PrintWiki/Neutral Point of View

To elaborate as eloquently as the Wikipedians have done on this topic would be impossible. PrintWiki believes that the WikiPedia NPOV is an excellent position to adhere to. Please see the [WWW]Wikipedia Neutral_point_of_view for incredible detail.

Below are the highlights incase you do not want to read their entire policy


NPOV requires views to be represented without bias and in such a fashion that both supporters and opponents can agree. 100% agreement is not possible. All editors and all sources have biases. One is said to be biased if one is influenced by one's biases. We can only seek a type of writing that is agreeable to essentially rational people who may differ on particular points.

As the name suggests, the neutral point of view is a point of view, not the absence or elimination of viewpoints. It is a point of view that is neutral - that is neither sympathetic nor in opposition to its subject.

Debates are described, represented, and characterized, but not engaged in. Background is provided on who believes what and why, and which view is more popular. Detailed articles might also contain the mutual evaluations of each viewpoint, but studiously refrain from stating which is better. One can think of unbiased writing as the cold, fair, analytical description of all relevant sides of a debate. When bias towards one particular point of view can be detected, the article needs to be fixed.


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