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Welcome to the assessment department of the United States WikiProject! This department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's articles about the United States or the people of the United States. 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 United States}} project banner; this causes the articles to be placed in the appropriate sub-categories of Category:United States articles by quality, which serves as the foundation for an automatically generated worklist.

Frequently asked questions[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 United States}} to the talk page; there's no need to do anything else.
3. Someone put a {{WikiProject United States}} 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 United States 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 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. 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!
9. What if I have a question not listed here? 
If you have any other questions not listed here, please feel free to ask them on the discussion page for this department; for any other issues, you can go to the main project discussion page.


Quality assessment[edit]

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

{{WikiProject United States|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 United States articles) Featured article FA 
A (adds articles to Category:A-Class United States articles) A-Class article A 
GA (for good articles only; adds articles to Category:GA-Class United States articles)  GA 
B (adds articles to Category:B-Class United States articles) B-Class article B 
C (adds articles to Category:C-Class United States articles) C-Class article C 
Start (adds articles to Category:Start-Class United States articles) Start-Class article Start 
Stub (adds articles to Category:Stub-Class United States articles) Stub-Class article Stub 
FL (for featured lists only; adds articles to Category:FL-Class United States articles) Featured list FL 
List (adds articles to Category:List-Class United States articles)  List 
Future (for articles about future events; adds articles to Category:Future-Class United States articles)  Future 

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 United States articles) Wikipedia Book Book 
Category (for categories; adds pages to Category:Category-Class United States articles) Category page Category 
Disambig (for disambiguation pages; adds pages to Category:Disambig-Class United States articles) Disambiguation page Disambig 
FM (for files; adds pages to Category:FM-Class United States articles) Featured media FM 
File (for files; adds pages to Category:File-Class United States articles)  File 
Redirect (for redirect pages; adds pages to Category:Redirect-Class United States articles) Redirect page Redirect 
Portal (for portal pages; adds pages to Category:Portal-Class United States articles)  Portal 
Project (for project pages; adds pages to Category:Project-Class United States articles)  Project 
Template (for templates; adds pages to Category:Template-Class United States articles)  Template 
NA (for any other pages where assessment is unnecessary; adds pages to Category:NA-Class United States articles)  NA 
??? (articles for which a valid class has not yet been provided are listed in Category:Unassessed United States 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 United States}} project banner on its talk page:

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

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

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 the United States.

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.

WikiProject article importance scheme

Note: This page is no longer actively watched since Kumioko stopped actively supporting the project. It might be best to ask for an assessment on the main project page at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject United States.

Requests for 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. For assessment of articles above B class (GA, A, FL or FA) please submit them through the regular process.

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:

  1. Yes check.svg Done American Pie (album) new sections and references added, upgrade from stub. Bigthud (talk) 21:03, 13 April 2013 (UTC)
  2. Yes check.svg Done Jason Sprinkle - Requesting Assessment. -- (talk) 18:44, 21 May 2013 (UTC)
  3. Yes check.svg DoneOhio State Route 161 - New sections and references added. CycloneIsaac-E-Mail 00:44, 7 June 2013 (UTC)
  4. Yes check.svg DoneArkansas Post - Requesting assessment. Article recently underwent a complete rewrite. Samuel Peoples (talk) 20:25, 15 June 2013 (UTC)
  5. Re:GENERATION music project - Requesting assesment. I added all the info i could find on it and based on what the rating will be, determines if i need to dig even deeper. ♠|RP|♠ 15:55, 15 July 2013 (UTC)
  6. Gian Gentile West Point history professor, active US Army Colonel, critical of US military counter-insurgency policy and practices. Complete rewrite and infobox added Mnnlaxer (talk) 15:40, 15 July 2013 (UTC)
  7. 1840 United States Census - Section on notable controversy, over suspiciously high numbers of black persons in non-slaveholding States reported as "insane" or "idiotic", has been rewritten with numerous new citations and links to sources.  Jdcrutch (talk) 19:45, 22 August 2013 (UTC)
  8. A.J. Crew - American hip-hop artist and producer born in 1990. Part of WP American music and WP Ohio. No edits made but newly added to WP:US. Currently Unassessed. Thank you in advance. --Buspirtraz (talk) 00:33, 15 September 2013 (UTC)
  9. David J. Leland. Extensively edited and many citations added/corrected. Dwpaul (talk) 20:06, 21 September 2013 (UTC)
  10. Davis–Bacon Act Currently marked as Stub status, but was overhauled in December 2012 with inline citations for all or most points. All comments from Talk were incorporated at that time. Ehusman (talk) 12:50, 23 September 2013 (UTC)
  11. Carter County, Missouri Article needs assessment. --EJM Missouri (talk) 00:59, 31 October 2013 (UTC)
  12. Austin, Mississippi, article was expanded; currently listed as stub. Thanks. Magnolia677 (talk) 15:51, 30 December 2013 (UTC)
  13. Barbara Franklin, article was greatly expanded in past 6 months with numerous sources but is still listed as Start Class. Thanks!
  14. Floride Calhoun, Article was originally assessed as Stub in January, 2007, but has been substantially expanded since then.
  15. Territories of the United States on stamps new article assessment request. TheVirginiaHistorian (talk) 15:46, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
  16. Luling, Texas, article was assessed as start-class in 2007, I've recently done some work to it. Would like input on how to advance it. Thanks! C1776MTalk 16:14, 24 March 2014 (UTC)
  17. Eaglebrook School has been improved dramatically since last assessment --Tony Tan 98 (talk) 02:32, 5 April 2014 (UTC)

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