Wikipedia:WikiProject Soil/Assessment

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Welcome to the Assessment Department of the Soil WikiProject. This group focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's soil 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.

Assessment is done in a distributed system (with many people and automated "bots") when values are included for the two "parameters" in the {{Soil}} project banner template, as described in the syntax below. The different values cause the articles to be placed in the appropriate sub-categories of Category:Soil articles by quality and Category:Soil articles by importance.



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 {{Soil}} to the talk page; there's no need to do anything else.
3. Someone put a {{Soil}} 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? 
Anyone, as long as you are prepared to defend your decision
5. How do I rate an article? 
Check the article grading scheme 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]

The {{Soil}} template may already exist on the talk page of an article, and anyone can add the template to a talk page. There are two values that can be used in the template for rating an article. Remember that these ratings are not absolute and can be changed at any time. The quality and importance of a topic is to be considered in the wide context of soil in all regions of the world and a broad perspective. The main criteria are suitability of the topic for inclusion in an encyclopedia and complete citation of source information.

Quality assessment[edit]

An article's quality assessment is generated from the class parameter in the {{Soil}} 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 Soil articles) Featured article FA 
A (adds articles to Category:A-Class Soil articles) A-Class article A 
GA (for good articles only; adds articles to Category:GA-Class Soil articles)  GA 
B (adds articles to Category:B-Class Soil articles) B-Class article B 
C (adds articles to Category:C-Class Soil articles) C-Class article C 
Start (adds articles to Category:Start-Class Soil articles) Start-Class article Start 
Stub (adds articles to Category:Stub-Class Soil articles) Stub-Class article Stub 
FL (for featured lists only; adds articles to Category:FL-Class Soil articles) Featured list FL 
List (adds articles to Category:List-Class Soil articles)  List 

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

Template (for templates; adds pages to Category:Template-Class Soil articles)  Template 
NA (for any other pages where assessment is unnecessary; adds pages to Category:NA-Class Soil articles)  NA 
??? (articles for which a valid class has not yet been provided are listed in Category:Unassessed Soil articles)  ??? 
WikiProject article quality grading scheme

Importance assessment[edit]

Basic syntax

{{Soil| class=stub | importance=Low}}

  • The word "importance" to start with a lowercase i. Values start with Uppercase, eg. Low

Need: The article's priority or importance, regardless of its quality

Top Subject is a must-have for a print encyclopaedia Critical soil subjects.
High Subject is exceptionally important. Subject contributes a depth of knowledge of soil subjects.
Mid Subject contributes a depth of knowledge. Interesting soil-related elements
Low Subject fills in important details Narrow soil topics.
None Unknown or unassessed Importance unknown or disputed; may be removed if inclusion is not justified.

For more information, refer to Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team/Release Version Criteria#Importance of topic


New Assessment Department participants, simply add your name to this list: (add me)

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. (add an article)

  1. Soil. Significant changes in progress. -- Paleorthid (talk) 07:29, 16 December 2007 (UTC)

Requests for A-Class status[edit]

If you have made significant changes to a B-class or GA-class article and would like an outside opinion on a new rating for it, please list it at Wikipedia:WikiProject Soil/Peer review stating in the introduction you would like the article reviewed to see if it is A-class.