Generally, we base our spelling on British dictionaries. Occasionally, however, we have discussions about particular words. This page lists specific words whose spelling we've decided by discussion

We don't debate every spelling decision. We don't even debate most spelling decisions. But those we do are listed below. Note that sometimes spelling decisions confirm the obvious dictionary choice, and sometimes they don't.

This list is complete as of January 2017. It may not be complete at the time you read it. You may want to check Board:Spelling debates for the most up-to-date list.

Spelling choice Correct Enforced by bot? Discussion link
Adviser vs. advisorBoth correctnohere
Alternate vs. alternativeBoth correctnohere
Artifact vs. artefactArtefactyes, with specific exceptionshere
Carsenome vs. CarsinomeBoth, but Carsenome is the only spelling in a narrativenohere
Chequers vs. CheckersBoth, but you should try to use chequers if you mean draughts or chequered if you mean a type of pattern. Other uses of "checkers", as in people who check things, are correct in the UK, making it pretty difficult to use a bot to enforce the -que- spellingnohere
Encyclopaedia or encyclopediaBoth correct, depending on contextnohere
K9 vs. K-9K9yes, with specific exceptionshere and here
Manoptican vs. ManopticonManopticonYes, but there's currently no
Organisation vs. OrganizationOrganisationyes, with specific exceptionshere
Timonic vs. TimeonicTimonicnohere
Vitreous vs. vitrious timeVitreousyes, but currently no needhere
Whiskey vs. WhiskyBoth, but whisky is generally assumed correctnohere
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