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This page provides a forum for editors to suggest items for inclusion in Template:In the news (ITN), a protected Main Page template, as well as the forum for discussion of candidates. This is not the page to report errors in the ITN section on the Main Page—please go to the appropriate section at WP:ERRORS.

This candidates page is integrated with the daily pages of Portal:Current events. Under each daily section header below is the transcluded Portal:Current events items for that day (with a light green header). Each day's portal page is followed by a subsection for suggestions and discussion.

Klaus Iohannis

Ongoing: Ebola outbreak Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Recent deaths: Alexander Grothendieck Ken Takakura

How to nominate an item[edit]

In order to suggest a candidate:

  • Update an article to be linked to from the blurb to include the recent developments, or find an article that has already been updated.
  • Find the correct section below for the date of the event (not the date nominated) in UTC.
    • Do not add sections for new dates. These are automatically generated (at midnight UTC) by a bot; creating them manually breaks this process. Remember, we use UTC dates.
  • Nominate the blurb for ITN inclusion under the "Suggestions" subheading for the date, emboldening the link in the blurb to the updated article. Use a level 4 header (====) when doing so.
    • Preferably use the template {{ITN candidate}} to nominate the article related to the event in the news. Make sure that you include a reference from a verifiable, reliable source. The suggested blurb should be written in simple present tense.
    • Adding an explanation why the event should be posted greatly increases the odds of posting. For recent deaths, please state why the person is notable enough to post - merely having a Wikipedia article is insufficient.
  • Please consider adding the blurb to Portal:Current events (the green box at the top of the date section) at the same time.

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There are criteria which guide the decision on whether or not to put a particular item on In the news, based largely on the extensiveness of the updated content and the perceived significance of the recent developments. These are listed at WP:ITN.

Submissions that do not follow the guidelines at Wikipedia:In the news will not be placed onto the live template.


  • Items that have been posted or pulled from the main page are generally marked with [Posted] or [Pulled] in the item's subject so it is clear they are no longer active.
  • Items can also be marked as [Ready] when the article is both updated and there seems to be a consensus to post. The posting admin, however, should always judge the update and the consensus to post themselves. If you find an entry that you don't feel is ready to post is marked [Ready] you should remove the header.

Voicing an opinion on an item[edit]

  • Format your comment to contain "support" or "oppose", and include a brief (or detailed!) rationale for your choice. Comments and other objections are welcome, but this is the basic form.
  • Be aware that RD refers to "recent deaths", a subsection of the news box which lists only the names of the recent notable deceased. Blurb refers to the full sentences that occupy most of the news box. Most eligible deaths will be listed in the recent deaths section of the ITN template. However, some deaths may be given a full listing if there is sufficient consensus to do so.
  • Be aware that the blurb of a promoted ITN item may be modified to complement the existing items on the main page.

Please do not...[edit]

  • ... add simple "support" or "oppose" !votes. Similarly, curt replies such as "who?", "meh", or "duh!" are usually not helpful. Instead, explain the reasons why you think the item meets or does not meet the ITN inclusion criteria so a consensus can be reached.
  • ... complain about an event only relating to a single country, or failing to relate to one. This applies to a high percentage of the content we post and is unproductive.
  • ... accuse other editors of supporting, opposing or nominating due a to personal bias (such as ethnocentrism). Conflicts of interest are not handled at ITN.
  • ... comment on a story without first reading the relevant article(s).
  • ... oppose an item because it is not on WP:ITN/R.


November 21[edit]

November 20[edit]

RD: Mike Nichols[edit]

Article: Mike Nichols
Recent deaths nomination
News source(s): BBC
Nominator: The Rambling Man (give credit)

Nominator's comments: Oscar winning director. The Rambling Man (talk) 12:13, 20 November 2014 (UTC)

  • Oppose unless and until the article is updated with information about his death. We currently only have a death date in the parenthetical after his name at the start, and zero words of prose about the death itself (as of when I am writing this). Otherwise, the article, while it could use a few more refs here and there, is of acceptable quality for the main page, and Nichols is certainly a significant figure. If there is appropriate prose added at any time, disregard this oppose and consider it a support. --Jayron32 12:31, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
    • There is (and was) a sentence in #Personal life. —Cryptic 13:01, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
    • Yep, once again you clearly didn't look. It wasn't perfect, but it was there. Perhaps you should take a break from ITN Jayron? The Rambling Man (talk) 18:39, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Support when updated "Nichols was one of a small group of people who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award. His other honors included the Lincoln Center Gala Tribute in 1999, the National Medal of Arts in 2001,[1] the Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 and the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2010." That's RD#2 to me. – Muboshgu (talk) 16:01, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Support pending Article Improvement - Needs many more inline cites, and some of the mid-sections could use some de-proseline improvement. Definitely qualifies as RD for importance. --MASEM (t) 16:04, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
    • Adding that I believe the referencing and improvements in the decades section is now sufficient for posting. It could use more in time, but no reason to hold up ITN RD posting. --MASEM (t) 01:01, 21 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Support highly influential and top of his field in standup, comedy writing, and as a movie director. A shoe in. μηδείς (talk) 18:25, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Support "God bless you, please Mr. Nichols." Martinevans123 (talk) 18:34, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Support posting to RD immediately. Deceased was highly notable and article is in acceptable condition for RD. As a sidenote, the personal comments on this page have to cease. Newyorkbrad (talk) 18:42, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
    I assume you're talking about me? Well in that case do something about it, stop using your "position" as a weapon. Pathetic. (And what a surprise, NYB turns up to post yet another dead American...) The Rambling Man (talk) 18:52, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
    My observation that you should stop sullying this page with gratuitous personal comments is independent of any other position that I might happen to hold on the project for another few weeks. Other than again asking you to restrain yourself, I'm not sure what else you suggest that I do? With RfC/U being abolished, my theoretical next steps would be to open either an ANI thread or a request for arbitration, and you would certainly assert that my doing either of those things is a "misuse of [my] position" as well. As for your criticism of the merits of the posting—I am supporting your nomination. Newyorkbrad (talk) 19:00, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
    My observation is that you need to stop popping by to ensure your pet subjects get the main page treatment you want. You can do any of the things you threaten me with, and it's so telling that you want to resort to this to silence someone who has the balls to stand up to your ownership of Wikipedia. Get over yourself. It may be my nomination but your lack of integrity with your "posting ... immediately" undermines the process, undermines quality control, undermines the consensus. Take a look at yourself before you start telling me what your theoretical moves are next. You're the pest here, not me. The Rambling Man (talk) 19:05, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
    If he isn't the one going to post it, I don't see a problem. He can say what he likes. Doesn't mean you have to listen. Admins don't get a special vote here...--Somchai Sun (talk) 19:10, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
    Oh yeah! The Rambling Man (talk) 19:11, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
    The article needs some more inline cites. The proseline stuff, I can accept for posting, but there's paragraphs that lack any citation and that's an issue.--MASEM (t) 18:54, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
    No, Brad has said post it immediately. Do not disobey. The Rambling Man (talk) 18:58, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
    You do realize that Brad's vote counts as much as anyone elses. His does not get more weight. And he's never claimed that it did either. He's quite allowed to express an opinion about the article, and you are also allowed to express an opinion about the article. His does not have to match yours to be valid. --Jayron32 19:13, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
    You do realise that Brad pops up here with his Arbcom flag and his insistence and his headmaster attitude whenever he wants his own pet items posted? Of course, he's entitled to register an opinion, but he would be well advised to stop caveating it with a bollocking. The Rambling Man (talk) 19:25, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
    So, you're saying that because he's on arbcom, he doesn't get to express his opinion? Because that's all he's done here. He's expressed what he believes should be done, nothing more than you've done. --Jayron32 20:22, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
    No, that's not what I'm saying at all. Perhaps once you've read what I've actually said, you can formulate a more coherent comment. The Rambling Man (talk) 20:23, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Support There's only one quote that I see in there that isn't cited: "a leap into extremes of behavior and last resorts. It's about people so innocent that they don't know when you kill someone she dies. It's like kids playing bang-bang". And it can just be removed. It's not crucial at all. EChastain (talk) 22:23, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Conditional Support Once the orange tag issue is cleaned up. Definitely meets the bar for notability. Seeing reverberations from most of the English-speaking world. Challenger l (talk) 22:48, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
    • Either we can live with posting it with one tag, or we can just delete the tag (more citations are always nice, but there is no requirement of a cite for every sentence in an uncontroversial section). Delaying this posting is unjustified. Newyorkbrad (talk) 22:55, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
      • It would seem that there is, considering I had to reference almost every sentence of the Alexander Grothendieck article. (A few paragraphs and sentences have been added since then.) Cenarium (talk) 23:27, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
        • Incentivizing people to improve articles is nice (although it's never helpful to have an article read like footnote salad), but it's counterproductive if it consistently delays posting recent deaths until they are no longer recent any more. I strongly urge an uninvolved admin to post this immediately. Newyorkbrad (talk) 23:34, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Not ready. As an uninvolved admin I've taken a look at this as requested, and the article still contains an orange tag. The tag is still relevant - particularly most of the 1970s and 1980s sub-sections remain unreferenced and there are gaps in referencing through the rest. I would not personally have put the tag on the article in its current state (I'd have used inline tags in a few places) but as the improvements the tag notes as needed are still needed, removing it would be inappropriate. My current status as an arbcom candidate is entirely irrelevant this decision. Thryduulf (talk) 23:58, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
    • I respect your opinion but continue to disagree and would invite further views. Newyorkbrad (talk) 00:09, 21 November 2014 (UTC)
      • As noted above, there have been further references added, so this needs to be looked at again. If this hasn't been posted in the morning I am considering IAR here. RD is one of the few places on Wikipedia where timing matters. Newyorkbrad (talk) 03:06, 21 November 2014 (UTC)

November 19[edit]


Updated article: Rampal
Blurb: Indian religious leader Rampal is arrested after thousands of police clash with his supporters. Six dead bodies were found in his compound.
Alternative blurb: Indian religious leader Rampal and at least 492 followers are arrested as a police raid on his ashram leaves 6 people dead.
News source(s): The Guardian, New York Times
Nominator: Gadfium (give credit)

Article updated

 -gadfium 05:57, 20 November 2014 (UTC)

  • Support References need some tidying up, but the article is well cited. A police action resulting in 492 arrests and 6 deaths is certainly notable, especially if, as The Times of India suggests, 15,000 people were involved. I've suggested an alt-blurb - if it's too long, the number of other arrests can be removed. Smurrayinchester 13:24, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
    • Just as a note: the way I read the articles, the six deaths were not caused by the police action, but appeared to have been deaths prior to the arrest and the bodies were discovered in the police action; the altblurb would be inappropriate to use due to this. But that might be an issue of news clarity. --MASEM (t) 18:53, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose We generally do not post arrests, only convictions. --MASEM (t) 16:06, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
This non-posting of arrests is not policy, nor does NPOV require we not mention arrests in articles, and with an undisputed six deaths and almost 500 arrests with thousands involved the story stands on its own. μηδείς (talk) 18:42, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
It is by no means a policy, I agree, but it is also standard practice that if we are talking about a person(s) charged for a crime, the ITN post is nearly always at sentencing/conviction. Part of this is a very weak BLP argument (but by no means required by BLP policy): they are only a suspect in the crime, they have not yet been convicted so rushing to post the arrest could be seen as prejudging them in WP's voice, which we should avoid. --MASEM (t) 18:50, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose there's no clear indication what any of this is about. The Rambling Man (talk) 18:27, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Comment it's worth noting, for the fiftieth time or so, that we have no "policy" governing ITN, there are very few policies on Wikipedia. The Rambling Man (talk) 18:44, 20 November 2014 (UTC)

November 18[edit]

[Posted] RD: Ken Takakura[edit]

Updated article: Ken Takakura
Recent deaths nomination
News source(s): BBC News, Mainichi Shimbun, Variety, USA Today
Nominator: Tocino (give credit)

Article updated

Nominator's comments: A titan in Japanese cinema, who was known for his "tough guy" roles usually involving cops or yakuza. Nicknamed the "Japanese Clint Eastwood". --Tocino 10:01, 18 November 2014 (UTC)

  • Support. Seems to be important to Japanese cinema. 331dot (talk) 11:44, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Support pending article improvements. Not sure on the "tone" maintenance tag, but it is begging for inline citations, which I believe these obits will help with. RD is appropriate for importance. ("Clint Eastwood of Japanese cinema" from the BBC is pretty telling). --MASEM (t) 16:42, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Comment: Not sure if anyone else here knows Japanese, but the Japanese article seems to be quite filled out (, and may offer ideas as to content that could be added. SpencerT♦C 16:44, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose for a "titan", the article is woeful, under-referenced and a borderline stub. Will definitely reconsider if the stub is fleshed out and referenced. The Rambling Man (talk) 17:12, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
    • For a "Japanese titan", it's understandable that its English article is this bad. At ~2k characters, this is good enough for a DYK, if it was expanded to this state yesterday, so calling it a "stub" is quite stretching it. –HTD 17:32, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
      • And excluding the list of "partial filmography"? Not good enough. Badly referenced stub is quite correct. The Rambling Man (talk) 17:54, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
        • FWIW, I only included the "Life and career" section and excluded the lead and lists, and included things such as "[1]". Would you believe that it's longer than Maya Yoshida's "Career" section, which isn't apparently a stub? Badly-referenced, yes; stub, I don't think so. –HTD 18:11, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
          • Well, as per normal, you can continue to discuss these things until you get the last word, or you can work on improving them or you can do nothing. The Rambling Man (talk) 18:14, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
            • Gah. I lost on the over/under on when you'd bring up "improving them or you can do nothing" line. –HTD 18:20, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
              • I'll take that as you attempt at the last word followed by a "do nothing" approach, like normal then. Bravo! The Rambling Man (talk) 18:26, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
                • Seriously, now. This guy's an admin? Really? Hey at least I'm 1/1 (100%!) 1/2 (50%) this year in ITN/C nominations and updated both myself lol. But that's ITNR so I dunno if that counts. –HTD 18:45, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
                  • Seriously, now. This guy's an "editor"? Really? The Rambling Man (talk) 18:47, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
                    • Hey, if ITN posts is the sole metric of being an editor, then I'm not one. Too bad I'm not into cricket/spacecraft/elections in Europe/Lionel Messi/dead white dudes. –HTD 18:52, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose for now. The article needs a fuller lead, a better update, many citations (I labelled them individually, and removed the page tag, but it should still be considered as if page tagged) and I wonder, would anyone ever call Clint Eastwood, also a director and producer, the Ken Takakura of America? μηδείς (talk) 18:32, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
The article still has a totally unreferenced awards section, and two redlink appearances without citations crediting him. I had placed tags yesterday, but someone simply removed them. In any case, the article is not ready as is. μηδείς (talk) 18:27, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Support the refs have been quite significantly improved. I'd still like a bigger lead, but it's suitable. μηδείς (talk) 22:55, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Posted - article is rather short, but adequate. Thanks to all who worked on improving it. --ThaddeusB (talk) 16:38, 20 November 2014 (UTC)

2014 Jerusalem synagogue attack[edit]

Article: 2014 Jerusalem synagogue attack
Blurb: Four rabbis, three American and one British, are murdered by two Palestinian men with meat cleavers, in the deadliest attack in Jerusalem since 2008.
Alternative blurb: Four rabbis, three American and one British, are killed by two Palestinian men, who were shot dead by police, in Jerusalem.
News source(s): The Guardian CNN NBC News Le Monde
Nominator: CrunchySkies (give credit)

Nominator's comments: Dominating news cycles today worldwide. This particularly gruesome attack is the deadliest to happen in Jerusalem for a while, and getting a lot of international response. --→CrunchySkies« talk ± gawk » 18:20, 18 November 2014 (UTC)

  • I'm not yet sure if I support this, but I've suggested an altblurb to remove the reference to the weapons(irrelevant to the blurb) and the date of the previous attack(not really that long a time, especially in the middle east). Also added that the suspects were shot dead. 331dot (talk) 18:26, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Support — Horrific, and likely to spawn more violent actions from both sides, one expects. Most major news sites lead with this story on Nov. 18. Sca (talk) 18:33, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Weak oppose - not surprising that this kind of activity is taking place in the Middle East, we haven't posted the multiple beheadings of Westerners (and Syrians) and this, while depressing, is just more of the same. Plus, the article, once the hysterical "reaction" section is removed, is nothing but a couple of sentences of fact. It's also telling that I can guarantee we'll post this, but when 15 Indian women are killed in a day by a negligent doctor with dozens more critically ill, we just let it slide. The Rambling Man (talk) 18:36, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Weak oppose. I have to come down on the oppose side for now; I think if this didn't involve foreigners(to Israel) it wouldn't be getting as much attention. Maybe if this has staying power as a story, or develops into a larger one(military response, etc.) it might be worth posting then. 331dot (talk) 18:42, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Weak oppose. I have to agree with TRM that there's a lot of rhetoric in the reporting here, and when you get to the basic situation, two men killed 4 others and wounded several in an area of the world already strife with violence. If this leads to something larger, that might be newsworthy but this seems more sensationalism. --MASEM (t) 18:48, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Unfortunately the level of inter-religious violence in the Middle East has risen so dramatically that the attempted genocide of the Yazidis was not posted to ITN. This event is about 1/100 or 1/1000 times less important. Abductive (reasoning) 19:36, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
  • "Massacre" is a loaded term and generally not NPOV. I have restored the article to its original title: "2014 Jerusalem synagogue attack". Neutral on posting the attack at this time, but certainly opposed to any use of the term massacre to describe it. --ThaddeusB (talk) 19:38, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
    The article has inappropriately been moved back. I have tagged it is being in a neutrality dispute and oppose its posting at this time as a result. --ThaddeusB (talk) 21:58, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
    Incidentally, neutral input on the title would be greatly appreciated. --ThaddeusB (talk) 22:14, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Support. Horrifying attack making headlines in international newspapers. -- Ypnypn (talk) 20:02, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Support assuming article is improved. Perpetrators were cousins of noted militant recently released from jail, attack was within place of worship, has garnered reactions from many world leaders. μηδείς (talk) 20:08, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose we should resist posting sensationalistic news, especially when the purpose of the attack is to generate news coverage. Worse things happen frequently as others have noted and Middle Eastern violence is common, regretfully. Jehochman Talk 22:18, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose I agree with TRM and Masem. Neljack (talk) 22:51, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Support. It is clear from the Israeli and the international reaction that the synagogue attack is a game-changer for the situation in Jerusalem and Israel, and a significant escalation of the conflict will follow. In fact, it may be appropriate to create a special sticky for the ongoing events there. Nsk92 (talk) 14:32, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Support - definite game changer. and it should be posted based on the fact that it is international news and is important both for the region and other countries.--BabbaQ (talk) 14:34, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Support. This is more likely to have an effect on international relations than all the bus and train crashes that are featured in ITN. Gamaliel (talk) 23:05, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Support - It's a gruesome terrorist attack in religious site on religious leaders. Victims from different nations, making it a news of international concern --Numancia (talk) 06:09, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Ready? Is the orange title dispute tag a hindrance to posting this story? If so, an admin could close the RfC, given the current lopsided majority of opinion. If not, this should be posted immediately, since it is still a subject of international comment and interest. μηδείς (talk) 18:22, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Comment the "support" comes from the idea that this is somehow more significant than all the other atrocities currently circulating around the Middle East. There's not a sniff of the beheading of Kassig, for example (nor the other Westerners or Syrians). This minor blip is nothing more than that. Some of the commentators have claimed this to be a "game changer". Where is the evidence of this? What has "changed"? Minor attacks on minority believers occur every single day. In Israel or Gaza, this happens a LOT. The Rambling Man (talk) 18:33, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Strong oppose -- With the ongoing RfC [1] due to its neutrality violating title [2] the article should not be posted anywhere in the mainspace. -- Somedifferentstuff (talk) 20:06, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
The RfC can be closed any time now, and if the community decides that massacre is the right name (I'd prefer murders) that's that. Do you have any other complaint besides the name? μηδείς (talk) 20:35, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
Do you know that "murder" is a legal term? -- And no, the RfC is far from being ready for closure. -- Somedifferentstuff (talk) 21:06, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose – No way we can post an article with so many glaring neutrality problems, least of all the present title. RGloucester 21:19, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Note I have removed the "[Attention needed]" from the header of this nomination. There is presently no consensus to post (or not post) this item, but at this point I do not feel that consensus is impossible so I am leaving the discussion open for now but I do recommend that people keep calm. Thryduulf (talk) 00:05, 21 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose Yet when Israel daily commits crimes against Palestinians, both the illegal settlers and the IDF , it doesn't even warrant an article, let alone a blurb. JDiala (talk) 00:45, 21 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Comment — In the large scheme of things, one must consider the relative significance of events in various locales. Jerusalem, due to the Arab-Israeli conflict, remains a focal point in world affairs. (Would that some resolution could be found! Sadly, it's been going on all my life....) Sca (talk) 00:58, 21 November 2014 (UTC)

November 17[edit]

Update Philae Blurb[edit]

Article: Philae (spacecraft)
Blurb: European Space Agency's Philae lander, loses all communication after landing in a shaded area unable to recharge its batteries
Nominator: Ashishg55 (give credit)

Nominator's comments: Posted this in talk but creating a new section here (instead of using discussion below... since its too far below). Philae blurb needs an update as current one doesn't do justice to all that has happened since the landing. i.e Landing issues and the fact its already dead. I suggest updating the blurb with something semi close to the suggested blurb but its hard to word it within a sentence. so please go ahead and edit the blurb as you please ---- Ashish-g55 18:33, 17 November 2014 (UTC)

  • Is the blurb necessarily "wrong"? It reached the surface, and recorded data for a few days. It wasn't probably as successful as they had hoped, but the major goal - to land a probe on a comet - was completed. --MASEM (t) 19:58, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
Its not wrong but since blurb is still up and probably will stay up for a bit, it just looks old. obviously a lot more has taken place, the mission ending in 2 days is significant in itself. -- Ashish-g55 20:35, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
Perhaps change to "completes its mission to reach P67..." instead of just "lands"? The reader can clickthrough to figure out how it was completed (perhaps earlier than expected), but the news was the "oh s*** we landed a probe on a fast moving comet!" moment, so changing it to "Completed" doesn't affect that aspect but does address your concern. --MASEM (t) 20:42, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
I'd support a change to "completes". Thryduulf (talk) 20:48, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
Or else move to RD. (sob) Martinevans123 (talk) 20:53, 17 November 2014 (UTC) ... or we may need a new ITN section.
The most technically correct formulation is that it entered hibernation mode, methinks. Still a solid chance that it could wake up again in some months or weeks time.
Stephan Ulamec believes it is probable that in the spring of 2015, the DLR LCC will once again communicate with Philae and receive data about how the lander is faring on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. DLR
--Njardarlogar (talk) 21:13, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
I think that's more a matter of hope than expectation, but it is certainly possible. --W. D. Graham 21:16, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
That's not the impression I get (I should have quoted this: "I'm very confident that Philae will resume contact with us and that we will be able to operate the instruments again," says DLR Lander Project Manager Stephan Ulamec.). Nobody really knows, that is for sure. But nobody seems particularly worried that Philae will freeze to death, so all that is required then, is that the insolation will improve adequately; which is not at all unlikely (not the least because the comet is currently moving closer to the sun). --Njardarlogar (talk) 22:09, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
I'd strongly oppose using "completes" because whether or not the mission was completed is at the moment something of a matter of opinion. It could well be argued that the mission was completed because it landed, operated its instruments and collected data, but it could also be argued that it was not completed but failed because part of the probe's mission was to operate on the surface for several weeks (or one at minimum). This isn't the place to discuss this, however the main page, above all pages, should adhere to WP:NPOV. --W. D. Graham 21:16, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
  • I'm going to oppose posting an update. I don't think the likely (not certain) end of the lander's mission is as significant as the landing itself. It is also worth noting that Rosetta is still operating so the mission as a whole is ongoing. --W. D. Graham 21:17, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
Yes the landing was significant.. 5 days ago. Updating blurb can only keep it relevant to current status of lander. Doesnt change the fact that it landed. I dont think it lowers significance in any way -- Ashish-g55 22:03, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
If this happened a week later, when the original blurb had been removed, it wouldn't stand a chance of being posted. --W. D. Graham 22:49, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Support the updated blurb as the relevant issue at this time, but not moved to the top of the queue, and without the !??! at the end. μηδείς (talk) 21:41, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose. I oppose changing the blurb. First, it is not certain the lander is dead. Second, the landing was/is the historic part of Philae's mission. Failures are pretty much expected. Abductive (reasoning) 03:52, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose and I'll note that the original mission plan called for 3 day to 6 months of measurements. That it ended at the early part of that range is unfortunate, but forseen. (talk) 08:31, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose The story is that humans have managed to land a battery powered washing machine on a comet, not that it did one load and conked out after the final spin. In any-case it appears to have been sold with a warranty and may come back to life in 9 months or so. --wintonian talk 16:38, 18 November 2014 (UTC)

November 16[edit]

[Posted] Romanian presidential election, 2014[edit]

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Updated article: Romanian presidential election, 2014

Blurb: Opposition candidate Klaus Iohannis is elected President of Romania.
Alternative blurb: German ethnic Klaus Iohannis is elected President of Romania.
Nominator: Eugen Simion 14 (give credit)

Article updated

Nominated event is listed on WP:ITN/R, meaning that the recurrence of the event is generally considered important enough to post on WP:ITN subject to the quality of the article and the update to it.

-EugεnS¡m¡on(14) ® 07:44, 16 November 2014 (UTC)

  • Comment: Please fix the bare URLs on the page - NG39 (Used to be NickGibson3900)Talk 07:50, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Support the other candidate congratulated Iohannis. I think it is really noteworthy that this president is from a minority. Nergaal (talk) 21:20, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Support once article is fully updated. Newyorkbrad (talk) 23:13, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Support. It is a recent notable event, though some issues like outdated info need to be fixed. Also, Iohannis is descended from a Romanian minority, so this is more noteworthy. Epicgenius (talk) 03:28, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Note I've updated the article and greatly improved the grammar. Nergaal (talk) 13:53, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Support the main blurb (but not the alt blurb). Nsk92 (talk) 14:26, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Posting I'm adding "Opposition candidate" because that's what makes this especially newsworthy. Jehochman Talk 14:54, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Bill Clinton is moonlighting, I see. GoldenRing (talk) 10:56, 20 November 2014 (UTC)

RD: Ian Craig[edit]

Updated article: Ian Craig
Recent deaths nomination
News source(s): Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, The Hindu, Cricket World
Nominator: NG39 (give credit)

Article updated

Nominator's comments: Youngest Test captain in history. Article is FA. --NG39 (Used to be NickGibson3900)Talk 07:24, 16 November 2014 (UTC)

  • Comment. Can you provide sources indicating that this is in the news? Could you also explain what about him being the youngest captain makes him important to cricket? 331dot (talk) 12:04, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Support Notable cricketer, also the article is a FA, we need to show more of that in the main page. Secret account 16:39, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Support Once the article has been updated beyond just adding the date he died. Lugnuts Dick Laurent is dead 17:30, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose Not a cricket person but reading the article, this seems to suggest that he didn't have much of a career (having to retire at 26), thus not really being a leader in his field. --MASEM (t) 18:36, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose As a cricket person, I have to agree with Masem. By no stretch of the imagination is Craig a very important figure in cricket. He was captain of Australia for one year, played in only 11 tests in his whole career, and had a test batting average of below 20 - absolutely terrible for a specialist batsman. As the article itself says, "Craig's career did not fulfil its early promise." I would also point out that he's not the youngest test captain ever - he is Australia's youngest, but he's only the sixth-youngest overall.[3] South Africa, India, Pakistan, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh have all had younger test captains. Neljack (talk) 21:39, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Support Putting a link to an FA-quality article on the main page is hard to object to. --Jayron32 00:30, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
  • .....except when the person the article is about does not meet the RD criteria. 331dot (talk) 02:58, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose; doesn't seem to meet the RD criteria. Like Masem I don't know much about cricket, but reading his page he didn't seem to have a particularly notable career, and I'm not clear on how is being the youngest captain makes him 'very important' to cricket. 331dot (talk) 02:58, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose FA or not, the subject wass clearly not highly notable in his field. The lead pretty much explains why that is...--Somchai Sun (talk) 11:30, 17 November 2014 (UTC)

November 15[edit]

[Closed] Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014[edit]

No consensus to post. SpencerT♦C 06:43, 18 November 2014 (UTC)

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Article: Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014
Blurb: Vincenzo Cantiello representing Italy with the song Tu primo grande amore wins the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014.
News source(s): [4], [5]
Nominator: BabbaQ (give credit)

 --BabbaQ (talk) 23:29, 15 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose- We always post the Eurovision Song Contest and never the Junior. It just doesn't get the same attention and isn't as meaningful. Bzweebl (talkcontribs) 23:32, 15 November 2014 (UTC)
Well, actually an Oppose should not be automatic. Especially considering the fact that it was an historic win for Italy. On its first attempt it won, Junior Eurovision is also not just a minor event anymore. It gets press in Europe these days and is a large event.--BabbaQ (talk) 00:02, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose- Agree with Bzweebl. It may be 'historic' for Italy, but countless things may win on their first attempt, it certainly is not to the same scale as the main Eurovision. -- [[ axg //  ]] 00:14, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
With your reasoning we should not post next years winner of ESC as countless acts have won it :) And I have never claimed that JESC is as big as ESC but it is not a small event anymore aither. --BabbaQ (talk) 00:18, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Support. People would've tripped over each other in nominating this if instead of Italy, this was the UK or Ireland. –HTD 01:11, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Though nominated before(I think), I don't recall this being posted before, regardless of the nationality of the winner. It doesn't really seem relevant- and I would oppose it regardless. 331dot (talk) 03:09, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
  • inquiry can someone equally familiar with American and British/European culture give an analogy for what the adult Eurovision song contest is comparable to in American culture? E.g., is this like the World Series, the New Year's eve ball dropping, or the Miss USA contest? Thanks. μηδείς (talk) 01:16, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
    • Seems like the comp would be American Idol. Which is crap. – Muboshgu (talk) 01:19, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
      • I disagree with this statement (as an American); there is really nothing comparable in the States or Canada to something that sees the individual states or provincences coming together to support a single group. Arguably there is Miss USA, but that is such a low impact event in that nature. American Idol, while in terms of function, is similar, it lacks the "national" connection that Eurovision has. (I do agree the youth version of EV is not ITN) --MASEM (t) 05:31, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
Miss America is more prestigious, but still there's no inter-state rivalry or really any consciousness of the contest by the general pubic until the night it is aired, and even then it's a curiosity, and no one I know would be upset their state didn't win. A few winners of the Miss America pageant have had notable careers, Bess Myerson, Lee Meriwether, Mary Ann Mobley, Phyllis George, Vanessa Williams, but these seem to have been otherwise talented people for whom the Miss America pageant was a feather in their bonnet, not a big break. μηδείς (talk) 20:01, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
That's sorta what I mean. There is the local to state to national level of competition there, but the awareness is only at the final show, and it's not like people get very charged up to see their personal "Miss State" win the Miss America pageant as there is for the people of a given European country to see their selected song/group get top honors at EV. And the fact that the EV contest doesn't have an elimination format means everyone is invested to the end, unlike sports here in the states that, if certain teams make it to the final championship, viewership will drop off badly. It's very difficult to compare EV to anything American. --MASEM (t) 20:12, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
    • In terms of viewership, the Super Bowl is probably the nearest comparison. Eurovision gets over 170 million viewers across Europe, whereas the Super Bowl gets about 110 million in the US. By comparison, Game 7 of the World Series got 24m viewers. In terms of cultural impact, people are aware and it gets a lot of viewers (9m in the UK) but people don't take it especially seriously. - (talk) 01:35, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
      ~170 million out of ~750 million people in Europe= 4%
      ~110 million out of ~318 million people in the US= 34%
      Also, I heard that the actual votes in American Idol dwarf those of the adult Eurovision contest. (Actual number of votes aren't used to determine the winner on the latter.) –HTD 12:48, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
I just wanted a general idea, so no need to get too detailish. BTW, 170/750 is 23%, not 4%. μηδείς (talk) 19:49, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
Ooops. I dunno where 4% came from. I was right on the other lol. So Eurovision is like the twice the appeal of the World Series, but not quite Super Bowl level. –HTD 20:16, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
Yes, regarding the World Series, my father won't watch it and many people don't if his home town team is not in it, but he watches all regular-season Phillies games religiously. The Superbowl, however is much more of an event in itself, with a huge audience, close to a national holiday. He's never missed one regardless of whether the Eagles were in it. μηδείς (talk) 21:23, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose I don't understand why any of these competitions exist, let alone why Eurovision gets posted. Beyond that, I see no reason to ever post a "junior" competition for anything. – Muboshgu (talk) 01:19, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose Not really a major event. Most countries don't even participate (16 participants in 2014 versus 37 in the adult version, and EBU has members in 56 countries). 3 of 16 made their debut and one of them winning doesn't seem special. It's not like team sports where you need time to build a high-level team. PrimeHunter (talk) 01:44, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose. It's a 'junior' contest. The adult one is much more covered and relevant to music in general. 331dot (talk) 03:09, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose if we were going to start posting "junior" competitions, I doubt we'd start with "Junior Eurovision". BencherliteTalk 21:42, 17 November 2014 (UTC)

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[Posted] G-20 summit[edit]

Article: 2014 G-20 Brisbane summit
Blurb: The 9th G-20 summit begins in Brisbane.
Alternative blurb: The 9th G-20 summit ends in Brisbane, after discussions including global economic growth, international taxation arrangements, infrastructure investment, corruption and climate change.
News source(s): BBC, SMH, Al Jazeera, CNN
Nominator: Fuebaey (give credit)

Nominated event is listed on WP:ITN/R, meaning that the recurrence of the event is generally considered important enough to post on WP:ITN subject to the quality of the article and the update to it.

 --Fuebaey (talk) 10:11, 15 November 2014 (UTC)

  • Comment While ITNR, it's not clear which side of the summit the ITN should be posted. I would think for article quality it should be on the back end (completion) so that the article can reflect any major agreements that came out of it. --MASEM (t) 16:24, 15 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Wait per Masem. The article can only improve if we have information about the events of the summit, so if we're going to post an article about it, let's at least have something worthwhile to write about. --Jayron32 02:17, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Wait until it concludes, we might have a more interesting headline, like Putin too sleepy to attend conference. μηδείς (talk) 02:07, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Support now the summit is over. I've suggested an altblurb, but it might be considered WP:OVERLINKed. I've also added a bit on the outcomes of the summit to the article, but it's just sourced directly to the leaders' communique, so if anyone feels like expanding it and improving the sources then it'd help the article. GoldenRing (talk) 13:24, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Support I corrected the link in the altblurb. Linking to tax avoidance instead of linking to Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) should also be considered. -- Neudabei (talk) 13:37, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Posted a shorter version of the altblurb. --ThaddeusB (talk) 15:27, 18 November 2014 (UTC)

November 14[edit]

[Posted to RD] Alexander Grothendieck[edit]

Updated article: Alexander Grothendieck
Blurb: Alexander Grothendieck, one of the greatest mathematicians of the 20th century, dies at the age of 86.
Nominator: Maitn (give credit)

Article updated

  • Support RD only. He was a significant figure in his field (mathematics) but he's been a recluse since retirement in the late 1980s. "Old man dies of natural causes" is not a blurb-worthy event, but exactly what RD was intended for. Thryduulf (talk) 18:10, 14 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose for now. The article is full of dense jargon: "Within algebraic geometry itself, his theory of schemes is used in technical work. His generalization of the classical Riemann-Roch theorem started the study of algebraic and topological K-theory. His construction of new cohomology theories has left consequences for algebraic number theory, algebraic topology, and representation theory. His creation of topos theory has appeared in set theory and logic" and largely unreferenced. Nor are we given a rationale or sources in the nomination template. I don't see any awards, although this may be a result of his asociality and life as a recluse, rather than lack of merit. So work would need to be done give WP:ATTRIBUTE attributed sources saying how influential he was. μηδείς (talk) 23:23, 15 November 2014 (UTC)
    • The infobox states he won the Fields Medal (the most prestigious award in mathematics) and declined the Crafoord Prize (roughly equivalent to a Nobel prize), so I think it is clear he meets the RD criteria. Thryduulf (talk) 19:27, 14 November 2014 (UTC)
      • Thanks, but is this not a section in the text? a sentence or two about the awards, explaining their significance and his reaction belongs in the influence section, does it not? μηδείς (talk) 19:28, 15 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Definite support for RD once the article has been tidied up and the maintenance tag addressed. You're pretty much not gonna getta more prominent mathmo than a Fields medallist. The Rambling Man (talk) 19:30, 14 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Support RD, Oppose blurb, pending article cleanup ("Mathematical work" and down need more in-lines, and there's a few broken refs). No question on RD posting but not seeing, given death by old age, a significantly important figure equivalent to Thatcher or Mandela. --MASEM (t) 19:46, 14 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Support RD, Oppose blurb pending article improvements. Clearly notable in his field, which meets the RD criteria, but this doesn't warrant a blurb. If a blurb is supported, it should not include the unquantifiable "greatest mathematician" statement. 331dot (talk) 21:12, 14 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose mainly on article quality grounds, would support for RD if it were fixed up. Most of the important text is entirely unreferenced; entire sections are either unreferenced, or very poorly so. Needs a major overhaul with someone putting a whole lot of work into referencing it before I could support highlighting this on the main page. --Jayron32 01:05, 15 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Support for RD, and possibly for a stand-alone blurb. A major figure in 20-th century mathematics, much bigger than a run-of-the-mill Fields medalist. Nsk92 (talk) 15:23, 15 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Jargon and Citation the article has large swathes of unsourced material, including entire sections. Worse for the reader, unless you've got a BA in mathematics you've probably never heard of many of the terms and none of them are defined in the text, so there are literally dozens of technical phrases you'd have to open the link for and read, rather than just being given a basic in-article definition that allows continuous reading by the layman. μηδείς (talk) 19:28, 15 November 2014 (UTC)
    • "rather than just being given a basic in-article definition that allows continuous reading by the layman" — you seem very certain that the mathematics can be summarized in a "basic" way that allows a layman to understand it. The mathematics that Grothendieck worked on was very deep and very hard, even for experts with PhDs in mathematics. If you have some concrete way of making this accessible to someone with no knowledge of mathematics, I would love to hear it. But just observing that it's too technical for laymen to grasp is not terribly constructive. This is, after all, a mathematician whose life work was among some of the most technical and hard-to-understand in history, not some footballer. Sławomir Biały (talk) 21:24, 15 November 2014 (UTC)
Your comments are getting personal, emotional, and on the article talk page, contrary, Sławomir. According to MOS:JARGON an article at a graduate level of expertise should be written down one level so a reader at undergraduate level can get the gist of it. Brief explanations and definitions as well as examples should be given in lieu of bare links where complex ideas are discussed, I've already show how that can be done on the article's talk page, and you've ignored it. There's also the issue of references. No one is attacking your idol personally, just suggesting the article has problems that someone with the proper understanding can address. μηδείς (talk) 23:20, 15 November 2014 (UTC)
The assertion that Grothendieck is my "idol" is not true, and I suggest that it is you that are here becoming personal. What I do take issue with is your apparently arrogant attitude that, by adding a few words here or there, the ideas of the Langlands program, Scheme (mathematics), or Weil cohomology can be made accessible to someone with zero mathematical knowledge. That's simply not true. For instance, the Langlands program itself is a sort of glue that holds together many very difficult branches of mathematics, such as representation theory, local field theory, and automorphic forms. And that's kind of the "point" of Grothendieck's whole perspective, to weave this sort of glue. There's just no sound-bite for that, no matter how hard you try. Even the concept of "cohomology", which is "elementary mathematics" from the Grothendieck point of view, would be nearly impossible to explain in a brief inline form. (And then, is it topology? is it algebra? is it geometry? Not easy questions to answer.) Sławomir Biały (talk) 01:36, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
At this point you are just outright lying, no one has said anything about making the article "accessible to someone with zero mathematical knowledge", I have mentioned a familiarity with calculus on the article's talk page and the MOS again says, write one level down. I suggest you stop addressing me (especially here), and do what you can, if you are interested, in making the article more accessible to those like hard science majors who might actually be interested in this article. μηδείς (talk) 02:28, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Frankly, your assumption that there can be nothing in mathematics that is deep enough to be difficult to explain to non-mathematicians comes across as anti-intellectualism. Is that an appropriate attitude for a Wikipedian? —David Eppstein (talk) 02:34, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Support for RD, major figure in the world of mathematics.--BabbaQ (talk) 00:05, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Support. A towering figure in 20th century mathematics. And despite the seeming mundanity of "old man does of old age" as a headline, this is actually an important development for mathematics and not just a human interest story, because it could lead to a resolution of the embargo he made on translating and re-releasing his publications, which are still valuable today. —David Eppstein (talk) 02:34, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
    Cool. When do you plan to clean up the article so it can be placed on the main page? --Jayron32 02:42, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
David, I do see User:Cenarium has been adding references, but I do not see you on the edit history. I have quoted from write one level down in bold on the article's talk page, and given an example of how I would do that with the concept pleiotropy, which is undergrad level biology at best, but can be explained to any secondary schooler who knows what a gene is. I'd be adding references myself, but it's our mathematics wizards who should be doing this, in order to get it right. μηδείς (talk) 04:27, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
Oh, do we need credentials to post here? Or is that only a requirement of supporters? I have not done much editing on the main Grothendieck article, but I wrote most of dessin d'enfant, one of Grothendieck's contributions (but far from the biggest of those). —David Eppstein (talk) 06:15, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
Grothendieck's work is notoriously abstract and hard to grasp, even among professional mathematicians. I doubt that there are any comparable examples in biology; can you think of any idea in biology which is so difficult to understand that it intimidates even professionals? But Grothendieck's major work does, and he didn't introduce just one intimidating idea, he introduced several (nuclear spaces, stacks, topoi, motives, and others). Not because he was intentionally obscure (he took pains to write carefully, building up his foundations slowly and methodically), but because the ideas are so different than anything you've ever encountered before.
At one point I wrote one of his ideas one level down. This became the article Grothendieck topology. It's appropriate for a mathematics graduate student. Quite frankly, I don't know how to express it more simply without betraying the technical content. I invite you to look at it, but you won't understand it. Without knowing what a category and a topological space are, it will be incomprehensible, and without some understanding of algebraic number theory it will be appear to be abstract for abstraction's sake rather than the profound advance that it was. These prerequisite subjects are beyond the scope of most undergraduate mathematics studies; they're usually studied in graduate school.
I don't mean to say that the article Alexander Grothendieck is perfect (it's not). But I do feel that your specific complaint about his mathematical work being made too difficult to understand is unjustified. It just is difficult to understand. Ozob (talk) 05:12, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
Repeated claims of I can't explain it don't help, I see no attempt at clarification of any terms on the page. Frankly, it's a plea of incompetence. Apparently a topological space is a set of points and an area in which they can move while still following certain rules. Those might not be the technical words, but are they wrong or misleading? μηδείς (talk) 05:34, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
This is wrong and misleading. There's no concept of area, or of movement. Cenarium (talk) 05:46, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Support for a RD tag, but no on blurb --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 05:17, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Posted to RD. The article has been improved. --Tone 05:38, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Belated support/concurrence for posting to RD. Newyorkbrad (talk) 23:14, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Good job to whoever did the referencing work. It's nice, for once, to see the article quality take precedence over other concerns. Thanks to whoever took care of it. --Jayron32 02:06, 17 November 2014 (UTC)

[Closed] Highest ever ODI cricket score[edit]

No consensus to post. SpencerT♦C 06:47, 18 November 2014 (UTC)

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Article: Sri Lankan cricket team in India in 2014–15#4th ODI
Blurb: Indian Rohit Sharma scores 264 runs which is the highest One Day International score.
Nominator: NG39 (give credit)

 --NG39 (Used to be NickGibson3900)Talk 04:43, 14 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose. How does this relate to the same statistic for Cricket World Cup, which is more than double at 673? Is runs the critical metric for Cricket? Why would any of the other records on this list page not be the critical metric? Is this event/league the defining one for Cricket, and not Twenty20 or Cricket World Cup or any of the others? I remember that a certain American football record did not get posted because it wasn't clear that the record being set was the critical metric of the sport. I think that same principle applies here. (talk) 05:42, 14 November 2014 (UTC)
  • The 673 figure is an aggregate for the entire tournament, while this one is for a single innings. And, yes 'run' is by far the most crucial metric in cricket. Event/league doesn't matter here because this is a world record set for one particular format of the game. Vensatry (ping) 08:20, 14 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Support Highest Individual ODI score is by far most prestigious and arguably hardest record to beat (apart from the total career runs that's not going down any time soon). 264 wow and wth -- Ashish-g55 05:47, 14 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose now I like this kind of "good news" story but sadly this record has been broken five times in the last five years, so it's not uncommon. Nor is it inconceivable that it could be broken tomorrow (or whenever the next ODI is played) so we'd have to post it again and again and again.... The Rambling Man (talk) 09:14, 14 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Support The record may have been broken 5 times in 5 years, but this time it has been broken by 45 runs, and it seems highly unlikely that anyone will better it, for quite some time. It is also the 2nd highest List A score in history - the highest, Ali Brown's 268, has stood for over 10 years - so we're nearly entering the 'it may not be possible to score any higher' range. (talk) 09:43, 14 November 2014 (UTC)
    "... it seems highly unlikely that anyone will better it ..." what evidence do you have to support this claim? Why couldn't Rohit beat it in his next innings? The Rambling Man (talk) 09:50, 14 November 2014 (UTC)
    To use an analogy, suppose a golfer broke the record for the lowest 4 round score by a significant margin - the score was 20% lower than the previous record - would it be logical to believe the same record could be beaten again anytime soon, seeing as the old record was bested by an unusually large margin. In other words, Rohit's record is an outlier (just as the golf record would be), as it is 20% larger than the previous record; his 264 is not a normal record progression - it would be akin to the 100m world record dropping from 9.7 seconds to (talk) 12:23, 14 November 2014 (UTC)
    The golf record is a bad analogy, because golf is limited in its scoring by the number of holes. You cannot score an infinitely lower score; you literally cannot score lower than 18. In cricket, there is no practical limit to how high the score can rise. A sufficiently skilled batsman playing against a sufficiently bad, uninterested, or demoralized team could score forever. --Jayron32 12:49, 14 November 2014 (UTC)
    So basically this also eliminates from comparison sports that are timed (basketball and any code of football), while only allowing sports that could literally go on forever like baseball, tennis and volleyball? –HTD 13:14, 14 November 2014 (UTC)
    I haven't eliminated anything, with regards to posting, nor have I opposed this posting. I've merely pointed out the inappropriateness of an analogy. I'm officially undecided on this one. I just don't like letting bad logic go without correction. --Jayron32 13:19, 14 November 2014 (UTC)
    What I meant was you can't compare this "record" to anything from those sports. –HTD 13:20, 14 November 2014 (UTC)
    Probably not. It's also difficult to compare to baseball, as a single batter in baseball doesn't face consecutive pitches once they have hit the ball, the way that it happens in cricket. FWIW, if I recall correctly, we did post an ITN item for that ridiculously long tennis match a few years back. Talk:Isner–Mahut match at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships confirms that. --Jayron32 13:24, 14 November 2014 (UTC)
    A baseball batter can still face the same pitcher if the pitcher is not replaced after the entire order was finished in one inning... that's not very common. So basically, this can't be compared to anything, which means we'd rely on cricket people to assess how important this is. This is a single match record, right? ITN doesn't usually post single-match records in team sports, preferring career records in a very select sports. –HTD 13:34, 14 November 2014 (UTC)
    Cricket matches cannot go on for ever. In this case it was a ODI where each team is limited to 50 overs, so the theoretical maximum score for a single batsman would be 50 (overs) × 6 (balls per over) × 6 (runs per ball) = 1800 (extras don't get added to the batsman's score). However the batsman would need to change ends on the last ball of the over to retain the strike (which doesn't happen when a boundary is scored) they would have to run an odd number of runs (running more than 3 is uncommon, so we'll say 5 for practical purposes) which means 50 x 5 x 6 + 50 x 1 x 5 = 1750. Scoring 6 sixes in an over has only been achieved 7 times in professional cricket (Boundary (cricket)#6 Sixes in an over) and never more than once by any one player. No player has ever (afaict) faced every ball of an innings (201/300 is the record [6]), and the highest ever team score in an ODI innings is 443 [7]. Test matches are also time limited (5 days), but there are restrictions on the number of overs in each session and at least three innings (usually 4) need to have been completed to get a result (and once you've won you stop playing) so for practical purposes the number of runs scoreable is finite. Thryduulf (talk) 15:10, 14 November 2014 (UTC)
    Actually, 1800 is theoretically possible, but it would require the batsman's team mate to score an odd number of runs off a no ball bowled as the first ball of every over (except the first over) - this would basically require the cooperation of the opposition to achieve. Thryduulf (talk) 21:18, 14 November 2014 (UTC)
    Actually, isn't infinity theoretically possible if bowlers continue to bowl no balls which are struck for ones/two/threes/fours/*fives!*/sixes etc? The Rambling Man (talk) 21:41, 14 November 2014 (UTC)
    Very theoretically but only if the bowlers weren't suspended for dangerous bowling or time wasting (see Fair and unfair play). Thryduulf (talk) 05:50, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
    Yes, of course, my "infinite" score is about as likely as your 1800 though. The Rambling Man (talk) 06:01, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
    Being extremely pedantic I'd say 1800 is more likely than your scenario as it doesn't require the non-applying of rules. In any other scenario than extreme pedantry though they are as equally far fetched as each other! Thryduulf (talk) 20:52, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Weak oppose. I like cricket, but this record doesn't really seem that significant. Our readers are likely to be underwhelmed by the story, which just isn't that interesting. If this was a Test record then I would support, but ODIs aren't even the top form of the game. Modest Genius talk 11:29, 14 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose An astonishing innings, but while this is a important record it is by no means the most significant one in cricket. Test cricket remains the most prestigious form of the game - and, if anything, one-day cricket is losing ground to 20/20. Records such as the highest test innings, most career test runs, or most wickets in a career or a test are all more significant. Neljack (talk) 11:35, 14 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose because we forgot Peyton Manning ... In all seriousness, while this is by all accounts an impressive record, ITN has historically been loathe to post individual sports records, with very few exceptions.--WaltCip (talk) 13:17, 14 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose. It's been broken five times in five years. We don't usually post sports records that get broken with such frequency. -- Calidum 17:01, 14 November 2014 (UTC)

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