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Some articles on Wikipedia may contain significant factual inaccuracies, i.e. information that is verifiably wrong. Articles for which much of the factual accuracy is actively disputed should have a {{Disputed}} warning place at the top, and they are listed at Category:Accuracy disputes. Also see a recent list of disputed articles, and the current list of articles that link here.

Handling content that may be inaccurate[edit]

If you see an article that may be inaccurate, please do the following:

  • Correct it yourself if you can. Add citations to reliable sources to verify the information.
  • If the neutrality of the content is in question, please see at Wikipedia:NPOV dispute.
  • If only a few statements seem inaccurate, see Disputed statement.
  • If there are several dubious statements, or if a dispute arises:
    • Begin a "Disputed" section on the talk page to describe the problem, to alert other editors and gain more opinions on whether the content is inaccurate and how to handle it.
    • Paste {{Disputed}} at the beginning of the article to add a general warning.
    • If only the accuracy of a section is disputed, add {{Disputed-section}} at the beginning of the section.

Handling factual inaccuracy warnings[edit]

If you see an article with a factual accuracy warning, please do the following:

  • Don't remove the warning simply because the material appears reasonable: please ensure that content is verifiable using reliable sources, that it is unbiased, and that it contains no original research before removing the notice.
  • Visit the talk page to see what the issues are.
  • Correct it yourself if you can. Add citations to reliable sources to verify the information.
  • If you are sure that a statement is factually inaccurate then remove it, or move it to the talk page for further discussion. If you are familiar with subject matter contained in the article, but are not sure about the accuracy of a statement, then add "{{Citation needed}}" at the end of the statement. If you are not familiar with subject matter contained in the article, but wish to ask about the accuracy of a statement, then raise the issue on the article's talk page. Please see WP:BURDEN and WP:HANDLE for a more detailed explanation of how to handle potentially false or misleading information.

Resolving disputes[edit]

Verified article – removed accuracy dispute

Disputed statement[edit]

If a Wikipedia article links to this page, it is because someone is concerned that the article contains inaccurate statement(s). Such statements are followed by the following warnings: "[dubious - discuss]".

The accuracy of a statement may be a cause for concern if:

  • It contains unlikely information, without providing suitable references.
  • It contains information which is particularly difficult to verify.
  • It contains information of a highly specific nature which changes too frequently to be assumed accurate at any given time.
  • It has been written (or edited) by a user who is known to write inaccurately on the topic.
  • It contains information which is ambiguous and open to interpretation, either due to grammar, opinionated wording, so on.

If you come across a statement with an accuracy warning, please do the following:

  • Don't remove the warning simply because the material looks reasonable: please take the time to verify it properly.
  • Visit the talk page to see what the issues are.
  • Correct it right away if you can. Please take the time to verify it properly. Please also add to the article any sources you used to verify the information in it: see cite your sources.

If you come across a statement which seems or is inaccurate, please do the following:

  • Correct it right away if you can. Please take the time to verify it properly. Please also add to the article citations for any sources you used to verify the information in it: see cite your sources.
  • If the neutrality of the statement is in question, please look at Wikipedia:NPOV dispute.

If you cannot correct it right away:

  • First, insert a "Dubious" section in the talk page to describe the problem. (Please don't mark up the article text without first describing the problem on the talk page.)
  • Insert {{Dubious}} after the relevant sentence or paragraph (add the correct month and year to the template).
  • (Or insert {{Dubious|talkpage section}} replacing 'talkpage section' with the appropriate section on the talk page, if one already exists.)
  • If there are more than 5 dubious statements, or if a dispute arises:
    • First, insert a "Disputed" section in the talk page to describe the problem. This will help focus contributions from others.
    • Insert {{Disputed}} in the beginning of the article to add a general warning. Check dispute resolution for ways to resolve it.
    • Once you've found the correct information, edit the page to correct it, remove the warnings, and put something like the following in your edit summary:
Verified article -- removed accuracy dispute

When you add an accuracy warning, you are invited to also help resolve other accuracy disputes or fact-check other articles listed in:

See also[edit]

  • Note: This page was previously a noticeboard for accuracy disputes. See the archive for previous disputes, and also the talk page archives for further disputes.