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Reviewing Articles using AfC Helper Script

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The AFC Helper Script is a script by Timotheus Canens and mabdul that assists in reviewing article submissions and redirect or category requests. The script can accept and decline article submissions, mark submissions as Review in progress and add comments to submissions without changing their status. The script will also automatically notify the author of the outcome and can be used to create the respective talk page of an accepted submission.

It is highly recommended that reviewers use the script when reviewing, as it ensures that editors are notified and templates are removed from articles once they have been created.

Editors must read the script documentation and the reviewing instructions below before starting to review submissions. The documentation and the discussion pages for the script are located at Wikipedia:WikiProject Articles for creation/Helper script.

To install the script go to your user preferences and check the checkbox at: Preferences → Gadgets → Yet Another AFC Helper Script: easily review Articles for creation submissions and redirect requests.


Finding submissions awaiting review

You can find a list at Category:Pending AfC submissions. Or you can click on the button at {{AFC button}}, which will take you to a random article waiting for your keen eye.

Placing a submission "under review"

If you are in the process of reviewing a submission, please mark the submission "under review". This changes the visible submission template, alerting other reviewers that someone is reviewing the submission, which reduces the possible occurrence of edit conflicts. When using the script, simply select Mark as reviewing from the Review tab.

General standards and invalid reasons for declining a submission

Avoid the following errors
  1. Avoid declining an article because it correctly uses general references to support some or all of the material. The content and sourcing policies require inline citations for only four specific types of material, most commonly direct quotations and contentious material (whether negative, positive, or neutral) about living persons.
  2. Avoid declining an article that meets the criteria for requiring inline citations because you wrongly assumed that the absence of little blue numbers meant that no inline citations existed. The use of <ref> tags, although popular, is not required. Editors may choose any form of inline citation, not just the most popular one. Many new editors choose a different style, and their choice is officially protected by Wikipedia's citation guidelines.
  3. Avoid declining an article because the references contain bare URLs or other reference formatting problems. Instead, run the Reflinks Tool or tag the article with {{cleanup-link rot|date=August 2014}} or {{citation style|date=August 2014}}.
  4. Declining an article because it contains formatting issues, such as no wikilinks to other articles, or because it has no sections, is not acceptable. Instead, fix it yourself, or accept the article and tag it with maintenance templates to alert other editors to the one or two issues that you believe need to be resolved first.
  5. Declining an article because you personally don't like the citation style or formatting is not acceptable.
  6. Avoid declining an article because the reliable sources are not free or on-line. Books, magazines, and other print-only sources are perfectly acceptable.


Reviewing workflow

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Reviewing process flow chart

Step 1: Quick-fail criteria

Before reading a submission in detail, check whether it meets any of the quick-fail criteria. If so, it should be declined immediately and in some cases it may be necessary to nominate the submission for speedy deletion.


Step 2: Notability and verifiability

The principle of notability applies to the subject of the article. The principle of verifiability applies to the content of the article. The most basic standard for inclusion in Wikipedia is notability. It is important for reviewers to determine a subject's likely notability right away, to avoid new editors having submissions declined for other reasons, only to find out later that the subject of their submission cannot be accepted because it does not meet the notability guidelines. Many problems found in submissions can be fixed through good editing, but no amount of editing can make an inherently non-notable subject notable!

If what is written in the submission meets the notability guidelines, but the submission lacks references to evidence this, then the underlying issue is inadequate verification and the submission should be declined for that reason. Notability is a higher standard than lacking an indication of importance or significance, which are grounds for speedy deletion in the article mainspace.


Step 3: Suitability

Now you should read the submission in detail and decide whether it is suitable for Wikipedia. To be suitable, the article must be about a notable subject and be written in an encyclopedic style from a neutral point of view. The most common reasons that a submission is not suitable are provided here.


Step 4: Accepting a submission

At this point, if you have not found any reason to decline the creation of the article, it should be accepted. Follow the steps here:


Step 5: Other tasks and checks

Please read Wikipedia's username policy and if you recognize that a user has a prohibited username, tag the user's talk page with {{subst:uw-username|Reason}}. This tag is also used by Twinkle under: warn → Single issue warnings → {{uw-username}}. If the username is a blatant violation of the username policy, consider reporting the username to usernames for administrator attention.

See also

Draft submissions

Other types of submissions

Cleaning submissions

The AFC Helper Script is able to clean up the formatting of submissions, including removing userspace/sandbox templates and unnecessary draft templates. From the Review menu, select Other options and then Clean submission. Once the script has finished, reload the page to see a much cleaner submission.

Adding questions or comments

If you want to ask the submitter a question, or just make a comment on a submission, click the Comment option from the Review tab.

Submissions in other namespace

Pending submissions that have been created in userspace (including sandboxes) should be moved to the preferred AfC namespace. You will find a pre-loaded link at the bottom of the pending review template to complete this. You may need to select an alternative appropriate name for the submission, based on its content. Note that the AfC Helper Script will not work in non-AfC namespaces. Submissions in other namespaces that contain the {{Afc submission}} template can be moved to AfC space regardless of their status, if it beneficial to do so.

Duplicate submissions

Sometimes you will notice two or more different submissions on the same subject created by the same editor. You may notice while trying to move a pending submission from userspace, that the preferred AfC title already exists. This is usually the result of new editors who are unfamiliar with the MediaWiki interface and create new pages rather than editing existing ones. In such cases, you should consider requesting a technical page move or a history merge. Do not create yet another duplicate page, even with a numerical distinguisher. This risks splitting page histories or creating parallel histories and confusing new editors. If you find two pending submissions on the same subject, by the same author, you can decline one of them as a duplicate. If you are unsure about how to deal with duplicates, ask an experienced member of the project or an administrator for assistance.

Reviewing manually

In the event of an AfC Helper Script failure, you can review submissions manually by reading this archived version of the instructions and following the steps for modifying {{Afc submission}}.