Wikipedia:WikiProject Good articles/Project quality task force

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The Project quality task force, comprised of editors experienced in WikiProject Good articles, has been created with a dual purpose: To standardize the project for consistency and ease of use; and to evaluate, improve, and maintain the quality of Good articles and the project as a whole.
WikiProject Good Articles: Open Tasks
This project identifies, organizes and improves good articles on Wikipedia.
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Nominations list: 457 articles (19 of them are on hold) as of 01:00, 5 September 2018 (UTC) | edit


This task force, as part of WikiProject Good articles, is to:

  • standardize the project by ensuring terms and procedures are consistent in order to ensure consistency and ease of use. This entails determining the best terminology to be used so as not to be confusing to users unfamiliar with the project, and standardizing the categories at WP:GA and WP:GAN to allow for easy categorization during the listing process.
  • evaluate and improve the quality of listed articles to ensure that they still meet the criteria. This entails re-reviewing all articles listed at WP:GA, particularly those listed prior to the creation of WP:WIAGA.
  • maintain the quality of the project. This entails keeping clear the lists at Category:Good articles without topic parameter and Category:Good articles without an oldid, ensuring articles tagged and listed without review are delisted, that articles nominated at Good article reassessment are properly reviewed and appropriate action taken, and routinely conducting sweeps to ensure Good articles continue to meet the criteria.


  1. Once the WP:GAN backlog elimination drive is complete, all articles, particularly those listed prior to the creation of WP:WIAGA, need to be re-reviewed to ensure they meet current standards.
    • For articles that clearly fail to meet the criteria, boldly delist the article from WP:GA and detail the reasoning on the article talk page.
    • For articles that seem to fail to meet the criteria, but it's questionable, nominate them at WP:GAR.
  2. With the high probability that nominations will increase at WP:GAR due to the re-reviews, it is vital that participation be adequate to quickly and appropriately determine whether or not an article should retain GA or be delisted.
  3. Standardize the categories at WP:GA and WP:GAN. (See the discussion on the talk page.)
     Done --Jayron32|talk|contribs 20:01, 9 August 2007 (UTC)
  4. Conduct sweeps to ensure Good articles retain their quality.
  5. Keep {{WikiProjectGATasks}} up-to-date.

Open discussions[edit]

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Good articles without topic parameters[edit]

Category:Good articles without topic parameter states "This is a list of Good articles that have not been given a correct "|topic= " in the {{GA|~~~~~|topic=|page=}} template. In theory, the list should be empty."


This task force, as part of WikiProject Good articles, is to keep

empty by adding topic parameters and oldid's to any articles which appear in these categories.


  • Add topic parameters to those articles listed at Category:Good articles without topic parameter.
  • Fill in oldid's for GA's that lack them listed at Category:Good articles without an oldid (for articles that use the GA template) and fill in action information for articles listed at Category:Good articles with no article history action (for articles that use the AH template).  Done
  • Select any article within the list.
    • The oldid field should be only numeric characters; some older GA entries may have included "nnnnnn" (a default value in the GA documentation) or a date-like entry and both of these cases should be changed to the correct oldid.
      To find the oldid, look over the talk page to establish what date the article was promoted. Then check the article history for the last edit of that date. There are tools that can help you find the appropriate oldid.
    • If the article uses the GA tempate:
      An example of what the template should look like once you've filled everything in is {{GA|date|oldid=123456|topic=Arts}}.
    • If the article uses the ArticleHistory template:
      If the ArticleHistory template lacks a "GAN" (Good Article Nomination) entry within its fields, these should be added. The format of these are:
      action1= - Value should be "GAN"
      action1date= - The date (YYYY-MM-DD) when the article was made a GA
      action1link= - If possible, a link to the talk page or archive when the page was promoted
      action1result= - "Listed", assuming that the article has been put on the GA list
      action1oldid= - The oldid, same as with the GA template oldid.
      topic= - The category under which the articles is listed on the GA list.
      If there already exist other "actions", use the next highest number to represent this; e.g. if there are 2 existing actions but no GAN, use "action3=" and so forth.

Note: If you find any discrepancies during this process and feel an article may have been promoted without meeting the criteria, nominate the article at Good article reassessment.

Good article topic values[edit]

The good article and article history templates will accept any of the abbreviated or full topic names below (defined at Module:Good article topics/data), and are case-insensitive. Any other entry for the topic name will leave the article listed as uncategorized.

Topic values Full topic name Good article category
Agriculture, food and drink Category:Agriculture, food and drink good articles
Agriculture, food and drink
Art and architecture Category:Art and architecture good articles
Art and architecture
Engineering and technology Category:Engineering and technology good articles
Computing, engineering, technology and transport
Geography Geography and places Category:Geography and places good articles
Geography and places
History History Category:History good articles
World history, royalty, nobility, heraldry
Language and literature Category:Language and literature good articles
Language, linguistics and literature
Math Mathematics Category:Mathematics good articles
Mathematics and mathematicians
Media and drama Category:Media and drama good articles
Television, film, media, drama
Music Music Category:Music good articles
Music, albums, classical compositions, and musicians
Natsci Natural sciences Category:Natural sciences good articles
Biology and medicine; chemistry and materials science; geology, geophysics, and mineralogy; meteorology and atmospheric sciences; physics and astronomy
Philosophy and religion Category:Philosophy and religion good articles
Philosophy, religion, mysticism, and mythology
Social sciences
Social sciences and society Category:Social sciences and society good articles
Awards and decorations; culture and society; education; economics and business; law; media (including films); politics and government; and psychology
Sports and recreation Category:Sports and recreation good articles
Sports and recreation
Video Games Video Games Category:Video games good articles
Video games
Warfare Warfare Category:Warfare good articles
Units, battles and exercises, aircraft, warships, military people, weapons
<no value> N/A Category:Good articles without topic parameter
<missing topic parameter> N/A Category:Good articles without topic parameter

List of participants[edit]