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Usage

This template is intended to be used when a statement is sourced but it is questionable whether the source used is reliable for supporting the statement. It produces a superscripted notation like the following:

It was actually written by Francis Bacon.[unreliable source?]

Articles tagged with this template will be categorized into Category:All articles lacking reliable references.

Place this template inline, {{Unreliable source|date=December 2017}} following the questionable claim (and any punctuation attached to it). The template should be placed outside the reference (<ref> ... </ref>), within the article's text:

Potentially controversial statement.<ref>some alleged source for this</ref>{{Unreliable source?|date=December 2017}} Next sentence.

Parameters

The template has the following optional parameters:

  • date: should be set to the month and year when the article was tagged. Example: {{Unreliable source?|date=December 2017}}
  • reason: a note explaining why you think the source is unreliable as per WP:RS. Displays as a tool tip. Keep it short (one sentence) as longer material belongs on the talk page. It is good to reiterate the reason in your edit summary. Example: {{Unreliable source?|reason=Your WP:RS-based reason here.|date=December 2017}}
  • sure or certain: if set to "y" or "yes" will remove the question mark from the template's output to denote a degree of certainty that the source is unreliable. Please use this with a |reason= parameter, and only after a good faith attempt to verify the reliability of the source in question. Example: {{Unreliable source|sure=y|reason=Your WP:RS-based reason here.|date=December 2017}} NOTE: This parameter has an alias, |failed=, which may make more grammatical sense when used with certain redirects like {{verify credibility}}.

When to use and not use this template

This template should be used to express doubt about the credibility of a source.

This tag should not be used on unreliably sourced contentious statements about living persons; if the source is not reliable, the statement should be removed immediately.

For whole articles or article sections that rely on suspect sources, considering using the banner template {{refimprove}} or {{refimprove section}}, respectively, rather than individually tagging a large number of statements.

For sources promoting fringe theories and pseudo-science, the more specific template {{Unreliable fringe source}} can be used. Even more specifically, flag improperly sourced medical claims with {{Unreliable medical source}}.

This tag should not be used to indicate that the sourced material could not be found within a given source. In that case, {{failed verification}} is a better template. For statements that have failed verification and have a questionable would-be source, consider removal of the source (and possibly the statement) over using both tags.

Redirects

The following may presently be used as shortcuts and aliases for this template:

  1. {{reliable source}}
  2. {{rs}}
  3. {{rs?}}
  4. {{vc}}
  5. {{unreliable source}}
  6. {{Unreliable source inline}}
  7. {{verify credibility}}

See also

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TemplateData for Unreliable source?

Used when a statement is sourced but it is questionable whether the source used is reliable for supporting the statement.

Template parameters

This template has custom formatting.

Parameter Description Type Status
Reason reason

Note explaining why you think the source is unreliable as per WP:RS. Displays as a tool tip

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
String optional
Certain? certainsurefailed

If set to "y" or "yes" will remove the question mark from the template's output to denote a degree of certainty that the source is unreliable

Default
no
Example
yes
Auto value
empty
Boolean optional
Month and year date

Month and year of tagging; e.g., 'January 2013', but not 'jan13'

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
{{subst:CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{subst:CURRENTYEAR}}
String suggested


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