Welcome to the assessment department of the Melanesia WikiProject! This department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's Melanesia articles. The article ratings are currently only used within the project itself to aid in recognizing excellent contributions and identifying topics in need of further work. In future we need to work in conjunction with the WP:1.0 program,

The ratings are done in a distributed fashion through parameters in the {{WikiProject Melanesia}} project banner;

and if applicable:

There is also Category:Non-article Melanesia pages for things like redirect pages, templates, categories, images, etc.

Frequently asked questions edit

How can I get my article rated?
As a member of the WikiProject Melanesia, you can do it yourself. If you're unsure, list it in the requesting an assessment section below.
Who can assess articles?
Any member of the Melanesia WikiProject is free to add—or change—the rating of an article, but please follow the guidelines.
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.
Where can I get more comments about my article?
Ask on Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Melanesia. You may also list it for a Peer review.
What if I don't agree with a rating?
Raise your concerns on Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Melanesia.
Aren't the ratings subjective?
Yes, they are (see, in particular, the disclaimers on the importance scale), 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!

If you have any other questions not listed here, please feel free to ask them on the discussion page for this department, or on Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Melanesia.

Instructions edit

An article's assessment is generated from the class and importance parameters in the {{WikiProject Melanesia}} project banner on its talk page. You can learn the syntax by looking at the talk pages in edit mode and by reading the info below.

This is the rating syntax (ratings and dates are samples, change to what applies to the article in question):

{{WikiProject Melanesia}}
  • displays the default banner, showing the project info and only ??? for the quality and importance parameters.
{{WikiProject Melanesia|class=FA|importance=Top}}
  • all assessed articles should have quality and importance filled in. Leaving the other parameters off does not hurt anything.
{{WikiProject Melanesia|class=Start|importance=Mid|attention=yes}}
  • if an article needs immediate attention, add the attention tag and please leave talk notes as to why. "yes" is the only valid parameter here. If it doesn't need attention, leave the parameter off.
{{WikiProject Melanesia|class=B|importance=High|attention=yes|past-selected=[[July]] [[2006]]|past-collaboration=[[April]] [[2006]]}}

The following values may be used for the class parameter:

Articles for which a valid class and/or importance is not provided are listed in Category:Unassessed-Class Melanesia articles. The class should be assigned according to the quality scale below.

The following values may be used for the importance parameter:

The parameter is not used if an article's class is set to NA, and may be omitted in those cases. The importance should be assigned according to the importance scale below.

Quality scale edit

Note: A B-class article should have at least one reference.

Importance scale edit

The criteria used for rating article importance are not meant to be an absolute or canonical view of how significant the topic is. Rather, they attempt to gauge the probability of the average reader of Wikipedia needing to look up the topic (and thus the immediate need to have a suitably well-written article on it). Thus, subjects with greater popular notability may be rated higher than topics which are arguably more "important" but which are of interest primarily to students of military history. Importance does not equate to quality; a featured article could rate 'mid' on importance.

Note that general notability need not be from the perspective of editor demographics; generally notable topics should be rated similarly regardless of the country or region in which they hold said notability. Thus, topics which may seem obscure to a Western audience—but which are of high notability in other places—should still be highly rated. Rate international region/country-specific articles from the perspective of someone from that region.

Article importance grading scheme
Label Criteria Examples
Top Subject is a "core" or "key" topic for Melanesia, or is generally notable to people other than students of Melanesia. They define and determine the subject of the Melanesia WikiProject. Melanesia
High Subject is notable in a significant and important way within the field of Melanesia, but not necessarily outside it.
Mid Subject contributes to the total subject of the Melanesia WikiProject. Subject may not necessarily be famous.
Low Subject is not particularly notable or significant even within the field of Melanesia, and may have been included primarily to achieve comprehensive coverage of another topic.

Requesting an assessment or re-assessment edit

If you have made significant changes to an article and would like an outside opinion on a new rating for it, please feel free to list it below. If you are interested in more extensive comments on an article, please use assign the article the attention flag, leave reasoning on its talk page, and leave a message on the project talk page.

  1. Add articles here! Newest requests on the BOTTOM
  2. Like this (and put "(re-)assessment request" in your edit summary of this assessment page), leave reasons if a reassement.
  3. Indonesian occupation of East Timor (1975-1999) Request for project importance grading please. I don't know how it works here otherwise I'd do it myself :) Thanks, --ROGER DAVIES talk 15:59, 19 February 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  4. Indonesian invasion of East Timor Request for assessment, please. Thanks! IR393DEME (talk) 08:29, 23 December 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  5. Raskol_gangs. Please reassess for quality and importance now that in-line references to recent news articles and up-to-date travel advisories have been added.