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How does the core articles initiative work? Essentially, we list our unwritten core articles here on this page, negotiating about which articles really are our highest priority. We then invite people to write articles on those topics, awarding points for any draft that is 250 words or longer. We tally points on CZ:Core Articles/Scores.
Our leading authors and editors believe this initiative is very important. We hope you'll set aside your relatively specialized interests for a while, and join the contest to create reliable introductions to the most basic topics known to humanity.
This list of top priority articles is divided into subpages, one for each "supercategory" such as the natural sciences and humanities; the subpages are found linked in the blue navigation bar above. Each subpage is further divided into workgroup sections. Each workgroup section should be written in three columns. Total number of articles on the entire list will be about 4,000. So it will be a big list.
Each line of a workgroup's section begins with # so that the entries are numbered. Most important (highest point value) entries should be listed first, in the leftmost column (see below). The format of a line will evolve like this:
The original entry simply says "French painting" is worth 5 points:
# [[French painting]] (5)
Once Jane Doe has written a draft article over 250 words, she may take credit:
# [[French painting]] (5) - [[User:Jane Doe|]]
Someone confirms that Jane has written 250 words, writing "OK":
# [[French painting]] (5) - [[User:Jane Doe|]] - OK
Note: anyone may edit any section of this page so that the section is in conformity with these formatting guidelines! Be Bold!
Each workgroup nominates 99 topics (33 per column). Exceptions are Biology, Health Sciences, History, Geography, Literature, Mathematics, Business, Media, Games, Hobbies, and Sports, which may nominate 198 topics (66 per column). For some already-existing article lists, for ideas, please see  and  as well as, in many cases, workgroup homepages. Here are the 1000 most popular Wikipedia articles this month. List articles in only one workgroup. All topics must be either completely unwritten, a micro-stub, or status=4.
Anyone may list articles here, but if workgroup editors wish to work out the list elsewhere, they may.
* Note: top priority articles that are status=4 (unedited from Wikipedia) should be listed, but with an asterisk--which indicates that, to get the points, a person must either completely replace or rewrite the article.
** Also note: "micro-stubs" (articles without pictures, 50 words or less) should also be listed, but with two asterisks.
Attaching points to topics
Each workgroup may award 10 points for the five most important articles in the group, 5 points for the ten next most important, and 2 points for the 18 next most important (down to #33, the bottom of the first column). The rest (in the middle and right columns) are worth a point apiece.
The first and/or most motivated editor attaches points to articles. If after a reasonable period it appears no editor is going to step up, then the most qualified and motivated author issues the points.
None of these articles may come from Wikipedia, if you want it to count. In fact, if you want, you can entirely replace a status = 4 Wikipedia-sourced article with a new CZ article. Please do.
For now, we do not track first draft authors on the talk page or the metadata page of an article, but only on CZ:Core Articles.
Authors may claim points on CZ:Core Articles/Scores only after their article length (and non-Wikipediahood) has been OK'd.
Core Articles Coordinator
The Core Articles Coordinator (Chris Day) ensures that these rules are being followed, and in particular, "locks in" or approves the article list and point assignment, by ensuring that the most qualified active person on CZ has looked over these things. The CAC would also be expected to make sure this page is correct--that formatting, "OK'ing," and other matters are done smoothly and correctly. He is also manager of the "Miscellaneous" section.
Stages of development
We can distinguish eight stages of development for each set of articles:
- No topics nominated.
- Fewer than half nominated.
- Most or all have been nominated, but not assigned points.
- All topics nominated and assigned points by someone.
- All topics and point assignments "locked in" by the Core Articles Coordinator (who ensures that the most qualified active person on CZ has looked over the list).
- At least one, but fewer than half, of the core article in the workgroup have been written and OK'd.
- Most but not all of the articles have been written and OK'd.
- All articles have been written and OK'd.
Already-written core articles
In the sections titled "Already-written core articles," please list top priority articles that were already written prior to September 25, 2007. List any articles that are as high or higher priority as any on the list of 99 (or 198). This is to prevent people from listing articles that have already been written, and so that this page is maximally useful to the end-user. Points are not given for articles in this section--well, not yet, anyway.
The "Miscellaneous" category
Articles that we'll definitely want, but which aren't obviously located in any existing workgroup, should be placed in Miscellaneous. There can be up to 300 articles listed here. Make sure there are no duplicates (overlap with workgroup lists). Each of these will be worth 1 point, unless any editor decides otherwise.
There are links to the article lists above (see the blue/grey navigation bar), or just click here:
- Natural Sciences
- Social Sciences
- Applied Arts and Sciences