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. ~~~~ 

Yellow (song)Edit

Yellow (song) (change · talk · history · links · watch · logs · delete)

Update needed, many red-links, also in transcluded templates. Demote? --Eptalon (talk) 17:52, 18 April 2021 (UTC)

  • Demote to GA? it looks good enough for a Good Article status though --Tsugaru Let's Talk! :) 🍁 20:09, 18 April 2021 (UTC)
  • Keep as VGA there isn't much that needs much updated here, and if attempted, this is one of the easiest fix.-BRP ever 11:55, 19 April 2021 (UTC)
  • Keep Redlinks in navboxes have always not been considered a problem with VGAs as it isn't the article itself that has redlinks. -Djsasso (talk) 16:39, 20 April 2021 (UTC)
  • Keep Article looks good enough to keep its current status. Demote to GA The article is good but seeing the update tag and seeing the two dead links on it, I feel the article is good as a GA but not as a VGA. --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 21:10, 7 May 2021 (UTC)
  • Comment/Question This has rolled around to be the display article on the front page again, so it would be a good idea if an admin could make decision on this. Either remove the demotion nomination if this is a Keep so it isn't on the front page, or demote it. Two of 19 sources are dead links so those would have to be fixed for a Keep, right? --Gotanda (talk) 03:50, 7 May 2021 (UTC)

PowderfingerEdit

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

Update needed since 2019; some problems with bad template parameters. Fix red-links, demote to GA? --Eptalon (talk) 17:47, 18 April 2021 (UTC)

  • Keep The dates were fixed in the paramaters. The band stopped in 2010 so not really out of date. Maybe a few sentences could be added, but nothing that requires demoting. -Djsasso (talk) 16:48, 20 April 2021 (UTC)
  • Demote to GA Per nom. --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 17:32, 20 April 2021 (UTC)
  • I don't see any more red links, and the parameter problem seems to be fixed, so Keep.-BRP ever 01:16, 22 April 2021 (UTC)
  • Five dead links in the references, this is a demote, I think.--Gotanda (talk) 01:40, 16 May 2021 (UTC)

Jessica AlbaEdit

Jessica Alba (change · talk · history · links · watch · logs · delete)

Update needed, since 2017. Some problems with red-links in citation templates. Demote to GA (where completeness is not an issue), after fixing the red-links? --Eptalon (talk) 17:45, 18 April 2021 (UTC)

  • Demote all the way if this article doesn't get updated, like the other ones haven't. If the article does get updated then maybe it can only be demoted to GA. But seriously, another article being demoted?   We need more articles to be promoted... --Ferien (talk) 17:52, 18 April 2021 (UTC)
  • Demote Article not updated, pretty much needed for a FA article. --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 17:29, 20 April 2021 (UTC)
  • Demote per above concerns --Tsugaru Let's Talk! :) 🍁 01:05, 21 April 2021 (UTC)
  • Demote to regular. Thanks for going over all of these out of date VGAs, Eptalon. --Gotanda (talk) 04:38, 22 April 2021 (UTC)

Anna KournikovaEdit

Anna Kournikova (change · talk · history · links · watch · logs · delete)

Article needs to be updated (From October 2020). Generally in a good state; besides content update, there are several red-links that need looking at (also problems with citation templates). Given that there are red-links, how did this get to VGA? I don't remember this wiki ever having an article on 1999 French Open – Women's Doubles (And yes we have several such links). In this case, we could consider demoting to Good article, if we fix the few issues (Good articles don't need to be complete, they can show part of the picture...). Thoughts? --Eptalon (talk) 17:41, 18 April 2021 (UTC)

  • Demote Updates are crucial for any articles let alone a FA article. --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 17:29, 20 April 2021 (UTC)
  • Demote to regular. --Gotanda (talk) 04:37, 22 April 2021 (UTC)

Daniela HantuchováEdit

Daniela Hantuchová (change · talk · history · links · watch · logs · delete)

Simple English Wikipedia's VGA Requirements, call for no tags, nor red links. However, in this case, we have an article tag since the year 2015, and they are too many red links in the article. It was brought to attention, on the article's talkpage that there were some issues. Since 2015, there have been less than 50 revisions in the maintenance of this VGA. Please share your thoughts on this. Thank you. Tsugaru Let's Talk! :) 🍁 20:12, 17 April 2021 (UTC)

  • Comment - Isn't their a way to improve this article? We can create the red linked articles or remove them. And then in Wikipedia:Simple talk we can discuss new changes or in the talk page. Also(humorous), what is up with tennis players get PAD requests all of a sudden?
SoyokoAnis - talk 03:03, 18 April 2021 (UTC)
(Reply to the humour statement) Cause they are bouncing an edit war ;P --Tsugaru Let's Talk! :) 🍁 03:05, 18 April 2021 (UTC)
Yea, you could discuss at simple talk, if the article is fixed, then it will be kept as a Good Article --Tsugaru Let's Talk! :) 🍁 03:05, 18 April 2021 (UTC)
  • Demote, but how far? IMO it should not have been an VGA in the first place. However, it was, and now the issue is how far, and what can be done? One observation is that young female sports people often have shorter careers than the men, and are less likely to move into training or other activities in their sport. This is often connected with "window of opportunity" before the person becomes fully adult and makes life-changing choices (often related to motherhood). This lady moved to Monaco to protect her money, and retired in 2017. Some of the media refs to main WP are deadlinked, and it will be difficult to find information which is more up-to-date. Here the argument is whether to drop the article one step or two. Macdonald-ross (talk) 07:48, 18 April 2021 (UTC)
  • Demote to normal article. Neither GA or VGA can have the {{update}} tag on them, so we should probably demote all the way for now. The red links should be relatively easy to deal with, but I think the issue with the {{update}} template is enough for demotion, as it is very clear that VGAs and GAs should not have these. --Ferien (talk) 07:56, 18 April 2021 (UTC)
  • Given the history of the article (edit counts in the last years, this is probably a demote (to regular article). There's however the undelrying problm when writing articles about (active) sportspeople. The article will show the state at some point in their carreer; once it has the GA or VGA tag, people will be very reluctant to change the article. So, time takes its toll: the sportsperson moves on in his/her carrer, and perhaps retires, at some point. But since we have the state two years before retiring, and that article has a flag, it will be very hard to get people to update it. Also, GAs/VGAs are often pushed by one (or a small group of ediztors); when these editors move on and retire from SEWP, the article falls into oblivion. Things that need looking at, but that are distinct from this article. --Eptalon (talk) 17:20, 18 April 2021 (UTC)
  • Demote Updates needed and always essential to any featured articles. --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 17:30, 20 April 2021 (UTC)
  • Demote to regular. This is the problem with living sports and entertainment figures. They need constant upkeep to folow the standards. --Gotanda (talk) 04:36, 22 April 2021 (UTC)

Ana IvanovićEdit

Ana Ivanović (change · talk · history · links · watch · logs · delete)

Currently a very good article. Unfortunately, it has had a tag that it needs to be updated, since mid 2014. Our criteria say that such articles shouldn't have the tag 'very good article'. So it should probably demoted. Big question though: do we demote to good article, or to no particular status at all? - Given the tag has been there for 7 years, it obviously isn't going to be updated. Comments? --Eptalon (talk) 17:17, 15 April 2021 (UTC)

  • Demote per proposer. Out of date. Darubrub (Let me know) 17:20, 15 April 2021 (UTC)
  • Demote the page is out of date, and has red links, which GA and VGA articles are not allowed to have. ShadowBallX (talk) 19:02, 15 April 2021 (UTC)
  • I am just going to comment that red links are allowed in GAs, and these red links seem pretty easy to fix. We do need to update though. --Ferien (talk) 19:04, 15 April 2021 (UTC)
  • Demote all the way. But after work, I'd suggest a look at GA. Macdonald-ross (talk) 19:21, 15 April 2021 (UTC)
  • Demote. (Second bite at this!) I have to admit that I never regarded this as a VG article. The person is so one-dimensional and not even in tennis is her record near the best. There is nothing about her in the article which would suggest it is worth re-writing because she is not notable for anything else. Not even a good article, actually. I do not blame the editors, it's just that some people are not interesting enough. Macdonald-ross (talk) 06:33, 17 April 2021 (UTC)
  • Demote as so far out of date it does not even meet GA. --Gotanda (talk) 21:39, 15 April 2021 (UTC)
    Comment: Looking at the statistics (here) there are almost no edits. In 2020, there were 12 edits, if I read that page correctly. Alos I would have expected more change since the flag was put up (diff), we are looking at a time period of 6-7 years, where we had about 60 revisions...--Eptalon (talk) 21:51, 15 April 2021 (UTC)
  • Demote I don't think it can be a GA either, due to the dead links in the article --Tsugaru Let's Talk! :) 🍁 00:05, 16 April 2021 (UTC)
  • Demote, unfortunately. I cannot imagine the article being updated now after 7 years. Maybe one day it can be promoted to a ga or, possibly, a vga. But for now, demote all the way. The fact that this article hasn't been updated (and still has the template on after 7 years) is enough for it to be demoted.--Ferien (talk) 18:26, 16 April 2021 (UTC)
  • Demote Per nom, all of our very best articles must be kept up to date. --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 17:31, 20 April 2021 (UTC)
  • Comment This proposal has been up for over a month with a very strong consensus to demote, but it has rolled around to be displayed on the front page again. We do not want to feature articles with problems like this. Can an admin please take care of this? And, probably the others as well before they pop up again. Thanks, --Gotanda (talk) 00:40, 17 May 2021 (UTC)

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GeishaEdit

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

Complex language. I counted one sentence as 43 words, which is not unusual for English Wikipedia. All-in-all, this is not an article which we should be holding up for imitation. Its content is good, but on this wiki the readability is paramount. Macdonald-ross (talk) 11:08, 4 December 2020 (UTC)

Are you referring to this sentence, by the way? "Shimabara was established as a red-light district officially in 1640, and became one of three areas in Japan ..." The two independent clauses could be split into two sentences. Chenzw  Talk  12:31, 4 December 2020 (UTC)
  • Demote I'm not sure if it should even qualify as GA any longer. Very complex. I've made a few improvements here and there, but it really needs a thorough re-write. --Gotanda (talk) 00:40, 11 December 2020 (UTC)
  • @Gotanda: - Can you summarize what needs changing for this to stay a VGA? - If possible on the article talk page? --Eptalon (talk) 15:44, 26 January 2021 (UTC)
  • The comments o the talk page are already clear. Complex sentences. Complex vocabulary. Way too much Japanese language / kanji. Broad statements without any support. --Gotanda (talk) 04:46, 28 January 2021 (UTC)
  Comment How many more days till the fate is decided? I will try and fix as much as I can... --Tsugaru Let's Talk! :) 🍁 00:47, 29 January 2021 (UTC)
We are a small community, all of us are volunteers; there's no point in setting a time. If you (and perhaps other editors) work on it, I think we can wait until the work is done. Note also: this is a very good article, so in theory, we could demote to good article (the GA criteria are a subset of the VGA criteria; every VGA is also a good article). --Eptalon (talk) 19:26, 30 January 2021 (UTC)
Only one edit (a bot) since 12 December, so it looks like this is not high on anyone's priority list for improvement and should be demoted before it rolls around on the main page again. --Gotanda (talk) 05:21, 8 February 2021 (UTC)
While it clearly isn't up to VGA, is it reasonably close to meeting GA criteria? --Eptalon (talk) 09:45, 8 February 2021 (UTC)
  • I have copy-edited the English in the introduction, and corrected a number of infelicities caused a previous editor's language limitations. I've no wish to see it demoted further than GA. Macdonald-ross (talk) 11:02, 8 February 2021 (UTC)
  • Demote to GA, but I think it can meet the GA criterion. After some work, then it might be renominated for VGA. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 11:12, 8 February 2021 (UTC)
  • No significant changes for more that six weeks. Time to demote? --Gotanda (talk) 22:47, 28 March 2021 (UTC)
  • Demote to GA So I can take time to work on it, when I have the time without a deadline --Tsugaru Let's Talk! :) 🍁 00:16, 1 April 2021 (UTC)
    Demoted to Good article - As pointed out above, no significant change in over a month. Please re-submit when you think it is ready for VGA...--Eptalon (talk) 10:39, 11 April 2021 (UTC)

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MuhammadEdit

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Result: Demoted to regular article--Eptalon (talk) 10:03, 8 February 2021 (UTC)
Muhammad (change · talk · history · links · watch · logs · delete)

Unfortunately, there are far too many unsourced statements in this article to be listed as a "good article". --IWI (talk) 09:11, 13 January 2021 (UTC)

@ImprovedWikiImprovment Hello, you didn't followed all steps in nomination, #2 is missed, I fixed it. No comments yet about the state of the article. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 11:14, 13 January 2021 (UTC)
@Camouflaged Mirage: Thanks for doing that for me. Apologies. --IWI (talk) 11:31, 13 January 2021 (UTC)
And actually #3 isn't meet, let me do it too.... Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 11:32, 13 January 2021 (UTC)
Demote. This article has too few sources. Only three sections in the whole article have citations. All other sections have no citations at all. Belwine💬📜 15:09, 13 January 2021 (UTC)
I left a few comments on the article talk page. Comparing to other good articles though I think this one needs quite a bit of work...--Eptalon (talk) 14:53, 26 January 2021 (UTC)
Demote. There are far too many red links and too few references. Many of the sections are very short and have only a couple of sentences. This is not what we should consider our best work. ~Junedude433talk 15:38, 30 January 2021 (UTC)

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ViolinEdit

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  • Result: Demoted to normal article. Chenzw  Talk  15:21, 12 November 2020 (UTC)
Violin (change · talk · history · links · watch · logs · delete)

This VGA has been lacking proper citations with the history sections needing more citations, the construction and playing sections are not even sourced, the music section is depended on only one source and out of the thirteen sources that the article has (which I think is a bit low seeing at the quality of article and how it lacks sources) two of them are deadlinks. Overall the article needs some major citation improvement, perhaps expansion on the history section and some more reliable sources for it to be VGA. Seeing on the state of the article I don't think it should even be a good article seeing the citation work needed and chunks of the article is not referenced. --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 10:27, 9 September 2020 (UTC)

  •   Support I agree with the demotion. While the basic outline is there, each section is lacking in sources and content. I don't this is a bad article, but VGAs are supposed to showcase our best work, and this is not our best work. ~Junedude433talk 16:06, 24 September 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support - sadly this one is not up to scratch for VGA nor GA at its current state. --IWI (talk) 01:52, 26 September 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support Sadly, but I agree, demote to normal article. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 16:19, 29 September 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support I did not look at anything in the article, but two notices that said 'needs sources'. --Thegooduser Let's Talk! :) 🍁 02:49, 10 October 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support Noticed these reasons right away after checking out the article while featured. Erik Humphrey (talk) 12:34, 8 November 2020 (UTC)

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LenzburgEdit

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  • Result: Demoted to regular article. Chenzw  Talk  16:11, 29 August 2020 (UTC)
Lenzburg (change · talk · history · links · watch · logs · delete)

This is the oldest GA on this project still standing, and it shows. There are multiple problems with this article. The most noticeable is its lack of references. The entire article has only eight references, and most of the sections have no references at all. There are plenty of statements made that are unreferenced, particularly in the History section.

Another issue is its leading sentences in each section are not particularly neutral and are rather subjective. "The area has a long history," but how long is long? "The main place to see in the town is the Lenzburg castle," but who's to say that it's the main place? What even counts as a "main" place at all? "Lenzburg is an important economic centre," but by what metric? According to whom? What scale? Is it important locally? Nationally? Globally? "Lenzburg is a good place for transportation," has the same problems as the previous example.

Many sections of the article include passive voice and (improperly punctuated) compound or complex sentences. For instance, in the Places of Interest section: "It was built in the 11th century and has been added onto several times," and "Some of the city wall has been kept and is now under protection." The History section is full of these.

In general, the article feels lacking. I understand that GAs don't need to be as comprehensive as VGAs, but this article is missing multiple sections that have become commonplace in city articles. It is missing a section for the demographics, education, and notable people. Other than the lead, I can't find the population of the city anywhere. What's the makeup of its inhabitants? Switzerland is a country that is lingually diverse, but what about this place? Are there any schools, universities, or libraries in this city? Or is everyone simply self-taught somehow? Was there anyone noteworthy that came from this place? Surely, there must be someone from here. Even if we ignore the lack of sections, the sections that are there aren't impressive. The Economics section is too short, and it doesn't provide much detail. What industries is this place known for? If this is such an "important economic centre," I would expect it to elaborate as to why and how it's important.

Other issues include the redlinks in the article, words that should be linked (i.e. all of the municipalities listed in the Geography section), and the fact that this article is outdated in some respects. There has barely been any edits on this article in the past 8 years. While the standards of this project have improved, this article has not. ~Junedude433talk 02:22, 6 August 2020 (UTC)

  • Support demotion - There are simply too many issues here to be fixed. Some drastic work would be needed. This article is nowhere near to being a "good article". In fact, I can identify many articles that are not GAs that are much better than this one. Certainly not an example of our best work. IWI (chat) 02:27, 6 August 2020 (UTC)
I’m pinging User:Peterdownunder here as he was the main contributor that got this promoted to GA nine years ago. IWI (chat) 02:34, 6 August 2020 (UTC)
That was a long time ago, I don't even remember working on it. If it no longer meets the standard then it should be demoted. Peterdownunder (talk) 12:30, 8 August 2020 (UTC)
  • Support demotion - Too many issues in this article especially in regards to sourcing. Major overhaul needed to get this article into shape. --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 05:29, 6 August 2020 (UTC)
  • Comment.It is a city of about 10.000 people today, there's a castle; there was a Roman settlement (name unknown) for about two centuries. Between 15 and 20 tombs fromthe Neolithic have been found in the area nearby. Modern history: the probably two most prominent employers are ABB (Asea Brown Bowery) and Hero (which lives from canned food, and is a name, at least in Switzerland). It takes 20 mins to Zürich, by train. Note: that most references are likely in German. --Eptalon (talk) 08:05, 15 August 2020 (UTC)

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Joe BidenEdit

  • Result: Demoted to regular article. Chenzw  Talk  17:04, 30 July 2020 (UTC)
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)
  • Like what Gotanda said above, if the article is identified as requiring improvement (and even tagged accordingly), I see no reason the article can keep GA status per WP:GA?. Whether other allegedly worse off articles were demoted or not is not particularly relevant to this demotion discussion. Chenzw  Talk  05:15, 16 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Not commenting on this particular case, but any drive by editor can thrown on a tag. Whether or not that tag should be there is an important thing to consider. On a few of our GAs/VGAs in the past editors have thrown up tags that weren't necessarily valid. So to demote because a single user putting a tag on is something we have to be careful of. -Djsasso (talk) 19:37, 13 May 2020 (UTC)
  • @Djsasso: The template was added because the article needs to be updated. Regardless I've add expand section templates to his Senate section, VP section and 2020 run section because they need more info. How are you going to tell be a section with two paragraphs is enough to sum up a near 40 year career in the senate. His role in the Clarence Thomas hearing nearly basically has a mention. His VP section could also be expanded with the specifics that he did to fix the Great Recession and his role in the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010. The bottom line is that this article has limited amount of info. --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 00:48, 14 May 2020 (UTC)
  • On simple.wiki compared to en.wiki yes. Remember our articles are never going to be the novels that en.wiki articles are. I think people are forgetting that. Yes the topic should have a good coverage of the topic, but we don't necessarily go into every detail the way an article on en.wiki would. That being said, I am not against adding more information if there is more to add. -Djsasso (talk) 11:57, 14 May 2020 (UTC)
  • @Djsasso: I understand. I am not saying Joe Biden's article here should match the length as English Wikipedia. What I have been saying is that the article does need more information. Its common sense that a man's 40 year career cannot be summed up in two paragraphs. When I nominated Bernie Sanders, Ronald Reagan and Jeremy Corbyn, everyone said that their career sections should be expanded accordingly to Simple English. I highly doubt had this article been nominated a year ago it would have passed because there are just short sections. How come Sanders' senate section is larger then Biden's (Sanders has been in the senate for 13 years and Biden was in the senate for 40). The article is good yes, but I do not feel that it has enough information to maintain GA status. --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 13:40, 14 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Yes, people are always going to ask for expansion. Always, everytime. The question is whether or not expansion is always warranted. Sometimes overly detailed sections will actually detract from a subject rather than enhance it. Two different people who had different careers for example one might have more notable things happen in their term than the other. I don't know if that is the case between the two you are comparing or not as I haven't taken the time to really dig into it. I do know that prior to being VP even though he was in the senate he wasn't really all that well known a senator compared to Bernie. Bernie has been in the public eye a lot more than Biden was. You can't really compare two articles in that way. The key factors for being VGA and GA are all about the quality of the writing and the simpleness. Yes obviously comprehensive is one of the criteria but the other points are far more important. -Djsasso (talk) 18:05, 14 May 2020 (UTC)
  • I would also err on the side of needing to expand the article. I also wouldn't argue that Bernie was more high profile than Biden was in the Senate. The overwhelming majority of people had never heard of Bernie Sanders until he decided to run for president. The sections for Biden's career, given how expansive it is, is far too short. If this remains a GA, it will need a serious overhaul. ~Junedude433talk 00:25, 16 May 2020 (UTC)
  • @Junedude433: I wasn't saying that Bernie was more high profile, what I was saying is that how come is Sanders' senate career section longer than Biden's when Sanders was barely in the senate for 20 years in comparison's to Biden's high prolific senate career. I agree that Biden's article needs an overhaul --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 12:14, 18 May 2020 (UTC)
  • @TDKR Chicago 101: I was actually responding to Djasso's statement that Bernie was in the public eye for much longer than Biden. I disagreed with that assessment. ~Junedude433talk 16:46, 18 May 2020 (UTC)

More information is definitley needed if it is to stay as a good article. It is not exhaustive enough. Comparing to other articles or other Wikipedias is futile; the article is not up to date. IWI (chat) 22:19, 23 May 2020 (UTC)

The article does need a bit of an update, however there are parts that have been updated. Some sections need major expansion, try comparing this article to Donald Trump, Ronald Reagan, or Bernie Sanders and it would be easy to tell. It does have lots of sources. However, a lot of them are dead links, unreliable, not well formatted, and sections needing citations. There are also very few red links, or none. I think the article can keep it's GA status, as long as cleanup templates are solved and issues are fixed and it gets expanded. Matthewishere0 (talk) 03:39, 5 June 2020 (UTC)
I'd also like to point out that Djsasso suggesting it is a biased nomination was unnecessary, and is most certainly not assuming good faith. It is clear this article needs an update, so there is no reason to suggest bad faith. IWI (chat) 22:52, 14 June 2020 (UTC)
It was a fair comment, a demotion request slapping a big negative tag on a page right in the middle of the primary which was still being hotly contested at the time by someone who very clearly puts on their page they support the other guy. It is very much a fair assumption considering how the tag makes the subject look bad right in the middle of running for the nomination. It also wasn't clear that the article needed to be demoted. Still not sure it does. It can definitely be expanded, the question is whether it has to be to avoid demotion. -Djsasso (talk) 11:32, 15 June 2020 (UTC)
The tag does not make the subject look bad, only the article. I can see why you might have thought that it was a partisan nomination, but regardless it is clear the article needs an update. The article having a tag on it is nothing to do with Joe Biden himself. Nobody is going to be influenced by a tag on Wikipedia. If the article isn't updated, it needs demoting. Let's just keep to the content not contributor thing from now on. IWI (chat) 11:37, 15 June 2020 (UTC)
Yes, the article is on the subject thus makes the subject look bad. And I was commenting on the nomination not the nominator. -Djsasso (talk) 12:29, 15 June 2020 (UTC)
Yes, but an assumption based on the contributor who made the nomination. Anyway, let's put this behind us now. IWI (chat) 12:34, 15 June 2020 (UTC)
  • Here are my reasons for this proposal. The article needs expansion to detail his large 30 year senate career, his VP career and details on his 2020 run. A section that explains what Biden did between his post-university years and before running for the senate. An perhaps a bit of an update, example article does not mention in his awards section on how on his finals days as VP, President Obama presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom with distinction. A section what Biden did in his post presidency (2017 through 2019). Bottom line the article is not fleshed out with enough information to remain a GA. --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 00:02, 19 June 2020 (UTC)

I have to say, the article just doesn't look very fleshed out. Not worthy of GA without a major reworking. I would support demotion.--Yottie =talk= 16:19, 22 July 2020 (UTC)


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Victoria lineEdit

Victoria line (change · talk · history · links · watch · logs · delete)

Should be demoted from VGA to GA. The process has changed since 2009 and more could be written about it. Certainly a Good Article, but very good? I'm not so sure. IWI (chat) 15:59, 13 June 2020 (UTC)

  • Support Article is good for GA, but for VGA? Not so much. The article has sections that lack citations and (I'm no expert) the future section should be checked if it has updated information. --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 16:08, 13 June 2020 (UTC)
@TDKR Chicago 101: I mean there are cn tags in the article, these would need clearing before it could be considered a GA. I also updated some outdated numbers. Other than that it is fine, but not a VGA.
@ImprovedWikiImprovment: Bottom line is that the article is not VGA material. --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 22:48, 14 June 2020 (UTC)
Yep, put succinctly. IWI (chat) 23:15, 14 June 2020 (UTC)

@TDKR Chicago 101: Well I've cleared all the {{cn}} tags and simplified some fairly difficult text. Now it is good enough for GA. Before it was not. IWI (chat) 16:00, 15 June 2020 (UTC)

I tend to agree, good enough for GA, but it needs adding to to return to VGA status. Given how long it's been since the conversation has started, I suggest demotion now. --Yottie =talk= 13:50, 21 July 2020 (UTC)

  • Result: Demoted to GA. Chenzw  Talk  16:57, 30 July 2020 (UTC)

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Crich Tramway VillageEdit

  • Result: Demoted to GA. Chenzw  Talk  04:48, 15 June 2020 (UTC)
Crich Tramway Village (change · talk · history · links · watch · logs · delete)

The article is essentially made-up of History of the museum, Methods of tramcar operation, tramcar fleet and a timeline. Article has been tagged with some lack of source citations with 4 out of the ten total sources cited being dead links. I can't even see this article being suited for GA status. --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 12:34, 4 May 2020 (UTC)

Agreed. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 12:37, 13 May 2020 (UTC)
To be honest, this is about the level at simple wikipedia that we considered an article a VGA. I would just fix the dead links. Most of the rest of the article hasn't really changed since it was promoted. -Djsasso (talk) 19:10, 13 May 2020 (UTC)
All dead links have been fixed and pretty much anything that needs a source has a source. Not sure I see the problem here. The needs citation templates that were added by an IP weren't things that we would require a cite for so they were removed. -Djsasso (talk) 19:26, 13 May 2020 (UTC)
@Djsasso: What I was getting at is that this featured article is essentially three sections and a long list. Perhaps it should be demoted to Good Article. Personally I feel the article is not good enough for FA. --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 00:43, 14 May 2020 (UTC)
Remember, short articles can be featured as well as long as they cover the topic in full. So the question is, is there a major portion of this article missing? -Djsasso (talk) 11:55, 14 May 2020 (UTC)
@Djsasso: I am aware of that but with our current standards it does not meet that criteria. Present nominations go through a heavy process to make sure it has sufficient citations and sources. Look at Bloc Party, it was a lengthy article with good enough info and it went from VGA to GA (which is what I think should happen here). Well for starters the article is not updated. It is a museum and the article should be reflected as such maybe moving the article title to National Tramway Museum. It should touch on specific exhibitions as seen on English Wiki. --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 13:44, 14 May 2020 (UTC)
I think it does meet our current criteria. If anything our process was much more detailed in the past than it is now. Now people just seem to demote if they don't like it without any thought to actually making changes to the article to maintain its quality. Bloc Party is different, it was missing a number of albums and a big chunk of time from the bands career. So the two are not really equivalent. -Djsasso (talk) 17:45, 14 May 2020 (UTC)
I agree in that it needs more information. Much like on the standard English Wikipedia, it basically glosses over all of the different kinds of tramcars. If the museum is dedicated to this, I would expect to learn more about its exhibits than simply "it has a bunch of tramcars from all over the country," and leaving it at that. I don't feel that this article is particularly comprehensive. I guess I look at this not as a matter of "can this stay promoted?," but rather "should this stay promoted?" My belief is no; it should be a GA. ~Junedude433talk 00:34, 16 May 2020 (UTC)
Thank you. --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 12:10, 18 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Well, I don't fell super-strongly about this, but I can see why others have thought it should be demoted. It makes a number of slack suggestions as to the history of trams which are not sourced. As a child I remember trams in London, and I think some of the general points made are superficial. I can see that the construction of the road in the museum does not bring this out. Anyway, for me I think missing sources and vague comments in the general sections should mean demotion to GA. Macdonald-ross (talk) 08:06, 1 June 2020 (UTC)

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Per TDKR Chicago 101 Support Demote to GA status, huge chunk of article just the history/timeline --Thegooduser Let's Talk! :) 🍁 16:23, 9 June 2020 (UTC)


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