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The {{Failed verification}} tag will categorise tagged articles into Category:All articles with failed verification. This template is a self-reference and thus is part of the Wikipedia project rather than the encyclopedic content.

When to use

Use this tag only if:

  1. an inline citation to a source is given,
  2. you have checked the source,
  3. the source does not support what is contained in the article, and
  4. despite the source not supporting the article, the source still contains useful information on the topic.

For example, if the article says that 26% of statistics are made up, and the source says that statistics are made up without giving a percentage, then that information has failed verification. If you are unable to fix the error, then you should tag the information as not matching the named source. If the discrepancy between the source and the article isn't obvious, then please explain the situation in detail on the talk page.

If the source given is an unreachable website, keep the source and mark it with {{Dead link}} instead. See Wikipedia:Link rot and WP:DEADREF for more information.

If no source is given, and you believe that an inline citation is necessary for that information, then use {{Citation needed}}.

If the source has absolutely no relevance to any part of the article, delete the reference and replace with {{Citation needed}}.

How to use


The template should be placed outside the reference (<ref> ... </ref>), within the article's text:

... 26% of statistics are made up.<ref>some alleged source for this</ref>{{Failed verification|date=February 2016}} Next sentence in the article.

Common form (with current date)

{{Failed verification|date=February 2016}}

Link to the section title on the current page's talk page with

|talk=Section title

or to a discussion elsewhere with



|talkpage=Talk:Pagename#Section title

Add a brief note on the nature of the verification failure with

|reason=A sentence here.

This is not displayed in the article, but may be of use to later editors trying to resolved verification issue with the article.


  1. {{Badref}}
  2. {{Failed ref}}
  3. {{Failed reference}}
  4. {{Failedverification}}
  5. {{Fails verification}}
  6. {{FV}}
  7. {{Fv}}
  8. {{Nicg}}
  9. {{Not in citation}}
  10. {{Not in citation given}}
  11. {{Not in ref}}
  12. {{Not in reference}}
  13. {{Not in source}}
  14. {{Not in source given}}
  15. {{Not specifically in source}}
  16. {{Notincitation}}
  17. {{Notincitationgiven}}
  18. {{Notinref}}
  19. {{Notinsource}}
  20. {{Notinsourcegiven}}
  21. {{Tryharder}}
  22. {{Verification failed}}
  23. {{Verification-failed}}

See also

  • {{Failed verification}} (inline citation) use when an inline citation to a source is given, the sources has been checked and the source does not support what is contained in the article.
  • {{Unreliable source?}} (inline citation) use when an inline citation to a source is given, but it is questionable whether the source used is reliable for supporting the statement.
  • {{Unreliable source?|certain=y}} (inline citation) use when an inline citation to a source is given, but it is an unreliable source.
  • {{Cite check}}, (article/section hatnote) may have inappropriate or misinterpreted citations