Wikipedia:WikiProject Ethnic groups/Assessment

Article rating and assessment scheme edit

WP:ETHNIC article rating and assessment scheme
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An article rating and assessment scheme has been implemented for ethnic groups-related articles, which is monitored and maintained by WikiProject Ethnic groups. In this scheme, all ethnic -groups-related articles ('article' here also includes lists) may be assigned a particular rating which indicates an assessment of their class (overall quality).

The primary purpose of this rating and assessment scheme is to provide editors with a sub-categorised survey of the current status of Ethnic groups articles, which can then be used to prioritise the overall workload and highlight articles needing improvements at various stages.

For example, lower-quality articles in need of most work can be readily identified for attention and collaboration.

There will be a number of secondary benefits from the scheme, such as being able to track which kinds and topics of articles are 'neglected'.

This assessment and rating scheme follows the precepts adopted by the Version 1.0 Editorial Team, see Version 1.0 Editorial Team/Assessment and Version 1.0 Editorial Team/Work via Wikiprojects for details.

The class ratings are recorded by setting appropriate values to the parameters of the main WP:ETHNIC Project banner, {{Ethnic groups}} which are placed on the corresponding talk pages of articles about ethnic groups or other closely related topics. See the template instructions for details on these and other parameters which can be set.

See the Quality scale for guideline criteria for rating an article by class/quality.

The assessments of class are assigned manually by WP:ETHNIC project members (or other interested parties)– see the Rating instructions for details. Assigning a rating will automatically place the article in an appropriate rating category.

Once assigned, behind the scenes a bot (Mathbot (talk · contribs)) runs periodically (scheduled daily, about 0300hrs UTC) which compiles a variety of statistics and log data, which can then later be analysed.

It is expected that this rating and assessment scheme will require periodic and iterative maintenance, as new articles are created or identified, and existing articles are progressively improved (or, hopefully much rarer, demoted), requiring the status to be reassessed (indicated by changing the parameter value).

Of course, anyone is free to edit any of the articles they choose, however it is hoped that this will provide some basis for a more methodical approach to the longer-term overall improvement of content and coverage in the Ethnic groups field.

Instructions edit

An article's assessment is recorded via the use of certain parameters of the {{Ethnic groups}} project banner, which is affixed to the talk pages of in-scope articles. Note that there are some other (optional) parameters to the project banners as well, see template talk:Ethnic groups for full description.

The main parameter used for this exercise is class (indicates an assessment of the article's current overall quality). At least for the present, we are making only minimal use of the importance parameter: see Importance scale.

Usage summary (note the parameters are in lowercase). :

{{Ethnic groups |class=??? |importance=???}}

These parameters flag the article according to the values chosen (which then appear on the project banner), and also assign the article to a corresponding category. The possible values of these parameters and guidance criteria on which value to choose are detailed below: see Quality scale for the class parameter.

The general workflow is as follows:

  1. Locate an in-scope Ethnic groups-related article (or list), add the {{Ethnic groups}} project banner to its talk page if not already there. (Note this also applies to new articles you may create, i.e., you can add the banner and the rating as you go).
  2. If currently unassessed (or when adding the project banner anew), determine what its class assessment rating should be, using your judgement and the criteria given here. Try to be as frank as possible in the assessment, the aim here is to appropriately identify articles needing later improvement and there's nothing to be gained by "over-ranking" them.
  3. Add the selected parameter values to the project banner template call, per the specified syntax. Once previewed/saved, you should see the values updated in the banner and the appropriate categories assigned. Update: User:Outriggr has incorporated the project banner into his article assessment script. See User talk:Outriggr/metadatatest.js for installation instructions.
  4. If in doubt as to the appropriate class level, you can either leave the value unassigned for now (ie omit the parameters), and/or consult with another project member to decide.
  5. If the article already has a rating, but you disagree or the article has subsequently been edited by you or someone else so that its overall quality has changed (hopefully for the better!), then you can update the parameter yourself to reflect its new status.
  6. Since we may (naturally enough) not be the most objective assessors of one's own work, it might be an idea in these or other unclear cases to invite another party to give the assessment. This can be done by adding the parameter/value combination |reassess=yes to the project banner, which will automatically assign the article in question to Category:Ethnic groups articles needing reassessment. You can also request reassessments/second opinions at the main discussion forum.
  7. On an ongoing basis, you can patrol the various x-class categories for improvement opportunities, and also the unassessed cats for new assessments.

Quality scale edit

Each article may also be assigned to a particular class, intended as a point-in-time assessment of its overall "quality" - relative to the criteria given in the quality scale which is detailed below.

This quality scale follows the definitions employed at the Version 1.0 Editorial Team's assessment system.

The following values may be used for the class parameter (they should be entered exactly as given):

Class parameter values (Category:Ethnic groups articles by quality)
Value Meaning Category
FA Articles which are currently Featured status articles FA-Class Ethnic groups articles
A A-class articles; A-Class Ethnic groups articles
GA Articles with a current Good article status GA-Class Ethnic groups articles
B B-class articles; B-Class Ethnic groups articles
C C-class articles; C-Class Ethnic groups articles
Start Start-class articles; Start-Class Ethnic groups articles
Stub Stub-class articles; Stub-Class Ethnic groups articles
NA Not applicable; ie for miscellaneous pages such as disambiguation pages, which do not require an assessment NA-Class Ethnic groups articles

Articles for which a valid class has not yet been provided are listed by default in Category:Unassessed Ethnic groups articles.

Importance scale edit

Each article may also be assigned to a particular importance. At least for the present, we are making only minimal use of this.

  • Top: major, broad articles like ethnic group, nation
  • High: All actual ethnic groups and similar entities and articles on the history of any ethnic group within a particular country or region
  • Mid: Other articles that are likely to be of general interest (for example, an article about the theatrical traditions of a particular ethnic group)
  • Low: Articles that are not about individual ethnic groups and are not likely to be of general interest (for example, a building that houses an ethnic organization)

I'm not as sure what would go in "Mid" vs. "Low"; it is a matter of what would have broad interest

Detailed criteria by class edit

These are the detailed criteria per class/quality division, following the assessment scheme used by the Wikipedia V1.0 Editorial team.

If you have more extensive comments edit

If you have more extensive comments, you can follow the link displayed in the {{Ethnic groups}} template to reach the "ratings summary page". This allows you to place open-ended comments in a separate file to be picked up by the same mechanism. Because this is an automated process, there is a strict rule for the naming of this file. For example, comments about an article called Elbonians go in Talk:Elbonians/Comments. It may sometimes be useful also to link that comments page from Talk:Elbonians.