Wikipedia:WikiProject Dogs/Assessment

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Welcome to the assessment department of the Dogs WikiProject! This department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's articles about Dogs or Dog-related subjects. 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.

The ratings are done in a distributed fashion through parameters in the {{WPDOGS}} project banner; this causes the articles to be placed in the appropriate sub-categories of Category:Dogs articles by quality, which serves as the foundation for an automatically generated worklist.


Frequently asked questions[edit]

How can I get my article rated? 
Please list it in the section for assessment requests below.
Who can assess articles? 
Any member of the Dogs 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!

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


Date Number of articles
Featured article FA Featured list FL GA B C Start Stub List Unassessed Total
Jan 2008 4 0 7 98 N/A 370 565 0 497 1541
Sep 2008 6 0 9 204 14 695 614 13 14 1569
Sep 2009 9 1 12 209 58 753 604 17 12 1675
Jan 2010 9 1 27 246 113 933 908 32 0 2269
Sep 2010 11 3 37 234 127 962 938 36 4 2352


An article's assessment is generated from the class and importance parameters in the {{WikiProject Dogs}} project banner on its talk page:

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The following values may be used for the class parameter:

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

Quality scale[edit]

WikiProject article quality grading scheme

Importance scale[edit]

The following values may be used for the importance parameter (they should be entered exactly as given):

Importance parameter values (Category:Dogs articles by importance)
Value Meaning Examples Category
Top "Key" articles, considered indispensable Dogs, Dog breed Top-importance Dogs articles
High High-priority topics and needed subtopics of "key" articles, often with a broad scope; needed to complement any general understanding of the field Companion dog, Dog food High-importance Dogs articles
Mid Mid-priority articles on more specialised (sub-)topics; possibly more detailed coverage of topics summarised in "key" articles, and as such their omission would not significantly impair general understanding Canine distemper, Obedience school Mid-importance Dogs articles
Low While still notable, these are highly-specialised or even obscure, not essential for understanding the wider picture ("nice to have" articles) Bamse the St Bernard, Dog-show judge Low-importance Dogs articles

The importance parameter is not used if an article's class is set to NA, and may be omitted in those cases. If the importance parameter is not yet set, or contains an invalid value, the article will be assigned to Category:Unknown-importance Dogs articles.

Requesting an 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.

To improve an assessment above B class, the evaluation needs to be done through set channels. Information on the Good Article (GA class) is here, and Featured Articles (FA class) is here.