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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.

Status criteria

The status is on a 5-point scale:

  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 skeleton template would have this status, which tends to be short-lived: If the article's subject is valid, adding the standard section headers will quickly bring it to "outline" status. If the page has no real chance of ever becoming an article (or even being redirected or merged to an existing article) that meets Wikivoyage's goals, it will typically be tagged {{delete}} and removed. An article unrelated to travel, or a page of graffiti with a nonsense title would be speedily deleted; an article whose ability to meet the criteria is merely questionable or borderline could be nominated for {{vfd}}.
  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 voyager, offering alternatives (where applicable) for where to stay and eat, what to see and do, how to get in and out, etc. It provides 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:

A similar system for article status exists on Wikipedia, however the categories have different names:

Wikivoyage Wikipedia
Disambiguation Disambiguation
Symbol plain grey.svg Stub Symbol stub class.svg Stub
Start-icon.svg Outline Symbol start class.svg Start
Symbol keep vote.svg Usable Symbol c class.svg C-Class
Symbol support vote.svg Guide Symbol b class.svg B-Class
Symbol star gold.svg Star Symbol support vote.svg Good
Destination of the month Featured article star.svg Featured articles

Changing status

Only articles in the main namespace have a status. Extra-hierarchical regions, disambiguation pages and redirects do not have one.

The status is expressed by the status tags at the end of the articles, such as {{guidecity}} and {{usablecountry}}. In these templates the status is the first word and the article type is the second word, with no space between the two words. See the links above for the full article status list.

Anyone is strongly encouraged to plunge forward and update the status tag of articles to stub, outline or usable as appropriate. If you're not sure, or if you don't feel comfortable judging your own work, then you can ask on the article's talk page or on a help page such as the Travellers' pub. If you do change the status and somebody objects and reverts your change, that does not mean you have made a faux pas: on the contrary, as anyone can revert you, don't be too concerned about whether others agree with your assessment.

Don't ever edit war over borderline cases. Someone might rate the page a little generously or a little stingily, and the borderline cases are just not important. If you think the status should be raised, then address any deficiencies by adding listings, contact details or whatever the other party thought was needed for the higher status. If you don't see any significant deficiencies, or those you see cannot be addressed because of the nature of the destination, ask or explain on the article talk page (or in the Pub) and try to reach a consensus. If you think the status should be lowered, similarly express your concerns (or improve the article to meet the higher rating!).

Upgrading to guide can also be done by anybody, though it is common to ask on the talk page whether there still are improvements to be done before upgrading.

Star articles must go through a nomination process before their status is changed.

Statistics

Type/Status
Matrix
Stub Outline Usable Guide Star Unranked Total (line) Total (auto)
   Outline    Usable    Guide    Star
District 158 od 659 ud 196 gd 27 sd 1,060 of 127 hc
City 12,195 oc 7,368 uc 645 gc 29 sc 20,252
Airport 33 oa 42 ua 14 ga 0 sa 91
Park 912 op 573 up 79 gp 6 sp 1,584
Rural area 269 or 257 ur 16 gr 0 sr 543
Dive guide 90 od 119 ud 95 gd 7 sd 311
Region 2,681 or 607 ur 44 gr 1 sr 314 er 3,647
Country 160 oc 49 uc 7 gc 1 sc 217
Continent 2 on 5 un 0 gn 0 sn 7
Destinations 16,500 9,679 1,112 71 314 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.  27,712 27,723 ip
Itinerary 183 oi 203 ui 52 gi 4 si 442 446 it
Travel topics 497 ot 401 ut 107 gt 2 st 1007 1,006 pt
Events 1 oe 0 ue 0 ge 0 se 1
Phrasebooks 187 op 49 up 47 gp 1 sp 284 289 pg
Unspecified 13 sb 0 ur 13 1 ghost articles (help/edit)
Gallery 2 gp 2
Disambiguation 2,187 da 2,187
Inactive 11 h 11
Title/Index 22‎ ti 22
Ghost articles 1‎ 1‎
Total 13 17,368 10,332 1,302 77 2537 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.  31,629 31,682