TsukiWiki:Objectivity

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As many other MediaWiki projects, the TSUKI Project Wiki aims to deliver a neutral point of view on its subjects. The specific points of view change per subject, so here are some quick guidelines:

In general

  • Avoid stating opinions as facts. Usually, articles will contain information about the significant opinions that have been expressed about their subjects. However, these opinions should not be stated in the wiki's voice. Rather, they should be attributed in the text to particular sources, or where justified, described as widespread views, etc. For example, an article should not state that "genocide is an evil action", but it may state that "genocide has been described by John X as the epitome of human evil."
  • Avoid stating seriously contested assertions as facts. If different reliable sources make conflicting assertions about a matter, treat these assertions as opinions rather than facts, and do not present them as direct statements.
  • Avoid stating facts as opinions. Uncontested and uncontroversial factual assertions made by reliable sources should normally be directly stated in the wiki's voice. Unless a topic specifically deals with a disagreement over otherwise uncontested information, there is no need for specific attribution for the assertion, although it is helpful to add a reference link to the source in support of verifiability. Further, the passage should not be worded in any way that makes it appear to be contested.
  • Prefer nonjudgmental language. A neutral point of view neither sympathizes with nor disparages its subject (or what reliable sources say about the subject), although this must sometimes be balanced against clarity. Present opinions and conflicting findings in a disinterested tone. Do not editorialize. When editorial bias towards one particular point of view can be detected the article needs to be fixed.
  • Indicate the relative prominence of opposing views. Ensure that the reporting of different views on a subject adequately reflects the relative levels of support for those views, and that it does not give a false impression of parity, or give undue weight to a particular view. For example, to state that "According to the TSUKI Representative, SYNAPSE HQ is located in the Synapsian Mountain, but John X disputes this analysis" would be to give apparent parity between the supermajority view and a tiny minority view by assigning each to a single person.

POV changes per subject

It should be noted that there are mainly two types of content articles on this wiki: those talking about in-universe subjects (such as the Project, LFE and its contents, the companies involved, other Systems and their contents), and those talking about out-of-universe subjects (such as other sites and services related to the Project). A different should be noted between the two in the way they are written:

  • In-universe articles should be written like a wiki inside of the universe would be written. This means that it speaks from the point-of-view as assuming the Project is real, etc. Writing "...but the reality of LFE has been disputed." on every such article would undermine the point of the wiki. When stating other opinions on the subject, use inline third-party markers [3rd party!] like so: {{Third}}
  • Out-of-universe articles should be written like a wiki in Life would be written. This means that it does not necessarily have to assume the Project's reality, although it should be noted that in the context of the wiki, this is usually a supermajoral view. To keep the wiki organized and let people know they are dealing with such articles, please use the Third-party Ambox like so: {{Third party}}, or, when only marking a section, like so: {{Third party|section|left}}

Examples of in-universe articles

TSUKI Project, TsukiRep, and Systemspace are examples of in-universe articles.

Examples of out-of-universe articles

TSUKICHAT, List of times the TSUKI Project has been mentioned in the media, and History of the TSUKI Project are examples of out-of-universe articles.

See also

Wikipedia's guides for a neutral point of view