Wikipedia: Wikipedia is free
October 23, 2021
The Wikipedia tagline is the free encyclopedia. Given that freedom is not synonymous with anarchy, this page aims to help clarify the possible ambiguities on the term. What does that "free" mean? She is free because ... its contents are freely usable and redistributable, according to the terms of the CC-BY-SA licenses and, except for exceptions, also GFDL (for whose texts see this page and this respectively). it is open to the contribution of all those who wish to improve it (even those who are not registered). In fact, its motto reads The free encyclopedia that anyone can edit ("The free encyclopedia that anyone can edit"). it is completely free. it is marked by a neutral point of view, which seeks to be independent of preferential ideological orientations. instead of relying on proprietary software and formats, it tries, as much as possible, to use free software and open formats. no one is "master" of the voices they contribute to writing. The functioning of Wikipedia provides that each entry can always receive changes and improvements through new contributions from anyone who wishes, in a choral and collective work. the editorial lines of the project are not imposed from above or from outside. With the exception of five unquestionable rules (the "five pillars"), the development of the work is entirely entrusted to the user community. it thrives on liberal donations, sent by Internet users around the world. Therefore, no financier is able to guide its development and contents, not even the Wikimedia Foundation itself, which manages all the financial, organizational and structural aspects: free knowledge does not take orders from anyone. What doesn't that "free" mean? Free doesn't mean ... ... that every contribution is acceptable, in fact: Wikipedia is not an indiscriminate collection of information. We are here to compile an encyclopedia open to consultation: not a newspaper, not a discussion forum, not a company directory, not a collection of curriculum vitae, or a showcase for original essays and research. ... that you can copy inside texts and images found on the Internet or in the library. This is a violation of copyright and is illegal. ... that there is no selection of contents: the contents are screened and often modified by the user community after their publication. ... that you can do whatever you want on these pages, disregarding the consent. This space is made available by a private non-profit organization, with the specific and sole purpose of creating an encyclopedia, vandalism and promotions are not accepted. ... that you can copy Wikipedia pages on your site or use the content for your articles or research without citing the authors, as required by the free Creative Commons CC-By-Sa license (and by the GFDL, where applicable ). See Wikipedia: Copyright # Information for re-users and Help: How to cite Wikipedia.