"Cheney Shill" wrote
This regards Undue weight part of NPOV:
There still seems to be a great deal of ambiguity, even
among admins, as to
what qualifies as a majority. So here's a simple example to evaluate as a
*View Moo has 3 sources that support it.
*View Bark has 15 sources that support it.
Which has the majority? Should either be be dropped
either be reduced to a footnote or an "other views" section deeper within
the article? Again, for simplicity, all the sources are equally reliable,
reputable, and prominent.
Other than all or most of the sources of either being
biased, are there any circumstances in which you would reverse the
majority/minority or consider Moo and Bark equal?
I think, given two or more 'respectable' views on a topic, one tries to
write the article in such a way as to leave the reader all the
decision-making. That, after all, is the aim of NPOV writing. In cases
where that seems difficult by just alternating two sides of an argument,
there is probably some work to do in the composition of the article. If you
like, simple 'debate' can be rather too transparent a structure, for the
sort of situation you outline. Selection and arrangement of sources need to
do _more_ than just create some sort of verbal balance: it has to embody a
fair-minded approach also.