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This is the assessment department of WikiProject Microsoft. Its goal is to assess the quality of Wikipedia's Microsoft articles. Article ratings are used to help recognize excellent contributions and identifying topics in need of further work, and are also expected to play a role in the Version 1.0 Editorial Team program.

The assessment is done in a distributed fashion through parameters in the {{WikiProject Microsoft}} project banner; this causes the articles to be placed in the appropriate sub-categories of Category:Microsoft articles by quality and Category:Microsoft articles by importance.

Frequently asked questionsEdit

See also the general assessment FAQ
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 Microsoft}} to the talk page; there's no need to do anything else.
3. Someone put a {{WikiProject Microsoft}} 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 project talk page (or directly with the person who tagged the article).
4. Who can assess articles?
Any member of WikiProject Microsoft 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. 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.
7. 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. Please note that some of the available levels have an associated formal review process; this is documented in the assessment scale.
8. 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!
9. What if I have a question not listed here?
If you have any other questions not listed here, please feel free to ask them on the discussion page for this department; for any other issues, you can go to the main project discussion page.


Quality assessmentEdit

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

{{WikiProject Microsoft|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 Microsoft articles) Featured article FA 
A (adds articles to Category:A-Class Microsoft articles) A-Class article A 
GA (for good articles only; adds articles to Category:GA-Class Microsoft articles)  GA 
B (adds articles to Category:B-Class Microsoft articles) B-Class article B 
C (adds articles to Category:C-Class Microsoft articles) C-Class article C 
Start (adds articles to Category:Start-Class Microsoft articles) Start-Class article Start 
Stub (adds articles to Category:Stub-Class Microsoft articles) Stub-Class article Stub 
FL (for featured lists only; adds articles to Category:FL-Class Microsoft articles) Featured list FL 
List (adds articles to Category:List-Class Microsoft articles)  List 

For non-standard grades and non-mainspace content, the following values may be used for the class parameter:

Book (for Wikipedia books; adds pages to Category:Book-Class Microsoft articles) Wikipedia Book Book 
Category (for categories; adds pages to Category:Category-Class Microsoft articles) Category page Category 
Disambig (for disambiguation pages; adds pages to Category:Disambig-Class Microsoft articles) Disambiguation page Disambig 
Draft (for drafts; adds pages to Category:Draft-Class Microsoft articles)  Draft 
File (for files and timed text; adds pages to Category:File-Class Microsoft articles)  File 
Portal (for portal pages; adds pages to Category:Portal-Class Microsoft articles)  Portal 
Project (for project pages; adds pages to Category:Project-Class Microsoft articles)  Project 
Redirect (for redirect pages; adds pages to Category:Redirect-Class Microsoft articles) Redirect page Redirect 
Template (for templates and modules; adds pages to Category:Template-Class Microsoft articles)  Template 
NA (for any other pages where assessment is unnecessary; adds pages to Category:NA-Class Microsoft articles)  NA 
??? (articles for which a valid class has not yet been provided are listed in Category:Unassessed Microsoft articles)  ??? 

Quality scaleEdit

WikiProject article quality grading scheme

Importance assessmentEdit

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

{{WikiProject Microsoft|importance=???}}

The following values may be used for the importance parameter to describe the relative importance of the article within the project (see Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team/Priority of topic for assessment criteria):

Top (adds articles to Category:Top-importance Microsoft articles)  Top 
High (adds articles to Category:High-importance Microsoft articles)  High 
Mid (adds articles to Category:Mid-importance Microsoft articles)  Mid 
Low (adds articles to Category:Low-importance Microsoft articles)  Low 
NA (adds articles to Category:NA-importance Microsoft articles)  NA 
??? (articles for which a valid importance rating has not yet been provided are listed in Category:Unknown-importance Microsoft articles)  ??? 

Importance scaleEdit

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 Microsoft.

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.

Requesting an assessmentEdit

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. Please note that an importance rating may not be given in some cases if the reviewer is unfamiliar with the subject.

If you assess an article, please strike it off using <s>Strike-through text</s> so that other editors will not waste time going there too. Thanks!

Submit new requests here:



The full log of assessment changes for the past thirty days is available; due to its size (ca 100 kB), it cannot be transcluded directly.