Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Mars/archive1

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I can not believe that this article has not been nominated for Featured article status. It certainly meets the length requirements, it has subarticles, it has all the photos... I believe that it can be a featured article. -- AllyUnion (talk) 13:17, 3 Mar 2005 (UTC)

  • Object because 1) references are a requirement for featured status, and 2) the lead section is disproportionately short when compared with the rest of the article's content. slambo 13:34, Mar 3, 2005 (UTC)
  • Comment Some of the sections seem a little choppy. True, they have their own sub-articles associated with them, but a little more info would be helpful for sections like Mars fiction, etc. Rad Racer 13:50, 3 Mar 2005 (UTC)
  • Object. Please see the first step above on how to nominate an article. That would have led you to Slambo's first point. I also agree withe other points made above. - Taxman 16:52, Mar 3, 2005 (UTC)
  • support The external links are all references, they're just not under a "Reference" header. With astronomy, information changes so quickly, I don't blame the authors for not providing books.Dinopup 17:23, 3 Mar 2005 (UTC)
If they were used as references, they should be formatted as references so we don't run into these kinds of problems with nominations. It really doesn't take that much more time to add the date the page was retrieved or to list any author and copyright date on the page. If the source data really changes that quickly, then I would think listing the retrieval date to be even more important. slambo 18:43, Mar 3, 2005 (UTC)
  • Object. Agree with the other objecters above. The sections "Mars in various cultures" and "Mars in fiction" are ridiculously short. Jeronimo 14:36, 4 Mar 2005 (UTC
Yes, but Mars in fiction already has it's own great arcticle, just add some of it to the Mars page. Peb1991 20:12, 6 Mar 2005 (UTC)
  • Object. But could be easily swayed the other direction. The basic material is quite good. Needs a formal reference to the Science article detailing ALH84001. Also introduces geologic concepts before discussion of exploration - introducting the Opportunity lander at an akward place. Cultural significance of Mars could use elaboration (I guess this is the "Mars in fiction" section. The lead para needs to brushed up too... the very first sentence is a mess. Fawcett5 16:00, 4 Mar 2005 (UTC)
  • Object. It is quite close, but not yet up to the level of our other FA, Venus (planet), which I'd recommend as a base. Especially the sectioning needs improvement - what Venus does nicely in in 6 main sections, Mars clutters over 11. References need proper formating and lead should be expanded. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus Talk 19:33, 6 Mar 2005 (UTC)
  • Object. Extremely odd Mars is mentioned in realtion to Roman mythos.--ZayZayEM 03:31, 10 Mar 2005 (UTC)