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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]

The valid values for

the class parameter are:

Articles without a valid class are listed in Category:Unassessed biography articles. Quality ratings should adhere 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 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.

Do not use priority parameters for non-articles (redirects, disambiguation pages, categories, etc.).

Quality scale[edit]

WikiProject article quality grading scheme

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-Class" in one context may be only "Mid-Class" 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]

If you would like 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.

  1. Agnes of Périgord --David (talk) 23:26, 21 November 2017 (UTC) B-Class article
  2. Ken Kesey - Brian Fenton (talk) 20:47, 4 December 2017 (UTC) B-Class article
  3. Daisaku Ikeda - Kelvintjy (talk) 05:49, 15 December 2017 (UTC) B-Class article
  4. Isabelo de los Reyes -NyanThousand (talk) 07:20, 28 December 2017 (UTC) B-Class article
  5. Oriol JunquerasObi2canibe (talk) 20:40, 1 January 2018 (UTC) B-Class article
  6. Augustin-Jean Fresnel: Since early December 2017, this article has been completely rewritten and restructured, massively expanded, and exhaustively checked against a long list of sources. Case for "High" importance: Completely reconstructed his main discipline (physical optics), with effects continuing to the present day, knowing no borders. Case for "Top" importance: High probability that any elementary physics student would look this up. Improvements to lighthouses had a large impact on travel and trade, globally, for more than a century. — Gavin R Putland (talk) 10:11, 20 January 2018 (UTC). B-Class article
  7. Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho - Jp16103 16:59, 28 January 2018 (UTC) Good article
  8. Pat O'Keeffe heavily expanded through COI process. Okeeffemarc (talk) 23:31, 23 March 2018 (UTC) B-Class article
  9. Arthur Frederick Bettinson - Thoroughly sourced and expanded. please take a look. Okeeffemarc (talk) 01:54, 4 April 2018 (UTC) B-Class article
  10. Indira Gandhi- Jonathansammy (talk) 18:34, 5 April 2018 (UTC) B-Class article
  11. Abdurauf Fitrat - Zarasophos (talk) 13:56, 3 May 2018 (UTC) B-Class article
  12. The Phenomenauts - Added 4,000 words; 109 references; five free images; 3 non-free images; four audio clips with subtitles; band member timeline. —Culix (talk) 05:36, 13 May 2018 (UTC) B-Class article
  13. Glückel of Hameln - I am looking to have start class reassessed following a significicant expansion and improvement upon the article, particularly regarding citations. Trematetremate (talk) 02:49, 6 June 2018 (UTC) B-Class article
  14. Satish Kumar Gautam - Requesting preliminary assessment before I begin work on this. Thanks in advance, MakersBreath (talk) 13:35, 31 July 2018 (UTC)
  15. Bob Morrison (songwriter) - Eagledj (talk) 03:00, 2 August 2018 (UTC)
  16. Helmut Krausnick -- K.e.coffman (talk) 06:25, 25 August 2018 (UTC) B-Class article
  17. Harold Cottam -- Significantly expanded from stub and added thorough list of citations. 2602:30A:C045:4390:CCC8:8D89:DCB2:930 (talk) 09:21, 30 September 2018 (UTC)
  18. Edgar Stuart, Duke of Cambridge Bmclaughlin9 (talk) 18:23, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
  19. Thomas Braddell – article needs reassessment. Last assessment was 21 May 2008 Fiipchip (talk) 02:45, 10 November 2018 (UTC) B-Class article
  20. Claude Fuess --Nannochloropsis (talk) 04:57, 28 November 2018 (UTC) B-Class article
  21. Sarah Ryan (Methodist) Hemarcello (talk) 08:25, 18 December 2018 (UTC) B-Class article
  22. Gheorghe Duca — I've expanded the article well beyond a stub class, adding images and references. Needs reassessment. Thank you very much. DeliriousWolf (talk) 21:57, 23 December 2018 (UTC)
  23. Gheorghe Pop de BăseștiMentatus (talk) 10:04, 26 December 2018 (UTC)
  24. Yosef Greenwaldתנא קמא (talk) 08:55, 18 January 2019 (UTC)
  25. Yaakov Yehezkiya Greenwaldתנא קמא (talk) 08:55, 18 January 2019 (UTC)
  26. Yaakov Yitzhak Neumannתנא קמא (talk) 08:55, 18 January 2019 (UTC)
  27. Disappearance of Maddy Scott - NigelFox 18:39, 24 January 2019 (UTC)
  28. Cecily Jordan Farrar--This is a quality article of a notable Colonial American WomanOldperson (talk) 00:46, 25 January 2019 (UTC)
  29. Bimal Patel This article is of a notable Indian Architect, could you please assess? ParizadBaria (talk) 11:18, 27 January 2019 (UTC)
  30. Sofia Stanley Notable figure in UK policing history, with interest also for history of British India. Article created and referenced from scratch and image added. —MPSHeritage (talk) 14:05, 25 March 2019 (UTC)
  31. Michelle Visage A large number of the article's issues have been fixed and the article expanded so I was wondering if it could be reassessed. Thank you very much!!! ECW03 (talk) 16:25, 17 April 2019 (UTC)
  32. Syro-Malabar Catholic Church Last assessed in 2012.Manabimasu (talk) 02:13, 22 April 2019 (UTC)
  33. Saint Thomas Christians24.13.45.170 (talk) 02:39, 22 April 2019 (UTC)
  34. Norio Kaifu NMilstein (talk) 22:02, 27 April 2019 (UTC)
  35. Anuradha Kapur - Amuk (talk) 08:26, 11 May 2019 (UTC)
  36. Pankaj Butalia - Since the last assessment in February 2013, the article has been majorly expanded and updated. Please assess for C class. Thanks! Amuk (talk) 19:40, 11 May 2019 (UTC)
  37. A. S. W. Rosenbach - Has not been assessed since 2007. Made some major improvements to the article and would appreciate someone taking a look. Eric Schucht (talk) 22:00, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
  38. Kambadur Muralidhar - Has remained stub class by default. Amuk (talk) 18:13, 21 May 2019 (UTC)
  39. Peter Watson - currently stub-class but significant expansion has since taken place, worth assessing for C class. Thanks, --Leonstojka (talk) 15:08, 26 May 2019 (UTC)
  40. Alexander Frater - same story as above, stub-class now, could be C. --Leonstojka (talk) 15:12, 26 May 2019 (UTC)
  41. Bandi Sanjay Kumar - Revamped this article significantly based on news sources, candidate's affadavit, etc.
  42. May Hollinworth - a new article, first rated Start, which I queried as it did not seem to match the criteria. The rating editor replied "The Rater assessment tool estimates the article at "GA" so I changed to "C" class for now. Should you think the article be assessed to "B" or "GA" I would have zero issues with that as I normally am not involved in any of those discussions." Seems a little arbitrary - I would appreciate an assessment here. RebeccaGreen (talk) 03:21, 13 June 2019 (UTC)
  43. Thomas Blackburn - stub class currently, needs new assessment due to growth of article. --Leonstojka (talk) 00:56, 14 June 2019 (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.

Call for Volunteers

WikiProject Biography needs your help!

  • View the current backlog at Unassessed biography articles.
  • An easy way to volunteer - pick your favorite letter of the alphabet and signup here.
  • Have fun assessing articles with the Rater assessment tool.

More that one person can work on the same alphabet letter, so Be bold.

Rater assessment tool

Fun helping article assessments

  • Learn more about the Rater tool here.
  • After installing, try it out on a few articles.
  • While not perfect, Rater improves the article accessment process.
  • Use the shortcut keys to speedup assessments.
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Happy assessing!

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