Title Title
WT Fact Checking Guidelines WikiTribune's fact checking guidelines
Summary Summary
  How WikiTribune is looking to develop fact checking as a community project
Highlights Highlights
Content Content
<span style="font-weight: 400">      </span><b>  Choosing Claims</b> <span style="font-weight: 400">      </span><b>  Choosing Claims</b>
<ul> <ul>
<li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">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. </span></li>   <li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">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. </span></li>
<li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">Focus more on claims which have received attention such as viral news stories and tweets</span></li>   <li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">Focus more on claims which have received attention such as viral news stories and tweets.</span></li>
</ul> </ul>
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<span style="font-weight: 400">       </span><b>  Laying out the page</b> <span style="font-weight: 400">       </span><b>  Laying out the page</b>
<ul> <ul>
<li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">Cite the claim properly, always link to the source of the claim</span></li>   <li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">Cite the claim properly, always link to the source of the claim.</span></li>
<li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">When fact-checking quotes, or when attributing a claim to a person, </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400">always quote the person verbatim</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400">, in addition to having a link to the source of the claim</span></li>   <li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">When fact-checking quotes, or when attributing a claim to a person, </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400">always quote the person verbatim</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400">, in addition to having a link to the source of the claim.</span></li>
</ul> </ul>
<span style="font-weight: 400">    </span><b style="font-family: inherit;font-size: 1.6rem">  Correction of Errors</b> <span style="font-weight: 400">    </span><b style="font-family: inherit;font-size: 1.6rem">  Correction of Errors</b>
<ul> <ul>
<li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">WikiTribune is a </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400">wiki</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400">, meaning that mistakes will be made, but they can also be undone/fixed!</span></li>   <li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400"><em>WikiTribune</em> is a </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400">wiki</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400">, meaning that mistakes will be made, but they can also be undone/fixed!</span></li>
<li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">If you see a mistake, first consider fixing it yourself</span></li>   <li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">If you see a mistake, first consider fixing it yourself.</span></li>
<li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">If you don’t feel comfortable fixing it yourself, let others know on the TALK page</span></li>   <li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">If you don’t feel comfortable fixing it yourself, let others know on the TALK page.</span></li>
</ul> </ul>
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<b>       Role of Community and Editors</b> <b>       Role of Community and Editors</b>
<ul> <ul>
<li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">Community is at the heart of WT fact-checking. This is a collaborative effort by the group.</span></li>  <li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">Community is at the heart of WT fact-checking. This is a collaborative effort by the group.</span></li>
<li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">If there is a dispute, remember to seek consensus on the TALK page before making big changes</span></li>   <li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">If there is a dispute, remember to seek consensus on the TALK page before making big changes.</span></li>
<li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">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)</span></li>   <li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">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.)</span></li>
</ul> </ul>
<b>     Time spent on each fact checking report </b> <b>    The right to reply </b>
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<ul> <ul>
<li style="font-weight: 400"><span style="font-weight: 400">The current goal is to spend 10-14 days on each fact-checking report, marked clearly at the top of the page.</span></li>  <li>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.</li>
</ul> </ul>
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<b>    This is an evolving document! </b> <b>    This is an evolving document! </b>
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<span style="font-weight: 400">As a wiki, nothing is ever done! This is the first draft of the fact-checking guidelines, but please, </span><b>be bold</b><span style="font-weight: 400">, if you see something wrong, change something!</span>   <li><span style="font-weight: 400">As a wiki, nothing is ever done! This is the first draft of the fact-checking guidelines, but please, </span><b>be bold</b><span style="font-weight: 400">, if you see something wrong, change something!</span></li>
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