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RationalWiki has an ad-hoc rating system for articles, as described below. This is indicated by the use of "brainstars" which are placed in the top right corner. To nominate an article for the "silver" and "gold" ratings, discuss the topic on the article's talk page.


[edit] Ordinary articles

Self-explanatory. The default state of any RW article which has not yet been rated or does not yet meet bronze standards.

[edit] Significantly problematic articles

This super-special rating is also self-explanatory. Don't add it to stubs (don't rate stubs at all, actually), but add it to articles that are in dire need of attention for any number of reasons.

[edit] Bronze-level articles

Add {{Bronze}} to bronze-rated articles. (List of bronze-rated articles)

Copperbrain.png Bronze: Good article

  • Article must not be a stub or VSA and should not be tagged with any of the "articles requiring attention" categories.
  • Article is formatted correctly according to the manual of style.
  • Article contains appropriate internal and external links, categories, and references if appropriate.
  • Article is coherent and free of needless in-jokes, such as irrelevant references to Conservapedia, and the jokes and snark it does contain are balanced with factual content.
  • The article content is original, and not largely copied (even under license).

[edit] Silver-level articles

Add {{Silver}} to silver-rated articles. (List of silver-rated articles)

Silverbrain.png Silver: Very good article

  • Article topic is directly relevant to and worthy of RW's mission (i.e., potential upgrading to cover story would be uncontroversial).
  • Article should not contain repetitive content.
  • Article is almost fully referenced with appropriate internal and external links, and categories.
  • Article is illustrated appropriately.
  • Article is free of blatant spelling and grammar errors.

[edit] Gold/Cover-level stories

Add {{Gold}} to gold-rated articles. (List of gold-rated articles)

Goldenbrain.png Gold: Cover story status

  • The topic is highly relevant to RW's mission.
  • Article is essentially a "go to" resource for the topic at hand.
  • Article covers all aspects of the topic at hand in-depth.
  • It is fully referenced with appropriate internal and external links, and categories.
  • Where necessary and possible, the article is supported by others that are of a good quality (e.g., homeopathy and water memory).
  • The cover status has been discussed and agreed on the talk page. This last criterion is the most important.

[edit] HIGH, MID & LOW Priority

These have more to do with how missional an article's topic is. Again, Rationalwiki's mission is as follows:

  1. Analyzing and refuting pseudoscience and the anti-science movement.
  2. Documenting the full range of crank ideas.
  3. Explorations of authoritarianism and fundamentalism.
  4. Analysis and criticism of how these subjects are handled in the media.

'Primary' topics in relation to these are HIGH priority. Large, supporting topics would be MID priority. Tangentially related topics would be LOW priority. Really it comes down to whether the topic creates the need for websites like Rationalwiki to explore, critique, debunk, or oppose it.

For example, in Pseudoscience, Creationism is fairly widespread and damaging idea and affects a large number of people in spite of being nonsense, thus it's a HIGH priority article. Water memory is closely related to Homeopathy and is a large source of pseudoscience on its own, but it's more of a support to understanding Homeopathy and is not by itself incredibly major, so it is MID priority. Steven Colbert, while certainly a fun person to discuss is not a direct reason for this wiki to exist, so he is LOW priority.

Obviously these are subjective views, so really, don't fight the mob.

[edit] Behind the scenes

The templates {{bronze}}, {{silver}} and {{gold}} add the brainstar and include the relevant category for anyone browsing the site. Behind the scenes, the articles are sorted into categories via the talk page by using {{Rated}}. This template adds both a priority and rating to the talk page so they can be cross referenced using {{Rate-priority}}.

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