How to Do Accuracy Patrol on wikiHow

At the bottom of each wikiHow article is a pair of buttons allowing readers to indicate whether they found the article to be accurate or not. You can help us continue to improve wikiHow's quality by reviewing and improving (if needed) articles with low accuracy ratings. This guide will help you to get started.


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    Go to the accuracy patrol page.
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    Click to open the first article. It is helpful here to right-click on the article to open it a new tab or browser window and keep the low ratings list open in the original tab or window.
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    Read the article critically with an eye for accuracy issues. Understand that an article’s accuracy rating is the current, cumulative result of the unscientific survey at the bottom of each page asking readers whether the article is accurate. This score is meant to serve as an indicator only, and may not reflect the latest updates to this article. Some accurate articles may have low accuracy scores. Do not just automatically assume all articles with bad scores are inaccurate. You are an editor and will need to use your best editorial judgment! Some reasons accurate articles frequently get low scores include:
    • old versions of the article were inaccurate, and the article was later improved, but the old accuracy ratings were not cleared.
    • controversial topics, social or political issues (e.g., abortion, global warming, prayer in schools)
    • highly subjective topics (e.g., how to be popular or how to be like a character in a book or movie)?
    • difficult skill / difficult actions - "how to spin a pencil around your thumb" and other difficult topics are given low scores by readers who fail to master the skill
    • the title of the article uses words such as "Best," "Perfect," "Ideal" or other absolute terms that no article can possibly live up to.
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    Edit it! Improve any inaccuracies you find in the article by:
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    Return to the Accuracy Patrol Page to find new articles to work on.


  • If an article being reviewed was originally written by a regular contributor, it may help to contact the initial author and ask questions about it and seek clarification or information. That way, you can directly involve the original author in the editing and either clear up any issues relating to the accuracy or work together on improving the article.
  • In some cases it may be impossible to improve the article or it may clear that it is a duplicate of an existing article. In this case, you can nominate it for deletion with the reason of accuracy or duplicate. Explain on the discussion page that improvements in the case of an accuracy nfd were attempted and deemed too difficult.
  • Remember that there are many reasons why an article may have received low accuracy ratings. Many articles start out as stubs and are later improved, so there may be nothing wrong with an article with low ratings. If you can't find anything wrong with the article after checking carefully, clear the ratings and move on.
  • Accuracy patrol is intended to be an enhancement of wikiHow's normal quality control process. If you can't fix an article that needs work, feel free to skip it and leave it to someone else, or to just apply the proper template.
  • All articles whose votes have been cleared out will be removed from the low accuracy list for at least 30 days to prevent an annoying continual reinsertion of articles that are controversial but not inaccurate.
  • The feature to add accuracy ratings was added to the bottom of wikiHow articles on November 14, 2006. Poor, uncleared accuracy ratings may date from that time.
  • When an article is deleted, its accuracy ratings will be automatically cleared. Please don't clear ratings of a page that has only been nominated for deletion, but not improved. If the page fails to be deleted, the old accuracy ratings may still be valid.


  • If you are the original author or a major contributor to an article, don't take it personally if the article has low ratings. Some of the best articles on wikiHow turn up on the low rated list for various reasons. Just clear the votes and move on.

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