Why Writing a Wikipedia Page By Yourself is Not a Good Idea

A Wikipedia page is a great way to learn information about a person, place, or thing. Because anyone is able to edit or create these pages some individual’s think that it would be a great idea to create a page about his or herself. If you are pondering about creating a Wikipedia page on the subject of yourself then think again. Your page could go against the policies and principles of the website while possibly damaging your reputation.

One of the main policies associated with writing an article on Wikipedia is to write from a neutral point of view (NPOV). If you are writing an article about yourself, then adhering to this policy may be impossible or very difficult. This is because when we talk or write about ourselves, we are prone to only providing the positive occurrences or happenings in our life. We fail to reveal the part that is not so positive, this type of writing causes us to be biased. Wikipedia also has a conflict of interest policy that prohibits the removal of negative material from any article written, this includes the ones written that we write about ourselves. In the event that you post an article about yourself on Wikipedia, that article cannot be recalled but it can be edited and seen by anyone. A person can easily edit your article to include not so positive details about your life. When this occurs you are not able to delete then information.

If you still are determined to pull a GetYourWiki and create a Wikipedia page on the site then you should listen up because there are some facts that you will need to be aware of.

In the event that you post an article about yourself on the site and someone posts negative information about you, there is no real way to defend yourself. There is not an option for you to post your side of the story or to retract the negative remarks. If the negative information was added to your page within the guideline of Wikipedia then defending yourself is almost next to impossible without verifiable sources.

If someone is searching for you on Google then it is more than likely that your Wikipedia page will be revealed, especially if your name is uncommon. Any negative information added to your page will be viewable by the searcher.

It is possible that the article about you will be duplicated by other sites. This cloning of your article can have consequences especially if negative information has been added to it. More people reading your article are able to see the negative information about you.