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Welcome to the assessment department! This department assesses the quality and importance of dog-related articles. The article ratings recognize excellent contributions and identifying topics that would benefit from further work. The ratings are recorded through the parameters in the {{WPDOGS}} project banner, which also lists the articles in the appropriate sub-categories of Category:Dogs articles by quality.

Frequently asked questions edit

If you have any other questions not listed here, please ask them on the Talk page for this department.

How do I get my article rated?
By listing it in the section for assessment requests below.

Who can assess articles?
Any member of WikiProject Dogs is free to initially provide or change the rating of an article.

What if I don't agree with a rating?
You can list it in the section for assessment requests below and someone will review the rating. Alternately, you can ask any member of the project to rate the article again.

Are the ratings subjective?
Yes, they are, but it's the best system we've been able to devise.

Instructions edit

An article's assessment is generated from the class= and importance= parameters in the {{WikiProject Dogs}} project banner on the article's Talk page, as shown below as if in Edit mode:

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Quality scale edit

One of the following values must be used for the class= parameter:

Articles that have been quality assessed, reassessed or removed can be found listed under Dogs articles by quality log

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

Importance scale edit

One of the following values must be used for the importance= parameter:

Importance parameter values (Category:Dogs articles by importance)
Value Meaning Examples Category
Top "Key" articles, considered indispensable The family Canidae down to species level e.g. Grey wolf, Red fox. Also includes domestic Dog, which is arguably its own species (C. familiaris). Top-importance Dogs articles
High High-priority topics and needed subtopics of "key" articles, often with a broad scope; needed to complement any general understanding of the field All of the subspecies belonging to the species above. All of the "dog types" being one step above a breed e.g. Companion dog, Guide dog, Herding dog etc. Key dog articles e.g. Dog behavior. High-importance Dogs articles
Mid Mid-priority articles on more specialised (sub-)topics; possibly more detailed coverage of topics summarised in "key" articles, and as such their omission would not significantly impair general understanding Individual dog breeds e.g. Labrador Retriever, landraces e.g. Scotch Collie. Mid-importance Dogs articles
Low While still notable, these are highly-specialised or even obscure, not essential for understanding the wider picture ("nice to have" articles) Cross-breeds e.g. Beaglier. All forms of dog racing, judging and individual cups/events/awards e.g. Greyhound racing, Sheepdog trial, Dog-show judge, Fox hunting, Individual packs e.g. History of wolves in Yellowstone, Quorn Hunt. Individual dogs e.g. Bamse the St Bernard. Veterinary or dog biology related subjects e.g. Canine distemper. Dog food, Obedience school. Extinct canids/breeds e.g. Dire wolf. All lists. Low-importance Dogs articles
NA Subject importance is not applicable. Generally applies to non-article pages such as redirects, categories, templates, etc not applicable not applicable
?? Subject importance has not yet been assessed not applicable not applicable

The importance parameter is not used if an article's class is set to NA, and may be omitted in those cases. If the importance parameter is not yet set, or contains an invalid value, the article will be assigned to Category:Unknown-importance Dogs articles.

Assessment Team members edit

Any member of WikiProject Dogs is free to initially provide or change the rating of an article. Any member willing to help assess at least some articles during the year is encouraged to join the Assessment Team by adding their name to the list below:

Articles for which a rating has not as yet been provided are listed in Category:Unassessed Dogs articles.

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 on the WikiProject Dogs talk page.

To improve an assessment above B class, the evaluation needs to be done through set channels. Information on the Good Article (GA class) is here, and Featured Articles (FA class) is here.