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WikiProject Notability
Welcome to WikiProject Notability! We are currently working on a significant backlog, and need your help!

The Notability Project is a WikiProject based on Category:Articles with topics of unclear notability. The aim is to get more editors involved and to support those currently involved in fixing, merging, or deleting ( as a last resort) apparently non-notable articles with the ultimate aim to correctly place all articles based on their verifiable notability. The project also aims to simplify the filtration process and explain it more clearly so as not to confuse newcomers and to encourage participation.

Scopes and goals

WikiProject Notability aims to sort articles of unclear notability by improving articles that are notable and then removing the notability tag. If the article is non-notable with no significant coverage in reliable sources found after searching and is inappropriate for a merge then deletion is sought by either Speedy deletion, Proposed deletion or Articles for deletion.

Articles assesssed to be Featured articles or Good articles have already been carefully checked for notability, and to a lesser extent so have B class articles. Therefore, articles of unclear notability are mainly in the stub class, start class and to a lesser extent C class categories.

We welcome input from any editors who would like to help out, either on a regular basis, or one or two articles when you have time. The greatest contribution to the project is inviting members, as this helps build support and ensures that there are people to clear the backlog.

How to help

  1. Find an article to work on. Articles are sorted by date. Many editors choose to work on the oldest articles first, so that articles will not sit around too long in the category. The to-do list at the top of this page should contain the oldest set of articles. Alternatively, you may want to use article categories by date or article listings by WikiProject categories.
User:SD0001/shortdescs-in-category can be used to view short descriptions of pages in the categories – so that you can pick articles you're comfortable with.
  1. Check to see if the article contains a copyright violation. There are a few red flags that indicate text was probably illegally copied into Wikipedia - this actually happens quite frequently. User:Kjkolb/Copyvio has a quick guide and you may also like to use or Earwig's Copyvio Detector for finding copyright violations. Instructions for reporting violations are at Wikipedia:Copyright problems.
  2. Check to see if another article exists on the subject. If so, then you can consider merging that article to the original.
  3. Find sources if none are cited in the article. Make full use of Google Books, Google News, Google Scholar, Google Web, JSTOR, LexisNexis, and any other search tools that you may have access to. Use variations on the article's title and other keywords from the article. The {{ find}} template could be useful in this regard.
  4. Sort! You can mainly use common sense, but adhering to the guidelines of WP:BIO, WP:CORP, WP:BAND (from where the most frequent violations come), and other notability criteria.
    1. If the article meets notability requirements, or if the article simply needs expanding, remove the notability or importance tag and replace it with an appropriate tag. If not, the article might need to be deleted. Please use deletion as a last resort.
    2. If the article meets speedy deletion requirements, add the appropriate db tag.
    3. If the article should undeniably be deleted, add {{subst:prod|Your-reason-here}}, replacing "Your-reason-here" with an appropriate reason.
    4. If the article might encounter some controversy when being deleted, add {{subst:afd1}} and then proceed to follow the steps to file an AfD discussion.
    5. Do not remove the notability/importance tags during one of the above deletion procedures.
    6. If an article is kept as the result of an AfD discussion, the {{notability}} tag should be removed. {{importance}} tags indicate that some rewriting of the article is required and should not be removed until that has been done. However, if the result is "no consensus", retain all tags, as the issue is not decided.
  5. Enhance your edit summary As soon as you are done sorting, add to your edit summary:
Sorted as part of the [[WP:WPNN|Notability wikiproject]]!

Special handling

Some articles with notability questions need special handling, as described below. (These instructions may be updated on short notice.)

  • TV episodes and characters: Due to controversies in 2007 and 2008 about their notability, [1] articles about TV episodes or characters from TV shows should be handled with special care. It may not be possible to sort these articles on the short term. If you find such article on the end of the backlog (say the oldest 2-3 months) and cannot sort it, please add the parameter "cat=TV" to the notability tag. This will move the article off the backlog and to a special category, Television articles with topics of unclear notability, where it can be handled appropriately. Example:
{{ notability|episode|date=June 2007|cat=TV}}

Current progress

Articles with topics of unclear notability
June 20103
July 201060
August 2010175
September 2010209
October 2010192
November 2010166
December 2010213
January 2011126
February 2011181
March 2011222
April 2011218
May 2011242
June 2011232
July 2011249
August 2011211
September 2011272
October 2011249
November 2011207
December 2011291
January 2012243
February 2012268
March 2012231
April 2012213
May 2012233
June 2012220
July 2012250
August 2012289
September 2012207
October 2012249
November 2012247
December 2012235
January 2013166
February 2013192
March 2013240
April 2013245
May 2013192
June 2013258
July 2013190
August 2013206
September 2013194
October 2013242
November 2013219
December 2013231
January 2014267
February 2014248
March 2014246
April 2014159
May 2014263
June 2014263
July 2014260
August 2014251
September 2014340
October 2014255
November 2014189
December 2014184
January 2015265
February 2015311
March 2015328
April 2015329
May 2015320
June 2015286
July 2015281
August 2015272
September 2015244
October 2015262
November 2015323
December 2015281
January 2016280
February 2016250
March 2016249
April 2016350
May 2016351
June 2016245
July 2016286
August 2016262
September 2016285
October 2016299
November 2016233
December 2016312
January 2017321
February 2017416
March 2017343
April 2017357
May 2017416
June 2017435
July 2017480
August 2017349
September 2017321
October 2017289
November 2017322
December 2017349
January 2018440
February 2018309
March 2018356
April 2018365
May 2018342
June 2018341
July 2018295
August 2018348
September 2018382
October 2018293
November 2018403
December 2018282
January 2019461
February 2019282
March 2019378
April 2019318
May 2019412
June 2019342
July 2019377
August 2019262
September 2019225
October 2019300
November 2019308
December 2019272
January 2020413
February 2020378
March 2020400
April 2020452
May 2020439
June 2020733
July 2020399
August 2020396
September 2020474
October 2020547
November 2020448
December 2020458
January 2021378
February 2021414
March 2021476
April 2021452
May 2021486
June 2021519
July 2021448
August 2021470
September 2021395
October 2021512
November 2021480
December 2021416
January 2022466
February 2022584
March 2022495
April 2022498
May 2022542
June 2022759
July 2022728
August 2022513
September 2022739
October 2022725
November 2022641
December 2022480
January 2023754
February 2023564
March 2023781
April 20231,010
May 2023910
June 2023729
July 2023646
August 2023667
September 2023624
October 2023752
November 2023898
Undated articles1

Join the project

Please add your signature to the bottom of the list of project members.


There is a userbox that you can add to your user page once you join:

{{User WikiProject notability}} displays as
NNThis user is part of the notability sorting drive.

Invitation template

There is a template that you can add to a user's talk page to invite them to join this project:

{{WikiProject Notability Invite}} displays as


  1. ^ See the final decisions of the ArbCom case concerning this problem.

See also