Wikipedia:Biography dos and don'ts

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Biography articles follow particular rules for consistency and ease of use.

When editing biographies:
Green check.png Use the subject's common name as the article title.
Green check.png State vital years in the lead, after the subject's name.
Green check.png Identify key information in the first paragraph.
Green check.png Use full name in the first sentence, and surname after.
Green check.png Follow the guidance for living persons as needed.
Green check.png Write in the appropriate tense.
Green check.png Put {{authority control}} at the foot; add IDs in Wikidata.

Red x.svg Don't create pages for people who are not notable.
Red x.svg Don't promote the subject.
Red x.svg Don't rely on unreliable sources.
Red x.svg Don't make statements that will become out of date.
Red x.svg Don't give undue weight to traits unrelated to notability.
Red x.svg Don't use titles or honorifics with the subject's name.
Red x.svg Don't add the page to inappropriate categories.


Do consider joining WikiProject Biography.

See also