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).
  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 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 182 od 535 ud 155 gd 35 sd 907 of 103 hc
City 13,665 oc 3,803 uc 478 gc 20 sc 17,966
Airport 14 oa 31 ua 6 ga 0 sa 51
Park 907 op 215 up 53 gp 5 sp 1,180
Dive guide 77 od 109 ud 66 gd 6 sd 258
Region 3,422 or 363 ur 23 gr 1 sr 201 er 4,009
Country 186 oc 28 uc 4 gc 1 sc 219
Continent 5 on 2 un 0 gn 0 sn 7
Destinations 18,458 5,086 785 68 201 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.  24,597 24,599 ip
Itinerary 163 oi 107 ui 25 gi 3 si 298 298 it
Travel topics 358 ot 202 ut 43 gt 2 st 605 604 pt
Phrasebooks 129 op 42 up 44 gp 1 sp 216 216 pg
Unspecified 8 sb 0 ur 8 5 ghost articles (help/edit)
Gallery 2 gp 2
Disambiguation 1,747 da 1,747
Inactive 10 h 10
Title/Index 20‎ ti 20
Ghost articles 5‎ 5‎
Total 8 19,109 5,437 897 74 1985 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.  27,510 27,506