Wikipedia:WikiProject Notability

WikiProject Notability
Welcome to WikiProject Notability! We are currently working on a significant backlog, and need your help!

The Notability Project is a WikiProject based on Category:Articles with topics of unclear notability. The aim is to get more editors involved and to support those currently involved in fixing, merging, or deleting (as a last resort) apparently non-notable articles with the ultimate aim to correctly place all articles based on their verifiable notability. The project also aims to simplify the filtration process and explain it more clearly so as not to confuse newcomers and to encourage participation.

Scopes and goals Edit

WikiProject Notability aims to sort articles of unclear notability by improving articles that are notable and then removing the notability tag. If the article is non-notable with no significant coverage in reliable sources found after searching and is inappropriate for a merge then deletion is sought by either Speedy deletion, Proposed deletion or Articles for deletion.

Articles assesssed to be Featured articles or Good articles have already been carefully checked for notability, and to a lesser extent so have B class articles. Therefore, articles of unclear notability are mainly in the stub class, start class and to a lesser extent C class categories.

We welcome input from any editors who would like to help out, either on a regular basis, or one or two articles when you have time. The greatest contribution to the project is inviting members, as this helps build support and ensures that there are people to clear the backlog.

How to help Edit

  1. Find an article to work on. Articles are sorted by date. Many editors choose to work on the oldest articles first, so that articles will not sit around too long in the category. The to-do list at the top of this page should contain the oldest set of articles. Alternatively, you may want to use article categories by date or article listings by WikiProject categories.
User:SD0001/shortdescs-in-category can be used to view short descriptions of pages in the categories – so that you can pick articles you're comfortable with.
  1. Check to see if the article contains a copyright violation. There are a few red flags that indicate text was probably illegally copied into Wikipedia - this actually happens quite frequently. User:Kjkolb/Copyvio has a quick guide and you may also like to use or Earwig's Copyvio Detector for finding copyright violations. Instructions for reporting violations are at Wikipedia:Copyright problems.
  2. Check to see if another article exists on the subject. If so, then you can consider merging that article to the original.
  3. Find sources if none are cited in the article. Make full use of Google Books, Google News, Google Scholar, Google Web, JSTOR, LexisNexis, and any other search tools that you may have access to. Use variations on the article's title and other keywords from the article. The {{find}} template could be useful in this regard.
  4. Sort! You can mainly use common sense, but adhering to the guidelines of WP:BIO, WP:CORP, WP:BAND (from where the most frequent violations come), and other notability criteria.
    1. If the article meets notability requirements, or if the article simply needs expanding, remove the notability or importance tag and replace it with an appropriate tag. If not, the article might need to be deleted. Please use deletion as a last resort.
    2. If the article meets speedy deletion requirements, add the appropriate db tag.
    3. If the article should undeniably be deleted, add {{subst:prod|Your-reason-here}}, replacing "Your-reason-here" with an appropriate reason.
    4. If the article might encounter some controversy when being deleted, add {{subst:afd1}} and then proceed to follow the steps to file an AfD discussion.
    5. Do not remove the notability/importance tags during one of the above deletion procedures.
    6. If an article is kept as the result of an AfD discussion, the {{notability}} tag should be removed. {{importance}} tags indicate that some rewriting of the article is required and should not be removed until that has been done. However, if the result is "no consensus", retain all tags, as the issue is not decided.
  5. Enhance your edit summary As soon as you are done sorting, add to your edit summary:
Sorted as part of the [[WP:WPNN|Notability wikiproject]]!

Special handling Edit

Some articles with notability questions need special handling, as described below. (These instructions may be updated on short notice.)

  • TV episodes and characters: Due to controversies in 2007 and 2008 about their notability,[1] articles about TV episodes or characters from TV shows should be handled with special care. It may not be possible to sort these articles on the short term. If you find such article on the end of the backlog (say the oldest 2-3 months) and cannot sort it, please add the parameter "cat=TV" to the notability tag. This will move the article off the backlog and to a special category, Television articles with topics of unclear notability, where it can be handled appropriately. Example:
{{notability|episode|date=June 2007|cat=TV}}

Current progress Edit

Articles with topics of unclear notability
April 20105
May 20109
June 2010111
July 2010153
August 2010190
September 2010229
October 2010203
November 2010171
December 2010219
January 2011126
February 2011188
March 2011223
April 2011219
May 2011248
June 2011240
July 2011256
August 2011214
September 2011280
October 2011260
November 2011216
December 2011296
January 2012249
February 2012273
March 2012233
April 2012219
May 2012244
June 2012224
July 2012255
August 2012294
September 2012222
October 2012255
November 2012250
December 2012239
January 2013169
February 2013198
March 2013250
April 2013253
May 2013196
June 2013271
July 2013195
August 2013209
September 2013200
October 2013247
November 2013223
December 2013238
January 2014271
February 2014255
March 2014257
April 2014165
May 2014271
June 2014273
July 2014268
August 2014254
September 2014352
October 2014260
November 2014193
December 2014193
January 2015271
February 2015324
March 2015333
April 2015337
May 2015329
June 2015297
July 2015286
August 2015275
September 2015260
October 2015274
November 2015339
December 2015286
January 2016287
February 2016253
March 2016254
April 2016360
May 2016363
June 2016252
July 2016296
August 2016269
September 2016291
October 2016308
November 2016236
December 2016315
January 2017331
February 2017430
March 2017355
April 2017365
May 2017430
June 2017448
July 2017490
August 2017361
September 2017326
October 2017300
November 2017327
December 2017364
January 2018454
February 2018319
March 2018365
April 2018370
May 2018351
June 2018353
July 2018310
August 2018356
September 2018390
October 2018300
November 2018415
December 2018287
January 2019472
February 2019293
March 2019394
April 2019330
May 2019423
June 2019352
July 2019390
August 2019269
September 2019233
October 2019312
November 2019322
December 2019280
January 2020428
February 2020388
March 2020413
April 2020475
May 2020452
June 2020750
July 2020416
August 2020406
September 2020488
October 2020562
November 2020463
December 2020468
January 2021391
February 2021441
March 2021490
April 2021465
May 2021536
June 2021543
July 2021469
August 2021506
September 2021410
October 2021531
November 2021492
December 2021434
January 2022509
February 2022607
March 2022512
April 2022514
May 2022557
June 2022801
July 2022767
August 2022532
September 2022759
October 2022760
November 2022669
December 2022520
January 2023799
February 2023590
March 2023816
April 20231,082
May 20231,077
June 2023798
July 2023715
August 2023768
September 2023523
Undated articles0

Join the project Edit

Please add your signature to the bottom of the list of project members.

Userbox Edit

There is a userbox that you can add to your user page once you join:

{{User WikiProject notability}} displays as
NNThis user is part of the notability sorting drive.

Invitation template Edit

There is a template that you can add to a user's talk page to invite them to join this project:

{{WikiProject Notability Invite}} displays as

Notes Edit

  1. ^ See the final decisions of the ArbCom case concerning this problem.

See also Edit