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Welcome to the assessment department of WikiProject Earthquakes! This department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's articles about earthquakes, seismology, plate tectonics, and related subjects. While much of the work is done in conjunction with the Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team/Assessment 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 {{WP Earthquakes}} project banner; this causes the articles to be placed in the appropriate sub-categories of Category:WikiProject Earthquakes articles by quality and Category:WikiProject Earthquakes articles by importance, which serves as the foundation for an automatically generated worklist.

Frequently asked questions[edit]

How can I get my article rated?
Please list it in the section for assessment requests below.
Who can assess articles?
Any member of WikiProject Earthquakes is free to add—or change—the rating of an article.
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 somewhat subjective, 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 discussion page for this department.

See also: Wikipedia:WikiProject Council/Assessment FAQ


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

{{WP Earthquakes | class= | importance= }}

The class should be assigned according to the quality scale below. The following values may be used for the class parameter:

The importance should be assigned according to the importance scale below. The following values may be used for importance parameter:

Quality scale[edit]

This table is transcluded here, and is identical to the one at Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team/Assessment.

Importance scale[edit]

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 seismologists and others working within the field.

This table has been written specifically for WikiProject Earthquakes, please read it carefully prior to making assessments of importance. It is currently UNDER CONSTRUCTION, please revise it as needed.

Label Criteria Examples
Top The article is about one of the core topics in seismology, or an extremely important and famed earthquake. Includes earthquakes with the most devastating consequences and the greatest earthquakes recorded. The most important types of earthquakes should be here, as we need to develop good articles about them. The most important instruments used to detect earthquakes should be in this category. Earthquake, Seismology, 1976 Tangshan earthquake, 1906 San Francisco earthquake, Great Hanshin earthquake
High The article is about a very important topic in seismology, or a very important and noted earthquake. Any earthquakes that have killed numerous people or produced large-scale environmental consequences (events with very high intensities) should be no lower than this level. Somewhat important or interesting instruments that measure and record motions of the ground, including those of seismic waves generated by earthquakes should go here. Articles about people or places notable for their association with an earthquake should be placed no higher than this category. 1972 Nicaragua earthquake, 2005 Kashmir earthquake, 2008 Sichuan earthquake, Mid-ocean ridge
Mid The article is about a fairly important topic in seismology, or a moderately important and notable earthquake. Any earthquake zones which are very active (or among the most active in their region) should also be rated no lower than this. Less important earthquakes should go here. Most extraterrestrial earthquakes should probably be rated no lower than this, since only the most important of them even have Wikipedia articles. 1356 Basel earthquake, Quake (natural phenomenon), 1996 Lijiang earthquake
Low The article is about a highly specific or minor topic in seismology, or a somewhat obscure and generally unknown earthquake. Many of the earthquakes in this category would be unfamiliar even to those with a broad knowledge of seismology and of worldwide earthquakes. 1979 Coyote Lake earthquake, 1892 Laguna Salada earthquake, 1906 Aleutian Islands earthquake

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 feel free to list it below. Be sure to sign yourself with four tilds (~~~~).

Assessment log[edit]

The logs in this section are generated automatically (on a daily basis); please don't add entries to them by hand.

Unexpected changes, such as downgrading an article, or raising it more than two assessment classes at once, are shown in bold.

Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team/WikiProject Earthquakes articles by quality log

Articles in need of expansion and cleanup[edit]

Now that initial assessments have been completed, the most crtitical articles to attend to are those marked with "Top" importance, but only "Start" class (there are no "Stub"s in this category at this time). The most important such article is Seismology, which is one of the two flagship articles of this WikiProject (along with Earthquake) and is sorely in need of comprehensive expansion.

In general, "B" class articles which are "Mid" importance or higher should be polished up and nominated as good articles.

The easiest way to find articles which fall within a particular intersection of quality and importance categories is to use the Worklist below, which is transcluded from Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team/WikiProject Earthquakes articles by quality.


The logs in this section are generated automatically (on a daily basis); please don't add entries to them by hand.

This page was once used by the Version 1.0 Editorial Team. It is preserved because of the information in its edit history. This page should not be edited or deleted. Wikiproject article lists can be generated using the WP 1.0 web tool.

See also[edit]