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Welcome to the assessment department of the Minnesota WikiProject! This department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's articles about the Minnesota, its governments, people, geography, and history. While much of the work is done in conjunction with the WP:1.0 program, the article ratings are also used within the project itself to aid in recognizing excellent contributions and identifying topics in need of further work.

The ratings are done in a distributed fashion through parameters in the {{WikiProject Minnesota}} project banner; this causes the articles to be placed in the appropriate sub-categories of Category:Minnesota articles by quality and Category:Minnesota articles by importance, which serves as the foundation for an automatically generated worklist.

Frequently asked questions[edit]

How can I get my article rated?
Please list it in the section for assessment requests below.
Who can assess articles?
Any member of the Minnesota WikiProject is free to add—or change—the rating of an article.
What if I don't agree with a rating?
You can list it in the section for assessment requests below, and someone will take a look at it. Alternately, you can ask any member of the project to rate the article again.
Aren't the ratings subjective?
Yes, they are, but it's the best system we've been able to devise; if you have a better idea, please don't hesitate to let us know!

If you have any other questions not listed here, please feel free to ask them on the discussion page for this department.


An article's assessment is generated from the class and importance parameters in the {{WikiProject Minnesota}} project banner on its talk page:

{{WikiProject Minnesota

The following values may be used for the class parameter:

Articles for which a valid class is not provided are listed in Category:Unassessed Minnesota articles. The class should be assigned according to the quality scale below.

Quality scale[edit]

Importance scale[edit]

The criteria used for rating article importance 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). Thus, subjects with greater popular notability may be rated higher than topics which are arguably more "important" but which are of interest primarily to students of the Minnesota.

Note that general notability need not be from the perspective of editor demographics; generally notable topics should be rated similarly regardless of the country or region in which they hold said notability. Thus, topics which may seem obscure to a Western audience—but which are of high notability in other places—should still be highly rated.

Article importance grading scheme
Label Criteria Examples
Places Things People
Top Subject is a "core" or "key" topic for Minnesota, or is generally notable to people other than students of Minnesota. They define and determine the subject of the Minnesota WikiProject. Minnesota University of Minnesota Norm Coleman
High Subject is notable in a significant and important way within the field of Minnesota, but not necessarily outside it. Bloomington, Minnesota I-35W Mississippi River bridge Floyd B. Olson
Mid Subject contributes to the total subject of the Minnesota WikiProject. Subject may not necessarily be famous. Apple Valley, Minnesota Breck School Keith Ellison
Low Subject is not particularly notable or significant even within the field of Minnesota, and may have been included primarily to achieve comprehensive coverage of another topic. Two Harbors, Minnesota Charlemagne Tower Bill Frenzel

Requesting an assessment[edit]

If you have made significant changes to an article and would like an outside opinion on a new rating for it, please feel free to list it below.

  1. Minnesota State Capitol Mall Requesting assessment of article. Myotus (talk) 18:04, 30 January 2021 (UTC)
  2. Minnesota State Capitol Requesting re-assessment of article from current assessment of Start-Class. Myotus (talk) 18:04, 30 January 2021 (UTC)
  3. 1985–86 Hormel strike Requesting assessment of importance and quality for this article. JJonahJackalope (talk) 20:45, 3 August 2020 (UTC)
  4. Manganese, Minnesota Requesting re-assessment of article from current assessment of Start-Class. DrGregMN (talk) 12:56, 30 June 2020 (UTC)
  5. First Avenue (nightclub) Request for B class in advance of seeking peer review. -SusanLesch (talk) 18:14, 10 May 2020 (UTC)
  6. George Floyd protests in Minneapolis–Saint Paul Requesting assessment of a rather detailed article that will likely refine over time.VikingB (talk) 16:29, 6 July 2020 (UTC)

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.

November 29, 2021[edit]


November 28, 2021[edit]


November 26, 2021[edit]


November 25, 2021[edit]




November 24, 2021[edit]


  • Robert Bly (talk) reassessed. Importance rating changed from Low-Class to Mid-Class. (rev · t)

November 23, 2021[edit]