Wikipedia:WikiProject Montana/Assessment

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Welcome to the assessment department of the Montana WikiProject! This department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's Montana related articles. The resulting article ratings are used within the project to aid in recognizing excellent contributions and identifying topics in need of further work, and are also expected to play a role in the WP:1.0 program,

The assessment is done in a distributed fashion through parameters in the {{WikiProject Montana}} project banner; this causes the articles to be placed in the appropriate sub-categories of Category:WikiProject Montana articles by quality.

FAQ[edit]

1. What is the purpose of the article ratings? 
The rating system allows the project to monitor the quality of articles in our subject areas, and to prioritize work on these articles. It is also utilized by the Wikipedia 1.0 program to prepare for static releases of Wikipedia content. Please note, however, that these ratings are primarily intended for the internal use of the project, and do not necessarily imply any official standing within Wikipedia as a whole.
2. How do I add an article to the WikiProject? 
Just add {{WikiProject Montana}} to the talk page; there's no need to do anything else.
3. Someone put a {{WikiProject Montana}} template on an article, but it doesn't seem to be within the project's scope. What should I do? 
Because of the large number of articles we deal with, we occasionally make mistakes and add tags to articles that shouldn't have them. If you notice one, feel free to remove the tag, and optionally leave a note on the talk page of this department (or directly with the person who tagged the article).
4. Who can assess articles? 
Any member of the Montana WikiProject is free to add—or change—the rating of an article. Editors who are not participants in this project are also welcome to assess articles, but should defer to consensus within the project in case of procedural disputes.
5. How do I rate an article? 
Check the quality scale and select the level that best matches the state of the article; then, follow the instructions below to add the rating to the project banner on the article's talk page. Please note that some of the available levels have an associated formal review process that must be followed; this is documented in the assessment instructions.
6. Can I request that someone else rate an article? 
Of course; to do so, please list it in the section for assessment requests below.
7. 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. Please note that some of the available levels have an associated formal review process that must be followed; this is documented in the assessment instructions.
8. Aren't the ratings subjective? 
Yes, they are somewhat subjective, 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!
9. What if I have a question not listed here? 
If your question concerns the article assessment process specifically, please refer to the discussion page for this department; for any other issues, leave a message on the talk page.

Assessment instructions[edit]

An article's quality assessment is generated from the class parameter in the {{WikiProject Montana}} project banner on its talk page:

{{WikiProject Montana|class=???}}

The following values may be used for the class parameter to describe the quality of the article (see Wikipedia:Quality scale for assessment criteria):

FA (for featured articles only; adds articles to Category:FA-Class Montana articles) Featured article FA 
A (adds articles to Category:A-Class Montana articles) A-Class article A 
GA (for good articles only; adds articles to Category:GA-Class Montana articles)  GA 
B (adds articles to Category:B-Class Montana articles) B-Class article B 
C (adds articles to Category:C-Class Montana articles) C-Class article C 
Start (adds articles to Category:Start-Class Montana articles) Start-Class article Start 
Stub (adds articles to Category:Stub-Class Montana articles) Stub-Class article Stub 
FL (for featured lists only; adds articles to Category:FL-Class Montana articles) Featured list FL 
List (adds articles to Category:List-Class Montana articles)  List 

For pages that are not articles, the following values can also be used for the class parameter:

Book (for Wikipedia books; adds pages to Category:Book-Class Montana articles) Wikipedia Book Book 
Category (for categories; adds pages to Category:Category-Class Montana articles) Category page Category 
Disambig (for disambiguation pages; adds pages to Category:Disambig-Class Montana articles) Disambiguation page Disambig 
Draft (for drafts; adds pages to Category:Draft-Class Montana articles)  Draft 
FM (for files; adds pages to Category:FM-Class Montana articles) Featured media FM 
File (for files and timed text; adds pages to Category:File-Class Montana articles)  File 
Redirect (for redirect pages; adds pages to Category:Redirect-Class Montana articles) Redirect page Redirect 
Portal (for portal pages; adds pages to Category:Portal-Class Montana articles)  Portal 
Project (for project pages; adds pages to Category:Project-Class Montana articles)  Project 
Template (for templates and modules; adds pages to Category:Template-Class Montana articles)  Template 
NA (for any other pages where assessment is unnecessary; adds pages to Category:NA-Class Montana articles)  NA 
??? (articles for which a valid class has not yet been provided are listed in Category:Unassessed Montana articles)  ??? 

Quality scale[edit]

WikiProject article quality grading scheme

Article importance[edit]

The criteria used for ranking article importance are not meant to be an absolute or canonical view of how significant the perspective of someone from that region.

Article importance grading scheme
Label Criteria Examples
Top Subject is a "core" or "key" topic for Montana, or is generally notable to people other than Montanans. They define and determine the subject of the Montana WikiProject. Montana
High Subject is notable in a significant and important way within the field of Montana, but not necessarily outside it. Counties, large cities, as well as integral parts of Montana.
Mid Subject contributes to the total subject of the Montana WikiProject. Subject may not necessarily be famous. Political figures in MT, small cities and towns, major buildings in MT.
Low Subject is not particularly notable or significant even within the field of Montana, and may have been included primarily to achieve comprehensive coverage of another topic. Lists of Montana topics, schools in MT, people from MT

Requests for assessment[edit]