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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

Stub Outline Usable Guide Star Unranked Total (line) Total (auto)
   Stub    Outline    Usable    Guide    Star
District 207 od 526 ud 148 gd 35 sd 916 of 102 hc
City 13,705 oc 3,344 uc 461 gc 20 sc 17,530
Airport 20 oa 22 ua 6 ga 0 sa 48
Park 895 op 203 up 48 gp 5 sp 1,151
Dive guide 61 od 107 ud 67 gd 6 sd 241
Region 3,480 or 338 ur 20 gr 1 sr 171 er 4,010
Country 190 oc 24 uc 4 gc 1 sc 219
Continent 5 on 2 un 0 gn 0 sn 7
Destinations 18,563 4,566 754 68 171 24,122 24,122 ip
Itinerary 149 oi 105 ui 24 gi 3 si 281 281 it
Travel topics 300 ot 189 ut 39 gt 2 st 530 530 pt
Phrasebooks 128 op 40 up 43 gp 1 sp 212 212 pg
Unspecified 0 sb 0 ur 0 3 ghost articles (help/edit)
Gallery 2 gp 2
Disambiguation 1,686 da 1,686
Inactive 10 h 10
Title/Index 21‎ ti 21
Ghost articles 3‎ 3‎
Total 0 19,140 4,900 860 74 1893 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.  26,867 26,865