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I have commenced the project assessment categories which will help us "rate" all project related articles based on their quality. Project members can first examine articles related to the scope of this project and then proceed to the article talk page and "rate" the article. Please see Wikipedia:WikiProject Montana/Assessment for guidance as to how to rate articles. This is an informal, no need for hurry mission for the project, so anyone interested can do this as they have the time and/or inclination. There is also a link to the assessment guide under the "assessment" heading from the main project page as well. Basically, the way to rate the article is to hit the edit this page at the top of each article's talkpage. Edit the {{WikiProject Montana}} template by adjusting to:

{{WikiProject Montana|class=FA}} For Featured articles if they have been rated already

{{|WikiProject Montana|class=A}} For A class articles

{{WikiProject Montana|class=GA}} For Good articles if they have been rated already

{{WikiProject Montana|class=B}} For B class articles

{{WikiProject Montana|class=Start}} For Start level articles

{{WikiProject Montana|class=Stub}} For Stubs

{{WikiProject Montana|class=NA}} For Non-Articles such as category pages, templates and Project related pages for this project.

If no adjustments are made to the rating, the article is left in the Unassessed category.

For further details and info, don't hestitate to ask me or refer to the Wikipedia:WikiProject Montana/Assessment guide.--MONGO 09:36, 4 March 2007 (UTC)

When the article is rated, it is automatically placed in a category which reflects that rating:

Montana cities task forceEdit

I was thinking it may be good to organize a task force related to Montana's largest (let's say the top seven) cities to increase collaboration and help improve the articles related to Montana's population centers. I think that it would be difficult to generate enough interest to have a separate task force for each city, but if we had a single organized project that it may help. I may probably create one anyway, but I was hoping for any feedback that may come. Dsetay (talk) 16:40, 23 February 2012 (UTC)

I like what you did, but I wouldn't do an importance criteria on the tagged articles, the importance ranking for WP:Montana overall should be sufficient (I can see the edit war of importance ranking cities -- especially with only 7 major ones). I agree there is no reason to do task forces for individual communities, as there are insufficient editors and population to generate that level of scrutiny (given the whole population of Montana is arguably only about a million -- less than the city of Denver...). Montanabw(talk) 03:58, 24 February 2012 (UTC)
I removed the importance tag awhile ago, I though. Mainly, because I thought it was a pain. The importance tag now there is simply for the WikiProject Montana. I added that only about a month ago, so many, if not most, articles haven't been assessed. Personally, I don't really want that responsibility and have been leaving them blank wherever I come across it.Dsetay (talk) 04:40, 24 February 2012 (UTC)

Montana articles lacking sourcesEdit

Have created a new category Category:Montana articles lacking sources to start identifying Montana articles that need references. As it gets populated, we should begin looking for and adding sources to bring these articles up to snuff. If you know of Montana related articles needing sources, please add this category to the article (it is a hidden category) Thanks --Mike Cline (talk) 15:00, 15 January 2013 (UTC)

Over at WikiProject Equine, someone, somehow set up a cleanup listing that takes all the tagged articles and does a plug and chug to accomplish the same thing, that way when the tag is removed, the article disappears from the list. I think the bot that did all this crashed for awhile, but is up and running again. However, I'm weak on the techie side of WP, so you might want to look into this and see is we can do it here. Montanabw(talk) 23:06, 15 January 2013 (UTC)

Meetup in BillingsEdit

Hello! I am coordinating a meetup for Wikipedia Day in Billings. It will be January 15th from 6pm to 8pm at the new City Library. Using a page at meta to organize. It is at m:Meetup/Billings/1. Please spread the word to anyone who may be interested. I'll add links to some nonWikipedia promotion once it's finalized. Thanks! --Tbennert (talk) 18:23, 6 December 2013 (UTC)

Great idea--I live in Billings so sign me up. Rjensen (talk) 22:29, 6 December 2013 (UTC)
Nice! I look forward to seeing you :) --Tbennert (talk) 01:32, 7 December 2013 (UTC)

If you would like to encourage any non-Wiki folks to attend, they can visit either Billings Public Library or Kaleid. I also have flyers in pdf and jpg format if anyone would like. Thanks! --Tbennert (talk) 18:33, 14 December 2013 (UTC)

Hello! We ended up with 8 people plus Rjensen and me. Went okay and gave everyone my contact info for both on and off-Wiki. Hopefully we will gain a few new editors. --Tbennert (talk) 17:11, 20 January 2014 (UTC)

Yay! Good luck! Montanabw(talk) 21:01, 20 January 2014 (UTC)


Hello all! I was curious if anyone else thought it might be a good idea to make a (nonbinding) guideline on how all the individual US state WikiProjects should organize themselves, to help standardize them. I originally put this suggestion in the WikiProject United States talk page, so feel free to look there if you're interested. It's pretty empty though; basically all they said was to see what each of the individual projects thought about it. Please tell me if you have any concerns with this idea; hopefully we can find a way for everyone to love it! Also, I'm new at making proposals, so please forgive me if I do anything silly. :) Hope that you like this idea! JonathanHopeThisIsUnique (talk) 04:56, 3 August 2015 (UTC)

Missing Montana Supreme Court JusticesEdit

Drafts have been created for dozens of missing Montana Supreme Court Justices at Wikipedia:WikiProject Missing encyclopedic articles/United States state judges and justices#Montana. Please feel free to complete these drafts and move them to mainspace. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Cheers! bd2412 T 02:10, 8 May 2016 (UTC)

Northeast Montana UpdateEdit

Not sure if this is the place for this, but I have been working on a few pages for communities in Northeast Montana. Thought it would be a good idea to give the project an update on that. I did a lot of research into U.S. Census reports. I couldn't find good sources for a few years but found enough reports to cover from 1900 forward. If anyone is in need of that data for a community, let me know or look at the references under Hinsdale, Montana. Shadybradyj (talk) 19:12, 14 May 2016 (UTC)

Montana mountainsEdit

The List of mountain peaks of Montana has been expanded and updated. We need articles for the following mountain peaks:

Baldy Mountain (Beaverhead County), Baldy Mountain (Hill County), Baldy Mountain (Sanders County), Big Pryor Mountain, Castle Mountain, Crow Peak, Cutoff Mountain, El Capitan, Gallatin Peak, Garfield Mountain, Greathouse Peak, Highwood Baldy, Hogback Mountain, Holland Peak, Hollowtop Mountain, Homer Youngs Peak, Lone Mountain, McLeod Peak, Mount Chisholm, Mount Cowen, Mount Evans, Mount Headley, Mount Powell, Northwest Peak, Robinson Mountain, Rocky Mountain, Sacagawea Peak, Sage Peak, Saint Joseph Peak, Sheep Mountain, Sliderock Mountain, South Sheep Mountain, Sphinx Mountain, Sunset Peak, Table Mountain, Taylor Mountain, Tumble Mountain, Tweedy Mountain, Two Sisters, West Butte, and West Goat Peak

Information about these peaks can be found in their references on the List of mountain peaks of Montana. We also need good mountain photos for the articles and list gallery. Yours aye,  Buaidh  23:16, 14 June 2016 (UTC)

Mike Cline: This is up your alley, I know we have photos of Sac peak and probably you can get shots of other stuff in Gallatin County. Montanabw(talk) 01:56, 19 June 2016 (UTC)

US 50,000 Challenge inviteEdit

Hi. The Wikipedia:WikiProject United States/The 50,000 Challenge has recently started, based on the UK/Ireland Wikipedia:The 10,000 Challenge. The idea is not to record every minor edit, but to create a momentum to motivate editors to produce good content improvements and creations and inspire people to work on more states than they might otherwise work on. If there's the interest I will start 1000 State Challenges like Wikipedia:The 1000 Challenge (Nordic). For this to really work we need diversity and exciting content and editors from a broad range of states regularly contributing. If you would like to see masses of articles being improved for the US and your specialist/home state like Wikipedia:WikiProject Africa/The Africa Destubathon, sign up today and once the challenge starts a contest can be organized. This is a way we can target every state, and steadily vastly improve the encyclopedia. We need numbers to make this work so consider signing up as a participant and also sign under any state sub challenge on the page that you might contribute to! Thankyou.♦ Dr. Blofeld 15:19, 1 November 2016 (UTC)

Goodding's willowEdit

Did you know that Goodding's willow was named for its collector, Leslie Newton Goodding, who studied botany, plant pathology and pedagogy at la Universidad de Montana? Se habla español? Reference here (in English!) for someone willing to turn the red link into blue. – wbm1058 (talk) 20:23, 20 March 2017 (UTC)

Montana NRHP articlesEdit

I've been making a bit of a push to improve and to create new articles on National Register properties in Montana recently. User:‎Tbennert and User:Montanabw are two others who have edited a lot in this area before. Are there others? By the way, NRHP registration documents with photos and text description of importance of properties are now available online for almost all Montana NRHP properties (some instructions are at wp:NRHPhelp#Montana). According to the combo measure "net quality" at wp:NRHPPROGRESS which is a weighted average of percentage completion in photos and articles, Montana is about 26 percent "done"; i am hoping to bring that over 30 percent, perhaps over 40 percent.

Is this WikiProject at all active? Many state wikiprojects kind of got shut down when the U.S.-wide WikiProject got started a few years ago. It seems to me that the state level is the right level for a lot of discussion / participation, even if it is often fairly quiet. cheers, --doncram 02:35, 31 July 2017 (UTC) (re-pinging User:‎Tbennert and User:Montanabw as my last edit might not have pinged properly)

We're around. Montanabw(talk) 23:45, 5 September 2017 (UTC)

New Montana userbox templatesEdit

New Montana userbox templates are now available at Template:User WP Montana and Template:User WP United States. Yours aye,  Buaidh  talk contribs 22:52, 25 April 2018 (UTC)

Request for information on WP1.0 web toolEdit

Hello and greetings from the maintainers of the WP 1.0 Bot! As you may or may not know, we are currently involved in an overhaul of the bot, in order to make it more modern and maintainable. As part of this process, we will be rewriting the web tool that is part of the project. You might have noticed this tool if you click through the links on the project assessment summary tables.

We'd like to collect information on how the current tool is used! How do you yourself and the other maintainers of your project use the web tool? Which of its features do you need? How frequently do you use these features? And what features is the tool missing that would be useful to you? We have collected all of these questions at this Google form where you can leave your response. Walkerma (talk) 04:24, 27 October 2019 (UTC)

Madison RiverEdit

 Dear Sir or Madam, is the Madison river kept as a park (with no human intervention) or is it a working eco-system?.  — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:34, 29 May 2021 (UTC)