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Article classification is a project introduced on January 19, 2011 in order to put articles in to priorities for improvement. It aims to help users know what to and not to edit.

The project of article classification comes in two parts: Article grading and project importance scale. Both of these are assigned to the article's talk page via the {{grade}} template, to save room. First, the article is assigned a general category, such as civilization, event, and so on (these are listed below). It is then classed for importance within that category, with the importance scale including "high", "medium" and "low" priority. Then, the article is graded - from A to U - in five areas, also listed below.

There are currently 256 out of 905 articles graded, or 28%, of which 27, or 11%, have been assigned projects and put on an importance scale.

Project Edit

The project, or general category, defines what the article's subject is. The current projects include:

  • Civilization
  • Event
  • Organization
  • Person
  • Planet
  • Species
  • Vehicle

Grading Edit

  • Articles should be graded using the {{Grade}} template, which should be placed at the very top of the page's talk page.
  • Only grade content articles, except month articles.
  • Do not give an area a grade if it does not exist. For example, if there is no written content, leave the written content grade blank.
  • An article must hit all criteria of a grade before it can be acheived. For instance, if an article uses the infobox perfectly, but it is not updated, it cannot get higher than an C.
  • Do not grade certain areas of an article if they have an incomplete or empty notice on them.
    • If an article which is tagged in the lead as incomplete, do not grade it.
    • If an article has already been graded when it was not marked as incomplete, but is now incomplete, remove the grades, then regrade it when the incompelte notice has been removed.
  • Notice templates do not count as content.
  • If an article is completely empty, do not grade it. It should be tagged for deletion using SD6.

Criteria Edit

Based on an average of the grades given to an article, the overall grade is given as follows:

  • Class A: Complies with all style guides and is of optimal quality
  • Class B: Is close to complete, and follows most style guides approapriately
  • Class C: A mediocre page, the recommended grade.
  • Class F: An incomplete page, which requires attention
  • Class U: A page which either prominently needs deleting or heavily (re)writting

And the six areas for the criteria are as follows:

  • Infobox: The infobox, and how it's written
  • Layout and formatting: The organization of the page, as well as links
  • Written quality: Things such as spelling, grammar, readability.
  • Content quantity: The amount of content on the page, and whether or not it suits the subject
  • Images, tables and lists: The use of images, tables, lists, their relevance and presentation
Categories #Infobox #Layout and formatting #Written quality #Content quantity #Graphology
Class A A-infobox A-layout A-written A-quantity A-graph
Class B B-infobox B-layout B-written B-quantity B-graph
Class C C-infobox C-layout C-written C-quantity C-graph
Class F F-infobox F-layout F-written F-quantity F-graph
Class U U-infobox U-layout U-written U-quantity U-graph

Average calculation Edit

The overall grade of an article is calculated automatically, based on the semi-mean of the five seperate grades. Grade A represents 4 points, grade C represents 2 points, and grade A represents 4 points. These points are doubled on the grade for quantity for prioritization reasons. All the grade points are added together, then divided by six (as there are theoretically six values). This returns a value inbetween 0 and 4. Values bigger than 3.5 are scored an A; values bigger than 2.5 are scored a B; values bigger than 1.5 are scored a C; values bigger than 0.51 are scored an F; values small than 0.51 are scored a U. It is impossible to score 0.51 exactly, so there's no need to account for that number. Please see here if you wish to view the math behind the grading system for yourself.

Infobox Edit

Do not grade an article on its infobox if there is not one for its subject. Leave the parameter blank.

  • Grade A:
    • Every parameter that applies have the correct information in it
    • There are no "to be determined" or "unknown" (or any other disinformation) parameters, they are left empty
    • There isn't an overuse or underuse of text in parameters
    • It complies fully with its respective template page, including having all the recommended parameters
    • The infobox must be up to date
  • Grade B:
    • All but a few parameters that apply have the correct information in them
    • There are no "to be determined" or "unknown" (or any other disinformation) parameters, they are left empty
    • The majority of parameters do not have an overt overuse or underuse of text
    • It complies for the most part with its respective template page, as well as having all the recommended parameters
    • The infobox must be up to date
  • Grade C:
    • Around half of the necassery parameters are filled in, with the correct information
    • There are a small amount of disinformation parameters, used as fillers or placeholders, but useless
    • There is the incorrect quantity of text on more than a fifth of the parameters
    • It does not comply with the guidelines on the template page to an overt degree, but still attempts to use them appropriately. At least one recommended parameter required
    • The infobox may be slightly outdated
  • Grade F:
    • A lot of parameters are missing, and some may have incorrect information
    • There are abundant disinformation parameters
    • There are very noticable incorrect quantities of text in parameters
    • The infobox makes little attempts to follow the guidelines provided, with little to no recommended parameters entered
    • The infobox may be heavily outdated
  • Grade U:
    • There is no infobox, even though there is one available for the subject

Layout and formatting Edit

Such as the use of graphological text features, links and the layout of the page.

  • Grade A:
    • The text is appropriately formatted, such as the fully correct use of bold, italics and underline
    • Sections and their paragraphs are in the recommended order, based off the article subject's respective manual of style
    • Links are used appropriately - they are not at all over or underused and there are no redlinks
    • Used sections must be present, with more than five sentence total in them
    • Sections are used appropriately or not at all (if the content does not warrant it in terms of size)
  • Grade B:
    • The text is appropriately formatted, such as the correct use of bold, italics and underline, though with some minute mistakes or incompliances
    • Sections and their paragraphs are in the recommended order, based off the article subject's respective manual of style
    • Links are used appropriately - they are not over or underused and there are hardly any redlinks
    • Sections are used appropriately or not at all (if the content does not warrant it in terms of size)
  • Grade C:
    • The text is satisfactorily formatted, such some correct use of bold, italics and underline
    • Sections and their paragraphs are present and in the recommended order, based off the article subject's respective manual of style
    • Links are used satisfactorily - they are overtly not over or underused and/or there can be a fair amount of redlinks
    • Sections are used satisfactorily, however some are inappropriately placed.
  • Grade F:
    • The text is under-formatted, such as ignorance towards the correct use of bold, italics and underline
    • There is some attempt to use sections and ordering, however it fails to comply with logic or is in some way insufficient
    • Links are used inappropriately - they may be over or underused and/or there may be a lot of redlinks
    • There is no attempt at appropriate use of sections, or the sections are empty
  • Grade U:
    • The text blatantly ignores proper formatting, and does not make much attempt to comply with the correct use of bold, italics and underline
    • There is no attempt to use sections or any ordering, such as chronology
    • There is little or no attempt to use links
    • There is no attempt at appropriate use of sections, or the sections are empty

Written quality Edit

Whether things make sense, are spelt correctly, and are easily readable.

  • Grade A:
    • Peices of text are written appropriately - they use a fully neutral point of view, with no persuasive or suggestive devices used anywhere, and are fully direct
    • Spelling is completely correct
    • Use of punctuation is completely correct
  • Grade B:
    • Peices of text are written appropriately - they use a fully neutral point of view, with hardly any persuasive or suggestive devices used anywhere, and are almost fully direct
    • Spelling is almost completely correct
    • Use of punctuation is completely correct
  • Grade C:
    • Peices of text are written satisfactorily - they use an almost fully neutral point of view, possibly with some persuasive or suggestive devices used, and may be indirect on occassion
    • Spelling is satisfactory, with most errors being non-blatant
    • Use of punctuation is almost completely correct
  • Grade F:
    • Peices of text are written badly - they may not use a neutral point of view much, may also use things such as persuasive or suggestive devices, and may be indirect frequently
    • Spelling is noticeably incorrect
    • Use of punctuation is incorrect in places, but more often than not is correct
  • Grade U:
    • Peices of text are written badly - there is no attempt to use a neutral point of view much, no attempt to avoid persuasive or suggestive devices, and/or no attempt to be direct
    • Spelling is incorrect in frequent places
    • Use of punctuation is incorrect

Content quantity Edit

Whether there is an appropriate amount of content, relative to the subject. Both under and overuse is noted.

  • Grade A:
    • There is no overuse or underuse of written text at all
    • There are appropriate variances of detail, with the least detailed being in the lead, the mediocre detials being in level two sections, and precise details being in level three or higher sections
  • Grade B:
    • There is some overuse or underuse of written text, but it is hardly noticable
    • There are appropriate variances of detail, with the least detailed being in the lead, (optional) the mediocre detials being in level two sections, and precise details being in level three or higher sections
  • Grade C:
    • There is a noticable overuse or underuse of written text in some places
    • There is an insufficient variance of detail, such as one level, or an insufficient attempt at two
  • Grade F:
    • There is blatant underuse of written text
    • There is no variances of detail, or some but not very noticeably
  • Grade U:
    • There is no written content, only images, an infobox or other peices of non-paragraphic text

Graphology Edit

Things such as tables, lists, images, sound files, videos, etc.

  • Grade A:
    • Graphological features are not at all over or underused
    • Graphological features are completely relevant and accurate to the surrounding text
    • Graphological features are completely easy to read and accessible
    • Graphological features are not at all used in the place of easily-understandable paragraphs
  • Grade B:
    • Graphological features may be over or underused
    • Graphological features are completely relevant and accurate to the surrounding text
    • Graphological features are almost completely easy to read and accessible
    • Graphological features are not at all used in the place of easily-understandable paragraphs
  • Grade C:
    • Graphological features are over or underused in places
    • Graphological features are almost fully relevant and accurate to the surrounding text
    • Graphological features are somewhat easy to read and accessible
    • Graphological features may be used in the place of easily-understandable paragraphs, but not frequently
  • Grade F:
    • Graphological features are over or underused frequently
    • Graphological features are somewhat relevant and accurate to the surrounding text
    • Graphological features are not very easy to read and accessible
    • Graphological features are blatantly used in the place of easily-understandable paragraphs
  • Grade U:
    • Graphological features are over or underused undoubtedly
    • Graphological features are irrelevant or inaccurate to the surrounding text
    • Graphological features are not at all easy to read and accessible
    • Graphological features are blatantly used in the place of easily-understandable paragraphs

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