Wikipedia:WikiProject Thames/Assessment

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Welcome to the assessment page of WikiProject Thames


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 {{WPThames}} to the talk page; there's no need to do anything else. Although if you want to assess the article for quality and importance at the same time that would be great.
3. Someone put a {{WPThames}} 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 and, 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 page (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 {{WPThames}} 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 the River Thames throughout all of recorded history. 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 assessment is generated from the class parameter in the {{WPThames}} project banner on its talk page (see the project banner documentation for more details on the exact syntax):

Basic template syntax

{{WPThames | class=Stub | ...}}

  • The word "class" to start with a lowercase c. Values are not case sensitive so can be Stub, stub or STUB, for example

The following values for "class= " may be used:

Articles for which a valid class is not provided are listed in Category:Unassessed Thames articles. The class should be assigned according to the quality scale below.

WikiProject article quality grading scheme

Importance assessment[edit]

Basic syntax

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

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

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

Top Subject is a must-have for a print encyclopaedia "Most famous or beautiful, ancient or preserved, etc." may appear in the text; article that covers several topics
High Subject contributes a depth of knowledge Very important buildings / structures and noteworthy features
Mid Subject fills in more minor details Interesting buildings, structures and features
Low Subject is mainly of specialist interest Other buildings, structures and features and narrow topics
None Unassessed Unassessed-importance Thames articles

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