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Welcome to the assessment department of WikiProject Ice Hockey. This department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's ice hockey articles. 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 {{Ice hockey}} project banner; this causes the articles to be placed in the appropriate sub-categories of Category:Ice Hockey articles by quality, which serve as the foundation for an automatically generated worklist.


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

{{Ice hockey | class=??? }}

The following values may be used:

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

Quality scaleEdit

WikiProject article quality grading scheme


What are importance levels for?Edit

The first point to make is that the whole importance rating scheme is for editors, not for readers: this is why it is placed on the talk page, and none of its content appears in the article (the only exception being the Good Article mark or the Featured Article star, but this is because the overlapping GA/FA scheme is for readers as well as editors). The primary purpose of these ratings is to help editors improve articles and to help the project track its progress. The ratings are also used to decide which articles to include in fixed versions of Wikipedia such as Wikipedia 0.5, 0.7, and the planned 1.0 release.

The importance level or priority of an article is intended to indicate how important it is that Wikipedia should have a high quality article on the subject.

In the Wikipedia 1.0 Assessment Scheme, of which this is a part, it is emphasized that importance/priority is a relative term, i.e., an article which is Top-Importance in one context, may only be Mid-Importance in a wider context (see below). In other words, importance levels are not assessed across Wikipedia as a whole, but in context. In order to understand this, it may be helpful to think of Wikipedia not as one monolithic encyclopedia, but as a family of nested, overlapping encyclopedia.

Three different ways of expressing the priority of articles are currently used.

  1. The importance, significance and depth of the topic within its particular field or subject.
  2. The extent of the topic's impact, this is done using the achievement parameters
  3. The bottom line: how important is it for an encyclopedia to have an article on the given topic?

These are often different ways of saying the same thing, but the current WP 1.0 summary table mixes the three approaches: Top importance is described using method 3, High and Mid importance using method 1, and Low importance using method 2.

Importance scaleEdit

By significanceEdit

The following table of possible importance levels lists these distinct approaches in separate columns, and provides more detail on the meaning of the individual levels, as well as examples.

Article importance rating scheme
Priority Importance within field Impact Need for encyclopedia Examples
Top Article/subject is extremely important, even crucial, to its field Widespread and very significant An absolute "must-have" for any reasonable ice hockey encyclopedia
  • Ice hockey and related articles?? (history of ice hockey)
  • "Top" League articles (include seasons?)
  • Stanley Cup and related articles (e.g. List of champions)
  • International Ice Hockey Federation articles
  • Ice hockey at the (various) Olympics articles?
  • World championships?
High Article/subject contributes a substantial depth of knowledge Significant impact in other fields Very much needed, even vital
  • Top league teams
  • National teams,
  • Minor league League pages.
  • Championship college teams
  • Top league predecessors (e.g. National Hockey Association)
Mid Article/subject adds important further details within its field Some impact beyond field Adds further depth, but not vital to encyclopedia
  • Long-time or significant Minor league team pages
  • Top league executives (head coaches, general managers)
Low Article/subject contributes more specific or less significant details Mainly of specialist interest Not at all essential, or can be covered adequately by other articles
  • Team season pages, announcers, arenas (other than things like the Montreal Forum), basically all the more trivial
  • Other Minor league team pages,
  • Ice hockey in media (movies, video games)
(None) Article/subject may be peripheral May be too highly specialized May not be relevant or may be too trivial in content to be needed Comment: such articles are not relevant enough to the ice hockey project to need an importance rating.

The last row is not an importance level per se, but is intended to provide guidance on adding (and perhaps sometimes even removing) importance ratings. In addition there is a Category:Unknown-importance Ice Hockey articles for articles which have a ice hockey rating, but no importance level: editors should feel free either to assign an importance level (Low-Importance or higher) or remove the importance rating from these articles.

Some editors may wish to add the ice hockey project template to pages which are not articles, but disambiguation pages, categories, templates or images, simply to indicate that these pages are within the scope of the Ice Hockey WikiProject. Such pages do not need an importance rating, and the tag "importance=NA" (for non-article or not applicable) should be used in the importance rating template.

By achievement (impact)Edit

The ice hockey project has determined that some categories of articles will be slotted within the importance categories. Other articles (mostly players) will be slotted using an achievement-based rating system to reduce the subjective nature of assessment. Participants with more awards, all-star selections and longer careers or who move into management roles in the sport tend to be more important in the sport and this has been used as a factor for determining importance for the encyclopedia.

  • Hall of Fame members who have a total of over 10 trophy or all-star team namings.
  • Hall of Fame members
  • NHL Award Winners (multiple?),
  • Top league MVP winners (multiple?)
  • Long-time "Top" level players (>100 games),
  • Olympian player pages,
  • "Top" level top prospects (drafted in first round) <100 games
  • "Top" level league players pages <100 games + NHL Awards
  • "Top" level league players pages <100 games
  • Minor league players (these meet NHOCKEY) pages.

Players that become head coaches or general managers would move up a rating.

Wikipedia 1.0 definitionsEdit

This section is based closely on the discussion of importance at Wikipedia 1.0.

Need: The article's priority or importance, regardless of its quality

Top Subject is a must-have for a good encyclopedia
High Subject contributes a depth of knowledge
Mid Subject fills in more minor details
Low Subject is mainly of specialist interest.

Importance must be regarded as a relative term. If importance values are applied within this project, these only reflect the perceived importance to this project. An article judged to be "Top-Importance" in one context may be only "Mid-Importance" in another.

By "priority" or "importance" of topics for a static version of the encyclopedia, we generally mean to indicate the level of expectation or desire that the topic would be covered in a traditional encyclopedia.

A more detailed cross-Wikipedia importance scheme has been proposed at Template:Importance Scheme, but is not widely accepted.

Inclusion in Wikipedia 0.5, 0.7 and 1.0Edit

Consider a hierarchy such as

National Hockey League -> Abstract algebra -> Ring theory -> Ideals.

An article rated as "Top-Importance" in Abstract algebra would probably warrant inclusion in v0.5, v0.7, v1.0 and other releases. A "Top-Priority" article in Ring theory would be a reasonable candidate for inclusion, but most "Top-Priority" articles in Ideals would probably not be included in early releases. Nevertheless such ranking within a subject area is very helpful in deciding which articles are included first as the scope of the Wikipedia 1.0 project expands. Quality articles which are not considered to be on topics important enough for inclusion on v0.5 will be held in a held nominations page, ready for inclusion as the scope expands.


Current statusEdit