Wikipedia:WikiProject Oregon/Assessment

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Welcome to the assessment page of the WikiProject Oregon, which focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's Oregon-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 programme.

The assessment is done in a distributed fashion through parameters in the {{WikiProject Oregon}} project banner; this causes the articles to be placed in the appropriate sub-categories of Category:Oregon articles by quality and Category:Oregon articles by importance, which serve as the foundation for an automatically generated worklist.

Number of articles (blue) and total pages (orange) on WikiProject Oregon's radar, 2007-2009. See Wikipedia:WikiProject Oregon/Admin and Admin2 for the data behind this chart.


See also the general assessment FAQ.
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 Oregon}} to the talk page; there's no need to do anything else.
3. Someone put a {{WikiProject Oregon}} 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 WikiProject Oregon 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.
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. 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.
8. Where can I get more comments about an article?
People at Wikipedia:Peer Review can conduct a more thorough examination of articles; please submit it for review there, or ask for comments on the main project discussion page.
9. 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.
10. 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!
11. 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, you can go to the main project discussion page.


An article's assessment is generated from the class parameter in the {{WikiProject Oregon}} project banner on its talk page (see the template page for more details on the exact syntax):

{{WikiProject Oregon | class=??? | importance=??? }}

The following values for the class parameter may be used:

These classes no longer need to be explicitly specified to the template. They are deduced by the namespace of the page the template is placed upon.

The following values for the importance parameter may be used:

Articles for which a class is not provided are listed in Category:Unassessed Oregon articles and articles for which an importance is not provided are listed in Category:Unknown-importance Oregon articles. The class and importance should be assigned according to the quality scale below.

If one of the values are mistyped or otherwise invalid, bright red text is displayed on the page and placed in category:Oregon articles needing attention.

Quality scale[edit]

The quality "class" an article receives should follow Wikipedia's regular guidelines for quality found below.

Articles which have not been formally evaluated, or which have failed a good article review, should not be assigned a quality rating higher than B class. Above that an article needs to go through a formal review process.
WikiProject article quality grading scheme

Importance scale[edit]

Status Meaning of Status
Top This article is of the utmost importance to this project, as it forms the basis of all information.
High This article is fairly important to this project, as it covers a general area of knowledge.
Mid This article is relatively important to this project, as it fills in some more specific knowledge of certain areas.
Low This article is of little importance to this project, but it covers a highly specific area of knowledge or an obscure piece of trivia.

Notes on importance to WikiProject Oregon[edit]

This is only for assessment of articles that fall within the Oregon WikiProject.

For determining the Importance rating (Low, Mid, High, Top) please keep the following in mind:

  • Keep a historical perspective.
  • Keep a geographical perspective.
  • Every item in the Project is already important and notable, otherwise it would not be on Wikipedia.
  • Approximate breakdown of the percentage of articles in each category as a goal.
    • Low=80%
    • Mid=15%
    • High=5%
    • Top=1%
  • Actual breakdown excluding n/a items:
Date Top High Mid Low Total
May 2007 0.67% 3.55% 21.11% 74.67% 1942
Sept 2007 0.99% 3.62% 22.83% 72.56% 4337
Apr 2011 0.50% 2% 14.48% 83.02% 10,317
Dec 2012 0.43% 1.71% 12.84% 85.03% 12,169
April 2014 0.53% 2.20% 14.35% 82.92% 13,135
Oct 2015 0.49% 2.06% 13.67% 83.78% 14,391

Rules as bullet lists[edit]

In late October 2015, YBG converted the below rules into the table below. I'm not sure which form is better.

Rules presented as a table[edit]

Anything that meets WP:Notability and is related to Oregon merits at least a Low rating. These tables give criteria for Mid, High and Top ratings.


From Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team/Oregon articles by quality statistics

Requests for 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. If you are interested in more extensive comments on an article, please use Wikipedia:Peer review instead.

A Class assessment[edit]

If you feel that an article meets the criteria listed above for A Class status, please list it below. A minimum of two uninvolved editors will review the article based on the A Class criteria (see chart above) and determine if the article passes or fails. In the event of a tie, the article will not be promoted to A Class. Reviewers will use the GA quick fail criteria as a screening process. Caution: this process may take several weeks.

  • Add A Class requests below
  • Reviewers: After selecting an article, remove it from the above list and place it on the A class assessment page at: Under Review.


The full log of assessment changes for the past thirty days is available here.