Wikipedia:WikiProject Notability

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WikiProject Notability
Welcome to WikiProject Notability! We are currently working on a significant backlog, and need your help!

The Notability Project is a WikiProject based on Category:Articles with topics of unclear notability. The aim is to get more editors involved and to support those currently involved in fixing, merging, or deleting (as a last resort) apparently non-notable articles with the ultimate aim to correctly place all articles based on their verifiable notability. The project also aims to simplify the filtration process and explain it more clearly so as not to confuse newcomers and to encourage participation.

Scopes and goals[edit]

WikiProject Notability aims to sort articles of unclear notability by improving articles that are notable and then removing the notability tag. If the article is non-notable with no significant coverage in reliable sources found after searching and is inappropriate for a merge then deletion is sought by either Speedy deletion, Proposed deletion or Articles for deletion.

Articles assesssed to be Featured articles or Good articles have already been carefully checked for notability, and to a lesser extent so have B class articles. Therefore, articles of unclear notability are mainly in the stub class, start class and to a lesser extent C class categories.

We welcome input from any editors who would like to help out, either on a regular basis, or one or two articles when you have time. The greatest contribution to the project is inviting members, as this helps build support and ensures that there are people to clear the backlog.

How to help[edit]

  1. Find an article to work on. Articles are sorted by date. Many editors choose to work on the oldest articles first, so that articles will not sit around too long in the category. The to-do list at the top of this page should contain the oldest set of articles. Alternatively, you may want to use article categories by date or article listings by WikiProject categories.
User:SD0001/shortdescs-in-category can be used to view short descriptions of pages in the categories – so that you can pick articles you're comfortable with.
  1. Check to see if the article contains a copyright violation. There are a few red flags that indicate text was probably illegally copied into Wikipedia - this actually happens quite frequently. User:Kjkolb/Copyvio has a quick guide and you may also like to use or Earwig's Copyvio Detector for finding copyright violations. Instructions for reporting violations are at Wikipedia:Copyright problems.
  2. Check to see if another article exists on the subject. If so, then you can consider merging that article to the original.
  3. Find sources if none are cited in the article. Make full use of Google Books, Google News, Google Scholar, Google Web, JSTOR, LexisNexis, and any other search tools that you may have access to. Use variations on the article's title and other keywords from the article. The {{find}} template could be useful in this regard.
  4. Sort! You can mainly use common sense, but adhering to the guidelines of WP:BIO, WP:CORP, WP:BAND (from where the most frequent violations come), and other notability criteria.
    1. If the article meets notability requirements, or if the article simply needs expanding, remove the notability or importance tag and replace it with an appropriate tag. If not, the article might need to be deleted. Please use deletion as a last resort.
    2. If the article meets speedy deletion requirements, add the appropriate db tag.
    3. If the article should undeniably be deleted, add {{subst:prod|Your-reason-here}}, replacing "Your-reason-here" with an appropriate reason.
    4. If the article might encounter some controversy when being deleted, add {{subst:afd1}} and then proceed to follow the steps to file an AfD discussion.
    5. Do not remove the notability/importance tags during one of the above deletion procedures.
    6. If an article is kept as the result of an AfD discussion, the {{notability}} tag should be removed. {{importance}} tags indicate that some rewriting of the article is required and should not be removed until that has been done. However, if the result is "no consensus", retain all tags, as the issue is not decided.
  5. Enhance your edit summary As soon as you are done sorting, add to your edit summary:
Sorted as part of the [[WP:WPNN|Notability wikiproject]]!

Special handling[edit]

Some articles with notability questions need special handling, as described below. (These instructions may be updated on short notice.)

  • TV episodes and characters: Due to controversies in 2007 and 2008 about their notability,[1] articles about TV episodes or characters from TV shows should be handled with special care. It may not be possible to sort these articles on the short term. If you find such article on the end of the backlog (say the oldest 2-3 months) and cannot sort it, please add the parameter "cat=TV" to the notability tag. This will move the article off the backlog and to a special category, Television articles with topics of unclear notability, where it can be handled appropriately. Example:
{{notability|episode|date=June 2007|cat=TV}}

Current progress[edit]

Articles with topics of unclear notability
September 201046
October 201049
November 201078
December 2010198
January 2011113
February 2011136
March 2011206
April 2011209
May 2011233
June 2011223
July 2011234
August 2011203
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October 2011235
November 2011192
December 2011273
January 2012234
February 2012258
March 2012216
April 2012205
May 2012227
June 2012212
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August 2012273
September 2012194
October 2012236
November 2012232
December 2012229
January 2013158
February 2013183
March 2013230
April 2013239
May 2013183
June 2013253
July 2013179
August 2013196
September 2013185
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November 2013208
December 2013191
January 2014251
February 2014238
March 2014223
April 2014153
May 2014244
June 2014253
July 2014245
August 2014239
September 2014325
October 2014247
November 2014185
December 2014177
January 2015255
February 2015292
March 2015314
April 2015310
May 2015306
June 2015271
July 2015271
August 2015257
September 2015238
October 2015244
November 2015311
December 2015273
January 2016270
February 2016240
March 2016238
April 2016341
May 2016335
June 2016235
July 2016276
August 2016255
September 2016277
October 2016287
November 2016225
December 2016298
January 2017311
February 2017396
March 2017335
April 2017342
May 2017396
June 2017420
July 2017462
August 2017329
September 2017303
October 2017274
November 2017309
December 2017330
January 2018424
February 2018299
March 2018339
April 2018356
May 2018329
June 2018328
July 2018279
August 2018328
September 2018362
October 2018279
November 2018381
December 2018272
January 2019443
February 2019271
March 2019364
April 2019304
May 2019392
June 2019323
July 2019361
August 2019257
September 2019215
October 2019291
November 2019298
December 2019251
January 2020395
February 2020354
March 2020384
April 2020428
May 2020417
June 2020711
July 2020373
August 2020380
September 2020455
October 2020523
November 2020437
December 2020434
January 2021361
February 2021375
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June 2023644
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September 2023530
October 2023578
November 2023688
December 2023715
January 20241,236
February 20241,008
March 2024931
April 2024134
Undated articles0

Join the project[edit]

Please add your signature to the bottom of the list of project members.


There is a userbox that you can add to your user page once you join:

{{User WikiProject notability}} displays as
NNThis user is part of the notability sorting drive.

Invitation template[edit]

There is a template that you can add to a user's talk page to invite them to join this project:

{{WikiProject Notability Invite}} displays as


  1. ^ See the final decisions of the ArbCom case concerning this problem.

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