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The assessment department of WikiProject Germany focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's articles related to Germany. The resulting article ratings are used within the project to aid in recognizing excellent contributions and identifying topics in need of further work, and are also expected to play a role in the WP:1.0 program.

The assessment is done in a distributed fashion through parameters in the {{WikiProject Germany}} project banner; this causes the articles to be placed in the appropriate sub-categories of Category:Germany articles by quality, which serve as the foundation for an automatically generated worklist.


The assessment system used by WikiProject Germany is fairly orthodox, with two scales. The first evaluates articles, while the other assesses lists. The progression of these articles through this system is described further in the figure below.


Assessment criteria for project content
Class Criteria Assessment process Example
Featured article FA The article meets all the featured article criteria.
Featured article candidacy
SMS Kaiser (as of 20 April 2017)
Featured list FL The list meets all the featured list criteria.
Featured list candidacy
List of German World War II jet aces (as of 20 April 2017)
A-Class article A The article is well organized and essentially complete, having been reviewed by impartial reviewers from this WikiProject or elsewhere. Good article status is not a requirement for A-Class.
A-Class review
German cruiser Prinz Eugen (as of 20 April 2017)
GA The article meets all of the good article criteria.
Good article review
Lichtenstein Castle (Württemberg) (as of 20 April 2017)
B The article meets all of the B-Class criteria.
Individual review
Battle of Halle (as of 20 April 2017)
C The article meets B1 or B2 as well as B3 and B4 and B5 of the B-Class criteria.
Individual review
Munich (as of 20 April 2017)
Start The article meets the Start-Class criteria.
Individual review
7.62mm UKM (as of 20 April 2017)
Stub The article meets none of the Start-Class criteria.
Individual review
Ernst Bach (as of 20 April 2017)

Importance scaleEdit

Except for books and a few vital project-related pages, most non-article classes don't need a specific importance parameter.

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

{{WikiProject Germany| ... | importance=??? | ...}}

The following values may be used for importance assessments:

Label Criteria Examples
Top Core topics about Germany. Generally, these topics are sub-articles of the main Germany article, vital for the understanding of Germany or extremely notable to people outside of Germany. This category should stay limited to approximately 100 members. Biographies should be limited to the top one or two Germans in a particular field or persons of the greatest historical importance Economy of Germany, Konrad Adenauer, Hamburg, Johann Sebastian Bach, Cologne Cathedral
High Topics that are very notable within Germany, and well-known outside of it, and can be reasonably expected to be included in any print encyclopedia. This includes cities with a population of more than 100,000 Erfurt, Bertolt Brecht, Federal Court of Justice of Germany, Heinrich Brüning
Mid Topics that are reasonably notable on a national level within Germany without necessarily being famous or very notable internationally, including smaller towns Wolfgang Borchert, Lindau, Elisabeth Church (Marburg), Luise Kahler
Low Topics of mostly local interest or those that are only included for complete coverage or as examples of a higher-level topic; peripheral or trivial topics or topics that have only a limited connection to Germany Forest swastika, Ostkreuz, Deutschhaus Mainz, Werner Teske, German 100th Light Infantry Division

Municipality clauseEdit

WikiProject pertains to the people, places, history, and culture of Germany, and cities, towns, and municipalities check off all of those boxes. All cities/municipalities/districts are to be marked as Mid Importance, and villages within them Low Importance.


This section describes the processes utilized by WikiProject Germany to assess the quality of its articles.

Individual reviewEdit

The individual review process is used for all assessment activity up to B-Class articles. Any editor may assess an article or list and assign assessment according to the listed criteria by themselves.

An article's author may use this process to assign assessment themselves. However, the final assessment for B-Class and beyond is typically left in the hands of an independent editor for review. Requests for independent review can be made at the assessment request page.

Peer reviewEdit

The peer review process is not used to evaluate an article for a particular assessment level directly; rather, it is a forum where article authors can solicit ideas for further improvements. Peer review is most often requested when an article is at the C-Class or B-Class level; articles at lower levels are typically so incomplete that a meaningful review is impossible, while articles at higher levels go through more formal review processes.

Good article reviewEdit

The good article nomination process is an independent review mechanism through which an article receives a "good article" quality rating. The process involves a detailed review of the article by an independent examiner, who determines whether the article meets the good article criteria.

Full instructions for requesting a good article review are provided on the good article review page.

Featured article/list candidacyEdit

The featured article candidacy and featured list candidacy processes are an independent, Wikipedia-wide quality assessment mechanism; these processes are the only way an article can receive a "featured" quality rating. The process involves a comprehensive review of the article by multiple independent examiners, all of whom must agree that the article meets the featured article or list criteria.

Full instructions for submitting a featured article or list candidacy are provided on the corresponding candidacy page. Editors are advised to carefully review the submission instructions; failing to follow them correctly may cause the submission to be rejected.


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

{{WikiProject Germany|class=???}}

The following values may be used for the class parameter to describe the quality of the article (see Wikipedia:Content assessment for assessment criteria):

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


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 Germany}} to the talk page; there's no need to do anything else.
3. Someone put a {{WikiProject Germany}} 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 talk page of this department (or directly with the person who tagged the article).
4. Who can assess articles?
Any member of the Germany WikiProject 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. Can I request that someone else rate an article?
Of course; to do so, please list it in the section for assessment requests below.
7. 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.
8. 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. Alternately, you can ask any member of the project to rate the article again. Please note that some of the available levels have an associated formal review process; this is documented in the assessment scale.
9. 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!
10. What if I have a question not listed here?
If your question concerns the article assessment process specifically, please refer to the discussion page for this department; for any other issues, you can go to the main project discussion page.


Requests for assessmentEdit

Please note that this section is transcluded from a separate requests page, which you may wish to add to your Watchlist.

Editors may self-assess against the five B-class criteria up to and including C-Class. If you have made significant improvements to an article against one or more of B-class criteria and would like an outside opinion on a new rating for it, please feel free to list it below, specifying which criteria you have worked on. If you feel unable to assess against one or more of the B-class criteria, please say so when posting.

  • Wehrmacht, clean up referencing, coverage and structure. Skjoldbro (talk) 11:45, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
    • @Skjoldbro: C-Class. Still missing some citations here and there, but good work regardless. –Vami_IV♠ 17:08, 29 February 2020 (UTC)

Assessment backlogsEdit

Please help to clear any backlogs of unassessed articles in the following categories:


In true stereotypical German fashion, it's time for graphs and numbers.


Progress in the backlogs for articles not assessed by quality or important to the WikiProject.

Current statusEdit

Task force statisticsEdit

German military history task force assessment statistics



A full log of assessment changes for the past thirty days is available; unfortunately, due to its extreme size, it cannot be transcluded directly.