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Welcome to the assessment department of the Dungeons & Dragons WikiProject. This is where we work together to keep all Dungeons & Dragons articles properly assessed and maintain our guidelines regarding assessment.


The chart at right is updated daily to track our progress. The old chart, formerly maintained by a bot, can be found here.


If you'd like someone else to assess an article for any reason, or if you just want an additional opinion on article's assessment within the project, please add it here and someone will take a look. Finished items should be removed from the list. Please remember to sign your requests with four tildes (~~~~).

  1. Don Kaye - biography was significantly rewritten and copyedited in April 2012 AngusWOOF (talk) 04:30, 25 July 2012 (UTC)
  2. Dark Sun - Sugarcoma (talk) 14:33, 12 June 2015 (UTC) This page has undergone a significant overhaul. Among other minor changes I split off the in-game setting details into the World of Dark Sun leaving the Dark Sun page to be about the development and the game itself. I also broke off the long lists of source materials and characters to make the page more concise. I'd like some direction as to the level of details. Perhaps the information about the classes and races provides too much detail? It also needs more secondary sources but that can be hard to come by. I'd like someone's opinion as to whether or not it still considered to be written in an in-game style, and if it is still outdated (its been updated with a lot of 4th e information). It also got tagged has providing inappropriate video game information but I know very little about the DS video games or wikipedias expectations in regards to video game information.
  3. Character class. Additionally, I would like to know what supporting materials would be considered appropriate as I can not see how an infobox or an image would help improve the article. El komodos drago (talk to me) 17:49, 13 June 2019 (UTC)

Quality assessmentEdit

Article quality assessment scheme
Article quality assessment scheme
Label Criteria Reader's experience Editor's experience Example
Reserved exclusively for articles that have received "Featured article" status after peer review, and meet the current criteria for featured articles. Definitive. Outstanding, thorough article; a great source for encyclopedic information. No further editing necessary, unless new published information has come to light. Dungeons & Dragons
Provides a well-written, reasonably clear and complete description of the topic, as described in How to write a great article. It should be of a length suitable for the subject, with a well-written introduction and an appropriate series of headings to break up the content. It should have sufficient external literature references, preferably from the "hard" (peer-reviewed where appropriate) literature rather than websites. Should be well illustrated, with no copyright problems. At the stage where it could at least be considered for featured article status, corresponds to the "Wikipedia 1.0" standard.

The article is well organized and essentially complete, having been reviewed by impartial reviewers from a WikiProject or elsewhere.

Very useful to readers. A fairly complete treatment of the subject. A non-expert in the subject matter would typically find nothing wanting. May miss a few relevant points. Minor edits and adjustments would improve the article, particularly if brought to bear by a subject-matter expert. In particular, issues of breadth, completeness, and balance may need work. Peer-review would be helpful at this stage. None; assessment not really being used right now
The article has passed through the Good article nomination process and been granted GA status, meeting the good article standards. This should be used for articles that still need some work to reach featured article standards, but that are otherwise good. Good articles that may succeed in FAC should be considered A-Class articles, but being a Good article is not a requirement for A-Class. Useful to nearly all readers. A good treatment of the subject. No obvious problems, gaps, excessive information. Adequate for most purposes, but other encyclopedias could do a better job. Some editing will clearly be helpful, but not necessary for a good reader experience. If the article is not already fully wikified, now is the time. Drizzt Do'Urden
Has several of the elements described in "start", usually a majority of the material needed for a completed article. Nonetheless, it has significant gaps or missing elements or references, needs substantial editing for English language usage and/or clarity, balance of content, or contains other policy problems such as copyright, NPOV or NOR. With NPOV a well written B-class may correspond to the "Wikipedia 0.5" or "usable" standard. Articles that are close to GA status but don't meet the Good article criteria should be B- or Start-class articles. See below for information on the B-class criteria. Useful to many, but not all, readers. A casual reader flipping through articles would feel that they generally understood the topic, but a serious student or researcher trying to use the material would have trouble doing so, or would risk error in derivative work. Considerable editing is still needed, including filling in some important gaps or correcting significant policy errors. Articles for which cleanup is needed will typically have this designation to start with. Minsc
The article is substantial, but is still missing important content or contains a lot of irrelevant material. The article should have some references to reliable sources, but may still have significant issues or require substantial cleanup. Hag Countess
The article has a meaningful amount of good content, but it is still weak in many areas, and may lack a key element such as a standard infobox. For example an article on Africa might cover the geography well, but be weak on history and culture. Has at least one serious element of gathered materials, including any one of the following:
  • a particularly useful picture or graphic
  • multiple links that help explain or illustrate the topic
  • a subheading that fully treats an element of the topic
  • multiple subheadings that indicate material that could be added to complete the article
Useful to some, provides a moderate amount of information, but many readers will need to find additional sources of information. The article clearly needs to be expanded. Substantial/major editing is needed, most material for a complete article needs to be added. This article still needs to be completed, so an article cleanup tag is inappropriate at this stage. Aboleth
The article is either a very short article or a rough collection of information that will need much work to bring it to A-Class level. It is usually very short, but can be of any length if the material is irrelevant or incomprehensible. Possibly useful to someone who has no idea what the term meant. May be useless to a reader only passingly familiar with the term. At best a brief, informed dictionary definition. Any editing or additional material can be helpful. Martial Power
This page is a featured list. An excellent and complete list. There's probably not much need to further edit a featured list unless new material is made available which should be added to it. This project needs a featured list!
This page is a list.     List of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition monsters
This page is a category related to WikiProject D&D.     Category:Forgotten Realms books
This page is a disambiguation page related to WikiProject D&D.     Dungeon Master (disambiguation)
This page is a file or image related to WikiProject D&D.   Image-class is used for all files, not just images. File:CM8 The Endless Stair.jpg
A redirect that was created after an article merge.     Gelf Darkhearth
This page has never been an article, but a redirect to another article. However, an article should be created in place of the current redirect at some point in the future.     None right now
This page is a portal or nesseccary for the functioning of a portal. At this point in time, the only D&D-related portal is the Dragonlance Portal, although hopefully there will be others in the future.     Portal:Dragonlance/Did you know
This page relates to the functioning of the WikiProject and is not an article.     Wikipedia:WikiProject Dungeons & Dragons/Participants
This page is a redirect in the article namespace. Redirects in other namespaces should be assessed as part of their namespace (for example, a redirect to a template should be assessed as a template). The only redirects that should be assessed are those which have an edit history containing non-redirect material, so that the content can more easily be found and restored. Redirects which should be made into full articles in their own right should be assessed as Needed-Class. Redirects created by an article merge should instead by Merge-Class.     4dventure
This page is a template related to WikiProject D&D.     Template:D&D navbox
"NA" should not be used as an assessment; any pages that have no class because they aren't articles should instead be assessed with another assessment such as Template, Project, or Category.     Hopefully none!
This page has not yet been assessed!     Hopefully none!

B-Class criteriaEdit

For an article in the D&D project to be B-class, it must pass six different criteria for inclusion. Each article of B-class or lower has a "B-Class checklist" in the {{D&D}} template. Each template should have six parameters (if not, please add the parameters b1=|b2=|b3=|b4=|b5=|b6= to the {{D&D}} template); once you determine which B-Class criteria pass or fail on the particular article, put yes or no after each equals sign, based on whether the article passed or failed that criteria.

For example, {{D&D|class=C|importance=High|b1=yes|b2=yes|b3=no|b4=no|b5=yes}} means that the article is C-Class and High-importance. It passes criteria 1 (references and citations), 2 (coverage and accuracy), and 5 (supporting material), but is not yet B-class because it doesn't pass criteria 3 (structure) and 4 (grammar). It wasn't checked for criteria b6.

1: Referencing and citationsEdit

All B-class articles must have sufficient references in reliable secondary sources which are independent of the subject. Books, magazines, and web pages made by Wizards of the Coast or TSR, Inc. are primary sources and can be used to reference an articles, although additional secondary sources are needed. Fan sites are not generally considered reliable. Dragon and Dungeon magazine issues published by companies other than WotC or TSR, such as Paizo Publishing are reliable secondary sources. All books, except for self-published books and those published by WotC or TSR are reliable sources.

Additionally, B-class articles must contain many footnotes, rather than just having a list of references at the end of the article. {{cite book}}, {{cite journal}}, and {{cite web}} may be helpful when constructing citations.

2: Coverage and accuracyEdit

B-class articles must cover most topics pertaining to the subject in some amount of detail, although the restrictions aren't as tough to meet as for GA-class articles. Additionally, any possibly controversial statement and all statistics must be referenced so that their accuracy is assured. Make sure that the article contains no original research and is written from a neutral point of view.

3: StructureEdit

B-class articles must conform to the Manual of Style, specifically the guidelines on layout, lead sections, writing about fiction, trivia sections, and lists.

4: GrammarEdit

A B-class article must be well-written, containing few, if any, grammatical errors or poorly-worded sections. Most of the Manual of Style relates to these kinds of issues.

5: Supporting materialEdit

Articles should have an infobox, where appropriate, and images if they can help improve the article. All fair-use images must have an adequate fair-use rationale for the specific article. Be sure to remove all fair-use images that aren't essential to a reader's understanding of the article. Also remember to make sure that none of the images need to have their size reduced.

6: AccessibilityEdit

Articles should be accessible to readers who aren't experts at D&D.

A-class criteriaEdit

The D&D project uses a simple method for determining when an article is A-class. Once an article is GA-class, a user who thinks that it is getting close to FA-class can nominate it to be an A-class article. It is recommended that you add the article to the "Class Reassessment" section of the announcements on the project's main page, and add the rfc=yes parameter to the article's {{D&D}} template, to help attract other users to review the article. Once at least two other users have agreed to raise the article to A-class, and there have been no significant objections, it can be done by simply changing the {{D&D}} template's class parameter to A. It is assumed that raising an article to A-class means that there is a relatively short-term goal to try and get it up to FA-class.

Importance assessmentEdit

There is no hard and fast rule on assessing article importance; it is based more on a user's opinion then an article's quality is. Although it shouldn't be in constant flux for a particular article, it is valid to change an article's importance if you think that the original assessor was incorrect. In all cases when assessing importance, try to avoid assessing articles based on whether you like or dislike the particular topic.

Article importance assessment scheme
Article importance assessment scheme
Label Criteria Example
An essential article; Wikipedia's coverage of D&D would be sorely lacking without it. Editions of Dungeons & Dragons
An exceptionally important article, important to having a basic understanding of D&D. Tomb of Horrors
An important article that should be useful to many readers, although not an essential article. Demon lord (Dungeons & Dragons)
A minor topic; possibly useful and interesting to the average reader looking at D&D articles. Amedio Jungle
An article which, even as a high-class article, will rarely, if ever, be useful to a reader not using Wikipedia for D&D-related research. This importance rating isn't used by the standard version 1.0 editorial team; Bottom-importance articles should be counted as Low-importance articles for the purpose of release version work. This rating exists only to help the D&D project better prioritize articles. TBD
Any page that isn't an article, such as categories, redirects, disambiguation pages, project pages, portals, templates, and images. Template:Adventure Path
These articles haven't yet been given an assessment on the importance scale. Hopefully none!

Other things to rememberEdit

It is also important to update other parameters of the {{D&D}} template when assessing pages. Here's a brief guide to the other parameters and how they should be used: