Wikipedia:Attribution needed

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To identify when perspectives and opinions in Wikipedia are asserted without stating whose they are, an attribution needed flag may be inserted.

Example 1:   Many people say that Earth is flat like a pancake.attribution needed
Example 2:   Earth is "flat like a pancake".attribution needed


To create the attribution needed flag, insert the following:


When you see this flag, please do the following:

  • Exercise caution where there are perspectives and opinions asserted without stating whose they are.
  • If you have reason to think that these perspectives and opinions are not attributable to anyone by a reliable source, you may remove them altogether. Optionally, paste them into the article's talk page and explain your reasoning of why they should be deleted.
  • If you know who the perspectives and opinions can be attributed to: Please be bold, delete the template, and indicate who they are attributed to, either in the text or with a citation.
  • Controversial, poorly sourced perspectives and opinions in biographies of living persons should be deleted immediately.
  • Do not demand in-text attribution for simple, non-controversial facts. Simple facts, like "The Earth is round", should not be attributed to one person, because that attribution implies that very few people agree with the statement. In-text attribution is normally reserved for minority views, controversial claims, and other widely disputed material.

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