Wikipedia:Featured topic candidates/Nomination procedure

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Nominating a new topic[edit]

  1. Check the good and featured topic criteria and make sure the topic meets all of them before nominating.
  2. If you are nominating a featured topic, add the template {{FTCmain|ExampleTopicName|X}} to the talk page of the main article in the series you are nominating, where X is the desired archive number. If you are nominating a good topic, add the template {{GTCmain|ExampleTopicName|X}} instead. From there, click "leave comments".
  3. If you are familiar with templates, make a topic box using {{Featured topic box}}; otherwise list the articles in the topic and another user will make the box for you. Put either the box or the list on the new page under the header:
    ===EXAMPLE TOPIC NAME===
  4. Write your reason for nominating the topic below the heading, stating plainly whether the topic is a good or featured topic nomination (for archival purposes). Indicate which articles are Good Articles or Featured Articles/Lists, and save the sub-page.
  5. Create a book for your topic at the appropriate location. Usually this can be found by following the link on your topic's nomination page, but sometimes a book covering a wider scope than the topic will be appropriate; this can be discussed during the nomination. Consider using Book:Jupiter for inspiration.
  6. Place {{Wikipedia:Featured topic candidates/ExampleTopicName/archiveX}} (where X is the desired archive number) at the top of the list of nominees by first copying the above, clicking "edit" on the top of the candidates page, and then pasting, making sure to add the name of the nominated topic. While adding a candidate, mention the name of the topic in the edit summary.
  7. Finally, add the template {{FTC|ExampleTopicName|X}} or {{GTC|ExampleTopicName|X}} (as appropriate) to the talk page of each remaining member article to let the editors of those articles know about the nomination.

Topics will move automatically from good to featured and vice versa if enough of their individual articles are promoted or demoted. No additional nominations are required for topics moving between the two.

Adding new articles to an existing topic[edit]

  1. Check the good and featured topic criteria and make sure the new articles meet all of them before nominating.
  2. Create a new subpage at Wikipedia:Featured topic candidates/ExampleTopicName/addition1.
    • (If subpage already exists) Change /addition1 to /addition2 or whatever the next free number is.
  3. Add the following text to the new page making sure to change all of the example text. Include as many articles as you wish. In the last line (with the {{topicnom}} template), include both the existing topics and the new topics:
    ===EXAMPLE TOPIC NAME (xth supplementary nomination)===
    {{Add to topic|EXAMPLE TOPIC NAME}}
    #[[EXAMPLE NEW ARTICLE 1]]
    #[[EXAMPLE NEW ARTICLE 2]]
  4. Then include the {{Featured topic box}} for this topic, as found at Wikipedia:Featured topics/ExampleTopicName, but with the new articles added.
  5. Write your reason for nominating the new articles below the heading, and save the sub-page. Indicate which articles are Good Articles or Featured Articles/Lists.
  6. Place {{Wikipedia:Featured topic candidates/EXAMPLE TOPIC NAME/addition1}} at the top of the list of nominees on WP:FTC or WP:GTC (as appropriate) by first copying the above, clicking "edit" on the top of that page, and then pasting, making sure to add the name of the nominated topic. Make sure to change /addition1 to whatever number you used. While adding a candidate, mention the name of the topic in the edit summary.
  7. Add the template {{FTCaddmain|ExampleTopicName|1}} or {{GTCaddmain|ExampleTopicName|1}} (as appropriate) to the talk page of the main article in the series, and {{FTCadd|ExampleTopicName|1}} or {{GTCadd|ExampleTopicName|1}} (again, as appropriate) to the talk page of each new member article. Replace the number 1 with the actual addition number. This lets the editors of those articles know about the nomination.
  8. Finally, go to the original archived discussion of the topic's successful nomination at Wikipedia:Featured topic candidates/ExampleTopicName and add the following to the bottom of the page after the discussion (changing the number of the addition as needed):
    ====Supplementary nominations====
    #[[Wikipedia:Featured topic candidates/EXAMPLE TOPIC NAME/addition1]]

    • This last step is necessary because templates on articles' talk pages link to the original archived discussion of the topic's successful nomination, so it needs to have links to supplementary nominations to allow future editors to examine the evolution of the topic as a whole.
  • Expanding the topic may require a name change of the topic itself. In this case, use the new name for the nomination, keep the old discussion on its original page, and add a redirect from the [[Wikipedia:Featured topic candidates/NEW TOPIC NAME]] page to the original. If the name change passes, change the template on the talk pages of every member article, new and old, to reflect the new name.

Too complicated?[edit]

If you are unable to follow the above procedure, add your topic and its articles on this page's talk page and mention that you would like to submit it, but that you don't know how. If someone else likes it, they will add it.

Promotion procedure[edit]

If the topic is promoted:[edit]

  1. Move the discussion to the featured topic log
  2. Update the tallys on Template:Featured topic log
  3. Create Category:Wikipedia featured topics ExampleTopicName, Category:Wikipedia featured topics ExampleTopicName good content and Category:Wikipedia featured topics ExampleTopicName featured content. Place the former in Category:Wikipedia featured topics categories and the latter pair in Category:Wikipedia featured topics ExampleTopicName.
  4. Make a topic box at Wikipedia:Featured topics/ExampleTopicName using {{Featured topic box}}.
  5. Create a book for the topic at Book:ExampleTopicName, containing all the articles in the topic.
  6. Place {{Featuredtopictalk}} on Wikipedia talk:Featured topics/ExampleTopicName and add the Topic Milestones as per here.
  7. If the topic is a featured topic (i.e. not a good topic):
    1. Add a notice to Template:Announcements/New featured content using [[Wikipedia:Featured topics/ExampleTopicName|ExampleTopicName]]
    2. Add a notice to Wikipedia:Goings-on using [[Wikipedia:Featured topics/ExampleTopicName|ExampleTopicName]]
    3. Add the topic to the random topic generator at Portal:Featured content/Topics and update the count.
  8. Update the {{ArticleHistory}} template on the talk pages of all articles in the topic. Remember to add both the action#= stats and the ftname= stats, and for the main article, ftmain=yes. Oldid is not required to be added in. Also remember to remove any FTC/GTC templates.
  9. Update the total topic count at Wikipedia:Featured topics/count or Wikipedia:Good topics/count, as appropriate.
  10. Add the topic to the featured topics main page or the good topics main page (as appropriate), using {{Wikipedia:Featured topics/ExampleTopicName}}.
  11. If necessary, update Wikipedia:Featured topic criteria/Retention with new retention periods.
Supplementary promotions[edit]

To promote a supplementary nomination, you need only do #1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 11, add the new articles to the topic box at Wikipedia:Featured topics/ExampleTopicName and update the Topic Milestones at Wikipedia talk:Featured topics/ExampleTopicName as per here.

If the topic nomination fails:[edit]

  1. Move the discussion to the failed log
  2. Update the tallys on Template:Featured topic log
  3. If the page exists, update the Topic Milestones at Wikipedia talk:Featured topics/ExampleTopicName as per here. (If the page doesn't exist, ignore this step.)
  4. If the topic was a featured topic candidate, remove the {{FTC|ExampleTopicName}} and {{FTCmain|ExampleTopicName}} templates in the talk pages of member articles. If the topic was a good topic candidate, remove the {{GTC|ExampleTopicName}} and {{GTCmain|ExampleTopicName}} templates in the talk pages of member articles.
  5. Update the {{ArticleHistory}} template on the talk pages of all articles in the topic.