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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)  FA
A (adds articles to Category:A-Class biography articles)  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
C (adds articles to Category:C-Class biography articles) C
Start (adds articles to Category:Start-Class biography articles) Start
Stub (adds articles to Category:Stub-Class biography articles) Stub
FL (for featured lists only; adds articles to Category:FL-Class biography articles)  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) 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
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 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. ~~~~

  • Kostas Nestoridis - Significally expanded. BEN917 13:13, 30 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  • Thomas Mavros - Significally expanded. BEN917 13:13, 30 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  • Stelios Manolas - Significally expanded. BEN917 13:13, 30 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  • Stelios Serafidis - Significally expanded. BEN917 13:21, 30 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  • Nell Tiger Free - This article is currently rated as Stub, but it has been significantly expanded since its last assessment. Isi96 (talk) 01:02, 31 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  • Guy Lombardo - The biography of this historic jazz bandleader from the Golden Age of Radio is currently rated as a Start Class, but has been expanded with photographs, additional reference citations and links to live performances by his orchestra. It would appear to be worthy of at a B-Class rating at least. Thanks for your assistance in advance. (talk) 15:09, 15 February 2024 (UTC)GCL[reply]
  • Daniel Logan - This article is currently rated as Stub but has been expanded with more content and citations since it was last assessed. HerbertGP36 (talk) 20:35, 21 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  • Philip Green - This article is currently rated as Stub but has been expanded with more content since it was last assessed. HerbertGP36 (talk) 18:30, 12 March 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  • Takashi Hiraide - This article is currently rated as Stub-Class, has been expanded significantly since last assessment. UnoSpazioAperto.52 (talk) 17:00, 20 March 2024 (PT)
  • Daniella Weiss - This article is currently rated as Start but has been expanded significantly since its last assessment. Isi96 (talk) 10:53, 24 March 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  • Eberhard Wagner - This article not rated yet, so I ask for a very first assessment. J. Lunau (talk) 11:12, 31 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]


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 than 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.
  • Rater tool be used across the board to improve Wikipedia articles.

Happy assessing!