Wikivoyage:Article status

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:

  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

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)
   Outline    Usable    Guide    Star
District 129 od 634 ud 186 gd 27 sd 975 of 120 hc
City 12,801 oc 6,352 uc 602 gc 29 sc 19,783
Airport 35 oa 37 ua 12 ga 0 sa 84
Park 959 op 361 up 62 gp 5 sp 1,387
Rural area 97 od 100 ud 7 gd 0 sd 204
Dive guide 110 od 122 ud 68 gd 6 sd 306
Region 2,899 or 523 ur 37 gr 1 sr 270 er 3,729
Country 165 oc 45 uc 6 gc 1 sc 217
Continent 2 on 5 un 0 gn 0 sn 7
Destinations 17,197 8,179 987 69 270 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.  26,692 26,705 ip
Itinerary 211 oi 156 ui 41 gi 4 si 412 407 it
Travel topics 486 ot 324 ut 96 gt 2 st 908 905 pt
Phrasebooks 152 op 41 up 47 gp 1 sp 241 240 pg
Unspecified 4 sb 0 ur 4 1 ghost articles (help/edit)
Gallery 2 gp 2
Disambiguation 2,159 da 2,159
Inactive 11 h 11
Title/Index 24‎ ti 24
Ghost articles 1‎ 1‎
Total 4 18,048 8,701 1,165 75 2467 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.  30,460 30,446