Wikipedia:WikiProject Scouting/Assessment

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Welcome to the assessment department of the Scouting WikiProject! This department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's Scouting 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 {{ScoutingWikiProject}} project banner;

and one or more of these if applicable:

The quality and importance ratings serve as the foundation for an automatically generated worklist. There is also Category:NA-importance Scouting articles (use tag class=NA) for things like redirect pages, templates, categories, images, etc and and Category:File-Class Scouting articles for images (use tag class=Image).

Frequently asked questions[edit]

How can I get my article rated? 
As a member of the WikiProject Scouting, 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 the Scouting WikiProject 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 Gadget850 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 Gadget850 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 Gadget850 directly.

Instructions[edit]

An article's assessment is generated from the class and importance parameters in the {{ScoutingWikiProject}} 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):

{{ScoutingWikiProject}}
  • displays the default banner, showing the project info and only ??? for the quality and importance parameters.
{{ScoutingWikiProject|class=FA|importance=Top}}
  • all assessed articles should have quality and importance filled in. Leaving the other parameters off does not hurt anything.
{{ScoutingWikiProject|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.
{{ScoutingWikiProject|class=B|importance=High|attention=yes|past-selected=July 2006|past-collaboration=April 2006}}
  • if an article has been the SATM or COTM, these tags get added in this format. This is the actual project tag of Philmont Scout Ranch. The same format applies for past selected pictures and biographies of the month with the parameters "past-pictures" and "past-biographies".

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 Scouting 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 military history. 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 Scouting, or is generally notable to people other than students of Scouting. They define and determine the subject of the Scouting WikiProject. Scouting, Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, Wood Badge
...
High Subject is notable in a significant and important way within the field of Scouting, but not necessarily outside it. Scouting association articles for the top 20 countries (see talk) fall into this category, as do their highest Scouting awards. More-notable World Scout Committee members/Bronze Wolf/Silver Buffalo/ Distinguished Eagle Scout Award recipients, international level regional articles, national level Scout reservations. George Thomas Coker,
Eagle Scout (Boy Scouts of America), The Scout Association, Africa Region
...
Mid Subject contributes to the total subject of the Scouting WikiProject. Subject may not necessarily be famous. Less-notable World Scout Committee members/Bronze Wolf/Silver Buffalo/ Distinguished Eagle Scout Award recipients, less-important aspects of the Scouting movement, association articles of the remaining countries, articles on the regional or local level within all countries (councils, districts, counties, states, provinces, etc) - including articles on Scout reservations (but not subcamps) at that level, etc fall into this category. Walter de Bonstetten, Court of Honor, Scouts d'Haïti, Scouting in Alabama
...
Low Subject is not particularly notable or significant even within the field of Scouting, and may have been included primarily to achieve comprehensive coverage of another topic (such as a subcamp of a Scout reservation, or a location of a World Scout Jamboree). Articles on local Scout units or unit-level leaders, which should normally be avoided, (see project editing conventions page), will usually get a Low-Class rating. Abreu Camp, Arrowe Park, Anna Zawadzka
...

Requesting an assessment or re-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. If you are interested in more extensive comments on an article, please use assign the article the attention flag, leave reasoning on its talk page, and leave a message on the project talk page.

  1. Add articles here! Newest requests on the BOTTOM
  2. Like this (and put "(re-)assessment request" in your edit summary of this assessment page), leave reasons if a reassement.