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1. Assess articles that are currently unassessed. You'll find them at

2. Place {{WikiProject U.S. Congress}} on the talk page of articles that don't already have it. And when you do, please complete the assessment.

Welcome to the assessment department of the U.S. Congress WikiProject! This department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's United States Congress-related articles, using {{WikiProject U.S. Congress}} . 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 U.S. Congress}} project banner; this causes the articles to be placed in the appropriate sub-categories of:

which serve as the foundation for an automatically generated worklist.

The final status box is generated automatically by a bot or manually by this this web form.

Frequently asked questionsEdit

How can I get my article rated? 
Please list it in the section for assessment requests below.
Who can assess articles? 
Any member of the Congress WikiProject is free to add or change the rating of an article.
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.
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.
Aren't the ratings subjective? 
Yes, they are, 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.

Quality assessmentEdit

An article's quality assessment is generated from the class parameter in the {{WikiProject U.S. Congress}} project banner on its talk page:

{{WikiProject U.S. Congress| ... | class=??? | ...}}

The following values may be used for the class parameter to describe the quality of the article:

Quality scaleEdit

Articles for which a valid class is not provided are listed in Category:Unassessed U.S. Congress articles. The class should be assigned according to the quality scale below:

WikiProject article quality grading scheme

Importance assessmentEdit

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

{{WikiProject U.S. Congress| ... | importance=??? | ...}}

The following values may be used for importance assessments:

Importance scaleEdit

Label Criteria Examples
Top Core topics about Congress. Generally, these topics are sub-articles of the main United States Congress article, vital for the understanding of Congress or extremely notable to people outside of the United States. This category should stay limited to approximately 100 members. Biographies should be limited to the top one or two members of Congress in a particular field or persons of the greatest historical importance
High Topics that are very notable within Congress, and well-known outside of it, and can be reasonably expected to be included in any print encyclopedia.
Mid Topics that are reasonably notable on a national level within Congress without necessarily being famous or very notable internationally
Low Topics of mostly low-level interest or those that are only included for complete coverage or as examples of a higher-level topic; peripheral or trivial topics or topics that have only a limited connection to Congress

Subject assessmentEdit

When applying the {{WikiProject U.S. Congress}} template, editors ought to add a subject. This subject will put that article in a corresponding category as follows:

{{WikiProject U.S. Congress | subject=}}

Subject Category
person Category:WikiProject U.S. Congress persons
place Category:WikiProject U.S. Congress places
thing Category:WikiProject U.S. Congress things
event Category:WikiProject U.S. Congress events

Requesting an assessmentEdit

If you have made significant changes to an article and would like an outside opinion on a new rating for it, list it below.

Assessments to doEdit

Assessments doneEdit

General rulesEdit

  • Ordinal Congresses (1st Congress … 112 Congress) should be assessed:
    • class=list | importance=high | subject=event.