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The aim of this page is to describe ways to clarify text or request such clarification. There are inline cleanup tags to flag specific wording that is likely to be confusing to the average reader.


When you need to flag unclear text[edit]

It's always best to take care of something when you notice it, but that's not always possible. You can choose one of these "templates that tag text with inline messages to request specific clarifications that you cannot provide yourself:

  • {{"Clarify}} to mark individual phrases or sentences
  • {{"Explain}} to mark individual phrases or sections which require further explanation for general (i.e. non-expert) readers
  • {{"Confusing}} to mark sections (or entire articles, though this is undesirable because it makes it unclear what exactly needs to be improved)
  • {{"Examples}} to mark individual phrases or sentences which require examples for clarification
  • {{"Non sequitur}} to mark individual mentions of someone or something in an out-of-context way, the relevance of which is unclear
  • {{"Definition needed}} to mark a term as ambiguous or unclear and in need of a definition

When using these templates, be specific: mark individual phrases, sentences, and sections in preference to entire articles. Also be sure to leave specific suggestions for improvement on the article's talk-page.

The templates' pages will almost always have additional documentation on usage and "parameters. If not, you can leave a message on the template's talk page requesting such information be added.

How to mark articles for clarification[edit]

This is a confusing sentence, which needs readers to apply much energy and time in order to understand the implicit meanings behind it, and needs to be clarified/rewritten.[clarification needed]
This sentence contains unexplained jargon.[further explanation needed]
Then update the article's talk page with specific aspects to be improved.

How to improve articles that need clarification[edit]

Compare two sentences: "Notwithstanding the controversy, she, with practiced skill, proceeded to navigate MegaX Corporation through difficult financial straits" versus "Despite the controversy, she navigated MegaX Corp. through difficult financial straits" (two prepositions).

Specific clarification[edit]

There are some common situations where use of a more specific clarification template might make the desired clarification clearer.

A common case is an article citing a scientific measurement without indicating how the measurement was taken. For example, the following statement about solar intensity at the earth's surface without specifying the sun's elevation could be annotated with the following tag:

  • The following tag links to a Wikipedia project to clear bias based on the source of the information.
"The sun's intensity is 90 watts per square meter.["where?]"

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