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When to use

Place this template on an article when you have identified a serious issue of balance and the lack of a WP:Neutral point of view, and you wish to attract editors with different viewpoints to the article. Please also explain on the article's talk page why you are adding this tag, identifying specific issues that are actionable within Wikipedia's content policies.

An unbalanced or non-neutral article is one that does not fairly represent the balance of perspectives of high-quality, reliable secondary sources. A balanced article presents mainstream views as being mainstream, and minority views as being minority views. The personal views of Wikipedia editors or the public are irrelevant.

When to remove

This template is not meant to be a permanent resident on any article. You may remove this template whenever any one of the following is true:

  1. There is consensus on the talkpage or the NPOV Noticeboard that the issue has been resolved.
  2. It is not clear what the neutrality issue is, and no satisfactory explanation has been given.
  3. In the absence of any discussion, or if the discussion has become dormant.

How to use

Place {{POV|date=December 2022}} at the top of the disputed article, then explain your reasons on the article's talk page. To specify the section of the talk page, use {{POV|talk=talk page section name|date=December 2022}}. If the date is not included it will likely be added later by a bot.

This template will categorize tagged articles in Category:NPOV disputes or a dated subcategory thereof.

This template should only be used in the main (article) namespace. Do not place this template on talk pages, user pages, policies and guidelines, or other pages.


  1. {{Npov}}
  2. {{Pov}}
  3. {{NPOV}}
  4. {{Neutrality}}
  5. {{Point Of View}}
  6. {{PoV}}
  7. {{Neutral}}


This is the TemplateData documentation for this template used by VisualEditor and other tools; see the monthly parameter usage report for this template.

TemplateData for POV

<templatedata> {

   "description": "Use this template to indicate that an article is not written from a neutral point of view. Follow this up with an explanation on the talk page.",

"format": "inline", "params": { "date": { "label": "Month and year", "description": "The month and year that the template was placed (in full). \"{{subst:CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{subst:CURRENTYEAR}}\" inserts the current month and year automatically.", "type": "line", "autovalue": "{{subst:CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{subst:CURRENTYEAR}}", "example": "January 2013", "suggested": true }, "talk": { "label": "Talk page section", "description": "Section name on the talk page for further discussion", "type": "line" }, "what": { "label": "Affected area", "description": "Text to replace the word \"article\", usually \"section\". This is a legacy feature that has been replaced by the separate Template:POV section template.", "type": "line", "autovalue": "section", "example": "section", "deprecated": "true" }, "small": { "label": "Make box small", "description": "Enter \"left\" here to make the template box small and aligned to the left.", "type": "line", "autovalue": "left", "example": "left" }, "style": { "label": "CSS", "description": "For custom CSS properties (without quotations) that affect the whole template.", "type": "string", "example": "border-radius:8px;" } }, "paramOrder": [ "date", "talk",


] } </templatedata>

See also


To mark only a section as disputed, rather than a whole article, use {{POV section}}. See below for a list of other similar templates.

For suspected POV issues which are not disputed, consider the {{POV check}} template instead. See Wikipedia:NPOV dispute for more info.

For issues relating to article balance due to insufficient coverage of the subject rather than editorial bias, use {{Cleanup weighted}}. {{Wikipedia:Resolving Disputes/Templates}}