Wikipedia in 60 Seconds will return to the Manual of Style soon, but we're also excited to begin exploring Wikipedia's many user-generated essays. As we explained in week 7, essays are opinions of the Wikipedia community explaining concepts and proposing unofficial rules, and can be very helpful for understanding Wikipedia's culture.

Any editor can write them about any topic. Frequent topics include advisable editor behavior, how to write neutral articles, viewpoints on handling deletion debates, and various "guidance" essays that are harder to categorize. Of course, there are also essays on categorization.

Some essays are widely observed, such as "Other stuff exists", that many editors may mistakenly consider them official rules even though they are not. Others are more divisive, or simply obscure. Next week we'll begin with some of our favorites, and examine what they tell us about Wikipedia.

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