Wikipedia:WikiProject Trains/Assessment

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Welcome to the assessment department of the Trains WikiProject! This department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's rail transport 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 {{TrainsWikiProject}} project banner; this causes the articles to be placed in the appropriate sub-categories of Category:Rail transport articles by quality, which serves as the foundation for an automatically generated worklist.

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Frequently asked questions[edit]

How can I get my article rated? 
Please list it in the section for assessment requests below.
Who can assess articles? 
Anyone is free to add or change the rating of an article.
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.

Instructions[edit]

Quality assessments[edit]

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

{{WikiProject Trains|class=???}}

The following values may be used for the class parameter to describe the quality of the article (see Wikipedia:Quality scale for assessment criteria):

FA (for featured articles only; adds articles to Category:FA-Class rail transport articles) Featured article FA 
A (adds articles to Category:A-Class rail transport articles) A-Class article A 
GA (for good articles only; adds articles to Category:GA-Class rail transport articles)  GA 
B (adds articles to Category:B-Class rail transport articles) B-Class article B 
C (adds articles to Category:C-Class rail transport articles) C-Class article C 
Start (adds articles to Category:Start-Class rail transport articles) Start-Class article Start 
Stub (adds articles to Category:Stub-Class rail transport articles) Stub-Class article Stub 
FL (for featured lists only; adds articles to Category:FL-Class rail transport articles) Featured list FL 
List (adds articles to Category:List-Class rail transport articles)  List 

For pages that are not articles, the following values can also be used for the class parameter:

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

After assessing an article's quality, comments on the assessment can be added either to the article's talk page or to the /Comments subpage which will appear as a link next to the assessment. Adding comments will add the article to Category:Rail transport articles with comments. Comments that are added to the /Comments subpages will be transcluded onto the automatically generated work list pages in the Comments column.

Quality scale[edit]

WikiProject article quality grading scheme

Importance assessment[edit]

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

{{WikiProject Trains| ... | importance=??? | ...}}
Top
High
Mid
Low

The following values may be used for importance assessments:

All articles that lack an importance rating are categorized in Category:Unknown-importance rail transport articles.

Importance scale[edit]

Label Criteria Reader's experience Editor's experience Example
Top The article is one of the core topics of rail transport. Generally, this is limited to those articles that are listed on {{Train topics}} A reader who is not involved in rail transport will have high familiarity with the subject matter and should be able to relate to the topic easily. Articles in this importance range are written in mostly generic terms, leaving technical terms and descriptions for more specialized pages. Train
High The article covers a topic that is vital to understanding the history or technology of rail transport. Most readers will at least be familiar with the topic being discussed. These articles describe the basics beyond the core topics about how trains work and the more significant historical events in rail transport history worldwide. Articles about the most basic topics in rail transport like rolling stock types, the largest railroad companies and the most historically and culturally significant topics are included in this level. Some technical terms can be used within articles in this range, but where they are used, they should be explained or at least link to articles that discuss the terms in more detail. First Transcontinental Railroad
Mid The article covers a topic that has a strong but not vital role in the history or technology of rail transport. Many readers will be familiar with the topic being discussed, but a larger majority of readers may have only cursory knowledge of the overall subject. Articles at this level will cover subjects that are well known but not necessarily vital to understand rail transport, such as main stations in secondary travel markets, former Class I railroads and more specialized types of equipment. Due to the topics covered at this level, Mid-importance articles will generally have more technical terms used in the article text. Most railroad company executives will be rated in this level. Ulster and Delaware Railroad
Low The article is not required knowledge for a broad understanding of rail transport technology or history. Few readers outside the rail transport industry or that are not within the local area of the article's topic may be familiar with the subject matter. It is likely that the reader does not know anything at all about the subject before reading the article. Articles at this range of importance will often delve into the minutiae of rail transport, using technical terms (and defining them) as needed. Topics included at this level include most metro and local railway stations, short line railroad companies and limited or one-off productions of equipment or facilities that otherwise had no significant impact on the rail industry. Jordanhill railway station

Requesting an assessment[edit]

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 add it at the bottom of the list below.

  1. Add Your Request Here!
  2. Montreal and Southern Counties Railway

Assessment log[edit]

Rail transport articles:
Index · Statistics · Log
The logs in this section are generated automatically (on a daily basis); please don't add entries to them by hand.

October 8, 2018[edit]

Reassessed[edit]

Assessed[edit]

Removed[edit]

October 7, 2018[edit]

Renamed[edit]

Reassessed[edit]

Assessed[edit]

Removed[edit]

October 6, 2018[edit]

Renamed[edit]

Reassessed[edit]

Assessed[edit]

Removed[edit]

October 5, 2018[edit]

Renamed[edit]

Reassessed[edit]

Assessed[edit]

Removed[edit]