Wikipedia:Words to avoid in the intro
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Here are some words in an intro to an article, that tend to unbalance the intro to the point that it becomes non-NPOV. You can use these in the conditions listed, but please, try to avoid using more than two of them in any given intro:
- "Self-proclaimed": As long as only the subject of the article (or the subject of this modifier) is proclaiming that s/he/it is whatever, you're good; if not, well, you're misusing "Self-proclaimed".
- "Fraudulent": In articles about financial and legal matters, if you can provide cites, kosher; anywhere else, and especially without cites, you're well into the "not good" zone.
- "Dishonest": No. Just, no.
- "Supernatural": As applied to the article's subject, not kosher.
- "Controversial": In the body of the paragraph, it is OK, not in the header.
(Feel free to edit this; it is a preliminary draft, and hopes to become much better.)