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Welcome to the assessment department of the United States WikiProject! This department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's articles about the United States or the people of the United States. 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 United States}} project banner; this causes the articles to be placed into the appropriate sub-categories of Category:United States articles by quality and Category:United States articles by importance, which serve as the foundation for an automatically generated worklist.

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 United States}} to the talk page; there's no need to do anything else.
3. Someone put a {{WikiProject United States}} 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 WikiProject United States 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 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. 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!
9. What if I have a question not listed here?
If you have any other questions not listed here, please feel free to ask them on the discussion page for this department; for any other issues, you can go to the main project discussion page.


Quality assessment

An article's quality assessment is generated from the class parameter in the {{WikiProject United States}} project banner on its talk page: {{WikiProject United States|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 United States articles)  FA
A (adds articles to Category:A-Class United States articles)  A
GA (for good articles only; adds articles to Category:GA-Class United States articles)  GA
B (adds articles to Category:B-Class United States articles) B
C (adds articles to Category:C-Class United States articles) C
Start (adds articles to Category:Start-Class United States articles) Start
Stub (adds articles to Category:Stub-Class United States articles) Stub
FL (for featured lists only; adds articles to Category:FL-Class United States articles)  FL
List (adds articles to Category:List-Class United States 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 United States articles) Category
Disambig (for disambiguation pages; adds pages to Category:Disambig-Class United States articles) Disambig
Draft (for drafts; adds pages to Category:Draft-Class United States articles) Draft
FM (for featured media only; adds pages to Category:FM-Class United States articles)  FM
File (for files and timed text; adds pages to Category:File-Class United States articles) File
Portal (for portal pages; adds pages to Category:Portal-Class United States articles) Portal
Project (for project pages; adds pages to Category:Project-Class United States articles) Project
Redirect (for redirect pages; adds pages to Category:Redirect-Class United States articles) Redirect
Template (for templates and modules; adds pages to Category:Template-Class United States articles) Template
NA (for any other pages where assessment is unnecessary; adds pages to Category:NA-Class United States articles) NA
??? (articles for which a valid class has not yet been provided are listed in Category:Unassessed United States articles) ???

Quality scale

Importance assessment

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

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

Importance scale

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 the United States.

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.

Requests for assessment

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. For assessment of articles above B class (GA, A, FL or FA) please submit them through the regular process.

  1. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is a film article from 2013. It is marked as Start class, but I think it is more like C class, possibly B class. -- (talk) 23:10, 27 April 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Wakefield, Washington, D.C. article was greatly expanded to add historical information, description of local public facilities added, and references. It is currently listed as a stub.
  3. Aquidneck Island Article has been improved and expanded since its last assessment. Requesting reassessment. PaintedCarpet (talk) 22:10, 2 June 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  4. Evans County, Georgia (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) - I've been working on this article quite a bit, off and on for a while now. I'd appreciate it if someone would look it over and see if it's ready to move up to B-Class and, if not, what I need to do to get it there.Reb (talk) 15:59, 19 June 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  5. History of United States postage rates Article has been improved and expanded since its last assessment. It is currently listed as a stub. Please reassess it. Thank you. Drdpw (talk) 02:43, 4 July 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  6. Lake Chelan
  7. Frankie J. Alvarez - New article. Please assess. Thanks! Luminum (talk) 10:12, 19 February 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  8. Kenner, Louisiana - Possible Mid on importance scale. Bmhs823 (talk) 13:54, 13 August 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  9. United States Coast Guard Auxiliary - Article has been greatly improved with greater citations, more media and better formatting. Also, if the 2000 PGA Championship is medium importance, this article at least deserves medium importance. (talk) 0600 , 9 Sep 2015 (UTC)
  10. McIntosh County, Georgia I have been working on improving the article. Please reassess. Thank you, Reb1981 (talk) 20:42, 2 June 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  11. Burlington Free Press Made significant additions - please reassess - no longer start-class, thanks (Strigg) 11:01, 18 July 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  12. List of monuments and memorials of the Confederate States of America This is an extremely notable, high-traffic, comprehensive, frequently edited article. This has been quite a topic in the news. And something like 99% of the content has been added in the last month alone. Please reasses. Fluous (talk) 04:27, 3 September 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  13. Covington County School District (Mississippi) - Requesting Article Review - Using my own understanding, I assessed this as a C, but as I want an outside opinion as to where it should start. It was previously unassessed in any form.
  14. Columbia Park (Kennewick) has had substantial edits since its last assessment. DJ Cane (talk) 22:28, 5 March 2018 (UTC)[reply]
  15. Herman Vandenburg Ames was previously rated C-class but has since been significantly expanded and is in the never-ending GA queue. Chetsford (talk) 13:46, 17 March 2018 (UTC)[reply]
  16. Jean jacket is currently un-assessed but has been featured at DYK. Chetsford (talk) 13:46, 17 March 2018 (UTC)[reply]
  17. Pacific Architects and Engineers is currently un-assessed but has been featured at DYK. Chetsford (talk) 13:46, 17 March 2018 (UTC)[reply]
  18. Barnet Nover was previously assessed as Start class but has since been expanded. Chetsford (talk) 13:51, 17 March 2018 (UTC)[reply]
  19. Viva América is rated as a Start Class but has received additional reference citations and links since its inception. Many thanks in advance for a new assessment! (talk) 19:17, 2 April 2018 (UTC)PS[reply]
  20. Karankawa people was rewritten recently; this article is or was the subject of a Wiki Education Foundation-supported course assignment.
  21. Treaty of Aranjuez (1779) C class but extensively rewritten; the Treaty relates to Spanish participation in the Revolutionary War, which is a little covered area of the war. Robinvp11 (talk) 15:29, 2 July 2018 (UTC)[reply]
  22. Robert Coles (settler) has been improved.Diogenes99 (talk) 01:29, 28 August 2018 (UTC)[reply]
  23. After the Ball (book) is an article that currently lacks an assessment for this project. Requesting one. FreeKnowledgeCreator (talk) 01:33, 7 December 2018 (UTC)[reply]
  24. The View (talk show) is a GA-Class article that has just been added to the WikiProject. KyleJoantalk 20:49, 19 April 2019 (UTC)[reply]
  25. Los Alamos, New Mexico Requesting assessment. Multiple updates to format, structure, content etc. Patrick Fisher (talk) Patrick Fisher 18:56, 9 August 2019 (UTC)[reply]
  26. Rio Grande Valley Large content update including addition of history section. Currently marked as a start class article. There have not been hardly any other editors other than myself. --Jmjosh90 (talk) 23:37, 3 December 2019 (UTC)[reply]
  27. Harrison family of Virginia has just been added to the US project after promotion to GA. No assessments were made. I have assessed as GA based on promotion and importance of Mid, though someone other than I should look at a rating of High, as the article features multiple prominent US figures including three presidents, a founder, two Chicago mayors, and a surgeon in historic transplant work. Hoppyh (talk) 13:19, 11 December 2019 (UTC)[reply]
  28. Falcon 9 (rated low importance) and Atlas V (unrated) might both be mid importance as workhorses of the US spaceflight industry and soon human-rated rockets. Falcon 9 is listed as B-class in the US project and C-class in the spaceflight project. --mfb (talk) 08:12, 18 January 2020 (UTC)[reply]
  29. American Banjo Museum I created this article recently, with 1-2 additions still to make. Should have any unreferenced sections finished this week. I suggested it be part of this Wikiproject, as a piece of Americana. Jacqke (talk) 13:53, 21 February 2020 (UTC)[reply]
  30. Kingsville, Texas Request review after major changes. Wberkey (talk) 22:30, 25 April 2020 (UTC)[reply]
  31. Roxbury, Massachusetts Article has been given a lot more attention to detail since it's creation sariah.sugarman (talk)
  32. Nackey Loeb - request assessment for new article Bleubsdorf (talk) 12:46, 1 July 2020 (UTC)[reply]
  33. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library - request assessment Bleubsdorf (talk) 12:49, 1 July 2020 (UTC)[reply]
  34. Edmund Burke School - request new assessment, article has been rewritten and expanded Bleubsdorf (talk) 10:53, 2 July 2020 (UTC)[reply]
  35. Rocky Mount, North Carolina Rewritten and reorganized since given start class. Would appreciate assessment and any feedback. Thanks! aegreen (talkemail) 16:19, 3 August 2020 (UTC)[reply]
  36. 2020 United States Postal Service crisis - rated Start class, but significantly expanded with lots of content (and sourcing). Would appreciate feedback, especially to make sure we are avoiding bias. Fullmetal2887 (discuss me) 23:26, 17 August 2020 (UTC)[reply]
  37. Henry R. Horsey - Please assess. Significantly expanded the stub to detail early life, career and notable litigation. Also added info box. Planning to add more early life information and include Rehobooth Beach advocacy/passage of Coastal Zone Act. Heartmusic678 (talk) 17:28, 22 June 2021 (UTC)[reply]
  38. United States courts of appeals - Surprised to find this article listed as only "low" importance. As the second highest level of the federal judiciary, it seems like it's a key government institution that's not of merely "specialist" interest; unless I'm missing something, it certainly seems closer to the FCC in importance to the project than it does to the 509th tactical fighter squadron (the two examples given above). Can someone please review this? CogitoErgoSum14 (talk) 21:25, 21 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  39. Six Moon Hill Requesting re-assessment, significant improvements since original assessment in 2006 Fothergilla (talk) 14:56, 11 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  40. Verrado High School Improved the article a ton; need some advice on how to improve it even more. (talk) 21:46, 4 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  41. New Mexico chile - The article has long since been overhauled with far more comprehensive information, new sections, improved flow, and citation and cleanup; currently C-class. My goal is to have this article eventually featured. Thank you! Kehkou (talk) 07:41, 9 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  42. Perry County, Tennessee - Conducted a major overhaul of the article incorporating an expanded history, census/demographics, economics, infrastructure, and geography. Looks to be about C-class now, maybe B if we're generous. Would like this to get to GA or A eventually, but I need to expand a bit on mid-20th century history and a few other areas. nf utvol (talk) 17:29, 29 March 2022 (UTC) I think we're ready to put this up for GA consideration, thanks to those that contributed! nf utvol (talk) 00:14, 7 August 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  43. 2022 United States infant formula shortage - Requesting an assessment on this one. Thank you! ✠ SunDawn Ω (contact) 00:57, 19 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  44. Alabama literature. Requesting an assessment as a significant amount has been added to what was a stub. I would absolutely appreciate any advice on how to further improve it as well, thank you! CatVallejo (talk) 05:30, 27 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    Hi! I really liked reading about some of the literature you mentioned in your edits. This was very thorough and comprehensive. I can tell a lot went into what you added!
    I have some suggestions for restructuring that might make for an easier read. I think potentially organizing the article by genre (fiction and biography) and maybe having a brief history section at the beginning could work better. Biographies across eras share a common theme of being primarily (auto)biographies from prominent Civil Rights advocates. (Lewis, Parks) Other memoirs also discuss adversity. If they could be grouped together and discussed in closer proximity that would be more concise/thematically logical. For fiction, in terms of notability, I'd argue some of the contemporary works rival the modern works, even if TKAM and Invisible Man are the most notable. By having all the fiction grouped together you could mention these two works alongside other works like Forrest Gump and Fried Green Tomatoes... like you do in the opener. These works are all similar in that they are about 20th century Alabama and to varying degrees deal with race. To keep the fiction section from being too long, you could truncate the plot summaries from the lesser known works.
    Once again, great job! I'm glad this article is no longer a stub :) Kclarkbar (talk) 00:23, 6 August 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  45. Ohio House of Representatives. Requesting re-assesment to elevate it from Stub class, since it has a good deal of up-to-date, basic information.
  46. Clifton Newman This article was created by me. Hoping to get it assessed! Important to note that he is in the national media spotlight rn due to an ongoing trial. -- Philipnelson99 (talk) 16:37, 31 January 2023 (UTC)[reply]
  47. Finneytown Secondary Campus Hi, I expended this article quite a bit from its current stub status and I think it should be reassessed to be a start class article. -- Ukraineball91 (talk) 02:30, 29 March 2023 (UTC)[reply]
  48. Marlon Coleman Currently unassessed, I created this article last week. If someone could assess it for me that would be great.--Trey Wainman (talk) 21:17, 29 June 2023 (UTC)[reply]
  49. City Line (Spokane, Washington - article has been greatly expanded, with written content, citations, images, graphics, etc. since its last rating.Jdubman (talk) 21:25, 5 August 2023 (UTC)[reply]
  50. Kenneth Chesebro who has been identified as the architect of the Trump fake electors plot used by the Trump campaign to change the outcome of the 2020 election.
  51. Old Ironsides (trophy) has had extensive expansion and stylistic changes, the importance of the article remains low but I believe the article has gone beyond its start-class rating Dionysius Millertalk 13:43, 9 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]

I am hoping for an importance reassessment. This list looks like it may not be very active, and I am not sure it's for importance. I'll keep poking around and will hopefully find the right place for this request. --Utahredrock (talk) 17:46, 22 October 2023 (UTC)[reply]

  1. Belinda Sutton Because she was enslaved, some areas are not fully detailed. But she was very important in the arc of reparations for enslavement. Please reconsider her importance.

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