|This is a documentation subpage for Template:WikiProject Essays.
It contains usage information, categories and other content that is not part of the original template page.
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This template should be added to the talk pages of:
- essays in Wikipedia namespace
- essay categories
- WikiProject Essays pages
It should not be added to the talk page of any essay in user space.
The template uses the importance class, but not the quality class. Importance is set automatically by a bot which analyzes pageviews, watchers, and incoming links.
The WikiProject Essays assessment system is used to rate and improve Wikipedia essays . We use a heavily modified version of standard Wikipedia rating system, as follows.
WikiProject Essays Assessment Statistics
Assessing the "quality" of ones opinion, while a form of critical discourse in intellectual circles, is not appropriate (nor logical) for Wikipedia essays. Therefore, current consensus is for no assessment of essay quality.
Impact scale 
It is difficult to determine the "importance" of a Wikipedia essay, so this project determines its "impact" using a weighted score system that takes into account number of page watchers (W), pageviews in the previous month (P), and number of incoming links (L). As all three of these metrics are subject to change, essays may be re-rated month-over-month. The importance of essays is determined based on their rank in the list of essays sorted by score.
The score is calculated with the following equation:
How To Assess an Essay
An essay's impact assessment is performed by the User:BernsteinBot bot based on a formula predetermined by consensus and coded into the bot. If you would like to discuss having a particular essay assessed, please post a request at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Essays.