Wikipedia:WikiProject Notability

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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
March 201080
April 2010106
May 2010124
June 2010186
July 2010167
August 2010199
September 2010234
October 2010213
November 2010180
December 2010229
January 2011128
February 2011198
March 2011222
April 2011223
May 2011268
June 2011244
July 2011268
August 2011217
September 2011285
October 2011269
November 2011219
December 2011308
January 2012256
February 2012284
March 2012245
April 2012221
May 2012253
June 2012232
July 2012265
August 2012311
September 2012231
October 2012264
November 2012255
December 2012251
January 2013175
February 2013203
March 2013252
April 2013258
May 2013198
June 2013277
July 2013205
August 2013220
September 2013204
October 2013256
November 2013232
December 2013249
January 2014276
February 2014261
March 2014265
April 2014169
May 2014279
June 2014285
July 2014280
August 2014262
September 2014356
October 2014270
November 2014199
December 2014194
January 2015282
February 2015334
March 2015343
April 2015345
May 2015349
June 2015305
July 2015296
August 2015281
September 2015266
October 2015282
November 2015350
December 2015294
January 2016302
February 2016260
March 2016261
April 2016373
May 2016377
June 2016255
July 2016300
August 2016276
September 2016301
October 2016321
November 2016243
December 2016328
January 2017342
February 2017449
March 2017366
April 2017372
May 2017439
June 2017459
July 2017503
August 2017375
September 2017337
October 2017306
November 2017342
December 2017378
January 2018476
February 2018330
March 2018377
April 2018388
May 2018358
June 2018360
July 2018333
August 2018364
September 2018408
October 2018311
November 2018430
December 2018301
January 2019491
February 2019298
March 2019409
April 2019344
May 2019446
June 2019364
July 2019417
August 2019283
September 2019241
October 2019327
November 2019339
December 2019294
January 2020439
February 2020403
March 2020427
April 2020488
May 2020462
June 2020774
July 2020439
August 2020426
September 2020513
October 2020577
November 2020484
December 2020490
January 2021414
February 2021481
March 2021510
April 2021488
May 2021553
June 2021564
July 2021494
August 2021532
September 2021441
October 2021565
November 2021525
December 2021460
January 2022529
February 2022652
March 2022536
April 2022543
May 2022590
June 2022855
July 2022827
August 2022565
September 2022797
October 2022802
November 2022715
December 2022558
January 2023868
February 2023644
March 2023895
April 20231,198
May 20231,166
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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