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Good article nominations

These are the instructions explaining, step-by-step, exactly how to nominate and review a good article nomination (GAN) according to the good article criteria so that it may become a good article (GA). Instructions for both the nominator and the reviewer of the article are provided below.

Articles can be nominated by anyone, though it is highly preferable that they have contributed significantly and are familiar with the subject, and reviewed by any registered user who has not contributed significantly to the article and is not the nominator.

Nominating[edit]

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Step 1: Prepare the article[edit]

Ensure that the article meets Wikipedia policies and guidelines as expected of any article, including neutral point of view, verifiability, no original research, and notability. Then check the article against the good article criteria and make any improvements that you think are necessary. More information can be found at the guide for nominating good articles. Anyone may nominate an article to be reviewed for GA, although it is preferable that nominators have contributed significantly to the article and are familiar with its subject and its cited sources. Nominators who are not significant contributors to the article should consult regular editors of the article on the article talk page prior to a nomination. The reviewer will be making suggestions to improve the article to GA quality during the review process; therefore, the review will require your involvement as nominator. Before nominating an article, ensure that you will be able to respond to these comments in a timely manner.

Step 2: Nominating the article[edit]

  1. Paste {{subst:GAN|subtopic=}} to the top of the article talk page. Do not place it inside another template such as WikiProjectBannerShell.
  2. For the |subtopic= parameter, add one of the following 30 subtopic sections headers that best defines the article:
    Agriculture, food and drink  · Art and architecture  · Computing and engineering  · Transport  · Geography  · Places  · World history  · Royalty, nobility and heraldry  · Language and literature  · Mathematics and mathematicians  · Film  · Television  · Media and drama  · Albums  · Songs  · Music  · Biology and medicine  · Chemistry and materials science  · Earth sciences  · Physics and astronomy  · Philosophy and religion  · Culture, sociology and psychology  · Education  · Economics and business  · Law  · Magazines and print journalism  · Politics and government  · Sports and recreation  · Video games  · Warfare
    If it doesn't fit under any of the above categories, leave the field blank. The nomination will be sorted in the Miscellaneous section.
  3. Save the page. A bot will add the nomination to the GA nominations page under the chosen subtopic heading to indicate that the article is ready to be reviewed.
  4. (Optional): Consider reviewing two nominations for each one that you nominate.
This does not imply quid pro quo. This simply means that helping to review articles will help the Wikipedia community by cutting down the backlog as a way to help pay it forward.

Step 3: Waiting[edit]

Depending on the size of the backlog, there may be a delay of up to six months before someone picks up the review. Conversely, it may only take a few days. Do not start the review page yourself, as this may lead other reviewers to believe that your nomination is already under review.

Leaving a note for the reviewer: To leave a note related to the review, edit the |note= parameter of {{GA nominee}} on the article talk page. For example: {{GA nominee|...|note=I might not be able to respond to the review until next week. ~~~~}}. Save the page. A bot will update the nomination on the GA nominations page to display the note.

Withdrawing: To withdraw a nomination before the review has begun, remove the {{GA nominee}} from the article talk page. To withdraw a nomination after the review has begun, let the reviewer know. The reviewer will then fail the article.

Step 4: What to do during a review[edit]

You are expected to respond to the reviewer's suggestions to improve the article to GA quality in a timely manner (if you absolutely cannot, make sure another editor can). Other editors are also welcome to comment and work on the article, but the final decision on listing will be with the first reviewer. Review timeframes vary from one nomination to the next, but a responsive nominator and reviewer can complete a review in about seven days. A reviewer may put the review "on hold" for about seven days to allow you time to fix any issues that may arise (reviewers can shorten/extend the time limit if they wish). If a review stalls or there is disagreement over interpretation of the good article criteria, you can ask for assistance at the GA help desk or the GA nominations talk page.

If the reviewer withdraws: A reviewer who starts a review has committed to complete it in a timely manner, but in rare occasions a reviewer withdraws due to illness or other reasons. In such cases, the first step would be to contact the reviewer. If this does not resolve the issue, then a new reviewer is needed. In order to find one, edit the {{GA nominee}} template on the article talk page as follows: Increment the |page= parameter (e.g. from "page=1" to "page=2"), and change the |status= parameter from "status=onreview" or "status=onhold" to the blank setting "status=". You can also remove the transclusion of the former GA review from the article talk page if you wish, but this is not essential. Save the page. A bot will reset the nomination in its same position in the queue on the GA nominations page.

Step 5: After the review[edit]

At the end of the review, the reviewer will either pass or fail the article. If your nomination has failed, you can take the reviewer's suggestions into account and renominate the article. If you believe that you did not receive an adequate review, you may renominate the article immediately.

If the article has been promoted to good article status, consider submitting an interesting fact from the article to be featured on the Did You Know...? section on the main page.

Reviewing[edit]

Step 1: Familiarize yourself with the criteria[edit]

Thank you for deciding to review an article for GA. Before starting a review, you should familiarize yourself with the good article criteria. These are the standards an article must meet in order to be granted good article status. It is also suggested that you read the guide for reviewing good articles and an essay on what the good article criteria are not. Ensure the article meets Wikipedia policies and guidelines as expected of any article, including neutral point of view, verifiability, no original research, and notability. Good article mentors are available to help you during your review. If you need further clarification, post a question at the GA help desk or the GA nominations talk page.

Step 2: Starting a review[edit]

To review an article you must:

  • Be a registered user—make sure you are logged in
  • Not be the nominator nor have made significant contributions to the article prior to the review
  1. Choose an article from GA nominations page that you would like to review. Please note:
    • You may review any unreviewed article, but the older nominations at the top of the queues have been waiting for as long as six months and should be given higher priority.
    • If someone else has started a review, you may add comments to the review page, but the review should be closed by the first reviewer.
  2. Start the review by following the start review link appearing on the GA nominations page or near the top of the article talk page. A new GA review page will be created. You may add opening remarks, an initial review, or one of these templates to the bottom of this review page.
  3. Save the page. A bot will update the nomination on the GA nominations page to indicate that the article is being reviewed, and will use {{GANotice}} to let the nominator know that the article is being reviewed.
  4. Remember: Once you start a review, you are committing to complete it in a timely manner. Do not stop half way through and just leave it. Consider reviewing only one or two articles at a time and plan to wrap up your review in about seven days.

If you are in a situation where you absolutely cannot continue to review the article, please contact the nominator. Consider helping them find a new reviewer. If necessary, leave a note on the GA nominations talk page.

Step 3: Reviewing the article[edit]

  1. Read the whole article. Understand its sources. Based on the good article criteria, decide whether the article could be immediately passed or immediately failed. Decide if the article is instead partially compliant or only marginally non-compliant and could pass after improvements are made.
  2. If the article is considered fully compliant with the good article criteria, provide a review on the review page justifying that decision and "pass" the nomination. You may use these templates to help organize your review if you wish.
  3. If the article is considered only partially compliant or non-compliant with the good article criteria, provide a review on the review page detailing what criteria it does not meet and state what is needed to bring the article up to standard.
  4. In the case of a marginally non-compliant nomination, if the problems are easy to resolve, you may be bold and fix them yourself.
  5. Often the nomination is brought up to standard during the review. If so, note this on the review page and close the review as a "pass". If not, close it as a "fail". You may also make suggestions for further improvements, if appropriate.
  6. Review timeframes vary from one nomination to the next, but a responsive nominator and reviewer can complete a review in about seven days. Depending on the responsiveness of the nominator, you may decide to put the review "on hold" for about seven days to allow time for issues to be fixed. You may also ask for a second opinion. See below for how to pass, fail, hold, or ask for a second opinion.

Using a review template is not a requirement; it is simply a way to help keep the review organized. If this is your first review, it is beneficial to ask one of the good article mentors to look at your review.

Step 4: Finishing the review[edit]

Passing[edit]

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If you determine that the article meets the good article criteria, you may pass it by doing the following:

  1. Replace the {{GA nominee}} template on the article talk page with {{GA|~~~~~|topic=|page=}}
  2. The five tildes supply the date of the review. Fill in the topic and page number of the review. The |topic= parameter refers to the topic abbreviations used on the GA page, but the template automatically converts GAN subtopics into GA topics, so reviewers may simply copy the parameter value from one template to the other. The |page= parameter should be the number of the review subpage (that is, the n in {{Talk:ArticleName/GAn}}). The page parameter should be a number only – no letters.
  3. Update any WikiProject templates on the article talk page by changing the |class= parameter value to "GA".
  4. Save the page. A bot will add the good article icon to the article, will remove the nomination from the GA nominations page, and will use {{GANotice}} to let the nominator know that the article has passed.
  5. Be sure the review page specifies how the article meets the good article criteria. You may also leave a personal note of congratulations for the nominator.
  6. List the article at Wikipedia:Good articles under the appropriate section and update the tally at the bottom of that section.

Failing[edit]

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If you determine that the article does not meet the good article criteria, you may fail it by doing the following:

  1. Replace the {{GA nominee}} template on the article talk page with {{FailedGA|~~~~~|topic=|page=}}
  2. The five tildes supply the date of the review. Fill in the topic and page number of the review. The |topic= parameter refers to the topic abbreviations used on the GA page, but the template automatically converts GAN subtopics into GA topics, so reviewers may simply copy the parameter value from one template to the other. The |page= parameter should be the number of the review subpage (that is, the n in {{Talk:ArticleName/GAn}}). The page parameter should be a number only – no letters.
  3. Save the page. A bot will remove the nomination from the GA nominations page and will use {{GANotice}} to let the nominator know that the article has failed.
  4. Be sure the review page specifies what needed to be done to the article for it to meet the good article criteria. You may also leave a personal note of encouragement for the nominator, urging them to renominate the article once the problems have been addressed.

Putting the article on hold[edit]

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If you determine that the article could meet the good article criteria if a few issues are fixed and you wish to prescribe an amount of time for these issues to be corrected (generally seven days), you may put the article on hold by doing the following:

  1. Edit the {{GA nominee}} template on the article talk page, changing the |status= parameter to "onhold", as in
    {{GA nominee|...|status=onhold}}
  2. Save the page. A bot will update the nomination on the GA nominations page to indicate that the article is on hold, and will use {{GANotice}} to let the nominator know that the article is on hold.
  3. Be sure the review page specifies what needs to be done to the article for it to meet the good article criteria.

Asking for a second opinion[edit]

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If you are unsure whether an article meets the good article criteria, you may call for another reviewer or subject expert to provide a second opinion by doing the following:

  1. Edit the {{GA nominee}} template on the article talk page, changing the |status= parameter to "2ndopinion", as in
    {{GA nominee|...|status=2ndopinion}}
  2. Save the page. A bot will update the nomination on the GA nominations page to indicate that a second opinion is requested.
  3. Be sure the review page specifies in what way you are looking for a second opinion.

Answering a second opinion[edit]

A reviewer's call for a second opinion may be answered by doing the following:

  1. Edit the {{GA nominee}} template on the article talk page, changing the |status= parameter to "onreview", as in
    {{GA nominee|...|status=onreview}}
  2. Save the page. A bot will update the nomination on the GA nominations page to remove the request for a second opinion.
  3. Be sure the review page provides the requested second opinion and any other assistance.

Do not close a review started by another reviewer without first attempting to contact the first reviewer. While there is no deadline, keep in mind that protracted reviews show up as exceptions on the GA nominations report page.

Questions?[edit]

If you have any questions regarding anything on this page or good articles in general, please leave a message at the GA help desk or at the GA nominations talk page.