria. Except when the article falls under an immediate suppression, the decisions of conservation or suppression of the litigious articles are taken following discussions within the framework of the procedure of the admissibility debates, in which it is welcome to rely on the eligibility criteria summarized here. The notoriety criteria that form the basis, with respect for the founding principles of Wikipedia, are first of all the general notoriety criteria, applicable to all articles. It is then the specific criteria of notoriety which constitute an alternative possibility of demonstrating the notoriety of a subject, this time taking into account the specificities of the subject treated. The notoriety of an article subject can therefore be demonstrated by one or other of these types of criteria.

Admission of articles

Each visitor can create an encyclopedic article on any subject at any time. However, it is desirable to have read the conventions in force in Wikipedia before creating an article, in particular the conventions on titles and neutrality of point of view. Once the article is created, it automatically appears in Special:New pages and Special:Recent changes. These pages are constantly monitored by Wikipedians to carry out a posteriori verification of the merits of the new article. A new article can be considered in three ways: It is clearly beneficial to Wikipedia: nothing to report; It clearly abuses Wikipedia: it is then deleted without going through the community deletion procedure indicated below (an immediate deletion request can be made on the Wikipedia page: Immediate deletion request, on the basis of the immediate deletion criteria); It falls into the gray zone of articles of questionable value or whose notoriety remains to be demonstrated: the {{ admissibility }} banner can be placed at the top of the article and an admissibility debate is then launched, supported by a discussion community; a merger procedure with an existing article can also be launched when the coexistence of two distinct articles does not seem justified. The evaluation of the validity of the article and all the discussions about it are based on the criteria of admissibility of the articles, specified below.

General Article Eligibility Criteria

For an article to be eligible, it must on the one hand respect the founding principles of the encyclopedia, and on the other hand respect the required notoriety criteria (general or specific).

Consideration of the founding principles of the encyclopedia

The first three founding principles have a direct impact on the content of the encyclopedia: Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, so neither a dictionary nor a space for personal advice, promotion, etc. See also "What Wikipedia is not" which is also a recommendation; Wikipedia seeks neutrality of point of view, which is ensured by verifiability, the requirement of quality secondary sources (therefore a certain notoriety) and consequently it advises against autobiographies and prohibits unpublished works; Wikipedia is published as