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Welcome to the assessment department of the Biography WikiProject. This department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's Biography 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.

Category:Biography articles by quality serves as the foundation for an automatically generated worklist. The ratings are done in a distributed fashion through parameters in the {{WikiProject Biography}} project banner. Filling in a rating in the class parameter of the {{WikiProject Biography}} template on the talk page of an article causes the name of that article to be placed in the appropriate sub-categories of Category:Biography articles by quality.

Frequently asked questions[edit]

How can I get an article rated? 
Please list it in the section for assessment requests below.
Who can assess articles? 
Any member of the Biography WikiProject is free to add—or change—the rating of an article.
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.
Aren't the ratings subjective? 
Yes, they are, 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!
How may I begin assessing articles? 
Assessment may be done through a variety of ways, but the most efficient is through use of the MetaData article assessment script.

If you have any other questions not listed here, please feel free to ask them on the discussion page for this department.

Instructions on how to assess a Biography article[edit]

An article's assessment is generated from the class parameter in the {{WikiProject Biography}} project banner on the article's talk page. Articles for which a valid class is not provided are listed in Category:Unassessed biography articles. At present, there are over 100,000 biography articles that need assessment (e.g., that need to have a class inserted in the class parameter of the {{WikiProject Biography}} template).

Biography articles to be assessed have some aspects of the {{WikiProject Biography}} template on their talk page, but the template may be incomplete. Select an article from the list at Category:Unassessed biography articles. Then, look over the article in anticipation of filling out the parameters of the {{WikiProject Biography}} template. Finally, add in the proper parameters to the talk page template, as outlined below.

Class parameter[edit]

The following values may be used for the class parameter:

Articles for which a valid class is not provided are listed in Category:Unassessed biography articles. The class should be assigned according to the quality scale below.

Priority parameter[edit]

The following values may be used for the priority parameter:

  • Top
  • High
  • Mid
  • Low

The parameter is not used if an article's class is set to NA, and may be omitted in those cases. The importance should be assigned according to the priority scale below. Note that the priority is used on the workgroup lists only.

Core parameter[edit]

The template also has a core=yes parameter for core articles only, as selected by the Core Biographies team.

Quality scale[edit]

WikiProject article quality grading scheme

Priority scale[edit]

Priority must be regarded as a relative term. If priority values are applied within this project, these only reflect the perceived importance to this project and to the work groups the biography falls under. An article judged to be "Top-Class" in one context may be only "Mid-Class" in another project. The criteria used for rating article priority 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).

Article importance grading scheme
Label Criteria Examples
Top High probability that non-Historians would look this up. Limited to the top 200 biographies. Must have had a large impact outside of their main discipline, across several generations, and in the majority of the world. For instance, Einstein, brilliant physicist, but his theories have affected people outside of physics and in many other countries besides his nation of origin and several generations. His ideas have changed the way people think. No member should give this rating to any biography without first getting Project approval from the other members. Albert Einstein
High Must have had a large impact in their main discipline, across a couple of generations. Had some impact outside their country of origin. Patrick Henry
Mid Important in their discipline. John Seigenthaler, Sr.
Low Subject is notable in their main discipline. Morena Baccarin

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Requesting an assessment[edit]

If you would like an outside opinion on a new quality rating for an article, please feel free to list it below.
Note: This is only to rate the article on quality - you will probably not get feedback on the article.
If you desire comments please use the peer review process.
If you assess an article, please remove it so others will not waste time reviewing the same article(s).
It is also helpful to leave a brief note on article's talk, under a heading "B-class review", stating why the article was failed (or that it was reviewed and passed).
Make sure to check the overview on how to assess a Biography article for details on how to assess. Thanks!

Articles submitted here will not be rated above 'B'; see Wikipedia:Good articles and Wikipedia:Featured articles for higher assessments.
Edit this section and place request here:

  1. Bernie Sanders is a year 2016 presidential candidate and yet the article is ranked C class of mid importance, which is not consistent with other candidates. See Carly Fiorina above, for example, or even Hillary Clinton. The Sanders article needs much attention and recommendations in term of quality; such as copious citations, standardization and so on. But, it's current status, in terms of importance, lumps it with 457 other articles, which is not appropriate. It should be of "high" to top "priority", moving it to a grouping of 166 to 14 articles of that same ranking. From there, it can move more quickly up the scale in quality, where it should be. Ca.papavero (talk) 20:06, 15 May 2015 (UTC)
  1. Linda Addison (lawyer) - This page was rated C-class in 2011. Since then, Ms. Addison has made contributions to the legal profession which have strengthened women's opportunities (founding the Center for Women in Law in Austin Texas) and promoting diversity in law firms (setting a target of 30 percent women partners by the year 2020 at Norton Rose Fulbright, where she is one of only 7 female managing partners in the United States). Please review and consider re-rating this page. Thank you. Mlwmiller (talk) 19:49, 29 July 2015 (UTC) -->
  1. Sarah Wildes (Salem witch trials) - This article had been rated start-class but has been enhanced substantially since. Thank you. Dunc0029 (talk) 22:28, 1 August 2015 (UTC)

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Assessment log[edit]

The logs in this section are generated automatically (on a daily basis); please don't add entries to them by hand.

Unexpected changes, such as downgrading an article, or raising it more than two assessment classes at once, are shown in bold.

Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team/Biography articles by quality log

Worklist[edit]

The logs in this section are generated automatically (on a daily basis); please don't add entries to them by hand.