Wikipedia:WikiProject Wikipedia/Assessment

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Welcome to the assessment department of the Wikipedia WikiProject! This department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia-related articles (for scope, see the WikiProject page). 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 Wikipedia}} banner; this causes the articles to be placed in the appropriate sub-categories of Category:Wikipedia articles by quality and Category:Wikipedia articles by importance, which serves as the foundation for an automatically generated worklist.

Frequently asked questions[edit]

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 Wikipedia}} to the talk page; there's no need to do anything else.
3. Someone put a {{WikiProject Wikipedia}} 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 project talk page (or directly with the person who tagged the article).
4. Who can assess articles? 
Any member of WikiProject Wikipedia 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. Please note that some of the available levels have an associated formal review process; this is documented in the assessment scale.
6. 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.
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. Please note that some of the available levels have an associated formal review process; this is documented in the assessment scale.
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 you have any other questions not listed here, please feel free to ask them on the discussion page for this department; for any other issues, you can go to the main project discussion page.


Quality assessments[edit]

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

{{WikiProject Wikipedia|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 Wikipedia articles) Featured article FA 
A (adds articles to Category:A-Class Wikipedia articles) A-Class article A 
GA (for good articles only; adds articles to Category:GA-Class Wikipedia articles)  GA 
B (adds articles to Category:B-Class Wikipedia articles) B-Class article B 
C (adds articles to Category:C-Class Wikipedia articles) C-Class article C 
Start (adds articles to Category:Start-Class Wikipedia articles) Start-Class article Start 
Stub (adds articles to Category:Stub-Class Wikipedia articles) Stub-Class article Stub 
FL (for featured lists only; adds articles to Category:FL-Class Wikipedia articles) Featured list FL 
List (adds articles to Category:List-Class Wikipedia 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 Wikipedia articles) Wikipedia Book Book 
Category (for categories; adds pages to Category:Category-Class Wikipedia articles) Category page Category 
Disambig (for disambiguation pages; adds pages to Category:Disambig-Class Wikipedia articles) Disambiguation page Disambig 
Draft (for drafts; adds pages to Category:Draft-Class Wikipedia articles)  Draft 
File (for files; adds pages to Category:File-Class Wikipedia articles)  File 
Redirect (for redirect pages; adds pages to Category:Redirect-Class Wikipedia articles) Redirect page Redirect 
Portal (for portal pages; adds pages to Category:Portal-Class Wikipedia articles)  Portal 
Project (for project pages; adds pages to Category:Project-Class Wikipedia articles)  Project 
Template (for templates; adds pages to Category:Template-Class Wikipedia articles)  Template 
NA (for any other pages where assessment is unnecessary; adds pages to Category:NA-Class Wikipedia articles)  NA 
??? (articles for which a valid class has not yet been provided are listed in Category:Unassessed Wikipedia articles)  ??? 

Quality scale[edit]

WikiProject article quality grading scheme

Importance assessment[edit]

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

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

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

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 Wikipedia.

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.

WikiProject article importance scheme

Requesting an 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.

  • I've made significant additions and improvements to the page neutral particle oscillation. It's currently a start class article. Kindly assess and update its quality rating. Thank you. — Soham92 (talk) 11:47, 26 November 2014 (UTC)
  • knol is assessed as "starter" class, shouldn't it be higher in its current quality?
  • I have edited the page on Fock state to a significant level. It is now a Start class article. Please assess and update its rating. Thank you. Indranil1993 (talk) 11:57, 26 November 2014 (UTC)
  • I've made numerous updates to the Combat Zone, Boston article and would like to upgrade its rating to C-Class, but would like a second opinion. --Rosekelleher (talk) 21:07, 20 December 2014 (UTC)

Assessment log[edit]

Wikipedia articles:
Index · Statistics · Log
The logs in this section are generated automatically (on a daily basis); please don't add entries to them by hand.

July 22, 2015[edit]


July 20, 2015[edit]


July 19, 2015[edit]


  • Outline of Wikipedia (talk) reassessed. Quality rating changed from List-Class to C-Class (rev · t). Importance rating changed from High-Class to Top-Class (rev · t).
  • Wikipedia (talk) reassessed. Quality rating changed from C-Class to B-Class (rev · t).

July 18, 2015[edit]


July 14, 2015[edit]


  • Print Wikipedia (talk) reassessed. Quality rating changed from Unassessed-Class to Start-Class (rev · t). Importance assessed as Unknown-Class (rev · t).

July 12, 2015[edit]