Wikipedia:WikiProject Canadian football/Assessment

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Welcome to the assessment department of the Canadian football WikiProject! This department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's Canadian football 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.

Category:Canadian football articles by quality serves as the foundation for an automatically generated worklist. The ratings are done in a distributed fashion through parameters in the {{WPCFL}} project banner. Filling in a rating in the class parameter of the {{WPCFL}} template on the talk page of an article causes the name of that article to be placed in the appropriate sub-categories of Category:Canadian football articles by quality.

Frequently asked questions

How can I get an article rated? 
Please list it in the section for assessment requests below.
Who can assess articles? 
Any member of the Canadian football WikiProject is free to add—or change—the rating of an article. The only exceptions are the FA-, FL-, and GA-class articles which have their own formal review areas and A-class articles which require a review on the article's talk page.
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 WikiProject Canadian football discussion page.

Instructions on how to assess a Canadian football article

An article's assessment is generated from the class parameter in the {{WPCFL}} project banner on the article's talk page. Articles for which a valid class is not provided are listed in Category:Unassessed Canadian football articles. Select an article from the list. Then, look over the article in anticipation of filling out the parameters of the {{WPCFL}} template. Finally, add in the proper parameters to the talk page template, as outlined below. For example, to assess an article as Start class, the project banner should be edited to appear as: {{WPCFL|class=Start}}.

Quality scale

WikiProject article quality grading scheme

Requesting an assessment

If you have made significant changes to an article and would like an outside opinion on a new quality rating for it, please feel free to list it below. Note: This is only to rate the article on quality - you may or may not get feedback on the article. If you desire a review, use the Wikipedia:Peer review process. If you assess an article, please remove it so that other editors will not waste time reviewing the same articles. Thanks!

Articles submitted here will not be rated above 'B'; see Wikipedia:Good articles and Wikipedia:Featured articles for higher assessments.

Edit this section and place request here:

  1. Willie Fleming - This article was formerly rated B-class but needs a WP:BCLASS checklist completed. DoubleBlue (talk) 02:27, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
  2. Doug Flutie - This article was formerly rated B-class but needs a WP:BCLASS checklist completed. DoubleBlue (talk) 02:27, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
  3. High school football - This article was formerly rated B-class but needs a WP:BCLASS checklist completed. DoubleBlue (talk) 02:27, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
  4. History of American football positions - This article was formerly rated B-class but needs a WP:BCLASS checklist completed. DoubleBlue (talk) 02:27, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
  5. Pop Ivy - This article was formerly rated B-class but needs a WP:BCLASS checklist completed. DoubleBlue (talk) 02:27, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
  6. Cal Jones - This article was formerly rated B-class but needs a WP:BCLASS checklist completed. DoubleBlue (talk) 02:27, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
  7. Joe Kapp - This article was formerly rated B-class but needs a WP:BCLASS checklist completed. DoubleBlue (talk) 02:27, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
  8. Warren Moon - This article was formerly rated B-class but needs a WP:BCLASS checklist completed. DoubleBlue (talk) 02:27, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
  9. Steve Owen (American football) - This article was formerly rated B-class but needs a WP:BCLASS checklist completed. DoubleBlue (talk) 02:27, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
  10. Jackie Parker - This article was formerly rated B-class but needs a WP:BCLASS checklist completed. DoubleBlue (talk) 02:27, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
  11. Matt Sheridan - This article was formerly rated B-class but needs a WP:BCLASS checklist completed. DoubleBlue (talk) 02:27, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
  12. Roy Shivers - This article was formerly rated B-class but needs a WP:BCLASS checklist completed. DoubleBlue (talk) 02:27, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
  13. John Tory - This article was formerly rated B-class but needs a WP:BCLASS checklist completed. DoubleBlue (talk) 02:27, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
  14. J. C. Watts - This article was formerly rated B-class but needs a WP:BCLASS checklist completed. DoubleBlue (talk) 02:27, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
  15. Tyler Palko - needs B-class assessment.--Giants27(Contribs|WP:CFL) 02:00, 29 November 2009 (UTC)

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 popularnotability may be rated higher than topics which are arguably more "important" but which are of interest primarily to students of baseball. Importance does not equate to quality; a featured article could rate 'mid' on importance.

One way to think of importance is this: imagine a person with absolutely no knowledge of Canadian football who is researching the topic on Wikipedia. Importance can be defined by how greatly the absence of an article on a particular subject would be felt and/or how quickly that article's absence would be noted.

WikiProject importance assessments

Top Subject is a must-have for a print encyclopedia
High Subject contributes a depth of knowledge
Mid Subject fills in more minor details
Low Subject is mainly of specialist interest.
NA Subject is a disambiguation or redirect page, residing in article space and thus does not require an importance assessment.

See the table on the right for a summary of manual assessment levels. Keep in mind that the importance assessment of an article bears no relation to the quality of that article, nor is it a reflection on the amount of work editors have put into that article. It's simply a measure of the relative importance of that article within the sphere of the Canadian football project.

Importance must be regarded as a relative term within this project. Assessments should only reflect the perceived importance to the Canadian football project. An article judged to be "Top-importance" in one WikiProject's context may be only "Low-importance" for another WikiProject. For example, a player may have a productive National Football League career where he leads the league in a certain statistical category, makes a Pro Bowl and is named an All-Pro, but only a short, non-distinguished Canadian football career. (Example: Ricky Williams) The article covering this player could be regarded as "Mid-importance" to the NFL project but as "Low-importance" to the Canadian football project.

Consider a hierarchy such as Canadian football (Top) -> CFL Draft (High) -> 2011 CFL Draft (Mid). As one can see the centrality to the overall scope of Canadian football of the topic being covered by each article in this hierarchy decreases. Another example of a hierarchy one could consider: Canadian Football League (Top) -> 2005 CFL season (High) -> 2005 Edmonton Eskimos season (Mid).

Ranking within this project will be helpful in determining which articles should be the focus of editing efforts put forth by the project participants. Additionally, ranking could be helpful in deciding which articles are included first as the scope of the Wikipedia 1.0 project expands. An article labeled as "Top-Importance" for the subject of Canadian football would almost certainly warrant inclusion in all general print encyclopedia releases.

Canadian football WikiProject article importance grading scheme
Label Criteria Reader's experience Editor's experience Examples
Top General articles:
Reserved exclusively for articles that are vital to the understanding of Canadian football. This should include any articles or lists on the general topic of Canadian football, articles on current franchises and articles that cover topics that are central to the history of Canadian football.
These will be the most likely reader entry points to the subject. If articles covering these subjects did not exist, they would need to be created. Canadian football, Canadian Football League, Calgary Stampeders (current franchise), Grey Cup
Biographic articles:
Reserved exclusively for biographic articles covering persons who are vital to the understanding of Canadian football. This will include articles on league founders and notable franchise owners; successful, long-tenured head coaches (particularly any who've won multiple championships) and particularly noteworthy players, e.g. any Hall of Famers and players named a league all-Star five or more times or a division All-Star seven or more times (i.e. Hall of Fame caliber players and coaches) and any other personnel who are central to the history of Canadian football.
Doug Flutie, George Reed (Canadian football), Jackie Parker, Geroy Simon, Korey Banks, John Hufnagel
High General articles:
Articles that fall just short of being vital in the understanding of the subject as a whole. This should include articles on individual league seasons; articles on individual Grey Cups, defunct franchises and general articles on topics central to Canadian football.
Most readers would quickly notice the omission of any of these articles. These articles are probably among the most actively edited articles in the project. 2011 CFL season (individual league season), Canadian College Draft, 100th Grey Cup (individual Grey Cups), Ottawa Rough Riders (defunct franchise), Vanier Cup, Canadian Interuniversity Sport football, Canadian Junior Football League
Biographic articles:
This classification should include articles on players who were very good but not quite among the very best (i.e. Hall of Fame caliber). This would include most coaches who held head coaching positions for 4+ seasons but fall short of "Top" importance criteria, players who were named a league All-Star 2–4 times or a division All-Star 3–6 times. Additionally, this will include any coaches who held coordinator positions for 8+ seasons and won at least one championship. CIS head coaches who won 3+ Vanier Cups are also included.
Nik Lewis, Joe Galat, Lovell Coleman, Billy Joe Booth, Mervyn Fernandez, Granville Liggins
Mid General articles:
The article covers a topic that has a strong but not vital role in a thorough understanding of Canadian football. This group will include articles on seasons of individual teams; articles on individual CFL drafts, Vanier Cups, CIS seasons, CIS football teams and articles on current stadia and former stadia which were used by a CFL team for 20 years or more.
Many readers will be familiar with the topic being discussed, but a larger majority of readers may have only cursory knowledge of the overall subject. Articles at this level will cover subjects that are well known but not necessarily vital to understand the subject. 2002 Montreal Alouettes season (individual franchise season), 2010 CFL Draft (individual draft), Tim Hortons Field (current stadium), 2011 CIS football season, Calgary Dinos (CIS team)
Biographic articles:
This should include players who had careers of seven or more seasons, but did meet the criteria for the categories above, OR any players with shorter tenure, but who were named a league All-Star at least once, a division All-Star at least twice or who were number one overall selections in the CFL Draft. This should also include most head coaches who coached more than one season who aren't included above and most coordinators with 4+ years of service who don't fall into the categories above and any outstandingly successful position coaches. Hec Crighton Trophy winners and CIS head coaches who won at least one Vanier Cup are also included.
Luke Tasker, Shomari Williams, Johnnie Harris, Tom Europe
Low General articles:
The article is not required knowledge for a broad understanding of the topic, but may cover topics directly or indirectly related to it. This category will included articles on individual games and individual plays. This also includes articles on junior football teams.
Few readers outside of the topic area may be familiar with the subject matter. It is likely that the reader does not know anything at all about the subject before reading the article. Articles at this range of importance will often delve into the minutiae of Canadian football. Alumni Stadium (Guelph) (short-term former stadia), Saskatoon Hilltops (junior football team)
Biographic articles:
This should include players who made only minor contributions in Canadian football or none at all, i.e. players with careers of six or fewer seasons who were never named a league All-Star or were only named a division All-Star once. This category will also include most position coaches.
A. J. Harris, Ja'Gared Davis, Hamid Mahmoudi, Eric Crouch
Unknown The importance of this article has not yet been assessed. Editors should assess this article and add their assessment of its importance to the subject to the NFL project template on the article's talk page. List of such articles
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