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The Notability Project is a WikiProject based on Category:Articles with topics of unclear notability. The aim is to get more editors involved and to support those currently involved in fixing, merging, or deleting (as a last resort ) apparently non-notable articles with the ultimate aim to correctly place all articles based on their verifiable notability. The project also aims to simplify the filtration process and explain it more clearly so as not to confuse newcomers and to encourage participation.

Scopes and Goals[edit]

Of the 4,562,446 articles now on Wikipedia, only 4316 are of Featured Article standard; of those remaining, many are about non-notable events, places, products, or people, and are badly in need of either deletion or expansion. WikiProject Notability aims to sort the articles and place {{expand}} or {{prod-nn}} on them, or send the article to the AfD discussion, or remove the tag altogether if the article is already adequate.

The process is simple, and we welcome input from any editors who would like to help out, either on a regular basis, or one or two articles when you have time. The greatest contribution to the project is inviting members, as this helps build support and ensures that there are people to clear the backlog.

How to Help[edit]

  1. Find an article to work on. Articles are now sorted by date (instead of alphabetically). Many editors choose to work on the oldest articles first, so that articles will not sit around too long in the category. It should be relatively easy to sort an article even without much experience in Wikipedia editing. The to-do list at the top of this page should contain the oldest set of articles. Alternatively, you may want to use the article listings by WikiProject.
  2. Check to see if the article contains a copyright violation. There are a few red flags that indicate text was probably illegally copied into Wikipedia - this actually happens quite frequently. User:Kjkolb/Copyvio has a quick guide and you may also like to use copyscape.com for finding copyright violations. Instructions for reporting violations are at Wikipedia:Copyright problems.
  3. Check to see if another article exists on the subject. If so, then you can consider merging that article to the original.
  4. Find sources if none are cited in the article. Make full use of Google Books, Google News, Google Scholar, Google Web, JSTOR, LexisNexis, and any other search tools that you may have access to. Use variations on the article's title and other keywords from the article. The {{find}} template could be useful in this regard.
  5. Sort! You can mainly use common sense, but adhering to the guidelines of WP:BIO, WP:CORP, WP:BAND (from where the most frequent violations come), and other notability criteria.
    1. If the article meets notability requirements, or if the article simply needs expanding, remove the notability or importance tag and replace it with an appropriate tag. If not, the article might need to be deleted. Please use deletion as a last resort.
    2. If the article meets speedy deletion requirements, add the appropriate db tag.
    3. If the article should undeniably be deleted, add {{subst:prod|Your-reason-here}}, replacing "Your-reason-here" with an appropriate reason.
    4. If the article might encounter some controversy when being deleted, add {{subst:afd1}} and then proceed to follow the steps to file an AfD discussion.
    5. Do not remove the notability/importance tags during one of the above deletion procedures.
    6. If an article is kept as the result of an AfD discussion, the {{notability}} tag should be removed. {{importance}} tags indicate that some rewriting of the article is required and should not be removed until that has been done. However, if the result is "no consensus", retain all tags, as the issue is not decided.
  6. Enhance your edit summary As soon as you are done sorting, add to your edit summary:
Sorted as part of the [[WP:WPNN|Notability wikiproject]]!

Special handling[edit]

Some articles with notability questions need special handling, as described below. (These instructions may be updated on short notice.)

  • TV episodes and characters: Due to recent controversies about their notability,[1] articles about TV episodes or characters from TV shows should be handled with special care. It may not be possible to sort these articles on the short term. If you find such article on the end of the backlog (say the oldest 2-3 months) and cannot sort it, please add the parameter "cat=TV" to the notability tag. This will move the article off the backlog and to a special category, TV articles of unclear notability, where it can be handled appropriately. Example:
{{notability|episode|date=June 2007|cat=TV}}

Current Progress[edit]

Articles with topics of unclear notability
(refresh)
All articles 61,650

Userbox[edit]

There is a userbox you can post on your user page once you join. If you add {{User wikiproject-notability}}, it will post:

NN This user is part of the notability sorting drive.




Invitation Template[edit]

There is now a template which you can use to invite other users to join this project. If you add to a user's talk page

{{Wikiproject Notability Invite}} ~~~~

it will post


Member List[edit]

Please add your name to this list if you want to join. Just add:

  #~~~~

to this list.

  1. Akihabara 09:33, 9 December 2006 (UTC)
  2. ArchieMartin * 02:23, 10 January 2007 (UTC) *
  3. Brookie :) - a will o' the wisp ! (Whisper...) 16:37, 4 January 2007 (UTC)
  4. cacophony 05:43, 17 December 2006 (UTC) *
  5. Panoptical 14:49, 7 December 2006 (UTC), founder
  6. Jmax- 10:52, 16 December 2006 (UTC)
  7. Paul W 17:56, 4 January 2007 (UTC)*
  8. NawlinWiki 18:12, 5 January 2007 (UTC)
  9. Obina* 22:27, 14 January 2007 (UTC)
  10. SingCal 10:09, 15 January 2007 (UTC)*
  11. Max 19:41, 4 February 2007 (UTC)
  12. DWaterson 23:37, 13 February 2007 (UTC) *
  13. ACorcoran 10:40, 6 March 2007 (UTC)
  14. Krimpet (talk/review) 18:24, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
  15. Futurano 16:44, 25 March 2007 (UTC) *
  16. Jvv62 16:50, 12 April 2007 (UTC) *
  17. Ziji 23:33, 13 April 2007 (UTC) *
  18. Black Falcon (Talk) 05:28, 30 April 2007 (UTC) *
  19. Dchall1 14:13, 7 May 2007 (UTC) *
  20. B. Wolterding 12:51, 17 May 2007 (UTC) *
  21. NMChico24 21:31, 19 May 2007 (UTC) *
  22. Garrie * 01:33, 7 June 2007 (UTC) again 20 June 2007
  23. DGG * 18:29, 7 June 2007 (UTC)
  24. Aditya Kabir 16:18, 8 June 2007 (UTC)*
  25. Deckiller 23:20, 10 June 2007 (UTC)*
  26. Gterrace 00:52, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
  27. nenolod (talk) 07:08, 21 June 2007 (UTC)
  28. Grant | Talk 04:27, 27 June 2007 (UTC)
  29. KenWalker | Talk 03:34, 1 July 2007 (UTC)
  30. Daniel J. Leivick 22:59, 9 July 2007 (UTC)
  31. Wikizen07 18:17, 25 July 2007 (UTC)
  32. Preekout 08:17, 27 July 2007 (UTC)
  33. Shruti14 ( talkcontribs ) 19:12, 10 August 2007 (UTC)
  34. S. M. Sullivan (talk) 03:37, 31 May 2009 (UTC)
  35. Thomjakobsen 14:51, 7 September 2007 (UTC)
  36.  MortonDevonshire  Yo  · 03:02, 11 September 2007 (UTC)
  37. Steve CarlsonTalk 20:17, 13 September 2007 (UTC)
  38. Luis Augusto Peña (talk) 02:42, 14 September 2007 (UTC)
  39. Wizardman 00:03, 25 September 2007 (UTC)
  40. Taku 00:12, 13 October 2007 (UTC)
  41. TravTim 11:12, 25 October 2007 (UTC)
  42. dran0258 18:58, 29 October 2007 (UTC)
  43. NotoriousTF 23:41, 30 October 2007 (UTC)
  44. Subdolous 20:09, 2 November 2007 (UTC)
  45. Deathtopudding 13:45, 14 November 2007 (UTC)
  46. Someone111111 (talk) 02:15, 27 November 2007 (UTC)
  47. PirateMink 02:29, 18 December 2007 (UTC)
  48. Ky Music Nerd (talk) 04:08, 25 February 2008 (UTC)
  49. Nsk92 (talk) 00:46, 16 March 2008 (UTC)
  50. Fritzpoll (talk) 11:28, 23 March 2008 (UTC)
  51. UnitedStatesian (talk) 12:15, 27 March 2008 (UTC)
  52. Napsterbater (talk) 17:08, 16 May 2008 (UTC)
  53. Amor amor (talk) 03:54, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
  54. Annette46 (talk) 05:40, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
  55. raven1977 (talk) 07:31, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  56. Themfromspace (talk) 12:02, 11 March 2009 (UTC)
  57. SDreamer«» 15:21, 23 March 2009 (UTC)
  58. Ernstblumberg (talk) 16:19, 7 May 2009 (UTC)
  59. GeorgeLouis (talk) 06:23, 9 May 2009 (UTC)
  60. Midnight12 (talk) 03:59, 19 July 2009 (UTC)
  61. Explodicle (T/C) 18:34, 27 July 2009 (UTC)
  62. Aaronszy (talk) 01:21, 12 September 2009 (UTC)
  63. --Darkwind (talk) 12:22, 25 March 2010 (UTC)
  64. jmcw (talk) 08:41, 7 May 2010 (UTC)
  65. Bobby122 (talk) 21:44, 30 June 2010 (UTC)
  66. Tricolor Truce (talk) 03:15, 4 December 2010 (UTC)
  67. ClaretAsh (talk) 10:17, 9 June 2011 (UTC)
  68. DGaw (talk) 00:53, 22 November 2011 (UTC)
  69. Tyyche (hai!) 21:51, 30 December 2011 (UTC)
  70. StewartNetAddict (talk) 21:07, 22 January 2012 (UTC)
  71. Euartcurator (talk) 11:10, 5 February 2012 (UTC)
  72. Catpowerzzz (talk) 18:08, 24 February 2012 (UTC)
  73. Gracetupelo (talk) 03:13, 28 June 2012 (UTC)
  74. JayJayTalk to me 22:34, 7 August 2012 (UTC)
  75. Kelly Marie 0812 (talk) 15:10, 21 October 2012 (UTC)
  76. Jackc143 (talk) 18:08, 3 July 2013 (UTC)
  77. Brainy J ~~ (talk) 20:21, 31 August 2013 (UTC)
  78. Davey2010(talk) 17:47, 11 July 2014 (UTC)
  79. - MrX 22:04, 11 July 2014 (UTC)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ See the final decisions of the recent ArbCom case concerning this problem.

See also[edit]