Welcome to the assessment department of the Virginia WikiProject! This department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's articles about Virginia or the people of Virginia. 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.
A featured article exemplifies Wikipedia's very best work and is distinguished by professional standards of writing, presentation, and sourcing. In addition to meeting the policies regarding content for all Wikipedia articles, it has the following attributes.
well-written: its prose is engaging and of a professional standard;
comprehensive: it neglects no major facts or details and places the subject in context;
a lead: a concise lead section that summarizes the topic and prepares the reader for the detail in the subsequent sections;
appropriate structure: a substantial but not overwhelming system of hierarchical section headings; and
consistent citations: where required by criterion 1c, consistently formatted inline citations using footnotes—see citing sources for suggestions on formatting references. Citation templates are not required.
Prose. It features professional standards of writing.
Lead. It has an engaging lead that introduces the subject and defines the scope and inclusion criteria.
(a) It comprehensively covers the defined scope, providing at least all of the major items and, where practical, a complete set of items; where appropriate, it has annotations that provide useful and appropriate information about the items.
(c) In length and/or topic, it meets all of the requirements for stand-alone lists; does not violate the content-forking guideline, does not largely duplicate material from another article, and could not reasonably be included as part of a related article.
Structure. It is easy to navigate and includes, where helpful, section headings and table sort facilities.
The article is well organized and essentially complete, having been examined by impartial reviewers from a WikiProject or elsewhere. Good article status is not a requirement for A-Class.
More detailed criteria
The article meets the A-Class criteria:
Provides a well-written, clear and complete description of the topic, as described in Wikipedia:Article development. It should be of a length suitable for the subject, appropriately structured, and be well referenced by a broad array of reliable sources. It should be well illustrated, with no copyright problems. Only minor style issues and other details need to be addressed before submission as a featured article candidate. See the A-Class assessment departments of some of the larger WikiProjects (e.g. WikiProject Military history).
Very useful to readers. A fairly complete treatment of the subject. A non-expert in the subject would typically find nothing wanting.
Expert knowledge may be needed to tweak the article, and style problems may need solving. WP:Peer review may help.
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.
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.
The article is reasonably well-written. The prose contains no major grammatical errors and flows sensibly, but it does not need to be "brilliant". The Manual of Style does not need to be followed rigorously.
The article contains supporting materials where appropriate. Illustrations are encouraged, though not required. Diagrams, an infobox etc. should be included where they are relevant and useful to the content.
Readers are not left wanting, although the content may not be complete enough to satisfy a serious student or researcher.
A few aspects of content and style need to be addressed. Expert knowledge may be needed. The inclusion of supporting materials should be considered if practical, and the article checked for general compliance with the Manual of Style and related style guidelines.
The article is substantial but is still missing important content or contains irrelevant material. The article should have some references to reliable sources, but may still have significant problems or require substantial cleanup.
More detailed criteria
The article cites more than one reliable source and is better developed in style, structure, and quality than Start-Class, but it fails one or more of the criteria for B-Class. It may have some gaps or missing elements, or need editing for clarity, balance, or flow.
Useful to a casual reader, but would not provide a complete picture for even a moderately detailed study.
Considerable editing is needed to close gaps in content and solve cleanup problems.
An article that is developing but still quite incomplete. It may or may not cite adequate reliable sources.
More detailed criteria
The article has a meaningful amount of good content, but it is still weak in many areas. The article has one or more of the following:
A useful picture or graphic
Multiple links that help explain or illustrate the topic
A subheading that fully treats an element of the topic
Multiple subheadings that indicate material that could be added to complete the article
Provides some meaningful content, but most readers will need more.
Providing references to reliable sources should come first; the article also needs substantial improvement in content and organisation. Also improve the grammar, spelling, writing style and improve the jargon use.
A very basic description of the topic. Meets none of the Start-Class criteria.
Provides very little meaningful content; may be little more than a dictionary definition. Readers probably see insufficiently developed features of the topic and may not see how the features of the topic are significant.
Any editing or additional material can be helpful. The provision of meaningful content should be a priority. The best solution for a Stub-class Article to step up to a Start-class Article is to add in referenced reasons of why the topic is significant.
This idea is in the brainstorming stage. Feel free to add new ideas; improve, clarify and classify the ideas already here; and discuss the merits of these ideas on the talk page.
The priority within Virginia articles is based on this scale. It does not reflect on the inherent importance of the topic or the value of contributions to the articles. Rather, it is a tool for the prioritization of the thousands of articles within the project, which an editor or the group of editors may decide to use when choosing what to work on. The following values may be used for Priority assessments:
US Presidents from Virginia not ranked higher (e.g. John Tyler)
Founding fathers from Virginia not ranked higher (defined here as those who signed the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, or U.S. Bill of Rights, Generals in the Revolutionary War, or represented Virginia at the conventions for the above, or otherwise made substantial contribution to the American Revolution and founding of the U.S. government) (e.g. George Mason)
Governors of Virginia (either of the Commonwealth or the Colony)
Other people of enduring high importance and legacy to Virginia
This article is relatively important to the project, as it fills in some more specific knowledge of certain areas. (The article is about a topic within the field that may or may not be commonly known outside Virginia.)
Towns and most census-designated places
Some unincorporated communities. Factors may include historical prominence, whether there are streets and a distinct commercial district.
Secondary rivers, major wind gaps, some individual mountains, etc. (e.g. Pamunkey River)
Landmarks, institutions, and sites of statewide significance:
The article is about a topic that is highly specialized within Virginia studies and is not generally common knowledge outside that community or Virginia. (This article is of little overall priority to this project, but it covers a highly local, specific or specialized area of knowledge.)
Local-level geographic forms, such as smaller tributaries and creeks
Most unincorporated communities
Landmarks, institutions, and sites of local and regional significance:
NOTE: Biographies may be outside the project scope for people who spent relatively little time in Virginia or are at best tangentially or fleetingly relevant to it, such as those whose sole connection is from attending a university, on a military deployment or stationed in Virginia, or similar situation (unless of course their notability derives from their time in Virginia). Please tag these for more relevant WikiProjects.
Individual college teams and professional sports teams of local interest
I have added information on the district as well as a map and photo. Included is the elevation, time zones, area code, relation to the federal reserve, a photo of the district, and a boundary map of the district. Ktkvtsh (talk) 08:44, 23 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
In the past few weeks, I and others have made extensive edits to the breadth in quality of the content and details used to describe this mid-century modern historic district. Because I have been the major editor of these revisions, I am seeking an objective view to categorize this article above Start class. Thanks djharrity (talk 20:08, 2 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I have just completed an intensive edit of Dutch Gap article. I tried to keep all the information in the original, but have added detail, references, more photographs, and an appropriate map. As I worked on it, it seems its Civil War significance became the biggest focus. I think it is now beyond start class. Would somebody be willing to evaluate it? Thank you!Wtfiv (talk) 22:05, 6 April 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Better late than never, but I have re-assessed it as B class and mid priority. Nice article. --Mojo Hand(talk) 16:14, 5 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The article should be considered for upgrades for both quality and importance. The article has just been promoted to GA; it was last assessed as a B and since then it has also undergone more expansion. A quality reassessment is deemed appropriate in conjunction with the GA. Also, review of the criteria for importance indicates an upgrade to “High” importance is justified, as the article features three presidents, two governors, and a founder. Thank you. Hoppyh (talk) 18:05, 9 December 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Article has been reworked to emphasize archaeological significance of an early colonial settlement in the area. Could someone review this to see if it qualifies higher than stub class? I'm hoping that with the quality of citations it may reach C. Thanks. Wtfiv (talk) 02:28, 23 April 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Nice work done on the archaeology. I see it as a strong C at this point.--Mojo Hand(talk) 22:05, 29 April 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
This article was rated as a Stub class many years ago, but considering it is a topic of low importance, it is largely complete. With a fair number of in-line citations, it is roughly a C in my estimation. Since I have edited it in the past, I would like someone else to give it a rating. Thanks. — AjaxSmack 15:12, 24 March 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@AjaxSmack: I rated it a C on April 23. There's a lot of work here, and it is no longer a stub, that's for sure!
Currently rated as Start, but given the major overhaul and broadening of the article, I am fairly sure that it now qualifies as higher than that. Thanks. JabberJawJAPANtalk 00:42, 27 September 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Jabberjawjapan: I put this article at B level. I think there is a lot of comprehensive material here. Though more can be added due to the complexity of the missions, I think that for many users it will answer their questions.Wtfiv (talk) 19:01, 4 May 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Although given a start-class assessment prior to my recent edits, the article already had substantially more information on Virginia's Congressional Districts than other states articles in that "(state) congressional districts" series. I reorganized the subsections and expanded several sections and added multiple reform efforts in the last decade, other editors have made recent contributions to ensure that the current Congressional District information is updated. I'm not sure why the four-year old snidely deprecating post remains unarchived. TheVirginiaHistorian (talk) 15:23, 17 October 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]
This article was rated as a Start class many years ago, but since then has has substantial improvements in wording and inclusion of sourced information. I would raise it to at least C class but would like someone else to give it a rating. Willy No1lakersfan (Talk - Edits) 23:43, 16 October 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Article with start assessment is now expanded from mid-1700s Conventions alone to include all Virginia Conventions and Constitutional Commission activity in the 20th century, with three editors recently making contributions. TheVirginiaHistorian (talk) 15:27, 4 September 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]
After review of B class criteria, I have upgraded the article to B class. Advancing to A class requires two other editors to concur with the advancement, with no major disagreements. I propose an A-class assessment. TheVirginiaHistorian (talk) 11:38, 6 October 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Newly-created article on current International Association of Fire Fighters General President who began his professional career in Fairfax County, Virginia needs assessment.--TommyBoy (talk) 05:18, 14 August 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Article on Norfolk, Virginia-based civic organization needs assessment, but I'm not sure how to assess it because the article has multiple maintenance tags. --TommyBoy (talk) 15:56, 13 July 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
This article is a mess, and I toyed with invoking WP:TNT. However, there does seem to be something notable here, so I think I may roll up my sleeves and try to clean it up.--Mojo Hand(talk) 15:23, 21 August 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Article on the most notable non-athletic building on Longwood University's campus. Historically notable due to the 2001 fire and its place in the development of LU. Tried to make it Start-class and Low importance, but should be assessed. Puritan Nerd 04:20, 12 May 2015 (UTC)
I totally agree with that assessment. The article is on the way to being C class; I think it just needs some more history and an architecture section.--Mojo Hand(talk) 18:21, 18 May 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Article on current Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services Administrator and Richmond native is currently assessed as Stub, and might warrant re-assessment.--TommyBoy (talk) 01:47, 24 February 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Article about Winchester, Virginia area radio station WINC. I have made considerable sourced additions to the article on the way to one day GA (and maybe FA)...hopefully. - Neutralhomer • Talk • 23:50, 19 January 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]
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