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|This page in a nutshell: Honesty is ethical and helps the project.|
Honesty is expected in all processes of Wikipedia, including content discussion, the dispute process and all other functions of the community. Editors are reminded that while you may expect an assumption of good faith, this is based on the counter-assumption of honesty in your actions.
Honesty in actions
An honest Wikipedian:
- Does not cite sources they know to be unreliable, misrepresent sources, or represent sources with a bias as being neutral. In cases involving articles with a very long list of citations, not all citations may be fully examined, and editors should not abuse this tendency as an avoidance of the citation requirements.
- Does not intentionally misrepresent their identity or credentials. The choice of anonymity and pseudonymity is part of Wikipedia, but it is not a license to fabricate real world credentials. It is strongly recommended that you decline to share details you wish to keep secret rather than to invent alternatives. Fabrication of credentials will lose an editor credibility and damage the credibility of the project as a whole.
- Does not say things they know to be untrue simply to support their argument.
- Does not argue or act in favor of something they think is wrong. Disruptive point making is one of the most oft-cited and important real-world examples of this.
- Does proffer all relevant information to a discussion, even when it might not support their argument. Withholding of information that contradicts other information, or filtering out data-points that do not match one's assumptions, is dishonesty by omission.
Being honest does not mean being perfect.
- Does not mis-cite sources intentionally, but might misunderstand or misremember them.
- Does not say things they know to be untrue but might give sincerely believed, although inaccurate, information.
- Does not argue or act in favor of something they think is wrong but might have a different idea of what's right than you.
- Does comply with the conflict of interest guideline but might interpret that guideline differently than you.
- Does proffer all relevant information to a discussion but might not be in possession of, happen to remember, or realize the relevance of all information.