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Article assessment is the process by which tropical cyclone articles are sorted by quality into the different quality categories. This page provides information on the assessment scale as well as the current practice of assessing articles.


Assessment scaleEdit

The scale for assessments is defined at Wikipedia:Version_1.0_Editorial_Team/Assessment. Articles are divided into the following categories.

WikiProject article quality grading scheme

These criteria apply to general-content articles. Tropical cyclone articles have additional criteria/guidelines about what sorts of content and formatting should be provided for an article of each class; see the talk page for discussion of these.

Each tropical cyclone article has its assessment included inside the {{hurricane}} template, such as {{hurricane|class=B}}. This provides automatic categorization within Category:Tropical cyclone articles by quality. Note that the class parameter is case-specific; see the template's documentation for more information.

B-Class criteriaEdit

In addition to the above, B-Class articles for the WikiProject should meet the following six criteria:

  1. The article is suitably referenced, with inline citations where necessary.
    It has reliable sources, and any important or controversial material which is likely to be challenged is cited. The use of either <ref> tags or citation templates such as {{cite web}} is not required.
  2. The article reasonably covers the topic, and does not contain obvious omissions or inaccuracies.
    It contains a large proportion of the material necessary for an A-Class article, although some sections may need expansion, and some less important topics may be missing.
  3. The article has a defined structure.
    Content should be organized into groups of related material, including a lead section and all the sections that can reasonably be included in an article of its kind.
  4. The article is reasonably well-written.
    The prose contains no major grammatical errors and flows sensibly, but it certainly need not be "brilliant". The Manual of Style need not be followed rigorously.
  5. The article contains supporting materials where appropriate.
    Illustrations are encouraged, though not required. Diagrams and an infobox etc. should be included where they are relevant and useful to the content.
  6. The article presents its content in an appropriately understandable way.
    It is written with as broad an audience in mind as possible. Although Wikipedia is more than just a general encyclopedia, the article should not assume unnecessary technical background and technical terms should be explained or avoided where possible.

Assessment guidelinesEdit

Assessment guidelines for single tropical cyclone ("storm") articles:
Class Description Example
  FA Exemplifies the quality of a professional encyclopedia and passes featured article candidacy by satisfying the featured article criteria. Cyclone Raja
(as of May 2019)
  A Passes A-Class review. A-class storm articles are ready for submission as a featured article candidate, with only minor style issues, if any. A-class storm articles are comprehensive and clear in their prose and coverage, detailing all aspects of the storm with reliable sources, well-formatted CS1-templated references, relevant images, and non-breaking spaces where appropriate. WikiProject Tropical cyclone's A-class articles are considered higher quality than GA-class articles and are distinguished by their thoroughness in coverage, better style/prose, and consistency in references. A-class storm articles are essentially complete in their coverage of the storm. Hurricane Arthur
(as of June 2015)
  GA Nominated and passes Good article nominations. Touches and expounds upon all facets of the storm, including a meteorological history based upon the most reliable and final data (should use post-storm review data rather than operational data), unit system conversions for all measurements, and detailed storm preparations, impacts, and aftermath if available for all areas affected. All content is well-sourced with verifiable and reliable sources, and there should be no obvious omissions of pertinent content. Cyclone Sagar
(as of January 2019)
  B Passes all six B-Class criteria. B-class storm articles are fully-referenced, reasonably well-written, and cover the meteorological history of the storm and impacts for all areas affected. All sections, including the lede, should be well-structured and well-sourced. B-class articles should be free of any significant article-wide or section-wide citation and verifiability messages. However, there may be some minor omissions of certain facets of the storm and/or its impacts. Certain statements may also be dubious, ambiguous, unclear, or based on an original synthesis of ideas, even if those statements are well-sourced. Tropical Storm Rolf
(as of May 2019)
  C C-Class storm articles typically have most of the content and structure needed for a tropical cyclone storm article. Most new tropical cyclone storm articles that follow the project's style guidelines and are mostly well-referenced are preliminarily rated C-Class. However, C-Class articles often require extensive cleanup. They may place undue weight on certain facets of the storm, rely on outdated information (particularly in the meteorological history and casualty/damage figures), suggest subtle original research, cite broken links, feature some stretches of unencyclopedic prose, or contain unreferenced statements. C-Class articles touch upon all facets of a storm and all areas affected, but lack detail about these facets. Typhoon Haiyan
(as of July 2019)
  Start Start-Class articles are generally incomplete in their coverage of the storm. While it may meet most of the project's style guidelines and follow the basic layout for a tropical cyclone article, there may be missing information of pertinent content relating to the storm. The main affected areas and aspects of the storm's evolution may not be covered in adequate detail, while other secondarily affected areas may be missing entirely. Storm articles whose prose and depth of content do not reflect (or "do justice to") the notability of a storm or the severity of its impacts are often rated Start-class. Extensive cleanup is needed to bring these articles to par, and there are likely several sentences that are not referenced by reliable and verifiable sources. References are often bare links, and the tone of the article may not comply with the manual of style. However, Start-Class articles offer a more inclusive overview of the storm and at the very least acknowledge the entirety of the storm's scope. Tropical Storm Norma (1970)
(as of January 2012)
  Stub Stub-Class storm articles are largely devoid of most content, and may not follow the structure detailed in the project's style guidelines. Such articles provide some semblance of coverage and overview but are greatly lacking in detail. Entire sections of content may be unreferenced, or cited using questionable and non-verifiable sources. The principal aspects of the storm and basic sections specified in the project's guidelines, including the storm's basic meteorological history and main areas affected, may be wholly inadequate or entirely missing. Stub-Class storm articles are often jumbled collections of information that may not have much coherence establishing their relevance. Typhoon Sanba
(as of March 2013)

The following are assessment guidelines for season articles:

  • Stub class — Lacking the inclusion of each named (or nameable) storm
  • Start class — Every storm is mentioned
  • B class — Every storm has at least one paragraph for storm history and one for impact (if impact exists)
  • GA class — Covers everything well; before nominating, should include metric units, inline sourcing, and multiple paragraphs outside of the storm section (either in lede or a season summary section); nominated at WP:GAC and passed
  • A class — Season summary as well as an appropriately-long lead (two or more paragraphs, minimum), every section complete, any records about the season mentioned, non-breaking spacing (&nbsp;) between numbers and their units
  • FA class — Passes FAC

Assessment processEdit

Current practice is that Stub-Start-C-B assessments are done by individual editors when looking at an article. While usually it only takes a short time for assessors to identify new articles in Category:Unassessed Tropical cyclone articles, editors can request a review here if it is taking too long to assess an article.

Before upgrading articles to {{A-Class}}, the article should be discussed here to make sure everyone agrees that it meets the criteria listed above. This process is called an "A-Class review". To create a new A-Class review discussion, add the article to be assessed in a sub-section of the #A-Class review section below. Give the article's exact name in the title with a wikilink. Finally, add the "assessed=yes" parameter to the {{hurricane}} template near the talk of the article's talk page. Don't bundle more than one article per section, as that causes "assessed=yes" to point to a dead link.

Once the article is A-Class, you should probably get general peer review on it and then follow the normal process for promoting the article to featured status. Peer review (PR) and FA candidates (FAC) should be announced here to get more tropical-cyclone-specific comments from WPTC editors.

Finally, to prevent the page from becoming too long, archive an assessment discussion using the following form (replacing PAGENAME with the name of the article to archive):

Article assessmentsEdit

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A-Class reviewEdit

If you don't find a storm, and its talk page marks it as assessed, look for it in the archives. Please add new assessments to the TOP of this list.

Assessment logEdit

A bot-maintained log of all assessment changes of WP:WPTC articles can be found at Wikipedia:WikiProject Tropical cyclones/Assessment Log.

See alsoEdit