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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[edit]

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[edit]

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 can plunge forward and add or change the status tag of an article, and you are strongly encouraged to do so for stubs, outlines and usable articles. 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 if others disagree 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[edit]

Type/Status
Matrix
Stub Outline Usable Guide Star Unranked Total (line) Total (auto)
   Outline    Usable    Guide    Star
District 128 od 638 ud 188 gd 27 sd 980 of 121 hc
City 12,231 oc 6,806 uc 626 gc 29 sc 19,691
Airport 33 oa 39 ua 13 ga 0 sa 85
Park 960 op 381 up 62 gp 6 sp 1,409
Rural area 154 od 135 ud 10 gd 0 sd 299
Dive guide 108 od 124 ud 69 gd 6 sd 307
Region 2,783 or 530 ur 36 gr 1 sr 286 er 3,636
Country 164 oc 46 uc 6 gc 1 sc 217
Continent 2 on 5 un 0 gn 0 sn 7
Destinations 16,563 8,704 1,020 70 286 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.  26,631 26,646 ip
Itinerary 196 oi 170 ui 46 gi 4 si 416 410 it
Travel topics 488 ot 337 ut 98 gt 2 st 925 921 pt
Phrasebooks 151 op 45 up 47 gp 1 sp 244 243 pg
Unspecified 1 sb 0 ur 1 1 ghost articles (help/edit)
Gallery 2 gp 2
Disambiguation 2,153 da 2,153
Inactive 11 h 11
Title/Index 24‎ ti 24
Ghost articles 1‎ 1‎
Total 1 17,401 9,256 1,201 76 2477 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.  30,412 30,404