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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 articles:
Class Criterion
Article has little structure, severely lacking storm information and is narrow in coverage, little to no references.
Some structure, with basic overview of storm and compliance with basic Wikipedia guidelines.
Decent structure and broad in coverage.
Passes the B-class checklist.
Covers everything well, and, before nominating, should include metric units, preparation and aftermath sections if possible, and sources for all tidbits of information; nominated at WP:GAN and passed.
Very comprehensive, impact section has multiple sub-sections by area that are complete, cite web formatting, non-breaking spacing ( ) between numbers and their units
Exemplifies the quality of a professional encyclopedia; passes WP:FAC.

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 lede (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):

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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.

Tropical cyclones in popular cultureEdit

I would like to request a review of this article. I have provided references to all mentioned storms and am currently engaged in the process of re-writing some of the entries based on material in my own collection. I believe it now rates as higher than Start class.Graham1973 (talk) 00:38, 15 September 2012 (UTC)

For starters, the lead should be longer. YE Pacific Hurricane 04:12, 15 September 2012 (UTC)
That could prove tricky as the first paragraph of the article proper contains the full summary and I see no point in duplicating it.Graham1973 (talk) 11:48, 17 September 2012 (UTC)
Anyone willing to re-assess this for a higher criteria than Start.Graham1973 (talk) 14:43, 20 September 2012 (UTC)

The article seems to be missing some context about why storms are important in popular culture. Currently it's just a rather long list, which isn't terrible, but it seems borderline trivial given its current state. I think some more info about storms, why people use them, whatnot. It seems one of the only bits in the article that mention that - the last paragraph in "Purpose in fiction and literature" - is unsourced, so that's a bit problematic for being higher than start. The article has to be well-rounded given its subject matter. --♫ Hurricanehink (talk ) 14:55, 20 September 2012 (UTC)

Agreed, I've been going over those entries where I have copies of the books used and have tried to include in the description the purpose the author has used the storm for. See for example the entry for Typhoon Louise I've just added.Graham1973 (talk) 03:43, 22 September 2012 (UTC)

Assessment logEdit

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

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