wikidoc:Autobiography

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It is a faux pas to write about yourself, according to Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia's founder.

You should wait for others to write an article about subjects in which you are personally involved. This applies to articles about you, your achievements, your business, your publications, your website, your relatives, and any other possible conflict of interest.

If you have published elsewhere on a subject, we welcome you to contribute to articles on the subject for Wikidoc. However, every Wikidoc article is expected to cover its subject in a neutral, fair, and comprehensive way in order to advance knowledge of the subject as a whole. Articles that exist primarily to advance the contributor will likely be deleted.

The problem with autobiographies

  • They are often biased, usually positively. People have a tendency towards self-aggrandizement when talking about themselves, and for presenting opinions as facts. Wikidocs does not present all opinions as facts.
  • They can be unverifiable. If the only source for a particular fact about you is you yourself, then readers cannot verify it. (One common area where this is the case is with hopes, dreams, thoughts, and aspirations. There is no way for readers to verify what you think.) However true something may be, if readers cannot verify it, it does not belong here. Everything in WikiDoc articles must be verifiable.
  • They can contain original research. Autobiographical information that is found first hand as a result of research from a citable source is acceptable.

Creating an article about yourself

Creating or editing an article about yourself is strongly discouraged. If you create such an article, it will likely be listed on articles for deletion. Deletion is not certain, but many feel strongly that you should not start articles about yourself. This is because independent creation encourages independent validation of both significance and verifiability. If your achievements, etc., are verifiable and genuinely notable, and thus suitable for inclusion in Wikidoc, someone else will probably create an article about you sooner or later.

Note that anything you submit can be edited by others. Several autobiographical articles have been a source of dismay to their original authors after a period of editing by the community, and in at least four instances have been listed for deletion by their original authors. In some cases the article is kept even if the original author requests otherwise. People are generally unable to determine whether they are themselves encyclopedic.

One thing which you can do to assist other WikiDoc editors is, if you already maintain a personal website, please ensure that any information that you want in your WikiDoc article is already on your own website. As long as it's not involving grandiose claims like, "I was the first to create this widget," or "My book was the biggest seller that year," a personal website can be used as a reference for general biographical information. As the Wiki Verifiability]] policy states: Self-published sources and other published sources of dubious reliability may be used as sources in articles about themselves . . . so long as the information is notable, not unduly self-aggrandizing, and not contradicted by other published sources.

All information on this page is attributed to Wikipedia and its contributors


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