Wikipedia:WikiProject Biography/Assessment

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Welcome to the assessment department of WikiProject Biography. This department focuses on assessing the and 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[]

How can I request an article assessment?
Add it to the 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 , or directly ask a WikiProject Biography member to review it.
Are the ratings subjective?
Reviewers are expected to follow Wikipedia's .
How can I begin assessing articles?
See "" 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[]

Read the criteria in the , 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[]

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:

Book (for Wikipedia books; adds pages to Category:Book-Class biography articles) Wikipedia Book Book 
Category (for categories; adds pages to Category:Category-Class biography articles) Category page 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 
File (for files and timed text; adds pages to Category:File-Class biography articles)  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)  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 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[]

{{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 .

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[]

WikiProject article quality grading scheme

Priority scale[]

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[]

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 "" 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. ~~~~

  • Priscilla Chan (singer) - I've made significant changes recently and added a considerable number of sources of reference. Thank you!.--Will629 (talk) 02:02, 10 July 2020 (UTC)
  • Draft:Henry Schuck - looking to submit this article about the founder of newly-public company ZoomInfo. Declined on first attempt at approval.
  • Samwise Didier — Article has been significantly expanded and improved recently; I believe it's now up to C-class. Thanks for your time. Krinn DNZ (talk) 23:38, 8 August 2020 (UTC)
  • Tajuddin Ahmad — Article has been significantly expanded, readability has been improved too over last few days. It may be reviewed now for at least a B-class. Thanks. --Farhan nasim (talk) 14:55, 17 August 2020 (UTC)
  • Debabrata Goswami Would love to hear thoughts about this fledgling article, or on what should be added --User:Rohit Goswami UI| reply here Rohit Goswami UI (talk) 00:13, 25 August 2020 (UTC)
  • Surjit Athwal - Picked this article up via SuggestBot, rated as a Stub Class. I've expanded it, added multiple sources/links and tidied it up it bit! Can someone please re-assess? Thank you. --DSQ (talk) 18:49, 4 September 2020 (UTC)
  • Draft:Corey Worthington This is a new biographical article where the 2008 version was deleted due to the subject being underage at the time. I have updated with new sources from the past 12 years. I invite someone to please assess it, thanks. gazzamcnally (talk) 07:43, 18 September 2020 (UTC)
  • J Mac - new article. Fluffy89502 (talk) 20:04, 22 September 2020 (UTC)
  • Rudolf Haag - Substantial changes of the article. What is missing for B-class? Comments are welcome --SimoneD89 (talk) 16:00, 14 October 2020 (UTC)
  • Allie Brosh – Substantial update to cover her new book, new media coverage that came with the book, and to reorder the article to tell a more coherent story. I believe this has reached B-class. HenryCrun15 (talk) 03:28, 2 November 2020 (UTC)
  • 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. (talk) 16:06, 6 November 2020 (UTC)
  • Nicholas A. Kotov - Page has been significantly updated, rewritten and tidied up in order to remove bias and promotional-sounding text. It would be great if someone could reassess it for B class. Thanks! Echemia (talk) 15:12, 18 November 2020 (UTC)
  • Patrick Sellar - this article contains substantially more material than at the time that it was last rated. A rating would be a useful guide to further improvement. Thanks, ThoughtIdRetired (talk) 21:26, 21 November 2020 (UTC)
  • The Caretaker (musician) - the Caretaker is a side-project for musician James Kirby, who is also known for other things. I've expanded the page considerably beyond start-class, but with a focus on the music and its critical reception - not biography. In the near future, I am going to make up James Kirby as a biographical page, which would then link to the Caretaker and his label. I'd like to request a reassessment, possibly as "not under the scope of biography", or possibly as a higher grade - there is now a history section Ninquelosse (talk) 21:35, 26 November 2020 (UTC)
  • Zach Weinersmith – I believe this meets the criteria for B-class now as it thoroughly covers the subject with good sources. HenryCrun15 (talk) 23:31, 29 November 2020 (UTC)
  • Rolf Muuss - I am hoping that this page now meets the requirements for B-class now. Thank you! Aoujwt (talk) 01:01, 11 December 2020 (UTC)
  • Horia Sima - This article has been extensively rewritten/expanded/sourced and was rated a B-class article by one WikiProject, but is still start-class overall/by this WikiProject. Am hoping that this can be re-assessed to B-class. RevAndroid (talk) 01:42, 11 December 2020 (UTC)
     Done --TheImaCow (talk) 08:55, 16 February 2021 (UTC)
  • William B. Caldwell III – This article has multiple reliable sources and plenty of content, but is still rated start-class. Should probably be updated to C-class. Opal|zukor(discuss) 12:16, 13 December 2020 (UTC)
  • Dragan Aleksić – I've significantly expanded the article (previously a stub).--Aleksamil (talk) 17:54, 23 December 2020 (UTC)
  • John William Kaye – I updated this article and would appreciate a review of its categorization as Stub-class. WatkynBassett (talk) 09:52, 29 December 2020 (UTC)
  • Nigel Balchin - This article is surely well above Start Class, and more probably at B or above. RE-assessment would be appreciated. Icairns 2 (talk) 16:18, 1 January 2021 (UTC)
  • Ryan North - Writer, mainly of comics. Most of this Start-class article was old and outdated. I would appreciate a review. HenryCrun15 (talk) 02:59, 20 January 2021 (UTC)
  • Kayode Soyinka Journalist. The article absolutely reeks of having been written by himself, for promotional/self-glorifying purposes.
  • Kard (group) - South Korean co-ed group. Significant edits/additional information have been made and included to this article to promote it from Start-class. JTan1017 (talk) 14:02, 14 February 2021 (UTC)
  • William Henry Crossland FRIBA, 19th-century architect from Yorkshire who designed Rochdale Town Hall, Royal Holloway College and Holloway Sanatorium, all of them Grade I listed buildings. The article currently has a stub rating but I have expanded and improved it significantly during the past two or three weeks. I'd appreciate a re-assessment please: thank you Headhitter (talk) 21:57, 18 February 2021 (UTC)
  • Angry Grandpa - American YouTube personality. The article was rewritten in its entirety to try to significantly improve upon earlier versions. It is currently rated C-class and is, in my opinion, ready for B-class reassessment. Throast (talk) 22:01, 21 February 2021 (UTC)


Current status[]

Assessment log[]

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[]

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[]

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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