Wikipedia:Proposed article demotion

Good articles and very good articles are some of the best articles on Simple English Wikipedia. They have certain criteria that they must meet before they can be considered as a good or very good article (see Wikipedia:Requirements for good articles and Wikipedia:Requirements for very good articles). If someone notices that an article meets most or all of those criteria, he or she may list it on the Proposed good articles or Proposed very good articles page. The article is then voted on, and if enough people agree that the article is good or very good, it is promoted to that higher status.

However, sometimes a good or very good article is changed in such a way that it no longer meets the criteria, or new information may become available about the topic, making the article incomplete. In such a case, the article should be demoted from good article or very good article status.

Process of demotionEdit

Demotion of a GA or VGA can be done in this way:

  1. A named editor notices that the article no longer meets the GA or VGA criteria.
  2. The editor lists the article on this page and adds {{pvgademotion}} (for VGAs) or {{pgademotion}} (for GAs) to the article's page to show that it is currently being reviewed and improved.
  3. Major contributors to the article who helped it become a GA or VGA are notified, along with a note at Simple Talk to let the community know about the proposed demotion.
  4. For two weeks following the discovery, the article can be fixed to again meet the criteria. If there is agreement that the problem has been fixed during this time, there does not need to be a re-vote; a named editor can remove the tag from the article, and put the {{vgood}} or {{good}} tag back.
  5. If the problem is not fixed, the article will lose its status after the two-week period. When the article once again meets the criteria, it can be re-nominated for GA or VGA status and will follow the full promotion process from beginning to end.
  6. When an article is demoted, the associated badge in its Wikidata entry should be removed.

Proposals for demotionEdit

List proposals here, newer ones at the top. Each proposal should list what needs to be fixed. Within two weeks from being listed, an article listed here must be fixed to again meet the criteria, or have its higher status removed.

=== Article name ===
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State why the article should be demoted. ~~~~ 

Joe BidenEdit

Joe Biden (change · talk · history · links · watch · logs · delete)

Article not updated and some sections are lacking information. Compare article to Bernie Sanders who has been up to date about the 2020 primaries and his Senate career his longer and well sourced than Biden's (even though Joe had a longer career). Vice President section could be expanded. --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 05:32, 11 March 2020 (UTC)

Seems alright, the Bernie article is better doesn't mean Biden should be demoted? It needs improvement for sure but this seems quite complete an article (as compared to the rest). See no reason to demote.--Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 12:56, 11 March 2020 (UTC)
Not trying to attack or anything... but you think this might be a bit a partisan nomination considering your userpage talking about wanting Bernie to be a president? -DJSasso (talk) 13:13, 11 March 2020 (UTC)
  • I disclosed that it wasn't partisan, what I meant was that Bernie's article is more up to date with the 2020 primaries and Biden's isn't. I put all my beliefs aside when here on the Wiki. Plus I think his Vice President and Senate sections should be longer than they are. --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 03:41, 12 March 2020 (UTC)
  • Then why not Bernie Sanders article be nominated for VGA instead?--Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 10:46, 12 March 2020 (UTC)
    • @Camouflaged Mirage: If you guys think Sanders' article is up to VGA standards then good, I was actually waiting 'till after the primary season so that the article has all the updated information. What I'm getting it at is that:
  • What did he do before his senate career? Doubtful he graduated from college and jumped straight to the Senate.
  • Biden's Senate career section is only two paragraphs long. For a man who's been in the Senate roughly 30 years, don't you think it should contain more information? (Sanders has been in the Senate for thirteen years yet his career section is more fleshed out). Ronald Reagan (even before going from GA to VGA) his entrance into politics had its own section. Reagan's first presidential run in 1976 has its own section. Jeremy Corbyn, who is a GA, has a fleshed out MP section. Bottom line is that Biden's Senate career section resembles more than that of a stub article. I mean Hal Holbrook's career section is longer and its not event a GA. --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 11:45, 14 March 2020 (UTC)
  • His run in 1998 only has a brief mention. His 1988 run should at least have its own section.
  • Some references are dead links.
  • How come his 2008 campaign trail section is in the same length as VP? Shouldn't his VP section be more fleshed out?
  • 2020 run should be more updated like include debate performance, how he went from front-runner to behind Sanders and then back up to front-runner? His primary wins and losses?
  • The article's lead could be expanded, look at Sanders, Corbyn, even Fred Rogers and Ronald Reagan's lead back when it was a GA had longer more detailed leads.
  • Note: His personal life and honors section is pretty good. The article is written well, as in non-complex wise. --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 11:39, 14 March 2020 (UTC)
I am still not convinced these require demotion. GA means that this is one of the best in simple, which is still true by now. We had lots of GA that's need updating, but they are still the best articles here. Also per Gotanda below. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 09:05, 23 March 2020 (UTC)
  • Comment: These discussions seem quite variable. If Hermann Göring remained at VGA with similar issues, then hard to demote this article. --Gotanda (talk) 23:33, 19 March 2020 (UTC)
  • @Gotanda: At most an update needed tag on the article is needed. --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 17:21, 29 March 2020 (UTC)
  • @TDKR Chicago 101:*In which case the article no longer meets the GA criteria and should be demoted. These demotion discussions have become very subjective and no longer follow our own requirements. "There must be no templates pointing to the fact that the article needs improvement. Some of these templates are {{complex}}, {{cleanup}}, {{stub}}, {{unreferenced}} and {{wikify}}. The article also should not need them." --Gotanda (talk) 05:58, 3 April 2020 (UTC)
  • @Gotanda: the point that I'm getting it before it went all political is that this article needs and update and the Vice Presidency/Senate sections could be beefed up more. I added the update tag. --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 06:53, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

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  • Result: No consensus to demote. Chenzw  Talk  08:26, 30 January 2020 (UTC)

Hermann GöringEdit

Hermann Göring (change · talk · history · links · watch · logs · delete)

I think this article should be demoted to just GA. It's not necessarily a bad article, but considering how much better many other VGA are, I think the quality standards have shifted. This article just simply doesn't isn't anywhere near as good as many of the other VGAs. The sections are relatively short, all of them basically being one, maybe two paragraphs each, and there isn't even an infobox. This is not as comprehensive as a VGA should be. ~Junedude433talk 22:59, 1 October 2019 (UTC)

Length wise it actually passes what we need for a VGA. -DJSasso (talk) 13:58, 2 October 2019 (UTC)
It has a far more comprehensive reference list than most articles here. I think that ideally it should be fleshed out a bit more, and probably an infobox added. But I don't see a reason to demote it. StevenJ81 (talk) 20:55, 3 October 2019 (UTC)
The article could use an infobox. --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 10:24, 19 December 2019 (UTC)
This article is not VGA. It fails 2 and probably 10.
"2. The article must be comprehensive. A comprehensive article is one which does not miss any major facts and details."
This article is a brief summary. For example, the years 1933-1945, "Göring during the Third Reich," is two or so paragraphs for a total of just over 300 words to cover 13 momentous years. Single sentences skip over large topics. There is a single sentence for planning the holocaust and a single sentence for his 50th birthday party.
"10. Content that is from books, journal articles or other publications needs to be referenced."
There are references, but many of these do not seem reliable. For example: Ref 1 is a Wayback Machine capture of a geocities site. Ref 8 is a hobbyist site. Ref 9 is a dead link. Ref 13 is the personal website of David Irving, a Holocaust denier. Have a look at this for some writing that calls anything else into question. "The English court found that Irving was an active Holocaust denier, antisemite and racist, who "for his own ideological reasons persistently and deliberately misrepresented and manipulated historical evidence". In addition, the court found that Irving's books had distorted the history of Hitler's role in the Holocaust" Ref 14 seems to be a blog for a memorabilia collector? Ref 17 IHR is a holocaust denial organization. Ref 18 also seems to be a blog. Ref 20 likely was a blog but is now a dead link. The refs that seem the most authoritative are books in German and therefore difficult for many to examine; there must be good, reliable refs available online in English for such a notable figure.
I do not think this even meets GA as 2. "fairly complete" or 9. "needs to be referenced." UPDATE* I just added the demotion template to the article. Before this Demotions on New Changes showed zero so some editors may not have been aware of the proposal. --Gotanda (talk) 01:09, 29 December 2019 (UTC)
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I take it some references need fixing.As to "Holocaust denial" sites - ref 13 is used (with another ref), to say that he became dependent on morphine, and that he was promoted to another rank. Neither of which has anything to do with Holocaust denial, and both cites are supported by another reference. SO yes, the dead links probably need replacing, but I currently don't see how Ref 13 (the Holocaust denial site) cannot be used. Remember: You don't need a skilled historian, specialized in WW II to make a reputable source. During/After the war propaganda by the allies was used in the same way to get the image of Nazi Germany many people (and historians) now accept as true. --Eptalon (talk) 17:15, 29 December 2019 (UTC)
I added an infobox per TDKR Chicago 101 suggestion. Do help to remove the redlinks in the infobox if possible. I don't think it is VGA. GA should be ok with some fixing ----Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 13:33, 30 December 2019 (UTC)
Re Eptalon's comment that, "You don't need a skilled historian, specialized in WW II to make a reputable source." This is a VGA discussion not a general article discussion. Given there are so many reliable references available for this subject, it seems to me that these should not be used. The dishonesty in holocaust denialism calls into question the rest of the writing by this author. In addition, good practices for students using Wikipedia include reading the articles but then following the sources for themselves. Linking to sites such David Irving is leading students to untrustworthy sources--something I think we should avoid, but is definitely not "very good". --Gotanda (talk) 01:21, 26 January 2020 (UTC)
I agree with StephenJ81. I don't see a demotion here. While it could definitely be fleshed out more, I think people are forgetting our VGAs are intended to show the best of our articles, not the best of articles anywhere. This article met the criteria for being made a VGA and it hasn't decreased in quality since it was which is the only time a demotion is relevant. It is still easily in the 1% of the best articles on this wiki. -DJSasso (talk) 12:04, 27 January 2020 (UTC)
  • Just stumbled upon this. I think it's pretty clear that this is still a VGA for simple Wiki. A concern I have is I'm not a fan of the image formatting, but that doesn't take away from the article.--Gordonrox24 | Talk 03:56, 30 January 2020 (UTC)

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Bloc PartyEdit

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  • Result: Demoted by one step from VGA to GA, without prejudice as to the article's compliance with GA criteria. Chenzw  Talk  05:35, 29 June 2019 (UTC)
Bloc Party (change · talk · history · links · watch · logs · delete)

Saw this on the main page again. Tagged for updating in January, but this article hasn't attracted any attention. Information in the article stops in 2009. A lot has happened in the past ten years. Gotanda (talk) 04:00, 7 April 2019 (UTC)

Guess I should expand this proposal. Unless the dead links are fixed and the article is updated to include albums, hiatus, reunion, and member changes from 2009-2019 then it is incomplete and no longer represents our best work. It could probably use some general tightening up and simplification as well since we have moved along a bit since 2009 as well. Looking forward to any other comments, questions, or discussion as this moves to a decision. --Gotanda (talk) 01:17, 16 April 2019 (UTC)
To be fair something being out of date can still represent out best work if the rest of our work is lesser than it. Though I agree it should be updated, updating it rather than posting it for demotion is probably the more productive thing to do. -DJSasso (talk) 10:51, 16 April 2019 (UTC)
Ten years in popular culture is practically a lifetime. Macdonald-ross (talk) 11:09, 16 April 2019 (UTC)
Which is why I said it did need to be updated. I was just pointing out that being out of date doesn't necessarily mean it isn't one of our best written articles as Wikipedia has no deadline, being out of date doesn't necessarily make it bad, it just makes it out of date. -DJSasso (talk) 11:15, 16 April 2019 (UTC)
Still ... if it's something that out of date, in a setting where out of date can really matter, do we want to show it off on the Main Page? English Wikipedia wouldn't, for sure. I'm inclined to delist it as VGA temporarily (could be left as GA in the interim), until a fix happens. StevenJ81 (talk) 16:12, 16 April 2019 (UTC)
English Wikipedia has more views and a diversity of pages to put on the front page. The more we demote the more likely we get to a point where we have the same article always on the front page which would be a worse situation. Of course the best thing to do would be to get more VGA articles written, but I don't see that happening anytime soon. I would also point out that I am not arguing to not demote it, I am just putting out things to be considered. Our very best probably need to meet a much lower standard than on en.wiki or we won't have any to feature. -DJSasso (talk) 11:19, 17 April 2019 (UTC)
Well, there's many pages which could be discussed as GAs or even VGAs. However, to propose a page is a considerable gift of time, because the proposer has to meet all the challenges. The gift of time means one of our really literate editors is not going to do much else while a proposal is being assessed. It's a consequence of our surviving on a few competent editors and admins. Polishing buttons is an extra few can afford. Macdonald-ross (talk) 12:45, 17 April 2019 (UTC)
The final paragraph still ends describing future events to take place in 2009, so not sure this can even scrape by as a GA. Half the life of the band goes unreported here. I've worked on some articles for promotion and will again, but as Macdonald-ross commented, it takes a lot of time. Time I'd rather put into something more significant than a band. --Gotanda (talk) 06:30, 25 April 2019 (UTC)
@Gotanda: I strongly agree. The article is outdated and therefore does not meet the criteria for VGA or even GA --Examknow (lets chat!) 19:47, 6 May 2019 (UTC)

This has come back around full circle to be on the front page again since nomination for demotion with some minor updates (infobox and categories) but no improvement to the body of the article to cover the past ten years, so is it time for a decision on this? --Gotanda (talk) 09:47, 14 May 2019 (UTC)

It's been two months now since I proposed demotion. There has been no substantial improvement to bring the article back to VGA or even GA status. Can an admin move this forward, please? Thanks, -Gotanda (talk) 06:27, 10 June 2019 (UTC)

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Closed as demoted. Recommend changes and resubmission as GA. --Peterdownunder (talk) 11:40, 20 March 2018 (UTC)

HanamiEdit

Hanami (change · talk · history · links · watch · logs · delete)

I saw this article on the main page as the selected article. Just in the small section there, I saw compound sentences, complex words, links to dab pages, and links to Wiktionary. I don't think any of those belong in very good articles here, and two of them violate the requirements for very good articles. Looking at the version of the article that was approved for very good status, I see the same issues. --Auntof6 (talk) 22:33, 22 November 2017 (UTC)

Mostly agree with the concerns about this article. Looks like this was promoted over 10 years ago and standards for VGAs have (obviously) changed since then. Pmlineditor (t · c · l) 17:24, 26 November 2017 (UTC)
The linking to dab pages should be a pretty easy fix, linking to Wiktionary is actually something we encourage if I recall correctly so that isn't an issue for VGAs. The others though, perhaps some people want to look at them to quickly clean it up instead of demoting it, it isn't that big an article after all. -DJSasso (talk) 11:55, 27 November 2017 (UTC)
What DJ said. A Wiktionary link is inferior to a Wikipedia link, but sometimes it just makes more sense to lay out a definition there than to put a lengthy explanation of a term in the VGA. (Sometimes it doesn't, too, but that goes on a case-by-case basis.) StevenJ81 (talk) 15:08, 27 November 2017 (UTC)
I had not read this recently. The language in the main body of the article is much too complex for this to be a VGA. It should be demoted to GA, and still I would feel the English needed attention. It's an interesting article, however. That saves it for me as a GA. Macdonald-ross (talk) 20:06, 8 March 2018 (UTC)

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