- Choose empirically provable claims. If it’s not empirically provable, it isn’t fact-checking. To illustrate, we can check number of women in the U.S. Congress or the location of the school in Florida where the mass shooting took place, or if someone said a particular statement in a recorded and published speech. By contrast, we can’t check what the same person implied by his or her statement.
- Focus more on claims which have received attention such as viral news stories and tweets.
Laying out the page
- Cite the claim properly, always link to the source of the claim.
- When fact-checking quotes, or when attributing a claim to a person, always quote the person verbatim, in addition to having a link to the source of the claim.
Correction of Errors
- WikiTribune is a wiki, meaning that mistakes will be made, but they can also be undone/fixed!
- If you see a mistake, first consider fixing it yourself.
- If you don’t feel comfortable fixing it yourself, let others know on the TALK page.
Role of Community and Editors
- Community is at the heart of WT fact-checking. This is a collaborative effort by the group.
- If there is a dispute, remember to seek consensus on the TALK page before making big changes.
- Trusted users and staff administrators may at times be called upon to judge the veracity of a claim, or to judge community consensus. (This is similar to the role of administrators in Wikipedia RfCs.)
The right to reply
- An essential part of the process is to give people a right to reply when we fact check their claims. This gives them the opportunity to clarify and add more information about their stated claim(s). We do this by first sending a direct email to the person and also asking them to write directly on the article’s TALK page.
This is an evolving document!
- As a wiki, nothing is ever done! This is the first draft of the fact-checking guidelines, but please, be bold, if you see something wrong, change something!