Wikipedia:WikiProject Motorcycling/Assessment

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Welcome to the assessment department of the Motorcycling WikiProject! This department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's articles related to Motorcycling. 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 {{Motorcycling}} project banner; this causes the articles to be placed in the appropriate sub-categories of Category:Motorcycling articles by quality and Category:Motorcycling articles by importance, 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 Motorcycling WikiProject is free to add or change the rating of an article.
Why didn't the reviewer leave any comments? 
Unfortunately, due to the volume of articles that need to be assessed, we are unable to leave detailed comments in most cases. If you have particular questions, you might ask the person who assessed the article; they will usually be happy to provide you with their reasoning.
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.


Using the banner[edit]

The {{Motorcycling}} project banner template should be added (not subst:ed) to the talk page of every motorcycling-related article within the scope of the project. While the template does not require any additional parameters, it has a number of optional ones that add various extra features to the banner to significantly enhance its usefulness. The full syntax is as follows:

|class = 
|importance = 
|image-needed = 
|needs-infobox = 
|listas = 

Quality assessments[edit]

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


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

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

Category (for categories; adds pages to Category:Category-Class Motorcycling articles) Category page Category 
Disambig (for disambiguation pages; adds pages to Category:Disambig-Class Motorcycling articles) Disambiguation page Disambig 
Template (for templates and modules; adds pages to Category:Template-Class Motorcycling articles)  Template 
NA (for any other pages where assessment is unnecessary; adds pages to Category:NA-Class Motorcycling articles)  NA 
??? (articles for which a valid class has not yet been provided are listed in Category:Unassessed Motorcycling articles)  ??? 

After assessing an article's quality, comments on the assessment can be added either to the article's talk page or to the /Comments subpage which will appear as a link next to the assessment. Adding comments will add the article to Category:Motorcycling articles with comments. Comments that are added to the /Comments subpages will be transcluded onto the automatically generated work list pages in the Comments column.

Quality scale[edit]

WikiProject article quality grading scheme

Importance assessment[edit]

An article's importance assessment is generated from the importance parameter in the {{Motorcycling}} project banner on its talk page:

{{Motorcycling| ... | importance=??? | ...}}

The following values may be used for importance assessments:

Importance scale[edit]

The assessment team have developed some criteria specific to Motorcycling articles as guidelines for deciding the importance of articles being assessed. Different criteria tables have been created for different topic groups as shown below.

Article importance grading scheme guidelines
Label Criteria Motorcycles and manufacturers Motorcycling biographies Motorcycle sport Other topics
Top High probability that general readers and non-motorcyclists would look this up. Limited to the top 5–10 articles. Must have had a large impact outside of their main discipline, across several generations, and in the majority of the world. Members should not give this rating to any biography without first getting Project approval from the other members. BMW Motorrad, Harley-Davidson, Motorcycle Mike Hailwood, Valentino Rossi Types of motorcycles
High Must have had a large impact in their main discipline, across a couple of generations. Had some impact outside their own discipline but regarded as very important within the discipline, though perhaps not well known generally. Honda, Harley-Davidson XR-750 Stanley Woods, Harry Hurt Enduro, Isle of Man TT The Motor Cycle (magazine)
Mid Important in their discipline. Gas Gas, Öhlins, Suzuki Hayabusa Sylvester H. Roper, John Britten Ice speedway, AMA Grand National Championship Motorcyclist (magazine)
Low Subject is notable in their main discipline. Gilera, Ideal Jawa, Honda CB77 Martin Finnegan, Brian Jones (motorcycle designer) Pocketbike racing American Iron Magazine, Deals Gap, North Carolina

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.

  • Countersteering - The article has been cleaned up. Previously, it appeared more like a discussion forum with users fighting about what countersteering is or isn't.
  • Honda CB400T - I have performed a complete rewrite on this article. The old one lacked any citations and strayed off topic without any refs to link back to the subject. It has been expanded because the CB400T moniker applied to a short lived Dream model in the UK and a much longer run of Hawk models in the US.
  • Suzuki GSX-RR - This article has been expanded consistently since it's initial evaluation in November 2014. More historical description of the prototype's development, some images and race results were added.

Assessment log[edit]

Motorcycling articles:
Index · Statistics · Log
The logs in this section are generated automatically (on an intermittent basis); please do not add entries to them by hand.