Wikipedia:WikiProject Musical Instruments/Assessment

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These are the two grading schemes used in the Musical Instruments wikiproject, with the grading template.


Article Statistics (Quality and Importance)
for the Musical Instruments WikiProject

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Grading template[edit]

The template used for grading the quality / progress and the relative importance / necesssity of articles for the wikiproject is [[template:WPMusInst]]. The specific syntax for use of this template can be found on its template page.

Grading for quality[edit]

The "Quality", or progress, scheme is used to ascertain what work is needed to improve the article. The ultimate goal of using this grade is to bring as many articles to "FC", or "Featured Content" status as possible.

Article Quality (Progress) Grading Scheme
for the Musical Instruments WikiProject

Label General Criteria

Musical-Instrument-Specific Criteria

Reader's experience Editor's experience Example
Featured article FA

FA-Class articles

Reserved exclusively for articles that have received "Featured article" status, and meet the current criteria for featured articles. Definitive. Outstanding, thorough article; a great source for encyclopedic information. No further editing is necessary unless new published information has come to light; but further improvements to the text are often possible. Supernova (as of February 2007)

(as of April 2007)

A-Class article A

A-Class articles

Provides a well-written, reasonably clear and complete description of the topic, as described in How to write a great article. It should be of a length suitable for the subject, with a well-written introduction and an appropriate series of headings to break up the content. It should have sufficient external literature references, preferably from "hard" (peer-reviewed where appropriate) literature rather than websites. Should be well illustrated, with no copyright problems. At the stage where it could at least be considered for featured article status, corresponds to the "Wikipedia 1.0" standard. Very useful to readers. A fairly complete treatment of the subject. A non-expert in the subject matter would typically find nothing wanting. May miss a few relevant points. Minor edits and adjustments would improve the article, particularly if brought to bear by a subject-matter expert. In particular, issues of breadth, completeness, and balance may need work. Peer-review would be helpful at this stage. Durian (as of March 2007)

GA-Class articles

The article has passed through the Good article nomination process and been granted GA status, meeting the good article standards. This should be used for articles that still need some work to reach featured article standards, but that are otherwise good. Good articles that may succeed in FAC should be considered A-Class articles, but having completed the Good article designation process is not a requirement for A-Class. Useful to nearly all readers. A good treatment of the subject. No obvious problems, gaps, excessive information. Adequate for most purposes, but other encyclopedias could do a better job. Some editing will clearly be helpful, but not necessary for a good reader experience. If the article is not already fully wikified, now is the time. International Space Station (as of February 2007)

Pipe organ
(as of April 2007)


B-Class articles

Has several of the elements described in "start", usually a majority of the material needed for a completed article. Nonetheless, it has significant gaps or missing elements or references, needs substantial editing for English language usage and/or clarity, balance of content, or contains other policy problems such as copyright, Neutral Point Of View (NPOV) or No Original Research (NOR). With NPOV a well written B-class may correspond to the "Wikipedia 0.5" or "usable" standard. Articles that are close to GA status but don't meet the Good article criteria should be B- or Start-class articles. Useful to many, but not all, readers. A casual reader flipping through articles would feel that they generally understood the topic, but a serious student or researcher trying to use the material would have trouble doing so, or would risk error in derivative work. Considerable editing is still needed, including filling in some important gaps or correcting significant policy errors. Articles for which cleanup is needed will typically have this designation to start with. Munich air disaster (as of May 2006) has a lot of helpful material but contains too many lists, and needs more prose content & references.

C-Class articles

The article is substantial, but is still missing important content or contains much irrelevant material. The article should have some references to reliable sources, but may still have significant problems or require substantial cleanup. Useful to a casual reader, but would not provide a complete picture for even a moderately detailed study. Considerable editing is needed to close gaps in content and solve cleanup problems. Rhodes piano (as of November 2013) has some useful information but glosses over some key points and has several sections tagged as "citation needed"

Start-Class articles

The article has a meaningful amount of good content, but it is still weak in many areas, and may lack a key element. For example an article on Africa might cover the geography well, but be weak on history and culture. Has at least one serious element of gathered materials, including any one of the following:
  • a particularly useful picture or graphic
  • multiple links that help explain or illustrate the topic
  • a subheading that fully treats an element of the topic
  • multiple subheadings that indicate material that could be added to complete the article
Useful to some, provides a moderate amount of information, but many readers will need to find additional sources of information. The article clearly needs to be expanded. Substantial/major editing is needed, most material for a complete article needs to be added. This article still needs to be completed, so an article cleanup tag is inappropriate at this stage. Real analysis (as of November 2006)

Stub-Class articles

The article is either a very short article or a rough collection of information that will need much work to bring it to A-Class level. It is usually very short, but can be of any length if the material is irrelevant or incomprehensible. Possibly useful to someone who has no idea what the term meant. May be useless to a reader only passingly familiar with the term. At best a brief, informed dictionary definition. Any editing or additional material can be helpful. Coffee table book (as of July 2005)

Disambig-Class articles

Disambiguation page - "…non-article pages that contain no content and refer users only to other Wikipedia pages…." "…paths leading to different topic pages that share essentially the same term in their title…." see Wikipedia:Manual of Style (disambiguation pages), Wikipedia:Disambiguation

Template-Class articles

Template - "…used to add recurring messages to pages in a consistent way, to add boilerplate messages, to create navigational boxes, and to provide cross-language portability of texts." "…a page which can be inserted into another page via a process called transclusion. It can be considered a wiki subroutine facility...." see Help:A quick guide to templates {{Flutefamily}}

Category-Class articles

Category - "… allow articles to be placed in one or more groups, and allows those groups to be further categorized." "…provide automatic indexes, that are useful as tables of contents." see Wikipedia:Categorization Category:Flutes


Image - "…an artifact that reproduces the likeness of some subject—usually a physical object or a person." A well-placed on-topic picture that illustrates the subject and hopefully clarifies any potential misunderstandings. see Wikipedia:Images or Wikipedia:Extended image syntax Image:Alto flute 006.jpg

List-Class articles

List - "… pages that contain primarily a list. The list usually consist of links to articles in a particular subject area, such as people or places or a timeline of events. The title of these entries always begin with the phrase list of or timeline of." see Wikipedia:List guideline Talk:List of Caribbean drums

NA-Class articles

Non-article - portals, topics, sounds, WikiProjects Wikipedia:WikiProject Musical Instruments

Unassessed-Class articles
Unassessed quality

Grading for importance[edit]

The "Importance" grading scheme is used to ascertain the necessity of the article to the overall understanding of Musical Instruments. This is just within the scope of this WikiProject, not to the entire world! If your article is graded as a "low" (nor "No-") importance, it does not mean your article does not matter, it means that the subject of your article is not particularly necessary for most readers to understand the general subjects within the Musical Instrument wikiproject - but the article is still important to the general reading public looking for that specific information. Generally, the more specific the subject, the lower the importance.

Article Importance (Necessity) Grading Scheme
for the Musical Instruments WikiProject

Label General Criteria

Musical Instrument-Specific Criteria


Top-Class articles

Article is extremely important, even crucial, to its specific field. Reserved for articles that have achieved international notability within its subject or field.

Musical instrument articles that have universal application, not restrained by cultures. Subjects such as music theory, organology, ethnomusicology, and classifications of instruments.


High-Class articles

Article is extremely notable, but has not achieved international notability, or is only notable within a particular continent.

Musical instrument articles that are extremely important to the understanding of the subject, such as major instrument classes (guitar, flute, dumaflachy, etc.).


Mid-Class articles

Article is only notable within its particular field or subject and has achieved notability in a particular place or area.

A significant specific part of a musical instrument (rotary valve, piston valve, the Thingamigy, etc.), or a specific notable individual instrument (Gibson Stradivarius, 1574 Hossnpfeffer Dumaflachy [owned by PDQ Bach...], etc.), or a musical instrument manufacturer / builder (Gibson Guitar Company, The Hossenpfeffer Company, etc.).

Key (instrument)

Low-Class articles

Subject is not particularly notable or significant even within its field of study. It may only be included to cover a specific part of a notable article.

The theory behind a part of musical instruments, a small part of a musical instrument not affecting the instrument operation, or a model line of instruments (Hossnpfeffer alto dumaflachy, Gibson Stratocaster, etc.).

Boehm system

No-Class pages

"Nice-to-have" article, articles without any necessity for the understanding of the subject.

Supporting pages, mostly project and backbone pages. (WikiProject:Hossenpfeffer)

Wikipedia:WikiProject Musical Instruments

Non-article-Class pages

Non-article pages, including: pictures, lists, portals, topics, sounds, disambiguation pages, templates, and categories

Pages of content that are about musical instruments, but not articles. (List of dumaflachy manufacturers, etc.).


Unassessed-Class articles
Unassessed importance

Musical instrument-related pages that require assessment.


Core Topics[edit]

A discussion on core topics can be found here. Please contribute!

Historical statistics and analysis[edit]

These statistical snapshots are made on the last day of the month.
April 2007
Musical instruments
Importance Overall
Top High Mid Low None Total
Featured article FA 0 0 0 0 3 3 0.661%
A-Class article A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
GA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
B 2 15 3 0 5 25 5.507%
Start 12 8 3 12 27 62 13.656%
Stub 2 4 43 114 200 363 79.956%
Assessed 16 27 49 126 235 453 99.780%
Unassessed 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.220%
Total 16 27 49 126 236 454 100.000%

May 2007
Musical instruments
Importance Overall
Monthly change
Top High Mid Low None Total ± # ± %
Featured article FA 0 0 0 0 3 3 0.288% 0 0%
A-Class article A 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.096% +1 +∞%
GA 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.096% +1 +∞%
B 2 15 3 0 7 27 2.596% +2 +8.000%
Start 14 7 4 14 40 79 7.596% +17 +27.419%
Stub 7 4 43 115 729 898 86.346% +535 +147.383%
Assessed 23 26 50 129 781 1009 97.019% +556 +122.737%
Unassessed 0 0 0 0 31 31 2.981% +30 +3000.000%
Total 23 26 50 129 812 1040 100.000% +586 +129.075%

June 2007
Musical instruments
Importance Overall
Monthly change
Top High Mid Low None Total ± # abs ± % rel ± %
Featured article FA 0 0 3 0 0 3 0.271% 0 -0.017% +0.0%
A-Class article A 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.090% 0 -0.006% +0.0%
GA 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.090% 0 -0.006% +0.0%
B 2 16 13 0 0 31 2.803% +4 +0.207% +14.815%
Start 14 7 42 14 5 82 7.414% +3 -0.182% +3.797%
Stub 8 4 273 113 501 899 81.284% +1 -5.062% +0.111%
Assessed 24 27 333 127 506 1017 91.953% +8 -5.066% +0.793%
Unassessed 0 0 0 0 89 89 8.047% +58 +5.066% +187.098%
Total 24 27 333 127 595 1106 100.000% +66 0.000% +6.346%

July 2007
Musical instruments
Importance Overall
Monthly change
Top High Mid Low None Total ± # abs ± % rel ± %
Featured article FA 0 0 3 0 0 3 0.270% 0 -0.001% 0.0%
A-Class article A 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.090% 0 0.0% 0.0%
GA 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.090% 0 0.0% 0.0%
B 2 17 13 0 2 34 3.063% +3 +0.260% +9.677%
Start 14 7 46 14 5 86 7.748% +4 +0.334% +4.878%
Stub 8 3 271 114 500 896 80.721% -3 -0.563% -0.334%
Assessed 24 27 335 128 507 1021 91.982% +4 +0.029% +0.393%
Unassessed 0 0 0 0 89 89 8.018% 0 -0.029% 0.0%
Total 24 27 335 128 596 1110 100.000% +4 0.000% +0.362%

August 2007
Musical instruments
Importance Overall
Monthly change
Top High Mid Low None Total ± # abs ± % rel ± %
Featured article FA 0 0 3 0 0 3 0.263% 0 -0.007% 0.0%
A-Class article A 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.088% 0 -0.002% 0.0%
GA 0 1 1 0 0 2 0.176% 1 +0.086% +100.000%
B 2 17 14 0 2 35 3.073% +1 +0.010% +2.941%
Start 14 7 47 14 5 87 7.638% +1 -0.109% +1.163%
Stub 8 3 270 114 499 894 78.490% -2 -2.231% -0.223%
Assessed 24 28 336 128 506 1022 89.728% +1 -2.254% +0.098%
Unassessed 0 0 1 0 116 117 10.272% 28 +2.254% +31.461%
Total 24 28 337 128 622 1139 100.000% +30 +2.634% +2.703%