Wikipedia:WikiProject Solar System/Assessment

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The assessment department of WikiProject Solar System focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's Solar System 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 Solar System}} project banner; this causes the articles to be placed in the appropriate sub-categories of Category:Solar System articles by quality and Category:Solar System articles by importance, which serves as the foundation for an automatically generated worklist (Index · Statistics · Log).

FAQ[edit]

See also the general assessment 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 {{WikiProject Solar System}} to the talk page; there's no need to do anything else.
3. Someone put a {{WikiProject Solar System}} 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 project talk page (or directly with the person who tagged the article).
4. Who can assess articles? 
Any member of WikiProject Solar System 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. 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.
7. What if I don't agree with a rating? 
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.
8. 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!

Instructions[edit]

Quality Assessment[edit]

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

{{WikiProject Solar System|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 Solar System articles) Featured article FA 
A (adds articles to Category:A-Class Solar System articles) A-Class article A 
GA (for good articles only; adds articles to Category:GA-Class Solar System articles)  GA 
B (adds articles to Category:B-Class Solar System articles) B-Class article B 
C (adds articles to Category:C-Class Solar System articles) C-Class article C 
Start (adds articles to Category:Start-Class Solar System articles) Start-Class article Start 
Stub (adds articles to Category:Stub-Class Solar System articles) Stub-Class article Stub 
FL (for featured lists only; adds articles to Category:FL-Class Solar System articles) Featured list FL 
List (adds articles to Category:List-Class Solar System 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 Solar System articles) Wikipedia Book Book 
Category (for categories; adds pages to Category:Category-Class Solar System articles) Category page Category 
Disambig (for disambiguation pages; adds pages to Category:Disambig-Class Solar System articles) Disambiguation page Disambig 
FM (for files; adds pages to Category:FM-Class Solar System articles) Featured media FM 
File (for files; adds pages to Category:File-Class Solar System articles)  File 
Redirect (for redirect pages; adds pages to Category:Redirect-Class Solar System articles) Redirect page Redirect 
Portal (for portal pages; adds pages to Category:Portal-Class Solar System articles)  Portal 
Project (for project pages; adds pages to Category:Project-Class Solar System articles)  Project 
Template (for templates; adds pages to Category:Template-Class Solar System articles)  Template 
NA (for any other pages where assessment is unnecessary; adds pages to Category:NA-Class Solar System articles)  NA 
??? (articles for which a valid class has not yet been provided are listed in Category:Unassessed Solar System 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 Solar System}} project banner on its talk page:

{{WikiProject Solar System|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 Solar System articles)  Top 
High (adds articles to Category:High-importance Solar System articles)  High 
Mid (adds articles to Category:Mid-importance Solar System articles)  Mid 
Low (adds articles to Category:Low-importance Solar System articles)  Low 
NA (adds articles to Category:NA-importance Solar System articles)  NA 
??? (articles for which a valid importance rating has not yet been provided are listed in Category:Unknown-importance Solar System articles  ??? 

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

Importance scale[edit]

All pages belonging to the Solar System should be rated according to their importance. There four levels Top, High, Mid and Low.

  1. Low importance is the default rating. It is assigned to any article that is of specialist interest, and where there are only few reliable sources about its subject.
  2. Mid importance should be assigned to any article that meets the following two criteria: (a) there are sufficient reliable sources to write at least a B-class article; (b) the article is about a significant body or part of the Solar System, important event or space mission, notable planetary scientist that is or likely to be of interest to the general public.
  3. High importance should be assigned to any article that meets the following two criteria: (a) there are plenty of reliable sources to write at least a GA-class article; (b) the article is about a major body or part of the Solar System, very important event or space mission, famous planetary scientist that is or likely to be of strong interest to the general public.
  4. The top importance should be assigned to any article that meets criteria of high importance and, in addition, is either a core topic related to the Solar System or is an object, event or person that is widely known among the public and is subject to frequent discussions in non-scientific press.

The importance is not static. It evolves as new facts come to light, new events happen and new discoveries are made. The public perception of particular topics also changes with time.

WikiProject article importance scheme

Statistics[edit]


Log[edit]

The full log of assessment changes for the past thirty days is available; due to its size (ca 100 kB), it cannot be transcluded directly.