Wikipedia:WikiProject Comics/Assessment/A-class FAQ

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Process: A-Class may only be assigned following an A-Class Review. The review is closed by an experienced WikiProject Comics assessor who determines whether consensus to promote exists. Promotion typically requires that a minimum of three uninvolved editors who each confirm that the article meets all five A-Class criteria.

Frequently asked questions: A-Class review & criteria[edit]

Can anyone review A-Class articles? How much experience do you need?

If you're familiar with B-Class assessment, you'll find the transition to new A-Class reviewing very easy indeed. The A-Class criteria cover the same ground – A1 is a stricter version of B1, A2 is a tighter definition of comprehensive than B2 – as so forth. The key thing is that Comics A-Class should represent the project's very best work and the reviews should be approached with this in mind.

A1. The article is consistently referenced with an appropriate citation style, and all claims are verifiable against reputable sources, accurately represent the relevant body of published knowledge, and are supported with specific evidence and external citations as appropriate.

All material likely to be challenged by a reasonable person should be referenced. In particular, any figures quoted (for example, casualties or unit strengths) should be cited to a reliable source.

A2. The article is comprehensive, factually accurate, neutral and focused on the main topic; it neglects no major facts or details, presents views fairly and without bias, and does not go into unnecessary detail.

The article reflects all major threads of scholarship, reports both sides of a conflict even-handedly, and contains an appropriate amount of context.

A3. The article has an appropriate structure of hierarchical headings, including a concise lead section that summarizes the topic and prepares the reader for the detail in the subsequent sections, and a substantial but not overwhelming table of contents.

The combination of introduction and table of contents should present a logical overview of the article's contents, and make navigation easier for people would do not wish to read the entire thing.

A4. The article is written in concise and articulate English; its prose is clear, is in line with style guidelines, and does not require substantial copy-editing to be fully MoS-compliant.

The article must comply with the style guide on writing about fiction. We're looking for professional standards of English, with the emphasis on brevity and clarity. We do not expect 100% MoS-compliance, that can be achieved with a technical copy-edit immediately prior to FAC. However, we do expect articles to handle date formats, national spelling varieties, and measures and distances consistently.

A5. The article contains supporting visual materials, such as images or diagrams with succinct captions, and other media, where appropriate.

This is about balance. The idea here is to ensure that articles are neither solid walls of type nor picture books. An appropriate mid-course is that a shorter article would contain at least two or three images and a longer one up to a dozen. However, articles must comply with fair use policy.