Template:Self-published inline

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[self-published source?]

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This is an inline template used to flag statements with self-published sources such as a personal web page or a self-published book, which, due to the lack of oversight on such works, are therefore potentially unreliable.

When the template is added to a line of text in an article, the resulting clean-up tag links to the relevant policy page and section: Wikipedia:Verifiability § Self-published sources. (While Wikipedia:Identifying reliable sources § Self-published sources and WP:Neutral point of view are also relevant, the template does not create a link to them.)

This template categorizes its tagged articles into the maintenance category, Category:Accuracy disputes, which is hidden in mainspace articles by a default setting in the user preferences. A logged-in user may view this and all other hidden categories by checking Show hidden categories on the Appearance tab of Preferences.

Note: Use this template outside the <ref>...</ref> markup.

To flag an individual citation itself as being to such a questionable source, use Template:Self-published source, inside of <ref>...</ref>. For whole sections or articles, use Template:Self-published.

This template takes a compulsory parameter (which a bot will set if the editor doesn't):

  • |date=date—in the format "Month Year" or "YYYY-MM-DD", etc.

If there is no doubt at all that the source is self-published, you can use a parameter to remove the "?" from the template's output:

  • |certain=yes or |certain=y


See also