Wikipedia:WikiProject Aviation/Assessment

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Welcome to the assessment department of the Aviation WikiProject! This department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's aviation articles. While much of the work is (may in the future be) done in conjunction with the WP:1.0 program, the article ratings are also used within the project itself to aid in recognizing excellent contributions and identifying topics in need of further work.

The ratings are done in a distributed fashion through parameters in the {{WikiProject Aviation}} project banner; this causes the articles to be placed in the appropriate sub-categories of Category:Aviation articles by quality, which serve as the foundation for an automatically generated worklist. The running totals for aviation assessments are shown in the table below, also found here, and the overall project is found at Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team/Index.

Frequently asked questions[edit]

See also the general assessment FAQand the project's B-Class assessment & criteria FAQ and A-Class review & criteria FAQ.
1. What is the purpose of the article ratings? 
The rating system allows the project to monitor the quality of articles in our subject areas, and to prioritize work on these articles. It is also utilized by the Wikipedia 1.0 program to prepare for static releases of Wikipedia content. Please note, however, that these ratings are primarily intended for the internal use of the project, and do not necessarily imply any official standing within Wikipedia as a whole.
2. How do I add an article to the WikiProject? 
Just add {{WPAVIATION}} to the talk page; there's no need to do anything else.
3. Someone put a {{WPAVIATION}} template on an article, but it doesn't seem to be within the project's scope. What should I do? 
Because of the large number of articles we deal with, we occasionally make mistakes and add tags to articles that shouldn't have them. If you notice one, feel free to remove the tag, and optionally leave a note on the talk page of this department (or directly with the person who tagged the article).
4. Who can assess articles? 
Any member of the Aviation WikiProject is free to add—or change—the rating of an article. Editors who are not participants in this project are also welcome to assess articles, but should defer to consensus within the project in case of procedural disputes.
5. How do I rate an article? 
Check the quality scale and select the level that best matches the state of the article; then, follow the instructions below to add the rating to the project banner on the article's talk page. Please note that some of the available levels have an associated formal review process; this is documented in the assessment scale.
6. Can I request that someone else rate an article? 
Of course; to do so, please list it in the section for assessment requests below.
7. Why didn't the reviewer leave any comments? 
Unfortunately, due to the volume of articles that need to be assessed, we are unable to leave detailed comments in most cases. If you have particular questions, you might ask the person who assessed the article; they will usually be happy to provide you with their reasoning.
8. Where can I get more comments about an article? 
The review department can conduct more thorough examination of articles; please submit it for peer review there.
9. What if I don't agree with a rating? 
You can list it in the section for assessment requests below, and someone will take a look at it. Alternately, you can ask any member of the project to rate the article again. Please note that some of the available levels have an associated formal review process; this is documented in the assessment scale.
10. Aren't the ratings subjective? 
Yes, they are somewhat subjective, but it's the best system we've been able to devise. If you have a better idea, please don't hesitate to let us know!
11. What if I have a question not listed here? 
If your question concerns the article assessment process specifically, please refer to the discussion page for this department; for any other issues, you can go to the main project discussion page, or contact a project member directly.

Instructions on how to assess an Aviation article[edit]

An article's assessment is generated from the class parameters in the {{WPAVIATION}} project banner on its talk page. Stub, Start, and non-article assessments require only the basic parameter; "class=start" (for example). To assess C-class or higher requires the use of the B-Class checklist. (see the project banner instructions for more details on the exact syntax):


An article's quality assessment is generated from the class parameter in the {{WikiProject Aviation}} project banner on its talk page:

{{WikiProject Aviation|class=???}}

The following values may be used for the class parameter to describe the quality of the article (see Wikipedia:Quality scale for assessment criteria):

FA (for featured articles only; adds articles to Category:FA-Class aviation articles) Featured article FA 
A (adds articles to Category:A-Class aviation articles) A-Class article A 
GA (for good articles only; adds articles to Category:GA-Class aviation articles)  GA 
B (adds articles to Category:B-Class aviation articles) B-Class article B 
C (adds articles to Category:C-Class aviation articles) C-Class article C 
Start (adds articles to Category:Start-Class aviation articles) Start-Class article Start 
Stub (adds articles to Category:Stub-Class aviation articles) Stub-Class article Stub 
FL (for featured lists only; adds articles to Category:FL-Class aviation articles) Featured list FL 
List (adds articles to Category:List-Class aviation articles)  List 

For pages that are not articles, the following values can also be used for the class parameter:

Book (for Wikipedia books; adds pages to Category:Book-Class aviation articles) Wikipedia Book Book 
Category (for categories; adds pages to Category:Category-Class aviation articles) Category page Category 
Disambig (for disambiguation pages; adds pages to Category:Disambig-Class aviation articles) Disambiguation page Disambig 
File (for files; adds pages to Category:File-Class aviation articles)  File 
Redirect (for redirect pages; adds pages to Category:Redirect-Class aviation articles) Redirect page Redirect 
Portal (for portal pages; adds pages to Category:Portal-Class aviation articles)  Portal 
Project (for project pages; adds pages to Category:Project-Class aviation articles)  Project 
Template (for templates; adds pages to Category:Template-Class aviation articles)  Template 
NA (for any other pages where assessment is unnecessary; adds pages to Category:NA-Class aviation articles)  NA 
??? (articles for which a valid class has not yet been provided are listed in Category:Unassessed aviation articles)  ??? 

Quality scale[edit]

Wikipedia:WikiProject Aviation/Assessment/Grading system


Current stats[edit]

Aviation WikiProject assessment statistics logcategory
Aviation Aircraft Airlines Airports Military
Rotorcraft Gliding Defunct
Air sports Biography Aero
Featured article FA 108 15 0 3 119 11 0 1 0 1 62 3
Featured list FL 5 0 2 0 7 1 0 0 2 1 3 0
A-Class article A 23 9 0 0 77 1 2 0 0 0 19 0
GA 150 99 21 40 289 43 0 5 9 1 77 0
B 783 1,589 36 173 1,743 312 89 128 18 51 228 120
C 2805 5,001 142 1,548 3,525 392 270 553 48 157 511 481
Start 10811 3,264 778 2,975 9,276 306 284 337 404 194 1,848 610
Stub 17340 2,036 1,574 9,479 4,594 398 63 47 96 234 1,544 72
List 1579 381 581 597 0 127 15 8 19 5 90 9
Template 1260 901 189 279 0 26 23 10 4 48 12 144
Category 6053 3,657 670 949 0 370 69 99 128 42 219 173
Disambig 511 21 24 499 0 13 1 1 0 1 2 1
File 250 129 75 15 0 7 6 1 5 0 13 141
Portal 632 36 1 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 20 0
Project 45 6 9 4 0 5 1 2 1 1 1 7
Unassessed 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 57,976 17,267 4,212 16,761 19,729 2,044 841 1,194 756 738 4,654 1,776

Statistics by task force[edit]

Requesting an assessment[edit]

If you submit an article for assessment, please return the favor and assess another one on the list!

  • If you have made significant changes to an article and would like an outside opinion on a new rating for it, please feel free to list it below.
  • Note: This is only to rate the article on quality - you may or may not get feedback on the article. If you are interested in more extensive comments on an article, or wish to have it classified as an A-Class article, please use the WikiProject Review department instead.
  • If you want help improving an article, try the collaboration department and read Wikipedia:WikiProject Aviation/Assessment/Instructions.
  1. United Airlines Flight 2885 - a photo added to the infobox, two additional graphics added to external links. 23:41, 10 January 2013
    • Updated assessment, rating stays at C. Article text is cited with just 3 sources. So coverage may not be complete or broad. -Fnlayson (talk) 20:40, 6 February 2014 (UTC)
  2. Guy Gibson, - major review in April 2013; since then minor corrections to grammar and minor changes to factual details -PeenemundePigeon 10:30, 28 February 2014 (UTC)
  3. Schleicher ASH 30 - recently refreshed with new inline citations to more recent publications and with a few more facts -My Gussie (talk) 23:39, 1 July 2014 (UTC)