Wikivoyage:Article status

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Wikivoyage articles evolve and mature, as they are edited by various contributors, over time. When assessing an article's status, many factors must be taken into account. The following subjective guidelines are to assist editors in making this assessment, considering the amount of information in an article, and its quality and usefulness. The article's compliance with Wikivoyage's goals and Manual of Style should also be considered.

The status is on a 5-point scale, with 0 being a non-article, and 5 being ideal:

  1. Symbol unrelated.svg Vfd - Not an article, and no real chance of ever becoming an article (or even a redirect) that meets Wikivoyage's goals. An article unrelated to travel, or a page of graffiti with a nonsense title would have this status.
  1. Symbol plain grey.svg Stub - An article with little or no information in it, or not formatted even close to the manual of style. An article with no template or a former copyright violation would have this status.
  2. Start-icon.svg Outline - Has at least an introduction and a template outline laid out for the article, but not much more. Some of the sections may have content, but others are empty. You can tell what this article is going to be about, but it doesn't have enough information to be useful (e.g. get you to a destination and keep you alive there) or it needs major content or Manual of Style fixes.
  3. Symbol keep vote.svg Usable - An adventurous person could use the article without recourse to other information sources. For most articles, this means they could probably get to the destination, eat, and sleep with just this information. It would probably enable them to find at least the most prominent attraction there. For countries and regions, linked sub-destinations like cities and other destinations should have meaningful content too.
  4. Symbol support vote.svg Guide - The article would be helpful for the average traveler, such as offering alternatives (where applicable) for where to stay and eat, what to see and do, how to get in and out, etc. and provide enough information for at least a few days there. But at least a few things are missing to make this a star article. It follows the manual of style in spirit if not in detail.
  5. Symbol star gold.svg Star - The article is essentially complete. It meets all of the above criteria. It follows the manual of style exactly or is the exception that proves the rule. Prose is not only near-perfect grammatically but also tight, effective, and enjoyable. It has appropriate illustrations, such as photos and a map. Enough breadth and depth of material is presented that anyone familiar with the subject of the article would have little to point out as absent. Future changes to this kind of article would reflect changes in the subject (e.g. a museum closes, a hotel price changes, a new airport is built) more than they'd require improvements in the coverage.

Objective criteria for each status vary depending on the kind of article it is. For more concrete guidance on assigning status, see:

Star articles must go through a nomination process before their status is changed, but for any other article status anyone can plunge forward and change the status tag at the end of the article ({{guidecity}}, {{usablecountry}} and so on, see the links above for the full list). But if somebody objects and reverts your change, then state your reasons on the Talk page and let the community work out a consensus.

Only articles in the main namespace have a status.

Type/Status
Matrix
Stub Outline Usable Guide Star Unranked Total (line) Total (auto)
   Stub    Outline    Usable    Guide    Star
District 187 od 541 ud 166 gd 35 sd 929 of 104 hc
City 13,450 oc 4,260 uc 486 gc 21 sc 18,217
Airport 14 oa 33 ua 6 ga 0 sa 53
Park 920 op 235 up 54 gp 5 sp 1,214
Dive guide 78 od 109 ud 68 gd 6 sd 261
Region 3,327 or 384 ur 27 gr 1 sr 204 er 3,942
Country 182 oc 31 uc 4 gc 1 sc 218
Continent 5 on 2 un 0 gn 0 sn 7
Destinations 18,163 5,595 811 69 204 A discrepancy exists between this total and the automatic total to the right. If this total is higher than the total to the right, one or more articles lack the {{IsPartOf}} template. If it is lower, one or more articles lack a status evaluation template. To find such articles, see the respective What's missing links in the Standard templates section above.  24,841 24,846 ip
Itinerary 173 oi 113 ui 28 gi 3 si 317 317 it
Travel topics 392 ot 209 ut 44 gt 2 st 647 647 pt
Phrasebooks 129 op 42 up 44 gp 1 sp 216 216 pg
Unspecified 4 sb 0 ur 4 7 ghost articles (help/edit)
Gallery 3 gp 3
Disambiguation 1,779 da 1,779
Inactive 10 h 10
Title/Index 20‎ ti 20
Ghost articles 7‎ 7‎
Total 4 18,859 5,959 928 75 2023 A discrepancy exists between this total and the total to the right. There may be uncategorized pages, pages missing required templates, or redirect pages which include templates/categories, or the number of ghost articles may need to be recalculated. See the note on ghost articles above right.  27,848 27,835