Cvillepedia:Article Criteria

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Article criteria provides guidelines for classifying a cvillepedia article as a Stub Article, a Good Article, or a Featured Article - and some categories in-between.

Two things every edit must have, regardless of how good or bad an article is, are so important wikipedia puts these front and center every time you edit a page

Content that violates any copyrights will be deleted. Encyclopedic content must be verifiable.

and when you create a new article

When creating an article, provide references to reliable published sources. An article without references, especially a biography of a living person, may be deleted.

This means that for any article, stub-class or otherwise, you should provide a source for any facts stated therein. Cvillepedia has some help on adding citations.

Stub Article

Wikipedia loosely defines stub article in terms of length: "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, but if the material is irrelevant or incomprehensible, an article of any length falls into this category." [1]


Start clss

Wikipedia's definition: "The article has a usable amount of good content but is weak in many areas. Quality of the prose may be distinctly unencyclopedic, and MoS compliance non-existent; but the article should satisfy fundamental content policies such as notability and BLP, and provide sources to establish verifiability. No Start-Class article should be in any danger of being speedily deleted."[2] Our purpose in defining it here is to give editors guidelines on when to remove the stub template.


Good Article

Wikipedia's definition

"A good article is—


  1. the prose is clear and concise, respects copyright laws, and the 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.

Factually accurate and verifiable:

  1. it provides references to all sources of information in the section(s) dedicated to the attribution of these sources according to the guide to layout;
  2. it provides in-line citations from reliable sources for direct quotations, statistics, published opinion, counter-intuitive or controversial statements that are challenged or likely to be challenged, and contentious material relating to living persons—science-based articles should follow the scientific citation guidelines; and
  3. it contains no original research.

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).

Neutral: it represents viewpoints fairly and without bias, giving due weight to each.

Stable: it does not change significantly from day to day because of an ongoing edit war or content dispute.

Illustrated, if possible, by images:

  1. images are tagged with their copyright status, and valid fair use rationales are provided for non-free content; and
  2. images are relevant to the topic, and have suitable captions."[2]

Because we are not Wikipedia, our additional criteria apply:

  • Containing multiple independent sources
  • Edited by more than 1 editor
  • Containing all relevant internal link


Featured Article

Wikipedia's definition:

A featured article exemplifies our very best work and is distinguished by professional standards of writing, presentation, and sourcing. In addition to meeting the policies regarding content for all Wikipedia articles, it has the following attributes.

It is—

  1. well-written: its prose is engaging, even brilliant, and of a professional standard;
  2. comprehensive: it neglects no major facts or details and places the subject in context;
  3. well-researched: it is a thorough and representative survey of the relevant literature. Claims are verifiable against high-quality reliable sources and are supported by inline citations where appropriate;
  4. neutral: it presents views fairly and without bias; and
  5. stable: it is not subject to ongoing edit wars and its content does not change significantly from day to day, except in response to the featured article process.

It follows the style guidelines, including the provision of—

  1. a lead: a concise lead section that summarizes the topic and prepares the reader for the detail in the subsequent sections;
  2. appropriate structure: a system of hierarchical section headings and a substantial but not overwhelming table of contents; and
  3. consistent citations: where required by criterion 1c, consistently formatted inline citations using either footnotes or Harvard referencing —see citing sources for suggestions on formatting references; for articles with footnotes, the meta:cite format is recommended. The use of citation templates is not required.

Media. It has images and other media where appropriate, with succinct captions, and acceptable copyright status. Images included follow the image use policy. Non-free images or media must satisfy the criteria for inclusion of non-free content and be labeled accordingly.

Length. It stays focused on the main topic without going into unnecessary detail (see summary style)."[2]

Because we are not Wikipedia, our additional criteria apply:

  • Containing multiple independent sources
  • Edited by more than 1 editor
  • Containing all relevant internal links
  • Linked from all other relevant pages
  • Containing visual(s) (ex: logo, photo, etc.)

Once cvillpedia articles meet all of the criteria above, they can be featured on the cvillepedia Main Page.



  1. Web. Wikipedia:Stub, Registered Wiki users, Wikipedia, retrieved March 7, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Web. Wikipedia:WikiProject Virginia: Assessment, Registered Wiki users, Wikipedia, retrieved March 8, 2012.