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  2. Apr 12, 2021 · More than 3000 articles are classified as “good articles” or about 0.15% of all publications in other languages Wikipedia. For example, the article “Grand Cachalot” is a quality article 3.

    • Requirements For Very Good Articles
    • How to Make An Article Very Good
    • Making Large Changes to Very Good Articles
    • Demoting Very Good Articles
    • Related Pages
    The article must be about a subject that belongs in Wikipedia. There is no use improving articles that do not belong here, and better fit another wiki, like Wikibooks, Wikispecies, Wiktionary, etc.
    The article must be comprehensive.A comprehensive article is one which does not miss any major facts and details.
    The article should be several kilobytes long, not including infoboxes, images, references, other websites, interwiki, and categories. However, this is not a strict rule.
    The article must have gone through a few revisions, possibly by different editors.No one writes perfect articles.

    To be able to mark a certain article very good, there is a certain procedure that should be followed. 1. When the article meets at least 6 of the criteria mentioned above, a named contributor can add it to the Proposed very good articles page. He or she can also add the {{pvgood}} tag at this time. The talk page of the article in question is the place to discuss what the article still needs, or how the work can be co-ordinated. 2. When the article meets all tenof the criteria, it can be voted on. For this, the article is moved to the voting section on the Proposed very good articles page. Any named editor can vote. Within one week of being listed under the voting section, 80% of named editors must agree that the article is indeed very good. There is a required minimum of 6 named voters. 3. If the voting is successful, the {{pvgood}} tag is replaced by the {{vgood}} tag on the article's main page and {{vgood-large}} is added to the top of the article's talk page.

    Because the process of becoming a very good article is long, larger edits (beyond spellchecking/link-fixing) to current very good articles should be talked about on the talk page of the article before they are made.

    Sometimes a very good article is changed in such a way that it no longer meets the criteria above, or new information may become available about the topic, making the article incomplete. In such a case, the article should be demoted from very good article status. Demotion of a VGA can be done in this way: 1. A named editor notices that the article no longer meets the criteria. 2. The editor places the article on Wikipedia:Proposed article demotionand adds a special template that shows that the article is currently being reviewed and improved. 3. For two weeks following the discovery, the article can be fixed to again meet the criteria. If there is agreement that the problem has been fixed during this time, there does not need to be a re-vote; a named editor can remove the tag from the article, and put the "vgood" tag back. 4. If the problem is not fixed, the article will lose its status after the two week period. When the article once again meets the criteria, it can be re-nominated...

    • Nominating
    • Reviewing
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    Step 1: Prepare the article

    Ensure that the article meets Wikipedia policies and guidelines as expected of any article, including neutral point of view, verifiability, no original research, and notability. Then check the article against the good article criteria and make any improvements that you think are necessary. More information can be found at the guide for nominating good articles. Anyone may nominate an article to be reviewed for GA, although it is preferable that nominators have contributed significantly to the...

    Step 2: Nominating the article

    1. Paste {{subst:GAN|subtopic=}}to the top of the article talk page. Do not place it inside another template. 2. For the |subtopic= parameter, add one of the following 30 subtopic sections headers that best defines the article: 2.1. Agriculture, food and drink · Art and architecture · Computing and engineering · Transport · Geography · Places · World history · Royalty, nobility and heraldry · Language and literature · Mathematics and mathematicians · Film · Television · Media and drama · Albu...

    Step 3: Waiting

    Depending on the size of the backlog, there may be a delay of many months before someone picks up the review. Conversely, it may only take a few days. Do not start the review page yourself, as this may lead other reviewers to believe that your nomination is already under review. Leaving a note for the reviewer: To leave a note related to the review, edit the |note= parameter of {{GA nominee}} on the article talk page. For example: {{GA nominee|...|note=I might not be able to respond to the re...

    Step 1: Familiarize yourself with the criteria

    Thank-you for deciding to review an article for GA. Before starting a review, you should familiarize yourself with the good article criteria. These are the standards an article must meet in order to be granted good article status. It is also suggested that you read the guide for reviewing good articles and an essay on what the good article criteria are not. Ensure all articles meet Wikipedia policies and guidelines as expected of any article, including neutral point of view, verifiability, no...

    Step 2: Starting a review

    To review an article you must: 1. Be a registered user—make sure you are logged in. 2. Not be the nominator nor have made significant contributions to the article prior to the review—opening your own review is not allowed and will delay the article's review. 1. Choose an article from the GA nominations page that you would like to review. Please note: 1.1. You may review any unreviewed article, but the older nominations at the top of the queues have been waiting for many months and should be g...

    Step 3: Reviewing the article

    1. Read the whole article. Understand its sources. Based on the good article criteria, decide whether the article could be immediately passed or immediately failed. Decide if the article is instead partially compliant or only marginally non-compliant and could pass after improvements are made. Do not quick pass the nomination; an in-depth review must be performed to determine whether a nomination passes all of the good article criteria. 2. If the article is considered fully compliant with the...

    If you have any questions regarding anything on this page or good articles in general, please leave a message at the GA nominations talkpage.

  3. Wikipedia:Good articles is a reader-facing page intended for viewing by non-editors. Please prioritize their needs when adjusting its design, and move editor-facing elements to other pages.

    • Order of Article Elements
    • Body Sections
    • Standard Appendices and Footers
    • Specialized Layout
    • Formatting

    A simple articleshould have, at least, (a) a lead section and (b) references. The following list includes additional standardized sections in an article. A complete article need not have all, or even most, of these elements. 1. Before the article content 1.1. Short description 1.2. Hatnotes 1.3. {{Featured list}}, {{Featured article}} and {{Good article}} (where appropriate for article status) 1.4. Deletion / protection tags (CSD, PROD, AFD, PPnotices) 1.5. Maintenance / disputetags 1.6. English variety and date style[a] 1.7. Infoboxes 1.8. Language maintenance templates 1.9. Images 1.10. Navigation header templates (sidebar templates) 2. Article content 2.1. Lead section(also called the introduction) 2.2. Table of contents 2.3. Body 3. Appendices[b] 3.1. Works or publications(for biographies only) 3.2. See also 3.3. Notes and references(this can be two sections in some citation systems) 3.4. Further reading 3.5. External links[c] 4. End matter 4.1. Succession boxesand geography box...

    Articles longer than a stub are generally divided into sections, and sections over a certain length are generally divided into paragraphs; these divisions enhance the readability of the article. The names and orders of section headings are often determined by the relevant WikiProject, although articles should still follow good organizational and writing principles regarding sections and paragraphs.


    When appendix sections are used, they should appear at the bottom of an article, with ==level 2 headings==,[f] followed by the various footers. When it is useful to sub-divide these sections (for example, to separate a list of magazine articles from a list of books), this should be done using level 3 headings (===Books===) instead of definition list headings (;Books), as explained in the accessibility guidelines.

    Works or publications

    Contents:A bulleted list, usually ordered chronologically, of the works created by the subject of the article. Heading names: Many different headings are used, depending on the subject matter. "Works" is preferred when the list includes items that are not written publications (e.g. music, films, paintings, choreography, or architectural designs), or if multiple types of works are included. "Publications", "Discography", or "Filmography" are occasionally used where appropriate; however, "Bibli...

    "See also" section

    Contents: A bulleted list of internal links to related Wikipedia articles. Consider using {{Columns-list}} or {{Div col}}if the list is lengthy. The list should be sorted either logically (for example, by subject matter), chronologically, or alphabetically. One purpose of "See also" links is to enable readers to explore tangentially related topics; however, articles linked should be related to the topic of the article. Whether a link belongs in the "See also" section is ultimately a matter of...

    Stand-alone lists and talk pageshave their own layout designs. Certain topics have Manual of Style pages that include layout advice, including: 1. Chemistry 2. Film 3. Medicine, for articles on treatments, procedures, medical products, fields of medicine, and other concepts 4. Television 5. Video games Some WikiProjects have advice pages that include layout recommendations. You can find those pages at Category:WikiProject style advice.


    Each image should ideally be located in the section to which it is most relevant, and most should carry an explanatory caption. An image that would otherwise overwhelm the text space available within a 1024×768 window should generally be formatted as described in relevant formatting guidelines (e.g. WP:IMAGESIZE, MOS:IMGSIZE, Help:Pictures#Panoramas). Try to harmonize the sizes of images on a given page in order to maintain visual coherence. If "stacked" images in one section spill over into...

    Horizontal rule

    Horizontal rules are sometimes used in some special circumstances, such as inside {{sidebar}} template derivatives, but not in regular article prose.

    Collapsible content

    As explained at MOS:COLLAPSE, limit the use of {{Collapse top}}/{{Collapse bottom}} and similar templates in articles. That said, they can be useful in talk pages.

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