Wikipedia:WikiProject Biography/Assessment

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Welcome to the assessment department of WikiProject Biography. This department focuses on assessing the quality and priority of Wikipedia's biography articles. A quality rating estimates how close an article comes to a professional standard. The priority or importance rating estimates the relative importance of a subject when compared to other biographical articles.; this rating can help project members to prioritise editing work. These quality and priority rating systems were established by the Wikipedia 1.0 Editorial Team, and are customised by WikiProject organisers.

An article's rating is set in the class parameter of the {{WikiProject Biography}} project banner on the article's talk page. Setting the class value causes the article to be listed in the corresponding sub-categories under Category:Biography articles by quality, and to lists generated by bots such as.

Frequently asked questions[edit]

How can I request an article assessment?
Add it to the assessment request queue below. If you'd like someone to write some constructive feedback about the article, you can request a peer review from editors outside WikiProject Biography. At present, WikiProject Biography's peer review is backlogged.
Who can rate an article?
Anyone can rate a biographical article, but if you revised an article enough to change its potential rating, or if you have a conflict of interest, someone else should review it. A rating higher than B-class requires a more formal review process.
What if I disagree with a rating?
Ask the reviewer what they think the article needs (preferably on the article's talk page). You can also (re)list the article in the assessment request queue, or directly ask a WikiProject Biography member to review it.
Are the ratings subjective?
Reviewers are expected to follow Wikipedia's article quality grading criteria.
How can I begin assessing articles?
See "How to assess an article" below.

Light bulb iconB If you have a question not answered here, please feel free to ask on the assessment talk page.

How to assess an article[edit]

Read the criteria in the quality scale, and determine which grade best reflects the state of the article. If the quality grade you chose differs from the one on the article's talk page, set the grade by changing the class parameter for each WikiProject banner, like this:

{{WikiProject Biography |class=Start}}

If the article is within the scope of WikiProject Biography but does not have a {{WikiProject Biography}} banner on its talk page, add the banner.

You can find articles to rate in Category:Unassessed biography articles. This is a list of talk pages that have a banner with an incomplete assessment.

There's more to article assessment than just quality and priority grades. See {{WikiProject Biography}} for complete instructions.

Class parameter[edit]

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

{{WikiProject Biography|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 biography articles) Featured article FA 
A (adds articles to Category:A-Class biography articles) A-Class article A 
GA (for good articles only; adds articles to Category:GA-Class biography articles)  GA 
B (adds articles to Category:B-Class biography articles) B-Class article B 
C (adds articles to Category:C-Class biography articles) C-Class article C 
Start (adds articles to Category:Start-Class biography articles) Start-Class article Start 
Stub (adds articles to Category:Stub-Class biography articles) Stub-Class article Stub 
FL (for featured lists only; adds articles to Category:FL-Class biography articles) Featured list FL 
List (adds articles to Category:List-Class biography 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 biography articles)  Category 
Disambig (for disambiguation pages; adds pages to Category:Disambig-Class biography articles) Disambiguation page Disambig 
Draft (for drafts; adds pages to Category:Draft-Class biography articles) Draft page Draft 
File (for files and timed text; adds pages to Category:File-Class biography articles) Media file page File 
Project (for project pages; adds pages to Category:Project-Class biography articles)  Project 
Redirect (for redirect pages; adds pages to Category:Redirect-Class biography articles) Redirect page Redirect 
Template (for templates and modules; adds pages to Category:Template-Class biography articles)  Template 
NA (for any other pages where assessment is unnecessary; adds pages to Category:NA-Class biography articles) Non-article page NA 
??? (articles for which a valid class has not yet been provided are listed in Category:Unassessed biography articles)  ??? 

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

It is not necessary to add a class parameter to talk pages that do not correspond to ordinary articles. For categories, disambiguation pages, redirects, etc., the class is implicit.

Priority parameters[edit]

{{WikiProject Biography}} has separate priority parameters for specialised sub-projects and work groups.

{{WikiProject Biography}}-tagged talk pages that have an active general |priority= or |importance= parameter should be changed to one or more of |a&e-priority=, |filmbio-priority=, |musician-priority=, |military-priority=, |peerage-priority=, |politician-priority=, |royalty-priority=, |s&a-priority= or |sports-priority=, depending on which work groups the article is tagged for. Please refer to Template:WikiProject Biography/doc for further guidance.

WikiProject Actors and Filmmakers has its own priority scale; please use it. For all other work groups and WikiProjects listed here, use WikiProject Biography's priority scale.

The valid values for all priority parameters are: Top, High, Mid, and Low.

Articles for each work group and sub-project where the priority has not yet been assessed are found in Category:Unknown-importance biography articles. Do not use priority parameters for non-articles (i.e. redirects, disambiguation pages, categories, etc.).

Quality scale[edit]

Priority scale[edit]

Priority must be regarded as a relative term. If priority values are applied within this project, these only reflect the perceived importance to this project and to the work groups the biography falls under. An article judged to be "Top-importance" in one context may be only "Mid-importance" in another project. The criteria used for rating article priority 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).

Article importance grading scheme
Label Criteria Examples
Top High probability that non-Historians would look this up. Limited to the top 200 biographies. Must have had a large impact outside of their main discipline, across several generations, and in the majority of the world. For instance, Einstein, brilliant physicist, but his theories have affected people outside of physics and in many other countries besides his nation of origin and several generations. His ideas have changed the way people think. No member should give this rating to any biography without first getting Project approval from the other members. Albert Einstein
High Must have had a large impact in their main discipline, across a couple of generations. Had some impact outside their country of origin. Patrick Henry
Mid Important in their discipline. John Seigenthaler, Sr.
Low Subject is notable in their main discipline. Morena Baccarin

Requesting an assessment[edit]

Any user may perform an article assessment. No special permissions or tools are needed, although User:Evad37/rater is a recommended tool. However, if you prefer help from a WikiProject Biography volunteer to rate an article, please feel free to list it below.

This is a quality rating only. Reviewers usually do not comment on the article. For more detailed feedback, you can request a peer review.

Articles submitted to the list below can be rated up to B-class. For higher assessments, see Wikipedia:Good article nominations/Instructions and Wikipedia:Featured article criteria.

Reviewers: For general assessment instructions, see "How to assess an article" above. After you assess an article, please delete it from the list.

If you checked for B-class readiness, please add a short section titled "B-class review" to the article's talk page. If you do not believe the article meets the criteria for B-class, explain what improvements it needs in order to pass. If it passes, confirm in writing that you checked the article for all B-class criteria, and that it passed.


Edit this section and add request to the end of the list. Use format of * [[ article name]] brief description. ~~~~

  • Victor P. Tsilonis - This page has been wrongly labelled as promotional, although it has undergone a lot of editing and is constantly being reviewed by a few yet experienced Wikipedia users. I would love to have some feedback on this issue. Thank you in advance. Agnostosnous (talk) 16:06, 6 November 2020 (UTC)
  • Presidency of Ram Nath Kovind - This article has been expanded, unnecessary images are removed, Sources are fixed, and the data is summarized. Any Copyright Violation is Unlikely (according to this -[1]) Kavyansh.Singh (talk) 06:24, 26 March 2021 (UTC)
  • Abdurrahman Gazi - new article about an early Ottoman warrior affiliated with Ertuğrul, Osman I and Orhan. IronManCap (talk) 13:35, 27 March 2021 (UTC)
  • Adam Naruszewicz - I expanded this recently, I think it may be a bit short of GA. Comments appreciated. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 07:59, 6 May 2021 (UTC)
  • Jurina Matsui - This article was assessed as Start in 2013. I overhauled and basically rewrote everything and fixed all citations so it meets Wikipedia's Manual of Style. Yolo4A4Lo (talk) 14:07, 29 May 2021 (UTC)
  • People For Animals - This stub has been expanded into a larger sized article.
  • Pavel Rovinsky – I have significantly expanded this article. Aleksamil (talk) 12:29, 3 June 2021 (UTC)
  • Veena Sahajwalla- looking for an assessment. I have recently been working on this article and would like to get it reassessed. I have added 5 new sections which cover a broader range of information. mui3772 (talk) 5:40, 7 June 2021 (UTC)
  • Sean Baker (filmmaker) - this "stub" has been expanded significantly since its last assessment. This director's films have received Oscar nominations (one for Willem Dafoe who is of a different generation than the director) and he has received several other high awards, one presented by John Waters who is also of a different generation. His films are regularly accepted at Cannes and lots of other international film festivals, including at the Mumbai International Film Festival where he was president of the jury. Kire1975 (talk) 07:40, 8 June 2021 (UTC)
  • Mark Emmert - the NCAA section in particular has only one citation for eight paragraphs of text, has had text added that casts doubt on that citation (which is critical of the subject), makes many unsubstantiated and wishy-washy claims, and makes some claims that need citations. It's currently rated B but I think that's a stretch, it reads as hagiography.
  • Étienne Perier (governor) — This article was subjected to extreme edit warring and sock puppetry that expanded it from a Start class to a royal mess. It has been completely rewritten and extensively sourced through a collaborative (albeit sometimes still contentious) process and is now stable. I did move it up to C class, but feel it should be at least B or higher, perhaps even a potential GA or FA candidate. A review and reassessment would be appreciated. —Carter (talk) 15:30, 5 August 2021 (UTC)
This has been nominated for GA review. —Carter (Tcr25) (talk) 17:03, 13 August 2021 (UTC)
  • Ming T. Tsuang, Amy Barger and José María Vélaz — Please reassess. I expanded these former stub articles significantly. Thanks, Heartmusic678 (talk) 16:32, 13 August 2021 (UTC)
  • BDC (group) - Can you reassess this article? I believe this article has enough information to grow out of the stub status. Thanks! Byy2 (talk) 08:00, 22 August 2021 (UTC)
  • Alden Whitman — Stub now vastly expanded, broadly sourced, and linked into the biographic tissue of Wikipedia by dint of Whitman's profession: obituarist. Unendin (talk) 04:32, 25 August 2021 (UTC)
  • Klaus_Schütz This article about a governing mayor of Berlin has been expanded and updated upon. As such, it does not fit into the stub classification. Khalif Ali Husain the Third (talk) 08:46, 30 August 2021 (UTC)
  • Dietrich Stobbe This article about a governing mayor of Berlin has been expanded and updated upon. As such, it does not fit into the stub classification. Khalif Ali Husain the Third (talk) 08:46, 30 August 2021 (UTC)
  • Strawberry Prince - I'm the only person who has done any substantial work on this article and I'm not very good at writing prose, so it's fairly short. Mlb96 (talk) 06:36, 31 August 2021 (UTC)
  • Rinu - Same deal as the above article. Mlb96 (talk) 06:38, 31 August 2021 (UTC)
  • Thomas Savage (bishop) article on 16th century Archbishop of York largely expanded and no longer start class. Best regards, Grosseteste (talk) 18:49, 7 September 2021 (UTC)
  • Savage family New article, Best regards Grosseteste (talk) 16:12, 8 September 2021 (UTC)
  • George Fenneman- this "stub" has been expanded significantly since its last assessment.WmArbaugh (talk) 22:01, 9 September 2021 (UTC)
  • John Savage (soldier) Assessed B by Military history but in need of biography assessment. Best Regards, Grosseteste (talk) 20:39, 10 September 2021 (UTC)
  • Shafqat Amanat Ali -- Significant changes, additions and improvements have been made to this article since C-class rating. Dozens of new references have been added as well and old/dead links removed. Requesting a new quality assessment for "WikiProject Biography," "WikiProject Musicians," and "WikiProject Pakistan." Article is currently rated C-class for all three -- requesting B-class review please. Also requesting a new IMPORTANCE assessment for this article. Currently marked Low-importance for "WikiProject Musicians" and "WikiProject Pakistan" -- requesting review for Mid-importance. Also currently UNASSESSED for WikiProject Biography -- requesting review for Mid-importance. Thank you so much for your time and effort. Priyanka2330 (talk) 21:40, 20 September 2021 (UTC)
  • Carl Wiman - Major revamp. Added life story and achievements. ViriatoLusitano (talk) 20:58, 25 September 2021 (UTC)
  • Jalal al-Din Mangburni - Expanded significantly since rated C-class. Previously, only two of his battles were presented briefly whereas now 4-5 different battles are given with citations, legacy and assessment are added as well as different phases of his life. Worthy of re-evaluation -- (talk) 03:54, 28 September 2021 (UTC)
  • Xu Zhangrun – While the material on his life before 2018 is still very limited, the information on his detention, arrest and aftermath has been expanded well beyond stub status.--CRau080 (talk) 22:17, 10 November 2021 (UTC)


Current status[edit]

Assessment log[edit]

The logs in this section are generated automatically (on a daily basis); please don't add entries to them by hand.

Unexpected changes, such as downgrading an article, or raising it more than two assessment classes at once, are shown in bold.

Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team/Biography articles by quality log


The logs in this section are generated automatically (on a daily basis); please don't add entries to them by hand.
Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team/Biography articles by quality
This page was once used by the Version 1.0 Editorial Team. It is preserved because of the information in its edit history. This page should not be edited or deleted. Wikiproject article lists can be generated using the WP 1.0 web tool.

Cleanup listings[edit]

Weekly biography listings here. Please be patient while lists load as there are over 1.6 million articles. Run on Tuesdays, generated by CleanupWorklistBot.

Biography assessment backlog - Call for Volunteers[edit]

To help reduce the long-standing backlog of biography articles waiting for assessment, consider adopting your "favorite" alphabet letter and working there. You can click on a letter to be linked directly to it and see how long it is. In the table below, just replace the ★ with your Username. There can be more than one person per letter. Teamwork really helps! We recommend putting a link on your user page or in another easy-to-find location so that you can more easily work on your letter.

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