Wikipedia: A Neutral Perspective


May 28, 2022

All encyclopedia content within Wikipedia should be written from a neutral point of view (NPOV). A neutral point of view means speaking from multiple perspectives published through identifiable sources as fair, equitable, and as unbiased as possible. The Neutral View Policy is one of the fundamental principles of Wikipedia and the most basic principle that applies to other Wikimedia projects as well. This policy is also one of the three most important Wikipedia article content policies, along with the verifiable policy and the no-research policy. These three policies are important policies that determine the types and expressions of statements allowed in Wikipedia articles, and as they are complementary, they should never be interpreted in isolation from one another. Editors of Wikipedia should be familiar with all three policies. This policy is an absolute policy that cannot be compromised, and the principles of this policy cannot be changed or distorted through other policies, guidelines, or consensus of editors. What is a neutral perspective? Adhering to a “neutral perspective” as understood by the Wikipedia community means carefully and critically analyzing a variety of credible sources to deliver information to readers as fair and equitable as possible without editorial bias. Wikipedia is a place to explain controversies, not to create or intervene. Each editor has a different point of view. However, when editing articles within Wikipedia, you should do your best to provide complete information and not emphasize any particular claims. As such, a neutral point of view does not exclude a specific point of view, but rather describes all identifiable points of view with appropriate weight. A neutral point of view exists as a point of view, not as a destruction of point of view or point of view. In other words, a neutral perspective does not mean the absence of vision. Please observe the following principles in order to maintain neutrality befitting the encyclopedia. Don't write comments as facts. Usually a document contains information about some important opinion expressing a topic. However, these opinions should not be represented by Wikipedia. In the text, what an authoritative source introduces as an evaluation should be stated by citing it, or it should be presented in a broad, justified perspective. For example, a Wikipedia article shouldn't say "Genocide is an evil act", but you can state "Someone said genocide is the epitome of vocalism". Don't make controversial claims as facts. If different credible sources make different claims about the same issue, don't treat them as true. Instead, you should state this assertion as an opinion, never definitively. Don't write facts as opinions. Factual statements that have been established undisputedly by identifiable sources should be categorically stated in Wikipedia. It may be helpful to attach verifiable sources, but verification of the technique is not required unless a non-controversial conflict of opinion is specifically addressed. Also, it should not be presented in any way as if it were controversial. For example, “the mass of an electron is 1/1836 times the mass of a proton”. assertive sweet