Wikipedia:WikiProject Mississippi/Assessment

Assessment links

Welcome to the assessment department of the WikiProject Mississippi! This department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's Mississippi articles. While much of the work is done in conjunction with the WP:1.0 program, the article ratings are also used within the project itself to aid in recognizing excellent contributions and identifying topics in need of further work.

The ratings are done in a distributed fashion through parameters in the {{WikiProject Mississippi}} project banner; this causes the articles to be placed in the appropriate sub-categories of Category:Mississippi articles by quality, Category:Mississippi articles by importance, Category:Mississippi articles needing attention. The quality and importance ratings serve as the foundation for an automatically generated worklist. There is also Category:NA-Class Mississippi articles) for things like redirect pages, templates, categories, images, etc.

Frequently asked questionsEdit

How can I get my article rated?
As a member of the WikiProject Mississippi, you can do it yourself. If you are unsure, list it in the requesting an assessment section below.
Who can assess articles?
Any member of WikiProject Mississippi 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?
Contact Wikipedia:WikiProject Mississippi who will handle it or assign the issue to someone. You may also list it for a Peer review.
What if I don't agree with a rating?
Relist it as a request or contact Wikipedia:WikiProject Mississippi who will handle it or assign the issue to someone.
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 to contact the Wikipedia:WikiProject Mississippi directly.


An article's assessment is generated from the class and importance parameters in the {{WikiProject Mississippi}} 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 Mississippi|listas=?, ?}}
  • displays the default banner, showing the project info and only '??' for the quality and importance parameters. The 'listas=?, ?' parameter should be included and its question marks should be replaced with the reversed name of the article. For example, if the article is Eli Manning, the 'listas=?, ?' parameter would be 'listas=Manning, Eli'
{{WikiProject Mississippi|listas=?, ?|class=FA|importance=Top|listas=?, ?}}
  • all assessed articles should have quality and importance filled in. Leaving the other parameters off does not hurt anything.
{{WikiProject Mississippi|listas=?, ?|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 Mississippi|listas=?, ?|class=Start|importance=Mid|attention=yes|needs-infobox=yes}}
  • if an article needs an info box, add the needs-infobox= tag.
{{WikiProject Mississippi|listas=?, ?|class=Start|importance=Mid|attention=yes|needs-infobox=yes|needs-photo=yes}}
  • if an article needs a photo, add the needs-photo=yes tag.

This would be a proper and full tag:

{{WikiProject Mississippi|listas=Manning, Eli|class=Start|importance=Mid|attention=No|needs-infobox=Yes|needs-photo=No}}
  • As you can see, you can use 'no'. If an article already has, for example, an infobox, you'd put 'no' instead of 'yes'.

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 Mississippi 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 scaleEdit

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

WikiProject article quality grading scheme

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 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 prespective of someone from that region.

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

Requesting an assessment or re-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. If you are interested in more extensive comments on an article, please use the peer review department instead.

Remember to sign your entry with four tildes (~~~~)

Article Title Reason User Assessed
Thomas M. Green Sr. I have done major work on these two articles and believe they are ready to be assessed. --LORDoliver † (talk) 01:11, 16 September 2008 (UTC)  Y
Thomas M. Green Jr. I have done major work on these two articles and believe they are ready to be assessed. --LORDoliver † (talk) 01:11, 16 September 2008 (UTC)  Y
Pinelake Church It carried a template requesting wikification of this article. I did so, to the best of my abilities. Perhaps reassessment will raise its level. (Or perhaps not.) --Johnsemlak (talk) 07:27, 1 October 2011 (UTC)  Y
Mississippi civil rights workers murders This article is currently listed as Start Class. The article is signiifcantly improved, with improved sourcing, an 'unreferenced' tag removed, and some improved organization. I would suggest it meets the criteria for 'C-Class' and in addition I'd be happy for some advice on how best to improve it to 'B Class'. --Johnsemlak (talk) 07:27, 1 October 2011 (UTC)  Y
Council of Federated Organizations This is my first article, but it stems from research that I am conducting. I feel its thorough enough to be included. Hope you agree. --Ranpayne (talk) 05:14, 18 June 2012 (UTC)  Y