Wikipedia:WikiProject Soviet Union/Assessment

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The assessment department of WikiProject Soviet Union focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's Soviet Union (USSR) 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 Version 1.0 Editorial Team program.

The assessment is done in a distributed fashion through parameters in the {{WikiProject Soviet Union}} project banner; this causes the articles to be placed in the appropriate sub-categories of Category:Soviet Union articles by quality and Category:Soviet Union articles by importance, which serves as the foundation for an automatically generated worklist. (Index · Statistics · Log)

Frequently ask questions[edit]

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 {{WikiProject Soviet Union}} to the talk page; there's no need to do anything else.
3. Someone put a {{WikiProject Soviet Union}} 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 project talk page (or directly with the person who tagged the article).
4. Who can assess articles?
Any member of the Soviet Union WikiProject 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; this is documented in the assessment scale.
6. 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.
7. What if I don't agree with a rating?
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; this is documented in the assessment scale.
8. 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!


Quality assessment[edit]

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

{{WikiProject Soviet Union|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 Soviet Union articles)  FA
A (adds articles to Category:A-Class Soviet Union articles)  A
GA (for good articles only; adds articles to Category:GA-Class Soviet Union articles)  GA
B (adds articles to Category:B-Class Soviet Union articles) B
C (adds articles to Category:C-Class Soviet Union articles) C
Start (adds articles to Category:Start-Class Soviet Union articles) Start
Stub (adds articles to Category:Stub-Class Soviet Union articles) Stub
FL (for featured lists only; adds articles to Category:FL-Class Soviet Union articles)  FL
List (adds articles to Category:List-Class Soviet Union 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 Soviet Union articles) Category
Disambig (for disambiguation pages; adds pages to Category:Disambig-Class Soviet Union articles) Disambig
Draft (for drafts; adds pages to Category:Draft-Class Soviet Union articles) Draft
FM (for featured media only; adds pages to Category:FM-Class Soviet Union articles)  FM
File (for files and timed text; adds pages to Category:File-Class Soviet Union articles) File
Portal (for portal pages; adds pages to Category:Portal-Class Soviet Union articles) Portal
Project (for project pages; adds pages to Category:Project-Class Soviet Union articles) Project
Redirect (for redirect pages; adds pages to Category:Redirect-Class Soviet Union articles) Redirect
Template (for templates and modules; adds pages to Category:Template-Class Soviet Union articles) Template
NA (for any other pages where assessment is unnecessary; adds pages to Category:NA-Class Soviet Union articles) NA
??? (articles for which a valid class has not yet been provided are listed in Category:Unassessed Soviet Union articles) ???

Quality scale[edit]

Importance assessment[edit]

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

{{WikiProject Soviet Union|importance=???}}

The following values may be used for the importance parameter to describe the relative importance of the article within the project (see Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team/Priority of topic for assessment criteria):

Top (adds articles to Category:Top-importance Soviet Union articles)  Top 
High (adds articles to Category:High-importance Soviet Union articles)  High 
Mid (adds articles to Category:Mid-importance Soviet Union articles)  Mid 
Low (adds articles to Category:Low-importance Soviet Union articles)  Low 
NA (adds articles to Category:NA-importance Soviet Union articles)  NA 
??? (articles for which a valid importance rating has not yet been provided are listed in Category:Unknown-importance Soviet Union articles)  ??? 

Importance scale[edit]


The full log of assessment changes for the past thirty days is available; due to its size (ca 100 kB), it cannot be transcluded directly.

Assessment discussion[edit]

If you want to change, dispute, or remove any article tagged with {{WikiProject Soviet Union}} Class or Importance tags, please make a note of it below this line, starting with ===[[ARTICLENAMEHERE]]===. Thanks!

Iron Foundry[edit]

I've just completed a major overhaul of the Iron Foundry article, dealing with a piece of music by Russian composer Alexander Mosolov, and as it is currently listed as a Stub-class article under the scope of this project I felt it reasonable to request reassessment since I'm not able to be very objective in this case. LazySofa (talk) 04:27, 3 March 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Alexander Mosolov[edit]

About the same as above. LazySofa (talk) 16:07, 29 April 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Nikita Mikhalkov[edit]

Article is listed as a Start, appears to be more substantial, I am changing to C class on both WP Bio and WP SovUnion. Rpyle731talk 08:10, 31 January 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Red October[edit]

This article is still listed as Start status, but it seems much more complete than that. I'm thinking of changing it to C class (it's still not quite complete enough for B class). Dbrainstorm (talk) 21:02, 14 October 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Nikolai Patolichev[edit]

This article is still listed as Stub status, but it has been expanded and has more extensive references. I am changing it to Start class on WP SovUnion and WP Belarus. Ashprez82 (talk) 05:52, 3 November 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Article has been fleshed out with reliable sources by another editor. Requesting quality reassessment. Holdek (talk) 15:43, 21 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]


I am requesting a reassessment of this article's "importance" rating. Currently, this article is listed as "low" importance, but the rise (and fall) of VIA music in the Soviet Union provides important commentary on a prominent social theory that purportedly describes the cyclic nature of the music industry in the United States and elsewhere (Hirsch 1972). I do not know enough about the development of music in this area of the world in the two decades or so after world war 2, but additional commentary from subject matter experts here (specifically speaking to why/how this music ended up being produced and broadcast, and why it fell out of style) would be extremely useful to get better leverage evaluating the scope conditions of Hirsch's theory. Even just citing more sources so I can find out where/how to find out more would be much appreciated. I apologize if this is placed in the wrong spot or if I am violating usual editing / formatting customs, I do not usually post/edit items on Wikipedia and am unfamiliar with how it is supposed to work. Swestenb (talk) 02:39, 4 December 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  1. ^ For example, this image of the Battle of Normandy is grainy, but very few pictures of that event exist. However, where quite a number of pictures exist, for instance, the moon landing, FPC attempts to select the best of the ones produced.
  2. ^ An image has more encyclopedic value (often abbreviated to "EV" or "enc" in discussions) if it contributes strongly to a single article, rather than contributing weakly to many. Adding an image to numerous articles to gain EV is counterproductive and may antagonize both FPC reviewers and article editors.
  3. ^ While effects such as black and white, sepia, oversaturation, and abnormal angles may be visually pleasing, they often detract from the accurate depiction of the subject.