Wikipedia:WikiProject International relations/Assessment Information

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

Frequently asked questions

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 International relations}} to the talk page; there's no need to do anything else.
3. Someone put a {{ WikiProject International relations}} 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 International relations 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

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

{{WikiProject International relations|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 International relations articles) Featured article  FA 
A (adds articles to Category:A-Class International relations articles) A-Class article  A 
GA (for good articles only; adds articles to Category:GA-Class International relations articles)   GA 
B (adds articles to Category:B-Class International relations articles) B-Class article  B 
C (adds articles to Category:C-Class International relations articles) C-Class article  C 
Start (adds articles to Category:Start-Class International relations articles) Start-Class article  Start 
Stub (adds articles to Category:Stub-Class International relations articles) Stub-Class article  Stub 
FL (for featured lists only; adds articles to Category:FL-Class International relations articles) Featured list  FL 
List (adds articles to Category:List-Class International relations articles)   List 

For non-standard grades and non-mainspace content, the following values may be used for the class parameter:

Book (for Wikipedia books; adds pages to Category:Book-Class International relations articles) Wikipedia Book  Book 
Category (for categories; adds pages to Category:Category-Class International relations articles) Category page  Category 
Disambig (for disambiguation pages; adds pages to Category:Disambig-Class International relations articles) Disambiguation page  Disambig 
Draft (for drafts; adds pages to Category:Draft-Class International relations articles)   Draft 
File (for files and timed text; adds pages to Category:File-Class International relations articles)   File 
Portal (for portal pages; adds pages to Category:Portal-Class International relations articles)   Portal 
Project (for project pages; adds pages to Category:Project-Class International relations articles)   Project 
Redirect (for redirect pages; adds pages to Category:Redirect-Class International relations articles) Redirect page  Redirect 
Template (for templates and modules; adds pages to Category:Template-Class International relations articles)   Template 
NA (for any other pages where assessment is unnecessary; adds pages to Category:NA-Class International relations articles)   NA 
??? (articles for which a valid class has not yet been provided are listed in Category:Unassessed International relations articles)   ??? 

Quality scale

WikiProject article quality grading scheme

Importance assessment

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

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

Importance scale


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.

For the quality scale, see the Version 1.0 Editorial Team's grading scheme.
For the importance scale, see this project's importance scale.