Wikipedia:WikiProject Good articles/GAN Backlog Drives/November-December 2012

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November-December 2012
GAN Review Round
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The 2012 November-December GAN Review Round is a month-long effort (originally organized by the GAN WikiProject and other users) to reduce the backlog of Good Article nominations. Please make sure that you read the whole Good Article review process before starting to review an article, and that you are very familiar with the GA criteria and the WP:Manual of Style. It is strongly recommended reading the essays What the Good article criteria are not and Reviewing good articles. This drive is under the purview of the following coordinators: Hahc21, Wizardman and Aircorn. If you have questions, leave a message on the drive's talk page. This drive began on 17 November 2012 00:00 UTC and is scheduled to end on 18 December 2012 on 00:00 UTC.

The goal of this backlog elimination drive is to bring the number of outstanding Good Article nominations to below 200 (about half of what it is currently), and it is expected that all nominees before September would be reviewed, as well as the reduction of the sections with most nominations (listed below). Notwithstanding, all nominations listed at WP:GAN are eligible to be reviewed. Awards will be given out to those individuals who do the most work in helping reduce the size of the backlog.

Basic Guidelines
  1. Log completed Good Article reviews here. If you complete a GAN for an article, don't forget to sign your name in the table. Quick-fails will not be counted.
  2. No rubber-stamping of GANs. Be thorough and complete in your GANs, and make sure all the i's are dotted and the t's crossed. Generally Good article nominations tend to result in even better improvements to articles and can go a long way especially when approaching Featured Article standing.
  3. Provide constructive criticism. If you see a problem or problems in a certain article you're reviewing, don't be afraid to point that out and indicate to the nominator what's wrong. Instead of merely pointing to the problems, guide the nominator to possible ways of fixing those problems. Similarly, if the article is not of Good Article quality yet, don't be afraid to fail, but make sure you provide guidance as to how to get the article up to GA quality.
  4. Stick with it. An article isn't improved if it remains on hold for months. Instead, make the smaller corrections, make sure the primary writer is actively editing, and make the pass/fail judgment if concerns are/are not addressed in a timely matter. Watch the talk page and look to see what's being done and if anyone has questions.
  5. Have fun. We're here to help bring these articles up to their fullest potential and hence improving the overall quality of the encyclopedia. If you do not enjoy doing that, then there is no motivation to improve these articles and the encyclopedia as a whole.
Help Guides

Following is a list of all the guidelines needed/required to review Good Article nominees:


When reviewing, you can use the following recommended tools:


To receive an award, please include your name and the number of reviews you have completed as part of this drive. Please keep a running total next to your name. Awards will be given by the co-ordinator after this drive ends.

This is the scheme for the awards:


This backlog drive will focus on the older GA nominations, in particular those that have been in the queue for over a month. The aim is to finish the drive with no nominations older than one month left in the queue, although all nominations listed at GAN count towards drive points. Any review with a redlink has yet to be reviewed, while reviews with blue links are being reviewed by someone else. When you have finished your review sign your name in the table and indicate whether you have passed or failed the article. Quick-fails will not be counted. Article reviews started before December 18, 2012 but completed before [or by] January 1, 2013 are eligible to be counted into the running total. Reviews started before November 17, 2012 do not count.

The discussion above is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.