Frequently asked questions

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 Palestine}} to the talk page; there's no need to do anything else.
3. Someone put a {{WikiProject Palestine}} 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 Palestine 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. Alternately, you can ask any member of the project to rate the article again. 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.



How To Assess an Article


An article's assessment is generated from the class parameter in the WikiProject Palestine project banner on the article's talk page. Articles for which a valid class is not provided are listed in Category:Unassessed Palestine-related articles. At present, there are over ? Palestine articles that need assessment (e.g., that need to have a class inserted in the class parameter of the template).

Palestine articles to be assessed have some aspects of the template on their talk page, but the template may be incomplete. First, select an article from the list at Category:Unassessed Palestine-related articles. Then, look over the article in anticipation of filling out the parameters of the Palestine template. Next, replace the WikiProject Palestine template on the article talk page with the following:

{{WikiProject Palestine

The above {{WikiProject Palestine}} template has all the answers that you will need for most situations. From your review of the article, delete those answers and parameters that do not fit the article. Then, fill in the listas parameter (e.g., last name, first name), then save. And, you are done!

Class parameter


An article's quality assessment is generated from the class parameter in the {{WikiProject Palestine}} project banner on its talk page: {{WikiProject Palestine|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 Palestine-related articles)   FA
A (adds articles to Category:A-Class Palestine-related articles)   A
GA (for good articles only; adds articles to Category:GA-Class Palestine-related articles)   GA
B (adds articles to Category:B-Class Palestine-related articles) B
C (adds articles to Category:C-Class Palestine-related articles) C
Start (adds articles to Category:Start-Class Palestine-related articles) Start
Stub (adds articles to Category:Stub-Class Palestine-related articles) Stub
FL (for featured lists only; adds articles to Category:FL-Class Palestine-related articles)   FL
List (adds articles to Category:List-Class Palestine-related articles) List

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

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

Quality scale


Importance parameter


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

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

Importance scale


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 Palestine.

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 assessment


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:

  • Khan Yunis killings, new article I've created requiring assessment. Thanks! 1Matt20 23:54, 24 August 2013 (UTC)
  • Two-state solution: The article has a "high" importance rating. The introduction to the article was very long and very incoherent (it had a "lead too long" tag). I have rewrote the introduction and either moved the material into separate sub-sections, or deleted it because of redundancies (the "diplomatic process" section). I have also added some material, notably in the "history" section, having to do with UN 242, which is the basis for the two-state solution. Would be good if someone takes a look at it. Thanks. Kingsindian (talk) 07:18, 21 July 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  • Jenin Camp; old article which I have expanded fivefold. The ⬡ Bestagon T/C 14:54, 19 February 2023 (UTC)[reply]
  • Abd Al Aziz Awda, biographical article expanded substantially in April 2023, has been start class since the 2000s. Eithersummer (talk) 14:44, 9 May 2023



Assessment box


This box below lists all articles that {{WikiProject Palestine}} currently has within its scope by each article's importance to the Project (Low, Mid, High or Top) and its quality (Stub, Start, B, Good, A and Featured).

Palestine-related article rating and assessment scheme
(NB: Listing, Log & Stats are updated on a daily basis by a bot)
Daily log of status changes
Current Statistics

Individual users are allowed to rate the article's importance and its quality as far as B-class. For good and featured articles please see GA nominations and FA candidates. For A-class, a user should contact other users in the Project to check the particular article for approval.

Project statistics


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.

  1. ^ For example, this image of the Battle of Normandy is grainy, but very few pictures of that event exist. However, where quite a number of pictures exist, for instance, the moon landing, FPC attempts to select the best of the ones produced.
  2. ^ An image has more encyclopedic value (often abbreviated to "EV" or "enc" in discussions) if it contributes strongly to a single article, rather than contributing weakly to many. Adding an image to numerous articles to gain EV is counterproductive and may antagonize both FPC reviewers and article editors.
  3. ^ While effects such as black and white, sepia, oversaturation, and abnormal angles may be visually pleasing, they often detract from the accurate depiction of the subject.