Articles: FA-Class | A Class | GA-Class | B-Class | C-Class | Start-Class | Stub Class | Unassessed

Welcome to the assessment department of the Years WikiProject. This department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's years articles. 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 recognising excellent contributions and identifying topics in need of further work.

The ratings are done in a distributed fashion through parameters in the {{WikiProject Years}} project banner; this causes the articles to be placed in the appropriate sub-categories of Category:Years articles by quality and Category:Years articles by importance, which serve as the foundation for an automatically generated worklist.

For advice about formal reviews, see Wikipedia:WikiProject Years/Review.

Parameters edit

An article's assessment is generated from the class and importance parameters in the {{WikiProject Years}} project banner on its talk page:

{{WikiProject Years|parameters}}

The following values may be used for the class parameter:

Peer reviews edit

Peer reviews are meant to be informal and do not necessarily result in a rating being given. If requesting a peer review, include a parameter in the template call:

  • peer-review=yes

See Wikipedia:WikiProject_Years/Review#Peer_review for full instructions.

A-class criteria edit

An article that has been proposed for A-class should have its A-class review status included in the template call:

  • A-Class=pass (article has passed an A-class review)
  • A-Class=current (article is currently undergoing an A-class review)
  • A-Class=fail (article has failed an A-class review)

See Wikipedia:WikiProject_Years/Review#A-Class_review for full instructions.

B-class criteria edit

To attain B-class, an article is subject to six criteria that will ensure it has the required quality even though it may not yet be complete in terms of content.

  • B-Class-1 - It reasonably covers the topic using WP:NPOV and contains no major omissions or inaccuracies
  • B-Class-2 - It uses good English and is free from major grammatical, syntax and spelling errors)
  • B-Class-3 - It has a defined structure, including a lead section and one or more sections of content)
  • B-Class-4 - It provides adequate navigation through links, categories and appropriate templates)
  • B-Class-5 - It is suitably referenced and all major points have appropriate inline citations)
  • B-Class-6 - It contains appropriate supporting materials such as an infobox, images or diagrams)

NB: if the article fails any of these criteria, it must be given Start-class rating; but if it fails any of criteria 1 to 3, it should be given Stub-class rating

If the article is given B-Class status as a result of being reviewed using these criteria, it is automatically placed in Category:B-Class Years articles (see above).

C-class criteria edit

C-class is awarded to articles that pass #1 to #4 of the B-class criteria above but fail one or both of #5 (lacks citations) and #6 (lacks supporting materials). The article must pass all of #1 to #4, even if it does meet one of #5 or #6, or it will be awarded start-class.

Start-class and stub-class edit

A stub is an article that contains little more than a definition or a brief overview. It must have sufficient content to comply with WP:Notability and it must be verifiable but it might yet consist of just a couple of sentences. A stub will normally fail all six B-class criteria, particularly #1.

A start-class article is, broadly speaking, an expanded stub. It provides a reasonable amount of coverage and, providing it meets WP:NPOV and is generally accurate, it will normally pass #1 of the B-class criteria. A weak start is one that fails all of criteria #1 to #4, while a strong start passes these and is promoted to C-class.

Unfortunately, the reviewer must take a subjective view of the threshold between stub and weak start. The key difference is the length.

Unassessed articles edit

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

Importance parameter edit

The following values may be used for the importance parameter:

The parameter is not used if an article's class is set to NA, and may be omitted in those cases. The importance should be assigned according to the importance scale below.

Task force parameter edit

Task forces may optionally be established by the project to concentrate on specific areas of study (they are widely employed by many other projects) and this template caters for the option by enabling a task force parameter to be set. Thus, if an article is being supported by a years in sport task force, the parameter Sports-task-force would be included in the template call and set to yes.

Quality scale edit

It is important to remember that the "class" of an article has two factors: completeness and quality. These do not necessarily overlap or interlink. Completeness is measured by the classes A, B, Start and Stub where A is an essentially complete article and Stub is little more than a place-marker. Quality is measured by classes FA, GA and B.

To be rated GA in quality, the article must at least be B-class in terms of its quality, according to the B-class criteria above; and to be rated A-class in terms of completeness, it again must at least be B-class. Note that an A-class complete article may not necessarily meet FA or GA quality criteria.

Article progress grading scheme
Label Criteria Reader's experience Editor's experience Examples
Reserved exclusively for articles that have received "Featured article" status after peer review, and meet the current criteria for featured articles. Definitive. Outstanding, thorough article; a great source for encyclopedic information. No further editing necessary, unless new published information has come to light. Category:FA-Class Years articles
Essentially a completed article. Provides a well-written, reasonably clear and comprehensive description of the topic, as described in How to write a great article. It must be of a length suitable for the subject (i.e., it can be a very short article if there is limited data available). Subject to length, it should have a well-written, concise introduction and be well-structured: e.g., there should be a structured series of appropriate headings to break up the content. It must have sufficient external literature references, which should include published literature (i.e., books, newspapers, magazines, journals, etc.) and not just other websites, unless a website is the main or only significant source. Ideally, it should be well illustrated with no copyright problems (obviously, copyright may prevent any useful pictures being included). An A-class article is essentially complete but, providing it is of sufficient length and meets other quality criteria such as the appropriate use of illustrations, tables, statistics and so on, it could potentially be considered for featured article status: i.e., if it corresponds to the "Wikipedia 1.0" standard. Very useful to readers. An essentially complete treatment of the subject. A non-expert in the subject matter would typically find nothing wanting. May benefit from additional effort to improve wording, style, format, layout, citations or supporting materials but otherwise a "finished job". Minor edits and adjustments might improve the article, particularly if brought to bear by a subject-matter expert. Issues of breadth, layout and balance may need work. Illustrations, tables, points of structure or format might be addressed. Peer-review would be helpful at this stage. Category:A-Class Years articles
The article has passed through the Good article nomination process and been granted GA status, meeting the good article standards. By definition, the article still needs some work to reach featured article (FA-class) standard, but it is otherwise a good article. Good articles that may succeed in FAC should be considered A-Class articles providing they are essentially complete. Note that being a Good article is not a requirement for A-Class. Note also that a B-class article can qualify for GA-class without being A-class (i.e., an incomplete article can be a GA but only a complete article can be an FA). Useful to nearly all readers. A good treatment of the subject although not necessarily complete. No obvious problems, gaps, excessive information. Adequate for most purposes, but some work still required. Additional editing will certainly improve the article in terms of content, style or structure, but not necessarily for a good reader experience as the article will already be useful for most purposes. Category:GA-Class Years articles
Has all of the elements described in Start-Class below and substantial content, although it is not a completed article. If it has attracted attention tags such as "cleanup" or "citation required", it must be relegated to Start. The article must be checked against the following criteria for B-Class status:
  • coverage and accuracy
  • use of English
  • structure
  • navigation
  • references and citations
  • supporting materials

To complete this checklist, see the template and add the relevant options to the template call

Useful to many, but not all, readers. A casual reader flipping through articles would feel that they generally understood the topic, but a serious student or researcher trying to use the material may find it incomplete or perhaps too high-level. Nevertheless it has passed the necessary quality checks and its only real failing may be incomplete content. Editing is still needed to finalise the content which may include filling in some important gaps. B-class articles that attract attention tags other than "expand" must be relegated to Start-class until the tags can be cleared. Category:B-Class Years articles
The article does at least have the basic quality elements of reasonable content that is non-POV, an acceptable standard of English, a structured format and useful navigation aids. It will be short of citations and/or supporting materials but is otherwise a decent piece of work. Useful to readers looking for a well-structured and reasonably detailed overview of the subject but of limited use to serious students. A subject expert would probably note several gaps. Considerable editing still required including provision of citations and/or supporting materials. C-class articles that attract attention tags other than "expand" must be relegated to Start-class until the tags can be cleared. Category:C-Class Years articles
The article lacks quality and has failed at least one of B-Class criteria #1 to #4. It has a reasonable amount of content but it remains weak overall and it may have attracted attention tags. It presents an overview of the subject and has perhaps a number of salient facts. It should have an acceptable, though basic, structure.

If there are policy problems such as unreferenced, copyright, NPOV, cleanup, etc. the article (if not a stub) must be placed in Start-class.

Not useless as it should at least present an overview. Some readers will find what they are looking for, but most will not. Most articles in this category have the look of an article "under construction" and needing expansion. A reader genuinely interested in the topic is likely to seek additional information elsewhere. The priority is to improve the quality of the article to meet the B-class criteria and, thereby, fully resolve any significant policy issues. A secondary consideration is to expand the content. Substantial editing is needed. Category:Start-Class Years articles
The article may be just a brief introduction, perhaps a mere definition; or a rough collection of information that needs much work to improve it. It is usually very short and probably lacking essential references, categorisation, structure, etc. Probably useless to a reader who is familiar with the subject. Possibly useful to someone who has no knowledge of the subject. At best a brief, informed definition. Any editing and additional material must be helpful, especially categorisation, references, structure, more content. Category:Stub-Class Years articles
The article does not exist and needs to be created (may have a redlink somewhere).      

Importance scale edit

The criteria used for rating article importance attempt to gauge the probability of the "average" or "typical" reader of Wikipedia needing to look up the topic (and thus the immediate need to have a suitably well-written article on it). Therefore, it is the importance of the article to the development of the project that is under consideration.

Status Template Meaning of Status
Top {{Top-Class}} This article is of the utmost importance to the project, as it provides key information about a major topic that is fundamental to a study of the subject.
High {{High-Class}} This article is very important to the project, as it covers either a general area of knowledge or provides information about a significant topic.
Mid {{Mid-Class}} This article is relatively important to the project, as it provides more specific knowledge of areas that a serious reader would need to understand.
Low {{Low-Class}} This article is significant but has limited importance to the project, as it expands the reader's overall knowledge of the subject into areas of general interest.
unknown not assessed This article is of unknown importance to this project. It remains to be assessed. It is likely that the article is a stub and therefore contains insufficient information for an assessment to be made.

Requesting an assessment edit

If you have made significant changes to an article and would like an outside opinion on a new rating for it, please use the peer review facility.

Note that requests made under the old style of review have been stored in the new peer review section. --Gqiu9920 (talk) 20:16, 14 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Participants edit

Please feel free to add your name to this list if you would like to join the assessment team

  1. Orrelly Man (talk · contribs)
  2. Phoenix B 1of3 (talk · contribs)
  3. meco (talk · contribs)
  4. ChrisAshtear (talk · contribs)
  5. TheEditor867 (talk · contribs)