Wikipedia:WikiProject Environment/Assessment

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Welcome to the assessment department of the WikiProject Environment! This department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's environment articles. The resulting article ratings are used within the project to aid in recognizing excellent contributions and identifying topics in need of further work, and are also expected to play a role in the WP:1.0 program.

The assessment is done in a distributed fashion through parameters in the {{WikiProject Environment}} banner; this causes the articles to be placed in the appropriate sub-categories of Category:Environment articles by quality.


Article statistics
See also: Category:Environment articles by quality
and Category:Environment articles by importance
For detailed assessment statistics, see: (Index · Statistics · Log).

See also: Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team/Environment articles by quality log
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See also the general assessment FAQ.
1. What is the purpose of the article ratings?
The rating system allows the project to monitor the quality of articles in our subject areas, and to prioritize work on these articles. It is also utilized by the Wikipedia 1.0 program to prepare for static releases of Wikipedia content. Please note, however, that these ratings are primarily intended for the internal use of the project, and do not necessarily imply any official standing within Wikipedia as a whole.
2. How do I add an article to the WikiProject?
Just add {{environment}} to the talk page; there's no need to do anything else.
3. Someone put a {{environment}} template on an article, but it doesn't seem to be within the project's scope. 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).
4. Who can assess articles?
Any member of the Wikipedia:WikiProject Environment 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.
5. How do I rate an article?
Check the quality scale and select the level that best matches the state of the article; then, follow the instructions 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 that must be followed; this is documented in the assessment instructions.
6. Can I request that someone else rate an article?
Of course; to do so, please list it in the section for assessment requests below.
7. Where can I get more comments about an article?
Wikipedia:Peer review can conduct more thorough examination of articles; please submit it for review there.
8. 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. Please note that some of the available levels have an associated formal review process that must be followed; this is documented in the assessment instructions.
9. 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!
10. What if I have a question not listed here?
If your question concerns the article assessment process specifically, please refer to the discussion page for this department; for any other issues, you can go to the main project discussion page.

Assessment instructions[edit]

An article's quality assessment is generated from the class parameter in the {{WikiProject Environment}} project banner on its talk page:

{{WikiProject Environment|class=???}}

The following values may be used for the class parameter to describe the quality of the article (see Wikipedia:Content assessment for assessment criteria):

FA (for featured articles only; adds articles to Category:FA-Class Environment articles)  FA
A (adds articles to Category:A-Class Environment articles)  A
GA (for good articles only; adds articles to Category:GA-Class Environment articles)  GA
B (adds articles to Category:B-Class Environment articles) B
C (adds articles to Category:C-Class Environment articles) C
Start (adds articles to Category:Start-Class Environment articles) Start
Stub (adds articles to Category:Stub-Class Environment articles) Stub
FL (for featured lists only; adds articles to Category:FL-Class Environment articles)  FL
List (adds articles to Category:List-Class Environment articles) List

For non-standard grades and non-mainspace content, the following values may be used for the class parameter:

Category (for categories; adds pages to Category:Category-Class Environment articles) Category
Disambig (for disambiguation pages; adds pages to Category:Disambig-Class Environment articles) Disambig
Draft (for drafts; adds pages to Category:Draft-Class Environment articles) Draft
File (for files and timed text; adds pages to Category:File-Class Environment articles) File
Portal (for portal pages; adds pages to Category:Portal-Class Environment articles) Portal
Project (for project pages; adds pages to Category:Project-Class Environment articles) Project
Template (for templates and modules; adds pages to Category:Template-Class Environment articles) Template
NA (for any other pages where assessment is unnecessary; adds pages to Category:NA-Class Environment articles) NA
??? (articles for which a valid class has not yet been provided are listed in Category:Unassessed Environment articles) ???

Note that lists are assessed using the same scale as other articles; however, they progress towards featured list rather than featured article status.

Importance assessment[edit]

An article's importance assessment is generated from the importance parameter in the {{WikiProject Environment}} project banner on its talk page:

{{WikiProject Environment| ... | importance=??? | ...}}

The following values may be used for importance assessments:

Importance scale[edit]

Label Criteria Reader's experience
Top The article is one of the core topics about the Environment. Articles in this importance range are written in mostly generic terms, leaving technical terms and descriptions for more specialized pages.
High The article covers a topic that is vital to understanding issues concerning the Environment.
Mid The article covers a topic that has a strong but not vital role in environmental subjects. Articles at this level will cover subjects that are well known but not necessarily vital about the Environment. Due to the topics covered at this level, Mid-importance articles will generally have more technical terms used in the article text.
Low The article is not required knowledge for a broad understanding of the Envrionment Articles at this range of importance will often delve into the minutiae of environmental issues, using technical terms (and defining them) as needed.

Quality scale[edit]

Requests for assessment[edit]