User:Kacie Jane/USRD Assessment

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The following is a list of standards intended to supplement the charts on WP:USRD/A and WP:ASSESS. It is intended to standardize the standards (for lack of a better word) used to assess USRD articles, and to help remove some subjectivity from the process.

FA, A, and GA class[edit]

These classes are reserved for articles that have gone through community processes (Good article nominations, A-Class review, and Featured article candidates). It is not necessary for an article to go through these processes in order.

If you are reviewing an article as part of one of these processes, make sure it is:

  • complete and thorough
  • thoroughly copy-edited
  • well-referenced using reliable sources
  • generally well written and comprehensible

Also, familiarize yourself with the good article criteria or featured article criteria.


A USRD B-class article must have all of the "big three" sections – route description, history, and a junction list. These sections must be reasonably complete; that is, the route description (for ex.) must actually describe the entire route. Also, the article should be reasonably well-written. That is, an article that needs massive copy-editing may be downgraded to Start-class even if it has all three of the required sections.


A Start-class article must have either the route description section or the history section. It should be noted that the keyword here is "section", not "section header". In other words, the article must have a section of reasonable length, not a sentence or two set off by a section header. An article that is still stub length (such as this) should be considered stub-class, regardless of how many section headers it happens to have.


A stub article is an article that is either extremely short, or too rough or poorly organized to be properly comprehensible. An article that is all lead should be assessed as stub-class, as well as an article of any length that requires massive editing in order to be comprehensible.