Comrade:General-KJ/sandbox/Sourcing guide


Since January 2024, ProleWiki has become much more strict in regards to sourcing, this guide is intended to fully explain our sourcing policy. Now, edits which are not properly sourced will be reverted. In that case, you will be notified by the patrol team (see users with delegate role). Any reverted edit is still accessible from the "View History" button so you can find it again when you're ready to add sources.

There is no such thing as adding too many sources so please source every claim you make (with more than one source even)!

The only claims you don't have to source are "common sense" claims: things which we can reasonably expect people (not communists but anyone) to be familiar with. For example, names and dates of birth don't need to be sourced. Vague, general claims that are made to introduce a subject don't need to be sourced either. For example, writing "The revolution brought many changes to the country" ought to be considered common sense: obviously, a revolution brings many changes. However, specifying "The revolution brought many social changes to the country such as: ..." would require a source for the specific claims.

Remember we are writing for the reader and so pages should make sense to them.

How to use sourcing templates

Use our Citation template for books and scientific articles, and the Web citation template for material usually available online or periodicals, newspapers, etc. These options are available through Visual Editor.

Ordering citations

  1. Avoid placing a citation after a space

Jeff Bezos is a parasite.[1] (do)
Jeff Bezos is a parasite. [1] (don't) Avoid placing a citation before punctuation

II. Avoid placing a citation before punctuation

Without revolutionary theory,[1] there can be no revolutionary movement.[2] (do)
Without revolutionary theory[1], there can be no revolutionary movement[2]. (don't)

Placing more than one of the same citation in the same paragraph is unnecessary unless it is intercepted by a different citation. In a paragraph it is assumed that all text before a citation up until the previous citation is either covered by that citation or is common sense.