Wikipedia:WikiProject California/Assessment

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Welcome to the assessment department of the WikiProject California! This department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's California 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 recognizing excellent contributions and identifying topics in need of further work.

The ratings are done in a distributed fashion through parameters in the {{WikiProject California}} project banner; this causes the articles to be placed in the appropriate sub-categories of Category:California articles by quality, Category:California articles by importance, Category:California articles needing attention, Category:California past collaborations, and Category:California past selected articles. The quality and importance ratings serve as the foundation for an automatically generated worklist. There are also Non-article categories (Category:NA-Class California articles), as well as specific categories for things like redirects, templates, categories, images, etc.

Frequently asked questions

How can I get my article rated? 
As a member of the WikiProject California, you can do it yourself. If you're unsure, place a notice on the project talk page.
Who can assess articles? 
Any member of WikiProject California is free to add—or change—the rating of an article, but please follow the guidelines.
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.
Where can I get more comments about my article? 
Contact Wikipedia:WikiProject California who will handle it or assign the issue to someone. You may also list it for a Peer review.
What if I don't agree with a rating? 
Relist it as a request or contact Wikipedia:WikiProject California who will handle it or assign the issue to someone.
Aren't the ratings subjective? 
Yes, they are (see, in particular, the disclaimers on the importance scale), 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 on Wikipedia talk:WikiProject California.


An article's assessment is generated from the class and importance parameters in the {{WikiProject California}} project banner on its talk page. You can learn the syntax by looking at the talk pages in edit mode and by reading the info below.

This is the rating syntax (ratings and dates are samples, change to what applies to the article in question):

{{WikiProject California}}
  • displays the default banner, showing the project info and only ??? for the quality and importance parameters.
{{WikiProject California|class=FA|importance=Top}}
  • all assessed articles should have quality and importance filled in. Leaving the other parameters off does not hurt anything.
{{WikiProject California|class=Start|importance=Mid|attention=yes}}
  • if an article needs immediate attention, add the attention tag and please leave talk notes as to why. "yes" is the only valid parameter here. If it doesn't need attention, leave the parameter off.
{{WikiProject California|class=B|importance=High|attention=yes|past-selected=[[July]] [[2006]]|past-collaboration=[[April]] [[2006]]}}
  • if an article has been the SATM or COTM, these tags get added in this format. This is the actual project tag of Philmont Scout Ranch.

The following values may be used for the class parameter:

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

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.

Quality scale

Note: A B-class article should have at least one reference.

WikiProject article quality grading scheme

Importance scale

The criteria used for rating article importance are not meant to be an absolute or canonical view of how significant the topic is. Rather, they attempt to gauge the probability of the average reader of Wikipedia needing to look up the topic (and thus the immediate need to have a suitably well-written article on it). Thus, subjects with greater popular notability may be rated higher than topics which are arguably more "important" but which are of interest primarily to students of hagiography. Importance does not equate to quality; a featured article could rate 'mid' on importance. Importance is only part of several factors used to determine inclusion in release versions of Wikipedia content, see Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team/SelectionBot for more information on how articles are scored for inclusion.

WikiProject article importance scheme
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