Template:Factual accuracy

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displays a universal, customisable factual accuracy warning message

The template automatically sets the following categories: Accuracy disputes


{{factual accuracy |1= |2= |cat= }}

Template parameters

1typekind of file (flag, logo, …)fileoptional
2commentadditional comment, might be the reason for placing this tagThere might be relevant discussion on the talk page.optional
catcategorymaintenance categoryFile accuracy disputesoptional
Template data
<templatedata>JSON</templatedata> ./. {{TemplateBox}}

TemplateData is a way to store information about template parameters (the description of those and of the whole template) for both humans and machines. It is used by VisualEditor and possibly other tools like Upload Wizard.

Existing template documentation
At Wikimedia Commons, it is recommended to use {{TemplateBox}} with either ‎useTemplateData=1 or ‎useTemplateData=only on the ‎/doc subpage and transcluding it with {{Documentation}} into the template. ‎<nowiki>-tags can be wrapped around the arguments, if required, to avoid templates being expanded.

Newly created template documentation and imports
Another option, especially for imported templates, or for users with JSON experience, is placing raw ‎<templatedata>-tags into the Wikitext of the template, as described in various Wikipediae.

There is an ongoing discussion about that matter. Feel invited to comment if you are experienced in either way, your time permits and if you like to share your opinion or to make a suggestion.

Wikipedia's help about TemplateDataCommons-specific information

displays a universal, customisable factual accuracy warning message

Template parameters[Edit template data]

This template prefers inline formatting of parameters.


kind of file (flag, logo, …)


additional comment, might be the reason for placing this tag

There might be relevant discussion on the [[Template talk:Factual accuracy|talk page]].

maintenance category

File accuracy disputes

Additional information

The template is intended to be used in the following namespaces: the File namespace

The template is intended to be used by the following user groups: all users

Placement: At the top of the page

See also

Warning templates

Disputed / inaccurate:

Disputed / something missing:

  • {{Clarify}} – an in-line template
  • {{Lacking insignia source}}insignia
  • {{References missing}}generally for files where the description or depiction needs references
  • {{Datasource missing}}for own diagrams and maps visualizing data that needs references
  • {{No source since}}deletion warning for missing essential source information
  • {{Sourcefield}} - produces a warning that a file appears to have an invalid entry in its "Source" parameter; for use on user talk pages, not file pages; less serious than the {{No source since}} warning; does not threaten deletion

Fictional (consciously):

  • {{Fake sports logo}} – for potentially serious confusion
  • {{Fictional}} – proposed insignia ("flag", "sign", "seal", "CoA", …)
  • {{Fake insignia}} — generic "faked" symbols, to facilitate identification but often not factually accurate to avoid copyright issues.
  • {{Fictitious flag}} – for potentially serious confusion



To add your language to the list of languages supported by this template, please edit the template and add a row to the "{{LangSwitch|}}" construct. It takes the form "|xx= Your translation " (xx being the code of your language)