Wikipedia:Accuracy dispute

Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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

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

Handling factual inaccuracy warnings

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
    no original research
    before removing the notice.
  • Visit the
    talk page
    to see what the issues are.
  • Correct it yourself if you can. Add
    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 the subject matter contained in the article but are not sure about the accuracy of a statement, then add "{{
    for a more detailed explanation of how to handle potentially false or misleading information.

Resolving disputes

Verified article – removed accuracy dispute

Disputed statement

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 warnings [disputeddiscuss] or [dubiousdiscuss]. You can insert such a warning by using the templates {{Disputed inline}} or {{Dubious}}.

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

  • It contains unlikely information, without providing suitable references;
  • It contains information that is particularly difficult to verify;
  • It contains information of a highly specific nature that changes too frequently to be assumed accurate at any given time;
  • It is cited to sources that are antiquated or have since been called into question;
  • It has been written (or edited) by a user who is known to write inaccurately on the topic;
  • It contains information that is ambiguous and open to interpretation, either due to grammar, or opinionated wording; or
  • reliable sources are supporting two or more different claims.

If your work has been tagged:

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

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

  • Correct it right away if you can. Please take the time to
    cite your sources
  • If the neutrality of the statement is in question, please see Wikipedia:NPOV dispute for more details about how to handle it.

If you cannot correct it right away:

  • First, insert a "Dubious" section on 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 {{Disputed inline}} or {{Dubious}} after the relevant sentence or paragraph. Use {{Disputed inline}} to directly challenge the statement with sources to back up your claim, or {{Dubious}} to point out uncertainty over sources. Add the correct month and year to the template.
  • (Or insert {{Dubious}} 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 on the talk page to describe the problem. This will help focus on contributions from others.
    • Insert {{Disputed}} at 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