Wikipedia:Neglected articles

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This page lists the most neglected articles in the encyclopedia, based on some "red flags" various editors have concocted.

How the rankings are compiled[edit]

Low scores are bad; high scores are good. The worst articles come first in the listing. The factors considered in the scoring process, from most important to least important:

  • The number of distinct editors that have touched the page (+1000 points each)
  • If the first edit was by an anonymous contributor (-100 points)
  • If the last edit was by an anonymous contributor (-100 points)
  • The number of revisions (+1 point each)
  • The timestamp of the latest revision (determines the fractional part of the score)

Not all pages are included:

  • MediaWiki: pages are excluded, since these are only editable by administrators, and aren't supposed to change much.
  • Category: pages are excluded due to an extremely high number of false positives. In many cases, the only edit for these is to parent them, and this is fine. We have other lists that are designed to detect problems in the category tree.
  • Redirect pages are excluded, since these are often created in a single edit, and generally don't change after they are created.

How can I help?[edit]

Pick an article, and do some quick triage:

  • These articles are likely to meet the Wikipedia:Criteria for speedy deletion. Please check the article against these criteria, which include blatant copyright violations (which are defined in detail). You can tag them for deletion as instructed, or delete them yourself if you are an administrator.
  • Please report all other actual or potential copyright violations on Wikipedia:Copyright problems.
  • These articles are likely to need cleanup of some kind, to make them sound encyclopedic, to purge falsehoods, and to maintain neutrality. You can either do the cleanup yourself (go you!) or tag the article for attention by other editors, and to let readers know we know there is a problem. Wikipedia:Cleanup resources is an excellent starting place to find the right tag. Quickies:
    • {{POV}} if it is not neutral
    • {{Merge to|TARGET}} for short or redundant pages that can be merged with TARGET
    • {{cleanup|date=March 2019}} for non-specific cleanup (though lots of more-specific tags are available)
  • If the article is quite short (perhaps 3-10 sentences and missing vital information) tag it as a stub. You can either use {{stub}} or, preferably, a topic-specific stub tag (since someone else will just have to come along and find a topic-specific tag anyway). You can find a list of approved stub tags at Wikipedia:WikiProject Stub sorting/Stub types.
  • If the article is longer than a stub, but could be expanded to include additional information of interest to readers, add the tag {{expansion}} to the talk page, and write a short note about what's missing.
  • If an article is uncategorized, consider placing it in a category or adding the {{tl:uncategorized}} tag. See Wikipedia:Categorization for advice. Finding the right category is also helpful in identifying different articles on the same subject that would be good for merging with.
  • For templates, check "What links here" (in the toolbox menu on the right-hand side of the page). Templates which aren't really being used, or which are redundant with other templates, should be listed on Wikipedia:Templates for deletion.
  • Wikipedia: namespace pages that have interesting but out-of-date content on them can be "archived" by tagging them {{historical}}.

If you either a.) add an attention tag of some kind or b.) edit the article enough so that it's taken care of to your satisfaction, please remove it from the list to avoid duplication of effort. Alternatively, you can move it to the bottom of the page if you think it needs further triage. When the list is next updated, the fact that you edited it will probably push it far enough down in the rankings that it won't appear on this page.

If you find a page that is perfectly OK and should not be flagged again in the future, please write a note next to its listing and move it to the bottom of the page, so list updaters will be able to facilitate this. This will also help us improve the flagging algorithm.

Future improvements[edit]

Planned for the near future:

  • List disambiguation pages separately.
  • Red flag (-500?): Excessively short
  • Red flag (-500?): Long and not wikified (no [[, probable copyvio)
  • Red flag (-50?): Not wikified (no [[)
  • Red flag (-50?): Orphaned (What Links Here < 1 and it's not a self-link)


  • Rank category description pages based on:
    • The same as other pages
    • Whether or not there is any text other than the link to the parent category
  • foul-language-o-meter


  • Red flag (-100): no category on page


These listings were created from the January 25, 2006 database dump.

Articles with single anon editor, Apr 2005[edit]


empty list

Non-articles with single anon editor, 2002-2004[edit]

Project space[edit]

emtpy list

Template space[edit]

Suppressed listings[edit]

The neglected articles linked to below have been automatically removed from the above listings. To do this, the update script looks for the text ==Suppressed listings== on this page, and excludes all links below that point. (So please don't change the header for this section without letting Beland know. Thanks!)

Special case for discussion[edit]

The following are apparently part of some project - I nominated five for MfD, before realizing that there was an entire structure in place to contain them - this requires a meta solution.

  1. 801.200411042351 Wikipedia:School_and_university_projects/Open_Source_Culture/Atari
  2. 801.200411131831 Wikipedia:School_and_university_projects/Open_Source_Culture/Plagiarism
  3. 801.200410291626 Wikipedia:School_and_university_projects/Open_Source_Culture/Syllabus
  4. 801.200410300301 Wikipedia:School_and_university_projects/Open_Source_Culture/System_of_Objects
  5. 801.200410300308 Wikipedia:School_and_university_projects/Open_Source_Culture/The_Society_of_Spectacle
  6. 801.20041030031 Wikipedia:School_and_university_projects/Open_Source_Culture/The_Language_of_New_Media
  7. 801.200411270227 Wikipedia:School_and_university_projects/Open_Source_Culture/William_Yardley
  8. 801.200411300618 Wikipedia:School_and_university_projects/Open_Source_Culture/MarthaGraham
  9. 801.200412151826 Wikipedia:School_and_university_projects/Open_Source_Culture/Internet_Art
  10. 801.200412151829 Wikipedia:School_and_university_projects/Open_Source_Culture/Rhythm_Science
  11. 801.200412151832 Wikipedia:School_and_university_projects/Open_Source_Culture/Samuels
  12. 801.200412151834 Wikipedia:School_and_university_projects/Open_Source_Culture/The_Interventionists
  13. 801.200412152101 Wikipedia:School_and_university_projects/Open_Source_Culture/cohendigital
  14. 802.200411042355 Wikipedia:School_and_university_projects/Open_Source_Culture/Sega
  15. 802.200411270216 Wikipedia:School_and_university_projects/Open_Source_Culture/Anne_Thompson
  16. 804.200412151821 Wikipedia:School_and_university_projects/Open_Source_Culture/The_Contingent_Object
  17. 805.200411042359 Wikipedia:School_and_university_projects/Open_Source_Culture/Patent_Scope

EB1911 claimed[edit]

Someone needs to check that these are from where they claim to be (Encyclopedia Britannica 1911 Edition).

Articles that have received some attention but may need more[edit]

801.200501071927 Melatonin_(album) and 801.200501071934 Arousal_Disasters
Two albums by a artist whose notability is "unclear"(at least to me). Need someone to check this with the WP:MUSIC guidelines, and possibily delete. JesseW, the juggling janitor 08:39, 28 January 2006 (UTC)
  • Minor artist on a minor label in Canada. Might need to {{prod}} the whole thing, methinks.--み使い'''Mitsukai 04:27, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
  • Placed for {{prod}} Does not hold a gainful point, poss made with good intentions but doesnt seem to have been give TLC!--Phil Green 13:18, 3 June 2006 (UTC)

804.200504060045 Joey_Sellers
Tags added, but is going to need a bit of TLC.--み使い Mitsukai 04:36, 25 February 2006 (UTC)
Added references/external links. Still a stub. — ERcheck (talk) 18:20, 22 July 2006 (UTC)
Missing references for awards received. Also, external link to "Sellers biography, Saddleback College" is defunct.Nomenphile 00:48, 15 January 2007 (UTC)
802.200502190404 Fouta and 802.200502190407 Fleuve
stubbed both, but they're going to need some extensive work.--み使い Mitsukai 05:35, 25 February 2006 (UTC)
801.200504110755 RSDN
added {{notability}} tag. This one is really going to need some work, since it's regarding a Russian programming group, something I suspect is not quite commonly known here on the En WP.--み使い Mitsukai 06:30, 25 February 2006 (UTC)
801.200504221704 Metapsychiatry
stubbed and wikified. Still going to need extensive work.--み使い Mitsukai 07:04, 26 February 2006 (UTC)
802.200504270954 GM_Proving_Grounds
tags added, but it's going to need some massive work to get the article worthy, otherwise recommend it go up for AFD.--み使い Mitsukai 05:17, 27 February 2006 (UTC)
802.200501291926 Texas_A&M_University_System_Health_Science_Center
This article needs serious work. As it stands right now, all it is, is merely a collection of links. If it wasn't for the name, it'd otherwise be deleted.--み使い Mitsukai 04:25, 6 March 2006 (UTC)
It looks like this was merged into Texas_A&M_University_System Mishatx 17:26, 8 November 2006 (UTC)
Texas_A&M_University_System is in need of post-merge help. As Mitsukai said, it's a collection of links.Nomenphile 00:51, 15 January 2007 (UTC)
802.200502180348 Norodom_Chakraping_Proloung_Khmer_Party
Going to need some extensive editing.--み使い Mitsukai 14:04, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
802.200504212045 Ira_Mellman and 802.200504211843 Chalk_Hill
Tagged and stubbed, but still going to need some work.--み使い Mitsukai 06:49, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
  • Added new information and links; still could use work. User:Ithink72wp 16 March 2019
801.20050405205 SUBDUE
Not sure what can be done with this article. It's already once been copyvio'd, and I'm not sure anyone else knows what to do about it.--み使い Mitsukai 20:30, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
801.20050427033 Roland_Glassl
Tagged and stubbed, but still going to need some work.--み使い Mitsukai 22:28, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
802.200502152135 Adolph_Hausrath
Stubbed. Seems like a decent stub. Iggle 11:52, 30 March 2006 (UTC)
801.200502231113 S26_(Berlin)
Stubbed. It's a list of train stops on this particular line. --Iggle 12:06, 30 March 2006 (UTC)
802.200503111042 Windlesham House School
Expanded a bit, but little more can be done unless someone who attended the place gets round to it. Saga City 21:58, 29 April 2006 (UTC)
801.200504141209 Cage aerial
I tagged it as a stub, but I don't know if I used the correct stub tag. Foxjwill 01:23, 10 May 2006 (UTC)

Articles that do not need attention,
to be excluded from future listings

  1. 801.200503040159 Helen_Hayes_Awards_Non-Resident_Production — looks legit in content & standard in formatting. Probably written by a registered user who forgot to log on. Doops | talk 02:28, 16 December 2005 (UTC)
  2. 801.200503011859 Committee_on_Veterans'_Affairs - Looks good, I can't see anything to fix...
  3. 801.200503011921 Reciprocal_innervation- Written by an expert. Don't know if accurate...
  4. 801.200408012112 Viscount_Savage - looks ok --Alynna 07:20, 8 January 2006 (UTC)
  5. 801.200408201503 Risk_Management_Chairman - harmless redirect --Alynna 07:33, 8 January 2006 (UTC)
  6. 802.200411060659 On_the_Road_(String_Cheese_Incident) - looks fine --Alynna 07:49, 8 January 2006 (UTC)
  7. 801.200502152344 Orenstein disambiguation page, looks ok ----Melaen 12:11, 24 January 2006 (UTC)Melaen
  8. 801.200502170442 Eyadéma disambiguation page,---Melaen 12:11, 24 January 2006 (UTC)Melaen
  9. 801.200412112102 Template:Blanking4, just a redirect... --Werdna648T/C\@ 23:19, 11 February 2006 (UTC) 23:18, 11 February 2006 (UTC)
  • 802.200410041838 Weißenborn - Some of the red links need help, but the article's fine otherwise.--み使い Mitsukai 07:09, 26 February 2006 (UTC)

These are all disambiguation pages.--み使い Mitsukai 14:04, 15 March 2006 (UTC)

These articles aren't going to change anytime soon.--み使い Mitsukai 04:51, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

801.200501020536 Media_guide 
  1. I wikified it, but it's an American specific term, or purports to be, so preferably needs an American to give it the all clear. Hiding talk 21:16, 14 January 2006 (UTC)
  2. I'm familiar with the term "Media Guide" from various sports references. Article seems ok. --Iggle 12:11, 30 March 2006 (UTC)

See also[edit]