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Article Status[edit]

Swept in from the Pub:

Is there a review system to officially change an article's status? Or if we have built one up to the next Status' requirements do we just change the Article Status ourselves?Jtesla16 20:57, 6 September 2008 (EDT)

No process, just feel free to change it as you see fit. If you have a question about an article's status, try leaving a message on the talk page with a clear request for comment in the edit summary. --Peter Talk 22:23, 6 September 2008 (EDT)
I believe you should have given a firmer answer. Jtesla16 appears to be a new user, and is promoting unqualified articles. He also appears to be doing things without consensus (deleting information, in particular) gamweb 06:20, 7 September 2008 (EDT)
And note that star articles do have a promotion process; an article can't just be changed to Star status. =) LtPowers 10:10, 7 September 2008 (EDT)
Region Guide Status requires that "linked destinations to visit [be] (usable status or better)." Does this mean that only subregions and the 7-9 links under both Cities and Other Destinations need to be Usable, or that every city mentioned and linked in the Region's article needs to be usable? I'm led to believe this means only the recommended cities and destinations (not every city mentioned) because the requirements for a Region to be Usable state: "Has links to at least a couple of cities and/or other linked destinations (linked cities at usable status or better)."Jtesla16 19:43, 8 September 2008 (EDT)
Yes, I've always interpreted that to mean only the 9- regions, 9- cities, & 9- other destinations in the lists at the top of region articles. I still have yet to see a single guide-region, though, and would love to. And that other destination requirement is tough! --Peter Talk 19:52, 8 September 2008 (EDT)
Frankly, even that seems a bit draconian. It effectively means we won't see any (or at best very few) guide-level regions until we have a critical mass of usable-level cities, which is still a long ways off in my opinion. LtPowers 21:32, 8 September 2008 (EDT)
I don't know, I think I could write 4–5 usable city articles in a day if I really wanted to. Usable articles just need some prose for each section and 2-3 good listings per section. The regions and other destinations are much harder, IMO. I think the criteria are fair though, since a region article isn't worth much unless the destinations it contains are usable, in the literal sense. I think I might take up this challenge and hit the Maryland articles hard in the coming weeks. --Peter Talk 22:18, 8 September 2008 (EDT)
Better work fast, Florida is almost there. Jtesla16 22:30, 8 September 2008 (EDT)

Actually, the closest article on the site is the United States of America. Only 3 regions need to be elevated to usable status. See Talk:United_States_of_America#Push_for_Guide_status. This would be really cool to nail down. --Peter Talk 23:55, 8 September 2008 (EDT)

Region Articles: Guide Status[edit]

It seems like in practice, the "linked destinations" which have a status requirement per WT's Region Guide-Article Status are really only those 5-9 destinations which are outlined in the Regions, Cities, and Other Destinations sections, and not any destination which is linked in the article. If this is in fact the policy, I think we should make this more explicit in the status criteria. Calling them "linked destinations" suggest a status requirement for any internal link in an article. Jtesla16 13:24, 2 April 2009 (EDT)

That's how I always interpreted it, but if it's unclear we should certainly clarify it. LtPowers
It is an important distinction. I agree that it should be clarified, as if interpreted strictly, it would make it virtually impossible for many articles to reach Guide or Star, simply due to the large number of possible links, and the requirement for Star articles to be essentially complete means that you cant leave them out if they are not up to scratch. • • • Peter (Southwood) Talk 12:18, 26 November 2010 (EST)