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Editors must take particular care when adding ''' information about living persons''' to ' 'any'' Wikipedia page.<ref>People are presumed to be living unless there is reason to believe otherwise. This policy does not apply to people declared [[death in absentia|dead ''in absentia'']].</ref> Such material requires a high degree of sensitivity, and must adhere '' strictly'' to all applicable laws in the United States, to this policy, and to Wikipedia's three core content policies:
* [[Wikipedia:Neutral point of view|Neutral point of view]] (NPOV)
* [[Wikipedia:Verifiability|Verifiability]] (V)
* [[Wikipedia:No original research|No original research]] (NOR)
We must get the article '' right'' . Be very firm about the use of high quality [[ Wikipedia: Verifiability# Sources| sources]] . All quotations and any material ''' challenged or likely to be challenged''' must be explicitly attributed to a reliable, published source, which is usually done with an [[ Wikipedia: Citing sources# Inline citations| inline citation]] . Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced—whether the material is negative, positive, neutral, or just questionable—should be ''' removed immediately and without waiting for discussion''' .<ref>Jimmy Wales. [http://mail.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikien-l/2006-May/046440.html "WikiEN-l Zero information is preferred to misleading or false information"], May 16, 2006, and [http://mail.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikien-l/2006-May/046732.html May 19, 2006]; Jimmy Wales. [http://wikimania2006.wikimedia.org/wiki/Archives/Jimbo_Keynote Keynote speech], Wikimania, August 2006.</ref> Users who persistently or egregiously violate this policy may be [[ Wikipedia: Blocking policy| blocked from editing]] .
'''Biographies of living persons''' ('''BLPs''') must be written conservatively and with regard for the subject's privacy. Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, not a tabloid: it is not Wikipedia's job to be sensationalist, or to be the primary vehicle for the spread of titillating claims about people's lives, and the possibility of harm to living subjects must always be considered when exercising editorial judgment. This policy applies to BLPs, including any living person mentioned in a BLP even if not the subject of the article, and to material about living persons on other pages.<ref>[[Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Rachel Marsden#WP:BLP applies to all living persons mentioned in an article|Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Rachel Marsden]]: "WP:BLP applies to all living persons mentioned in an article"</ref> The [[Wikipedia:Verifiability#Burden_of_evidence|burden of evidence]] for any edit on Wikipedia rests with the person who adds or restores material.