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Constructed Worlds:Content assessment

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Content assessment pathway for articles

The Constructed Worlds Wiki employs a system of content assessment which is handled by the Constructed Worlds Wiki administration to assess content articles based on quality. The system is based on a letter grade scheme which reflects the level of comprehensiveness, breadth, detail, professionalism, completeness, and aesthetics of an article. The majority of letter grade assessments are done by trusted members of the Constructed Worlds Wiki (such as the administration team). Since April 14, 2022, all featured articles and good articles are assessed and determined through community review and consensus.

It is important to emphasize to contributors that the assessments of their contributions are not meant to be taken personally. Assessments are done to encourage writers to put out their best work and strive for excellence through dedication and improvement. Poor assessments are not meant to denigrate or degrade a contributor's work, but to encourage the contributor to refine their articles to achieve a more favorable grading. Featured and good article statuses are one of the highest achievements and honors on the wiki, and such articles are a source of pride and respect for the community.


Letter grade assessments
Icon Class Criteria Category Example What to type
Symbol s class.svg S

Finished avant-garde or specialized articles of the highest quality. Good article status is not a requirement for S-class.

More detailed criteria

The article is exceptionally and professionally well-written and is about a topic that is unconventional, unique, or groundbreaking. It should meet all the requirements of an A-class article and may meet or closely meet the criteria of a featured article. The only issues the article may have are minor style issues or other details that need to be addressed before submission as a featured article candidate.

Category S-class
Symbol a class.svg A

The article is well organized and essentially complete. Good article status is not a requirement for A-Class.

More detailed criteria

Provides a well-written, clear and complete description of the topic. It should be of a length suitable for the subject and appropriately structured. It should be well illustrated with media, tables, and other elements. Only minor style issues and other details need to be addressed before submission as a featured article candidate.

Category A-class
Symbol b class.svg B

The article is mostly complete and without major problems but requires some further work to reach good article standards.

More detailed criteria

The article meets the five B-class criteria:

  • The article reasonably covers the topic, and does not contain obvious omissions or inaccuracies. It contains a large proportion of the material necessary for an A-Class article, although some sections may need expansion, and some less important topics may be missing.
  • The article has a defined structure. Content should be organized into groups of related material, including a lead section and all the sections that can reasonably be included in an article of its kind.
  • The article is reasonably well-written. The prose contains no major grammatical errors and flows sensibly, but it does not need to be "brilliant". The Manual of Style does not need to be followed rigorously.
  • The article contains supporting materials where appropriate. Illustrations are encouraged, though not required. Diagrams, an infobox etc. should be included where they are relevant and useful to the content.
  • The article presents itself in an appropriately understandable way. It is written with as broad an audience in mind as possible. The article should not assume unnecessary technical background and technical terms should be explained or avoided where possible.
Category B-class
Symbol c class.svg C

The article is substantial but is still missing important content or contains much irrelevant material. The article should have some references to reliable sources, but may still have significant problems or require substantial cleanup.

More detailed criteria

The article is better developed in style, structure, and quality than Start-Class, but it fails one or more of the criteria for B-Class. The article is most likely still an ongoing work in progress. It may have some gaps or missing elements; need editing for clarity, balance, or flow; or contain policy violations, such as bias or original research. It is most likely that C-Class articles have a reasonable encyclopedic style.

Category C-class
Symbol d class.svg D

The article is better developed in style, structure, and quality than D-class, by meeting the requirements of an E-class article and having 1-3 more sections filled out, but is still mostly undeveloped and clearly a work in progress. It continues to have significant gaps and missing details on the page that will require additional work.

More detailed criteria

The article is either less developed than C-Class but more developed than an E-Class or stub or it is significantly more deficient in a number of criteria for B-class than a C-class article. The article is missing crucial elements and/or may not even be written in an encyclopedic style. It may be subject to speedy deletion if the issues are not addressed in a timely manner.

Category D-class
Symbol e class.svg E

The article is lacking and/or has significant issues including content or policy violations. It requires urgent attention and cleanup. It meets the bare minimum of an acceptable article in terms of usefulness, readability, and/or purpose.

More detailed criteria

The article is less developed than a D-class article but more developed than a stub. It may contain an introductory paragraph or lead, as well as an infobox. It may or may not have an outline of sections. The article is in need of significant development. The article is not necessarily poor in quality. However, the article only satisfies the bare minimum of what is to be expected from an article (in may be able to summarize the main points of the article within the lead paragraph and/or infobox). It is not substantial enough in material to provide a meaningful or enriched reading experience.

Category E-class
? F

The article is meaningless, nonsensical, or unreadable. It requires immediate attention and cleanup. It could also be an article that has been retained due to its quality evoking the saying of "so bad it's good".

More detailed criteria

The article has significant quality issues that compromises or jeopardize the wiki's standards and reputation. The article violates content policy and guidelines, and may be subject to speedy deletion at once. If the article is retained for historical interest or archival purposes, the article may be exemplary of an article of bizarrely-written or incredibly niche topic, and/or the article was written in a manner that could be construed as trolling. Such articles may blur the lines between genuine ignorance and secret genius.

Category F-class
Miscellaneous assessments
Cscr-featured.svg Featured

Finished and comprehensive articles of the highest quality. Featured article candidates must have either S-class or A-class to be considered.

More detailed criteria

A featured article exemplifies the wiki's best work and is distinguished by professional standards of writing and presentation.

  • It must be:
    • well-written: its prose is engaging and of a professional standard;
    • comprehensive: it neglects no major facts or details and places the subject in context;
    • well-researched: it is a thorough and representative survey of the relevant history; claims are verifiable against high-quality reliable sources
    • neutral: it presents views fairly and without bias;
    • stable: it is not subject to ongoing edit wars and its content does not change significantly from day to day
    • original: free of plagiarism or too-close paraphrasing
  • It follows the style guidelines, including the provision of:
    • a lead: a concise lead section that summarizes the topic and prepares the reader for the detail in the subsequent sections;
    • appropriate structure: a substantial but not overwhelming system of hierarchical section headings; and
    • media: it has images and other media, where appropriate, with succinct captions
    • length: it is of a considerable length; it stays focused on the main topic without going into unnecessary detail and uses summary style
Category FA
Symbol support vote.svg Good

The article has attained good article status.

More detailed criteria

The article meets the good article criteria:

A good article is:

  1. Well written:
    1. the prose is clear, concise, and understandable to an appropriately broad audience; spelling and grammar are correct; and
    2. it complies with the manual of style guidelines for lead sections, layout, words to watch, fiction, and list incorporation.
  2. Broad in its coverage:
    1. it addresses the main aspects of the topic; and
    2. it stays focused on the topic without going into unnecessary detail (see summary style).
  3. Neutral: it represents viewpoints fairly and without editorial bias, giving due weight to each.
  4. Stable: it does not change significantly from day to day because of an ongoing edit war or content dispute.
  5. Illustrated, if possible, by media such as images, video, or audio:
    1. media are tagged with their copyright statuses, and valid non-free use rationales are provided for non-free content; and
    2. media are relevant to the topic, and have suitable captions.
Category GA
Symbol start class.svg Start

The article has not yet been rated.

More detailed criteria

The article's content assessment rating has not yet been appraised and may vary in quality.

Category Start
Symbol stub class.svg Stub

A very short article; may also have content issues.

More detailed criteria

The article is either a very short article or a rough collection of information that will need much work to become a meaningful article. It is usually very short; however, if the material is irrelevant or incomprehensible, an article of any length falls into this category. Although Stub-class articles are the lowest class of the normal classes, they are adequate enough to be an accepted article, though they do have risks of being dropped from being an article altogether.

Category Stub

Non-standard grades


See also