WikiFur:Accuracy dispute

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This page is a proposed WikiFur policy, guideline, or process. The proposal may still be in development, under discussion, or in the process of gathering consensus for adoption. References or links to this page should not describe it as "policy".


If an article links to this page, it is because someone is concerned that the article may be significantly inaccurate. Such articles have the following warning at the top: "The factual accuracy of this article is disputed.".

[edit] Causes of Concern

The accuracy of an article may be a cause for concern if:

  • It contains a lot of unlikely information, without providing references.
  • It contains information which is particularly difficult to verify.
  • In, for example, a long list, some errors have been found, suggesting that the list as a whole may need further checking.
  • It has been written (or edited) by a user who is known to write inaccurately on the topic. Is this point valid or should we encourage everyone to edit?

A related collaboration mechanism is concerned with disputed statements. Should we have our own simplified version of this page?

[edit] Pages with an accuracy warning

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

  • Don't remove the warning simply because the material looks reasonable: please take the time to properly verify it. Again, we need a customised version of this page.
  • Visit the talk page to see what the issues are.
  • Correct it right away if you can. Please take the time to properly verify it. Please also add to the article any sources you used to verify the information in it: see cite your sources. Citing page also needs writing, when do we and don't we need sources? Most pages currently don't have any or they lack an exact source.
  • 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

[edit] Inaccurate pages without an a warning

If you come across an article whose content seems or is inaccurate, please do the following:

  • Correct it right away if you can. Please take the time to properly verify it. Please also add to the article any sources you used to verify the information in it: see cite your sources.
  • If the neutrality of the content is in question, please look at WikiFur:NPOV dispute.
  • If only a few statements seem inaccurate:
    • insert {{dubious}} after the relevant sentence or paragraph.
    • insert a "Disputed" section in the talk page to describe the problem.
  • If there are more than five dubious statements, or if a dispute arises:
    • insert a "Disputed" section in the talk page to describe the problem. This will help focus contributions from others.
    • paste {{disputed}} in the beginning of the article to add a general warning. Check dispute resolution for ways to resolve it.
    • if you find that the article remains unnoticed, you can draw more attention to it by listing it on WikiFur:Pages needing attention. Needs to be created along with more developed Community Portal
    • 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 accuracy disputes by checking the


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Do we need this for policy pages? We've taken from it yes but its not an article.

Comments by Nidonocu - talk Nidonocu 16:27, 29 Aug 2005 (UTC)

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