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Policy status and phases

Speedy deletion
Disallowed content
Disruptive editing
External links
Fan fiction


Item articles
Personal articles
Player character pages
Three revert rule
User naming

See also: guidelines, administrators
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This page is an official policy on Wowpedia.

This policy has wide acceptance among editors and is considered a standard that all users should follow.

  • Feel free to propose any changes to this policy, but please make sure that changes you make follow the official process and reflect consensus on the discussion page before you put them into practice. Any big changes need to be Adopted or Decreed to be enforced as policy.
  • See Wowpedia:Policies for an overview of Wowpedia policies.
  • See Category:Policies for a list of proposed and adopted policy articles.
  • Shortcut: WP:NPOV

A Neutral Point of View (often referred as NPOV) is a principle which describes an authoring or editing perspective representing views fairly and without bias (or at least attempting to remove as much bias as possible). On Wowpedia, an editor has to assume a neutral point of view when writing articles.

Note that NPOV refers to a fan's perspective rather than official info originating from Blizzard. Blizzard may officially state negative or positive elements regarding a subject (via sources of lore). Any such material must be mentioned, and does not break the NPOV policy. Articles should not be edited to remove correctly cited details.

Why neutral point of view?[]

Writing articles at Wowpedia with a neutral point of view helps remove conflicts that may occur from conflicting fan opinions stated in articles. Additionally, maintaining neutrality can help prevent personal attacks.

How to write with neutral point of view[]

Neutral point of view is a point of view that is unbiased - that is, neither sympathetic with nor in opposition to its subject. Any subject where there are multiple significant fan points of view should be written so that each of these views is impartially stated with equal merit to the others. The article should not imply that one opinion is the correct one.

Additionally, when discussing lore details, the information should originate from Blizzard information only, fan interpretation and speculation are not allowed (except in speculation sections).

Additionally when writing about other people or yourself, try to refrain from personal attacks or self promotion. Articles should be written in an encyclopedic style.

In the main or Server namespaces, lists of people who are subjectively famous (e.g., not bearers of world/realm first achievements or other objective qualifiers) are against this policy.

Dealing with biased articles[]

When editing an article that has non-neutral points of view, try to replace contentious sections with fairer ones. Use a neutral style, and try to remain as impartial as possible. If you do not wish to edit the article, add the {{NPOV}} template to the first line of the article, then leave a comment on the article's Talk: page describing any neutrality issues you see in the article. If you are editing an article that has already been tagged with the {{NPOV}} template, leave the original issues in the Talk: page.

Defamation is prohibited by the DNP policy and will be addressed by the means outlined there.

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