Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruit.

— "The Tree and its Fruits," Matthew 7:15-16 (KJV)

Wikipedia policy requires articles to be verified with reliable sources and written in a neutral point of view (NPOV). Non-neutral editing (e.g. "WP:POVPUSHing" and "WP:CPUSHing") will often involve the use of poor sources or the misuse of reliable sources. Beware of non-neutral edits, ye shall know them by their sources.

Poor sources[edit]

Non-neutral editing will often involve adding poor-quality sources to mainspace articles, because high-quality sources do not support the non-neutral POV, requiring the "POV pusher" to use substandard sourcing in an attempt to meet Wikipedia's verification policy.

Examples of poor sources indicating non-neutral editing include:

The above examples do not always indicate non-neutral editing; editors may sometimes use substandard sources for legitimate reasons. For example, an old source may be cited in an article because it is being directly discussed in the prose of the article. As another example, editors may look at primary sources to determine whether a secondary source made a typographical or other clear error, or to resolve conflicts between secondary sources. Rarely will any single edit or talk page argument provide "smoking gun" proof of non-neutral editing; rather, non-neutral editing will be signified by a pattern of using poor sources.

Misuse of reliable sources[edit]

In addition to the use of poor sources, non-neutral editing may also involve the misuse of high-quality sources, because the proper use of such sources will not support the non-neutral POV.

Examples of misuse of reliable sources indicating non-neutral editing include:

See also[edit]