Wikipedia:WikiProject California/Santa Barbara County task force/Assessment

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Welcome to the assessment department of the WikiProject Santa Barbara County! This department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's Santa Barbara County 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.

Frequently asked questions[edit]

How can I get my article rated? 
As a member of the WikiProject Santa Barbara County, you can do it yourself. If you're unsure, list it in the requesting an assessment section below.
Who can assess articles? 
Any member of WikiProject Santa Barbara County is free to add—or change—the rating of an article, but please follow the guidelines.
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.
Where can I get more comments about my article? 
Contact Wikipedia:WikiProject Santa Barbara County who will handle it or assign the issue to someone. You may also list it for a Peer review.
What if I don't agree with a rating? 
Relist it as a request or contact Wikipedia:WikiProject Santa Barbara County who will handle it or assign the issue to someone.
Aren't the ratings subjective? 
Yes, they are (see, in particular, the disclaimers on the importance scale), 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!

If you have any other questions not listed here, please feel free to ask them on the discussion page for this department, or to contact the Wikipedia:WikiProject Santa Barbara County directly.

Instructions[edit]

An article's assessment is generated from the class and importance parameters in the {{WikiProject Santa Barbara County}} project banner on its talk page. You can learn the syntax by looking at the talk pages in edit mode and by reading the info below.

This is the rating syntax (ratings and dates are samples, change to what applies to the article in question):

{{WikiProject Santa Barbara County}}
  • displays the default banner, showing the project info and only ??? for the quality and importance parameters.
{{WikiProject Santa Barbara County|class=FA|importance=Top}}
  • all assessed articles should have quality and importance filled in. Leaving the other parameters off does not hurt anything.
{{WikiProject Santa Barbara County|class=Start|importance=Mid|attention=yes}}
  • if an article needs immediate attention, add the attention tag and please leave talk notes as to why. "yes" is the only valid parameter here. If it doesn't need attention, leave the parameter off.
{{WikiProject Santa Barbara County|class=B|importance=High|attention=yes|past-selected=[[July]] [[2006]]|past-collaboration=[[April]] [[2006]]}}
  • if an article has been the SATM or COTM, these tags get added in this format. This is the actual project tag of Philmont Scout Ranch.

The following values may be used for the class parameter:

Articles for which a valid class and/or importance is not provided are listed in Category:Unassessed Santa Barbara County articles. The class should be assigned according to the quality scale below.

The following values may be used for the importance parameter:

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 importance scale below.

Quality scale[edit]

Note: A B-class article should have at least one reference.

WikiProject article quality grading scheme

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 hagiography. Importance does not equate to quality; a featured article could rate 'mid' on importance.

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. Rate international region/country-specific articles from the perspective of someone from that region.

Article importance grading scheme
Label Criteria Examples
Top Subject is a "core" or "key" topic for Santa Barbara County, or is generally notable to people other than students of Santa Barbara County. They define and determine the subject of the Santa Barbara County WikiProject. Saint Peter, Thomas Becket
High Subject is notable in a significant and important way within the field of Santa Barbara County, but not necessarily outside it. Saint Patrick, Francis of Assisi
Mid Subject contributes to the total subject of the Santa Barbara County WikiProject. Subject may not necessarily be famous. Ignatius of Loyola, Clare of Assisi
Low Subject is not particularly notable or significant even within the field of Santa Barbara County, and may have been included primarily to achieve comprehensive coverage of another topic. Winefride, Saint Nicholas Owen

Requesting an assessment or re-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. If you are interested in more extensive comments on an article, please use the peer review department instead.

Add articles here! Newest requests on the BOTTOM
  1. Like this (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) (and put "re-assessment request" in your edit summary of this assessment page), leave reasons if a reassessment.
  2. Los Amigos High School reassessment request - article rewritten with significant new material and source cited data.
    • I've looked at the article (and done some further editing). I've reassessed it from stub class to start class, and left some notes on the article's talk page. BlankVerse 07:35, 25 December 2006 (UTC)
  3. Tenacious D article rewritten with significant changes. I would appreciate feedback. Tenacious D Fans (talk) 18:04, 3 February 2007 (UTC)
    • It would be more appropriate to have a music or film WikiProject assess the article. BlankVerse 14:31, 17 February 2007 (UTC)
  4. {Temecula, California (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) is currently unassessed, and needs to be assessed as it is a fast growing area. GOLAASTL24 06:04, 16 February 2007 (UTC)
    • I've looked at the article and assessed it as a B class article. BlankVerse 14:31, 17 February 2007 (UTC)
  5. University High School (Los Angeles, California) (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views)--an assessment and some input on the current peer review would be great. Miss Mondegreen | Talk   00:36, 23 April 2007 (UTC)
  6. San Diego-Tijuana Metropolitan Area (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views)--a re-assessment of the article and some input on what should be included to make the article better. Also, a map should be created to improve the article. Cooljuno411 23:55, 12 May 2007 (UTC)