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Welcome to the assessment department of WikiProject Japan! This department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's Japan-related 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 Japan}} project banner; this causes the articles to be placed in the appropriate sub-categories of Category:Japan-related articles by quality, which serves as the foundation for an automatically generated worklist.

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Japan-related articles by quality statistics

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Frequently asked questions

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How do I add an article to the WikiProject?
Just add {{WikiProject Japan}} to the talk page; there's no need to do anything else.
Someone put the template on an article, but it's not a Japan related topic. What should I do?
Because of the large number of articles we deal with, we occasionally make mistakes and add tags to articles that shouldn't have them. If you notice one, feel free to remove the tag, and optionally leave a note on the talk page of this department (or directly with the person who tagged the article).
What is the purpose of the article ratings?
The objective of the rating system is twofold. First, it allows the project to monitor the quality of the articles within our scope and to prioritize work on these articles. Second, the ratings will be used by the Wikipedia 1.0 project to compile a "released version" of Wikipedia that can be distributed to readers. Please note, however, that these ratings are meant for the internal use of the project, and do not imply any official standing within Wikipedia as a whole.
Who can assess articles?
Any member of WikiProject Japan is free to add or change the rating of an article. Editors who are not participants in this project are also welcome to assess articles, but should defer to consensus within the project in case of procedural disputes. Editors should also note that assessments of B or A require project consensus, while GA, FA, and FL assessments have associated formal review processes that must be followed.
How do I rate an article? 
Check the assessment scale and select the level that best matches the state of the article, then follow the guidelines below to add the rating to the project banner on the article's talk page. Please note that some of the available levels have an associated formal review process; this is documented in the assessment scale.
How can I make a request for someone from the project to assess an article? 
Please list it in the section for assessment requests below.
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 details or feedback about an article?
The peer review process is one that results in a more thorough examination of articles; to ensure project members also view the article, make sure to list it at our peer review 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 (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!
What about lists?
Lists of various kinds are assessed using the same scale as other articles; however, they progress towards featured list rather than featured article status. Lists which are pure lists of links, however, should be assessed as list class, as they have no real content to be evaluated.

If you have any other questions not listed here, please feel free to ask them on the discussion page for this department.

Assessment scales

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Quality scale

The scale for assessments is defined at Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team/Assessment. Articles are divided into the following categories.

WikiProject article quality grading scheme

These criteria apply to general-content articles. The manual of style provides additional guidelines about what sorts of content and formatting should be provided for certain articles.

Each Japan-related article has its assessment included within the {{WikiProject Japan}} template, such as {{WikiProject Japan|class=B}}. This provides automatic categorization within Category:Japan-related articles by quality. Note that the class parameter is case-specific; see the template's documentation for more information.

B-Class criteria

Special emphasis is given to the six criteria that B-Class articles for the WikiProject should meet:

B-Class article B 
  1. The article is suitably referenced, with inline citations. It has reliable sources, and any important or controversial material which is likely to be challenged is cited. Any format of inline citation is acceptable: the use of <ref> tags and citation templates such as {{cite web}} is optional.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The article contains supporting materials where appropriate. Illustrations are encouraged, though not required. Diagrams and an infobox etc. should be included where they are relevant and useful to the content.
  6. The article presents its content in an appropriately understandable way. It is written with as broad an audience in mind as possible. Although Wikipedia is more than just a general encyclopedia, the article should not assume unnecessary technical background and technical terms should be explained or avoided where possible.


Importance scale

Priority (or importance) must be regarded as a relative term. If priority values are applied within this project, these only reflect the perceived importance to this project and to the work groups the article falls under. An article judged to be "Top-Class" in one context may be only "Mid-Class" in another project. The criteria used for rating article priority 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).

Type Top High Mid Low
Definition Core topics (e.g., Japan, Shinto, History of Japan). Subject is a must-have for a print encyclopedia. High probability that non-Japanophiles would look this up. Must have had a large impact outside of Japan and be known in the majority of the world. For example, Sushi is very popular worldwide and known in most of the world. No member should give this rating to any article without first getting Project approval from the other members. Subject contributes a depth of knowledge to the encyclopedia. Must have had a large impact in Japan, and had some impact outside Japan, as well as sub-articles of core topics (e.g., Edo period, Yasukuni Shrine). Subject fills in more minor details, and may have been included primarily to achieve comprehensive coverage of another topic. Important in Japan, but not necessarily known as well outside of Japan. (e.g., Sakurajima, Recycling in Japan). This article is of little importance as it covers a highly specific area of knowledge or an obscure piece of trivia.

Requests for assessment

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Please refer to this page when determining if an article meets the individual B-Class criteria checklist items.


  • Daisaku Ikeda - This article had been improved for the pass few years. Requesting a review for this article. Kelvintjy (talk) 04:26, 18 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Cooking with Dog - New article on popular Japanese cooking web series in need of first assessment.Luminum (talk) 22:42, 2 May 2016 (UTC)
  • Bonsai - Following a Good Article review in 2016 (and an older WikiProject Japan assessment), this article was significantly modified. Its revision rate has also dropped significantly in the past 5 years, suggesting it contains appropriate and expected content. Sahara110 (talk) 17:59, 18 February 2017 (UTC)

Requests for external assessment

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A-Class review
Good article nominees
Peer reviews

Log

A full log of assessment changes for the past thirty days is available; unfortunately, due to its extreme size, it cannot be transcluded directly.

See also

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