Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Bangladeshi universities in Wikipedia featured list

I think many of you are wondering about the term - "Featured list". Let's get a brief overview on the rating system of Wikipedia articles first.

You may not be aware of the fact that Wikipedia articles have a rating system, which helps to identify the completeness, importance and quality of the articles. For example, when an article's first draft is written, usually it consists of introductory information and in Wikipedia terms these are called Stub or Start class article. These articles are in need of detailed explanation, elaboration, references and overall modification. Having fulfilled these criteria, an article can move on to be a B class article, which is the highest grade achievable without a formal nomination and review process.

Furthermore, if the author believes the article to be of high quality and also abiding by the standards, he can nominate the article for a Good article, A class article or Featured article status. Featured article is the topmost rating among these. These are actually 'the best' articles in the entire Wikipedia. Featured lists are just like featured articles - with the only difference that they are the best 'lists' among all. As Wikipedia says :
The featured lists are what we believe to be the best lists in Wikipedia. Prior to being listed here, lists are reviewed at Wikipedia:Featured list candidates for usefulness, completeness, accuracy, neutrality, style and prose according to our featured list criteria. ... ... Definitive. Outstanding, thorough list; a great source for encyclopedic information.

Now, the good news - the article on List of universities in Bangladesh has been identified by the Wikipedia community as a Featured list!! I was amazed to see the enthusiasm and dedication of the Bangladeshi Wikipedians. They were prompt to correct and modify the problems in the list identified by other Wikipedians. You can follow all the nomination and selection activities here.

This hard work has paid back - it is now one of the only 660 featured lists in the entire wikipedia! Kudos!

Photo : Curzon Hall, Dhaka University

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