Wikipedia:WikiProject Ghost towns/Assessment

Ongoing assessment at WikiProject Ghost towns, which you can join, is conducted on two separate levels. First the article is assessed for its "class." Stub or start? B or C? GA or FA? Class helps us keep track of where we are and where we should go, in terms of work. The second criterion an article is assessed on is its importance to the project. A table below helps explain. Essentially the article subject's historical value is assessed. Mid level importance having regional, state or local significance at a greater than county level. Top level importance being any article that no print encyclopedia could be without. The lowliest lows are for those run-of-the-mill abandoned town sites, the "just another abandoned town"s.

Assessment instructions

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An article's assessment is generated from the class parameter in the {{WikiProject Ghost towns}} project banner on its talk page (see the project banner instructions for more details on the exact syntax):

{{WikiProject Ghost towns|class=??? }}

The following values may be used:

should only be used for articles that are currently listed as featured articles
should only be used for articles that are currently listed as good articles

In addition, non-article pages can be rated as well. Though for the list and category class it's better to use our templates because it adds them to the appropriate category in Category:WikiProject Ghost towns articles, which helps immensely with overall organization.

The following values may be used, but capitalization is irrelevant:

should be used on disambiguation pages related to WikiProject Ghost towns
should be used on image pages related to or in articles related to WikiProject Ghost towns
should be used on redirect pages related to articles in WikiProject Ghost towns
should be used on WikiProject Ghost towns template pages, such as an infobox or navigation box.

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

Quality scale

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Importance assessment

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An article's assessment is generated from the importance parameter in the {{WikiProject Ghost towns}} project banner on its talk page (see the project banner instructions for more details on the exact syntax):

{{WikiProject Ghost towns|class=???|importance=??? }}

The following values may be used:

should only be used for top-importance articles.
should only be used for high-importance articles.
should only be used for mid-importance articles.
should only be used for low-importance articles.
  • NA (for use on non-articles).

Importance scale

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Articles for which a valid importance is not provided are listed in Category:Unknown-importance Ghost town articles. The importance should be assigned according to the importance scale below.

Top Subject is a must-have for a print encyclopaedia Famed ghost towns. Extreme historical importance.
High Subject contributes a depth of knowledge Well known ghost towns. Very significant historically.
Mid Subject fills in more minor details Significant regional historical value
Low Subject is mainly of specialist interest One of many small towns to disappear in U.S. History.
NA Non-Article Project pages