Wikipedia:WikiProject Albums/Assessment

Welcome to the assessment department of WikiProject Albums. This department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's album 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 Albums}} project banner; this causes the articles to be placed in the appropriate sub-categories of Category:Album articles by quality and Category:Album articles by importance, which serves as the foundation for an automatically generated worklist (Index · Statistics · Log).

How to nominate a page[]

If you have made significant changes to an article and would like an outside opinion on a new rating for it, please place it at the bottom of the section for assessment requests below, using the syntax:

# {{la|ArticleName}} ~~~~ 

with an summary of "Nominating [[ArticleName]]". Please note that articles can only be given a rating up to B-class here. For Good Article class and higher, more formal reviews are needed (see table above for details).

How to review an article[]

  1. Check that you have logged in; anons may not review articles.
  2. Choose an article to review, noting:
    • You cannot choose an article if you have made significant contributions to it.
    • Nominations near the top of the lists are oldest, and should be given higher priority.
  3. Read the whole article.
  4. Place the {{WikiProject Albums| class=| importance=}} tag at the top of the article's talk page if it does not already exist.
    • Read the quality scale and set the class parameter to B, C, start, stub or NA.
    • (optional) Read the importance scale and set the importance parameter to Top, High, Mid or Low.
  5. Save the talk page. If you wish to leave detailed comments about your assessment, there is an option to do so on the project banner.
  6. Remove the article from the section for assessment requests using the summary "Assessed [[ArticleName]]".

Frequently asked questions[]

Why can articles only be assessed up to B class here?
Higher classes need a more formal assessment so that standards are maintained.
  • Good article nominations are processed here.
  • A-class reviews are not performed by the albums Wikiproject at the moment. As an alternative, you may request a peer review.
  • Featured articles candidates are processed here.
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.
What if I don't agree with a rating?
You can list it in the section for assessment requests below, and someone will take a look at it. Alternately, you can ask any member of the project to rate the article again.
Aren't the ratings subjective?
Yes, they are, 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.


Quality assessments[]

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

{{WikiProject Albums| ... | class=??? | ...}}

This optional parameter records the Project quality assessment rating currently assigned to the particular article on whose talkpage the project banner appears.

If unassigned, or an invalid value is given, the parameter defaults to "unassigned" and the template places the talkpage into Category:Unassessed Album articles.

The class should be assigned according to the quality scale below.

After assessing an article's quality, comments on the assessment can be added to the article's talk page.

Valid values for this parameter, their associated meanings and categories are given in the table below. Values should be typed as shown (e.g. |class=GA ):

Class parameter values (Category:Album articles by quality)
Value Use for Adds article to the category What it looks like
For articles
FA Featured articles FA-Class Album articles Featured article FA
FL Featured lists FL-Class Album articles Featured list FL
A A-class articles A-Class Album articles A-Class article A
GA Good articles GA-Class Album articles GA
B B-class articles B-Class Album articles B
C C-class articles C-Class Album articles C
Start Start-class articles Start-Class Album articles Start
Stub Stub-class articles Stub-Class Album articles Stub
List List-class articles List-Class Album articles List
Future Articles on future topics, for example an album yet to be released. Future-Class Album articles Future
For non-article pages
Category or Cat Categories Category-Class Album articles Category
Disambig or Dab Disambiguation pages Disambig-Class Album articles Disambig
Draft Drafts that are part of the project. Draft-Class Album articles Draft
File Image, sound, and other media files File-Class Album articles File
Portal Pages that are part of the Albums Portal namespace. Portal-Class Album articles Portal
Project Pages that are part of WikiProject Albums namespace. Project-Class Album articles Project
Redirect Pages that exist only as redirects. Redirect-Class Album articles Redirect
Template Templates that are part of the project and portal. Template-Class Album articles Template
NA Any other pages that are not articles or where assessment is unnecessary. NA-Class Album articles NA

Quality scale[]

This scale describes specific criteria for album articles. For the main Wikipedia Version 1.0 WikiProject article progress grading scheme, go here.

Importance assessment[]

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

{{WikiProject Albums| ... | importance=??? | ...}}

If unassigned, or an invalid value is given, or the class parameter is set to "NA", the parameter defaults to "unassigned" and the template places the talkpage into Category:Unknown-importance Album articles.

Class parameter values (Category:Album articles by importance)
Value Use for Adds article to the category What it looks like
For articles
Top Articles about the most well-known or culturally or historically significant albums. Top-importance Album articles Top
High Articles about albums that are moderately well-known but still culturally or historically significant. High-importance Album articles High
Mid Articles about albums that may or may not be commonly known outside the community of music fans. Mid-importance Album articles Mid
Low Articles about albums that are not generally well-known outside the community of music fans. Low-importance Album articles Low
For non-article pages
NA Non-article pages such as templates and project pages. NA-importance Album articles NA

Importance scale[]

Label Criteria Reader's experience Editor's experience Example
Articles about the most historically and culturally notable albums. These are the articles with the highest potential for being elevated to featured article status. A reader who is not necessarily a music fan will have high familiarity with a Top importance album and should be able to relate to it easily. Only the most culturally and historically significant albums will be assessed with Top importance, as these are the most likely to have large amounts of reliable secondary sources available to reference the article. As they appeal to the wides range of readers, articles in this importance range are written in mostly generic terms, leaving technical terms and descriptions for more specialized pages. Rubber Soul
(as of June 2020)
Articles about albums that are historically and culturally notable. These articles have a high potential to be elevated to featured article status. Most readers will have some knowledge of these albums. Top-selling or top-charting albums may have High importance, as it is likely that a good number of reliable secondary sources exist that could be used to reference the article. Articles at this level use some specific and specialized terms, as they appeal to readers who are likely familiar with the terminology related to albums. Here Come the Warm Jets
(as of June 2020)
These articles cover albums that have a strong but not vital level of notability. These articles should still have the potential to reach good article or featured article status with work. High-selling or high-charting albums may be rated mid-importance, even if they do not have a high level of historical or cultural significance. Many readers will be familiar with these albums, but a larger majority of readers may have only cursory knowledge of them. Moderately well-known albums will be marked with Mid importance, as it is less likely that a high number of reliable secondary sources exist that cover it. Articles at this level will cover albums that are well known but not necessarily vital to an understanding of music. Mid-importance articles will generally have more technical terms used in the article text. Most albums familiar only to music fans will be rated in this level. Communiqué
(as of June 2020)
These articles cover albums that have a low level of historical or cultural notability. Albums with low sales, those that did not chart, or were released only in small numbers may be rated Low importance, as they have far less potential to be advanced to good article or featured article status than more notable albums. Few readers who are not music fans may be familiar with these albums. It is unlikely that the typical reader knows anything at all about a Low importance album before reading its article. Lesser-known albums might be listed with Low importance, as it is unlikely that many reliable secondary sources exist that cover it. Articles at this range of importance will often delve into the minutiae of the subject, using technical terms (and defining them) as needed. Topics at this level include obscure or minor releases. Live at Cornerstone 2000: Unplugged
(as of June 2020)

Requesting an assessment[]

To get an article in the scope of WikiProject Albums assessed on importance and/or quality, you may list a request.

Assessment log[]

An automatically generated log of assessments is available at Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team/Album articles by quality log. Please don't change anything in the log manually.

Popular pages[]

List of top articles with the most frequent views, at Wikipedia:WikiProject Albums/Popular pages, updated monthly.