==Not part of the encyclopedia==
Wikipedia has many policies and guidelines about encyclopedic content. These standards require verifiability, neutrality, respect for living people, and more.
The policies, guidelines, and process pages themselves are not part of the encyclopedia proper. Consequently, they do not generally need to conform with the content standards. It is therefore not necessary to provide [[WP:RS|reliable sources]] to [[WP:V|verify]] Wikipedia's rules, or to phrase rules in a [[WP:NPOV|neutral]] manner, or to [[WP:NOR|cite an outside authority]] in determining Wikipedia's own rules and procedures. Instead, the content of these pages is controlled by [[WP:Consensus|community-wide consensus]], and the style should emphasize clarity, directness, and usefulness to other editors.<ref>Conversely there is no ''absolute'' ban on external references if it is helpful and appropriate to support and explain our policies or guidelines.</ref>
== Life cycle ==