Wikipedia:WikiProject History of Science/Assessment

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Welcome to the assessment department of WikiProject History of Science! This department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's history of science related articles (including history of technology, history of medicine, science studies, STS, etc.) While much of the work is 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 History of Science}} banner; this causes the articles to be placed into the appropriate sub-categories of Category:History of science articles by quality and Category:History of science articles by importance, which serve as the foundation for an automatically generated worklist.

Frequently asked questions[edit]

How can I get my article rated? 
Please list it in the section for assessment requests below.
Who can assess articles? 
Any member of WikiProject History of Science is free to add or change the rating of an article.
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.
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.
Aren't the ratings subjective? 
Yes, they are, 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!

If you have any other questions not listed here, please feel free to ask them on the discussion page for this department.

Instructions[edit]

Quality assessments[edit]

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

{{WikiProject History of Science|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 history of science articles) Featured article FA 
A (adds articles to Category:A-Class history of science articles) A-Class article A 
GA (for good articles only; adds articles to Category:GA-Class history of science articles)  GA 
B (adds articles to Category:B-Class history of science articles) B-Class article B 
C (adds articles to Category:C-Class history of science articles) C-Class article C 
Start (adds articles to Category:Start-Class history of science articles) Start-Class article Start 
Stub (adds articles to Category:Stub-Class history of science articles) Stub-Class article Stub 
FL (for featured lists only; adds articles to Category:FL-Class history of science articles) Featured list FL 
List (adds articles to Category:List-Class history of science articles)  List 

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

Category (for categories; adds pages to Category:Category-Class history of science articles) Category page Category 
Portal (for portal pages; adds pages to Category:Portal-Class history of science articles)  Portal 
Project (for project pages; adds pages to Category:Project-Class history of science articles)  Project 
Template (for templates; adds pages to Category:Template-Class history of science articles)  Template 
NA (for any other pages where assessment is unnecessary; adds pages to Category:NA-Class history of science articles)  NA 
??? (articles for which a valid class has not yet been provided are listed in Category:Unassessed history of science articles)  ??? 

Quality scale[edit]

WikiProject article quality grading scheme

Importance assessment[edit]

An article's importance assessment is generated from the importance parameter in the {{WikiProject History of Science}} project banner on its talk page:

{{WikiProject History of Science|importance=???}}

The following values may be used for the importance parameter to describe the relative importance of the article within the project:

Top (adds articles to Category:Top-importance history of science articles)  Top 
High (adds articles to Category:High-importance history of science articles)  High 
Mid (adds articles to Category:Mid-importance history of science articles)  Mid 
Low (adds articles to Category:Low-importance history of science articles)  Low 
NA (adds articles to Category:NA-importance history of science articles)  NA 
??? (articles for which a valid importance rating has not yet been provided are listed in Category:Unknown-importance history of science articles  ??? 

The importance parameter should be assigned according to the importance scale below.

Importance scale[edit]

WikiProject article importance scheme

Requesting an assessment[edit]

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.

  • Prehistoric Medicine: Last assessment was on the 26th January. There have been numerous additions/revisions to the article since then and is now, in my opinion, worthy of more than a 'Start'. MasterOfHisOwnDomain (talk) 17:45, 24 May 2008 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done. Who says this project moves slowly? Confirmed the current C-class rating. Thparkth (talk) 01:09, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done by Pyrotec in Jan 2010. Minimal changes to the article to then, no obvious reason to reassess now. Thparkth (talk) 01:12, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Lobotomy I've recently added this article to the History of Science. Would it be possible to get an assessment? When I initially entered the "tag" in the discussion page for the History of Science I entered my own assessment (I'm new to this :) ). So although it says the article was already assessed below, this was done by me, and not your group. So, if you could, would you mind giving it a proper assessment? Freekra (talk) 03:48, 29 November 2009 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done by Pyrotec in Jan 2010. Thparkth (talk) 01:13, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Valentin Naboth I have recently updated this article, and added it to the History of Science. I would appreciate an assessment JdH (talk) 18:05, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done by Pyrotec in December 2010. Thparkth (talk) 01:16, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
  • James Watt. Has been the subject of significant reorganization, citation and copyediting work over the last few years. Is it still C class? Thparkth (talk) 13:49, 10 April 2012 (UTC)

Assessment log[edit]

History of science articles:
Index · Statistics · Log

The full log of assessment changes for the past thirty days is available here. Unfortunately, due to its extreme size, it cannot be transcluded directly.