Wikipedia:WikiProject Western New York/Assessment

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Welcome to WikiProject Western New York's assessment department. This department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's Western New York articles. 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 {{WikiProject Western New York}} project banner; this causes the articles to be placed in the appropriate sub-categories of Category:Western New York articles by quality and Category:Western New York articles by importance.

Frequently asked questions[edit]

Who can assess articles? 
Any editor is free to add or change the rating of an article, but please follow the quality and importance criteria specified below.
Why didn't the reviewer leave any comments? 
Unfortunately, due to the volume of articles that need to be assessed, reviewers 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.
Where can I get more comments about my article? 
You may leave a post on Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Western New York or list it for peer review.
What if I don't agree with a rating? 
You may contact the editor who reviewed the article and ask them to take another look, or leave a post on Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Western New York.
Aren't the ratings subjective? 
Yes, they are, particularly in terms of judging importance. However, the criteria used by WPWNY are no more nor no less subjective than those used by any other WikiProject.

If you have any other questions not listed here, please feel free to ask them on the discussion page for this department, or leave a post on Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Western New York.

Instructions[edit]

Current assessment statistics

An article's assessment is generated from the values entered in the {{{class}}} and {{{importance}}} parameters of the {{WikiProject Western New York}} talk page banner template.

Assessing for quality[edit]

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

{{WikiProject Western New York|class=???}}

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

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

Book (for Wikipedia books; adds pages to Category:Book-Class Western New York articles) Wikipedia Book Book 
Category (for categories; adds pages to Category:Category-Class Western New York articles) Category page Category 
Disambig (for disambiguation pages; adds pages to Category:Disambig-Class Western New York articles) Disambiguation page Disambig 
File (for files and timed text; adds pages to Category:File-Class Western New York articles)  File 
Redirect (for redirect pages; adds pages to Category:Redirect-Class Western New York articles) Redirect page Redirect 
Portal (for portal pages; adds pages to Category:Portal-Class Western New York articles)  Portal 
Project (for project pages; adds pages to Category:Project-Class Western New York articles)  Project 
Template (for templates and modules; adds pages to Category:Template-Class Western New York articles)  Template 
NA (for any other pages where assessment is unnecessary; adds pages to Category:NA-Class Western New York articles)  NA 
??? (articles for which a valid class has not yet been provided are listed in Category:Unassessed Western New York articles)  ??? 

Assessing for importance[edit]

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

{{WikiProject Western New York|importance=???}}

The following values may be used for the importance parameter to describe the relative importance of the article within the project:

Top (adds articles to Category:Top-importance Western New York articles)  Top 
High (adds articles to Category:High-importance Western New York articles)  High 
Mid (adds articles to Category:Mid-importance Western New York articles)  Mid 
Low (adds articles to Category:Low-importance Western New York articles)  Low 
NA (adds articles to Category:NA-importance Western New York articles)  NA 
??? (articles for which a valid importance rating has not yet been provided are listed in Category:Unknown-importance Western New York articles  ??? 

The importance parameter should be assigned according to the importance scale below.

Quality scale[edit]

WikiProject article quality grading scheme

Importance scale[edit]

The criteria used for rating article importance are not meant to be an absolute or canonical view of how significant the topic is. Rather, they attempt to gauge the probability of the average reader of Wikipedia needing to look up the topic (and thus the immediate need to have a suitably well-written article on it). Thus, subjects with greater popular notability may be rated higher than topics which are arguably more "important" but which are of interest primarily to students of military history. Importance does not equate to quality; a featured article could rate 'mid' on importance.

Note that general notability need not be from the perspective of editor demographics; generally notable topics should be rated similarly regardless of the country or region in which they hold said notability. Thus, topics which may seem obscure to a Western audience—but which are of high notability in other places—should still be highly rated. Rate international region/country-specific articles from the perspective of someone from that region.

WikiProject Western New York article importance grading scheme
Importance Criteria Examples
Top Subject is a "core" or "key" topic for Western New York, or is generally notable to the public at large.
High Subject is notable in a significant and important way within the field of Western New York, but not necessarily outside it.
Mid Subject contributes to the total subject of the Western New York WikiProject. Subject may not necessarily be famous.
Low Subject is not particularly notable or significant even within the field of Western New York, and may have been included primarily to achieve comprehensive coverage of another topic.
  • Semi-pro and amateur sports teams from Western New York, including individual college sports teams
  • Defunct athletic teams of all sorts from Western New York
  • All other articles related to Western New York, particularly buildings, companies and organizations that just happen to be located in Western New York, and people who just happened to have lived in Western New York without contributing significantly to the region's history.