Wikipedia:WikiProject South America/Assessment

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Welcome to the assessment department of the WikiProject South America! This department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's South America 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 South America}} project banner; this causes the articles to be placed in the appropriate sub-categories of Category:South America articles by quality, Category:South America articles by importance, Category:South America articles needing attention, and Category:South America articles without infoboxes. The quality and importance ratings serve as the foundation for an automatically generated worklist.

Frequently asked questions[edit]

How can I get my article rated?
As a member of the WikiProject South America, you can do it yourself. If you're unsure, list it in the requesting an assessment section below.
Who can assess articles?
Any member of WikiProject South America is free to add—or change—the rating of an article, but please follow the guidelines.
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 comments about my article?
Contact Wikipedia:WikiProject South America who will handle it or assign the issue to someone. You may also list it for a Peer review.
What if I don't agree with a rating?
Relist it as a request or contact Wikipedia:WikiProject South America who will handle it or assign the issue to someone.
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!

If you have any other questions not listed here, please feel free to ask them on the discussion page for this department, or to contact the Wikipedia:WikiProject South America directly.


An article's assessment is generated from the class and importance parameters in the {{WikiProject South America}} project banner on its talk page. You can learn the syntax by looking at the talk pages in edit mode and by reading the info below.

This is the rating syntax (ratings and dates are samples, change to what applies to the article in question):

{{WikiProject South America}}
  • displays the default banner, showing the project info and only ??? for the quality and importance parameters.
{{WikiProject South America|class=FA|importance=Top}}
  • all assessed articles should have quality and importance filled in. Leaving the other parameters off does not hurt anything.
{{WikiProject South America|class=Start|importance=Mid|attention=yes}}
  • if an article needs immediate attention, add the attention tag and please leave talk notes as to why. "yes" is the only valid parameter here. If it doesn't need attention, leave the parameter off.
{{WikiProject South America|class=B|importance=High|attention=yes|past-selected=[[July]] [[2006]]|past-collaboration=[[April]] [[2006]]}}
  • if an article has been the SATM or COTM, these tags get added in this format. This is the actual project tag of

The following values may be used for the class parameter:

Articles for which a valid class and/or importance is not provided are listed in Category:Unassessed South America articles. The class should be assigned according to the quality scale below.

The following values may be used for the importance parameter:

The parameter is not used if an article's class is set to NA, and may be omitted in those cases. The importance should be assigned according to the importance scale below.

Quality scale[edit]

Note: A B-class article should have at least one reference.

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 students of hagiography. Importance does not equate to quality; a featured article could rate 'mid' on importance.

Note that general notability need not be from the perspective of editor demographics; generally notable topics should be rated similarly regardless of the country or region in which they hold said notability. Thus, topics which may seem obscure to a Western audience—but which are of high notability in other places—should still be highly rated. Rate international region/country-specific articles from the prespective of someone from that region.

Article importance grading scheme
Label Criteria Examples
Top Subject is a "core" or "key" topic for the study of South America, or is particularly notable for their contributions in this area to people other than students of South America. They define and determine the subject of the South America WikiProject. South America and the sub-articles linked from the main article
High Subject is notable in a significant and important way within the field of South America, but not necessarily outside it.
Mid Subject contributes to the total subject of the South America WikiProject. Subject may not necessarily be famous.
Low Subject is not particularly notable or significant even within the field of South America, and may have been included primarily to achieve comprehensive coverage of another topic.

Requesting an assessment or re-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. If you are interested in more extensive comments on an article, please use the peer review department instead.

Add articles here! Newest requests on the BOTTOM

  1. Bolivia - Barely any references, IMO should be C-class. Had nothing to do w/article Pie is good (Apple is the best) 03:00, 13 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  1. Jesuit Missions of Chiquitos -
  1. Francisco Solano López - I've been working to improve it. Can someone review it and give it a new rating as tips on the most critical problems it still has. Veritiel (talk) 14:18, 27 October 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  1. Suriname - I've recently expanded and fixed a bunch of stuff on Suriname. Any way it can be re-assessed? Thanks, ৳€Ø฿€ƦȺ₡Ⱥƪ৳€Ø฿€ƦȺ₡Ⱥƪ 06:48, 28 March 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  1. Fortress of Humaitá -- I've now done a lot of work on this and really would appreciate an assessment of this article. Thanks Ttocserp 11:21, 22 August 2015 (UTC)
  1. Like this - (and put "(re-)assessment request" in your edit summary of this assessment page); leave reasons if a reassessment.
  1. Efraín Alegre - I have added a translation from Spanish Wikipedia and so I don't think the article is stub/start class anymore. Walrus World (talk) 07:48, 1 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  1. Santiago Peña - I have added a translation from Spanish Wikipedia and so I don't think the article is stub/start class anymore. Walrus World (talk) 07:48, 1 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]