Wikipedia:WikiProject Oceans/Assessment

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Welcome to the assessment department of the WikiProject Oceans! This department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's Oceans articles. 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 Oceans}} project banner; this causes the articles to be placed in the appropriate sub-categories of Category:Oceans articles by quality, Category:Oceans articles by importance, Category:Oceans articles needing attention, Category:Oceans past collaborations, and Category:Oceans past selected articles. The quality and importance ratings serve as the foundation for an automatically generated worklist. There is also Category:Non-article Oceans pages) for things like redirect pages, templates, categories, images, etc.

Frequently asked questions[edit]

How can I get my article rated? 
As a member of the WikiProject Oceans, you can do it yourself. If you're unsure, list it in the requesting an assessment section below.
Who can assess articles? 
Any member of WikiProject Oceans is free to add—or change—the rating of an article, but please follow the guidelines.
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.
Where can I get more comments about my article? 
Contact Wikipedia:WikiProject Oceans who will handle it or assign the issue to someone. You may also list it for a Peer review.
What if I don't agree with a rating? 
Relist it as a request or contact Wikipedia:WikiProject Oceans who will handle it or assign the issue to someone.
Aren't the ratings subjective? 
Yes, they are (see, in particular, the disclaimers on the importance scale), 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, or to contact the Wikipedia:WikiProject Oceans directly.


An article's assessment is generated from the class and importance parameters in the {{WikiProject Oceans}} project banner on its talk page. You can learn the syntax by looking at the talk pages in edit mode and by reading the info below.

This is the rating syntax (ratings and dates are samples, change to what applies to the article in question):

{{WikiProject Oceans}}
  • displays the default banner, showing the project info and only ??? for the quality and importance parameters.
{{WikiProject Oceans|class=FA|importance=Top}}
  • all assessed articles should have quality and importance filled in. Leaving the other parameters off does not hurt anything.
{{WikiProject Oceans|class=Start|importance=Mid|attention=yes}}
  • if an article needs immediate attention, add the attention tag and please leave talk notes as to why. "yes" is the only valid parameter here. If it doesn't need attention, leave the parameter off.
{{WikiProject Oceans|class=B|importance=High|attention=yes|past-selected=[[July]] [[2006]]|past-collaboration=[[April]] [[2006]]}}

The following values may be used for the class parameter:

Articles for which a valid class and/or importance is not provided are listed in Category:Unassessed Oceans articles. The class should be assigned according to the quality scale below.

The following values may be used for the importance parameter:

The parameter is not used if an article's class is set to NA, and may be omitted in those cases. The importance should be assigned according to the importance scale below.

Quality scale[edit]

Note: A B-class article should have at least one reference.

WikiProject article quality grading scheme

Importance scale[edit]

The criteria used for rating article importance are not meant to be an absolute or canonical view of how significant the topic is. Rather, they attempt to gauge the probability of the average reader of Wikipedia needing to look up the topic (and thus the immediate need to have a suitably well-written article on it). Thus, subjects with greater popular notability may be rated higher than topics which are arguably more "important" but which are of interest primarily to students of hagiography. Importance does not equate to quality; a featured article could rate 'mid' on importance.

Note that general notability need not be from the perspective of editor demographics; generally notable topics should be rated similarly regardless of the country or region in which they hold said notability. Thus, topics which may seem obscure to a Western audience—but which are of high notability in other places—should still be highly rated. Rate international region/country-specific articles from the prespective of someone from that region.

Article importance grading scheme
Label Criteria Examples
Top Subject is a "core" or "key" topic for the study of Oceans, or is particularly notable for their contributions in this area to people other than students of Oceans. They define and determine the subject of the Oceans WikiProject. Saint Peter, Thomas Becket
High Subject is notable in a significant and important way within the field of Oceans, but not necessarily outside it. Saint Patrick, Francis of Assisi
Mid Subject contributes to the total subject of the Oceans WikiProject. Subject may not necessarily be famous. Ignatius of Loyola, Clare of Assisi
Low Subject is not particularly notable or significant even within the field of Oceans, and may have been included primarily to achieve comprehensive coverage of another topic. Winefride, Saint Nicholas Owen

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.

  • North Aral Sea Please recheck the quality and importance for C and Low; Stub and ??? dosen't seem right anymore.
  • South Aral Sea Please recheck the quality and importance for C and Low; Stub and ??? dosen't seem right anymore.

Assessment log[edit]

Oceans articles:
Index · Statistics · Log
The logs in this section are generated automatically (on a daily basis); please don't add entries to them by hand.

Unexpected changes, such as downgrading an article, or raising it more than two assessment classes at once, are shown in bold.

May 23, 2015[edit]


  • Alaska Plain (talk) assessed. Quality assessed as Unassessed-Class (rev · t). Importance assessed as Unknown-Class (rev · t).
  • Kamchatka Strait (talk) assessed. Quality assessed as Unassessed-Class (rev · t). Importance assessed as Unknown-Class (rev · t).

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