Wikipedia:One featured article per quarter

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One featured article per quarter is a list of Wikipedians who have informally agreed to attempt to bring one article to featured article standard every quarter (3 months). Beyond the obvious goal of improving the quality of Wikipedia entries, the purpose of this list is twofold: to provide a means of mutual reinforcement and friendly competition; and to provide a centralized talk discussion solely devoted to the content and structure of featured articles.

The talk page here is meant to address specific difficulties editors have when attempting to bring an article to standard (a picture or scientific paper that is needed, for example). If you have a query, post it here.

Increasing FA throughput[edit]

At present, Wikipedia:featured article candidates produces about one featured article per day (successful candidacies less former featured articles). Unlike other Wikipedia processes, the throughput on FAC has increased little over much of 2005 and 2006. Article creation itself, by contrast, continues to increase in volume; thus, the % of Wikipedia articles which are featured has dropped from 0.11% to 0.08% in a little over a year.

One stated goal is to reach 100,000 featured articles, within the range of traditional encyclopedias such as Britannica. At the current approximate rate of 1.5 per day, it will take nearly two centuries to reach 100,000. One hundred per day would be required to reach the goal in three years.

Incremental goals are needed if throughput is ever going to increase by orders of magnitude. If this page produces 100 extra FAs per quarter, it would constitute a rough doubling of the current rate. This is an achievable initial goal.

The List[edit]

Wikipedians are meant to sign up from quarter-to-quarter. The only requirement is that editors list the article they plan to bring to standard when signing for a given period. This is to encourage people to think through whether they have time for a FA and what subject they are capable of handling. The quarter after current will be listed here; if it's late in the three-month period or more time is required, articles may be listed under the second section.

When listing, provide a one or two sentence description of the state of the article and any help required. Editors should not only list the article they plan to work on, but scan others to see if they can provide any help.

Fourth quarter 2008[edit]

  • La Cousine Bette: Another Balzac piece. I would have to choose his longest work for this busy end-of-the-year season! Scartol • Tok 11:25, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

Third quarter 2008[edit]

Featured article FA: 4     —      GA1: 1     —     ██ B or <: 2: 3     
1 This includes articles rated as A     —     2 Includes articles with a rating lower than B and those unassessed.
Article Listed by Status
Osteochondritis dissecans (talk · edit · history) FoodPuma (talk · contribs) GA
Bird nest (talk · edit · history) MeegsC (talk · contribs)
  B
Red-throated Diver (talk · edit · history) MeegsC (talk · contribs)
  B
Race Against Time (Stephen Lewis) (talk · edit · history) Maclean25 (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Doha Development Round (talk · edit · history) PatrickFlaherty (talk · contribs)
  B
Emmeline Pankhurst (talk · edit · history) Scartol (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Proserpine (play) (talk · edit · history) Awadewit (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
History of a Six Weeks' Tour (talk · edit · history) Awadewit (talk · contribs) Featured article FA

Second quarter 2008[edit]

Featured article FA: 13     —      GA1: 1     —     ██ B or <: 2: 4     
1 This includes articles rated as A     —     2 Includes articles with a rating lower than B and those unassessed.
Article Listed by Status
Age of Empires (talk · edit · history) Dihydrogen Monoxide (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Priestley Riots (talk · edit · history) Awadewit (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
The Penelopiad (talk · edit · history) Maclean25 (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Caspar David Friedrich (talk · edit · history) Ceoil (talk · contribs)
  B
Mona Lisa (talk · edit · history) Ceoil (talk · contribs)
  B
Emmy Noether (talk · edit · history) Scartol (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Georgette Heyer (talk · edit · history) Karanacs (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
James Clerk Maxwell (talk · edit · history) BillC (talk · contribs)
  B
Bird nest (talk · edit · history) MeegsC (talk · contribs)
  B
Antbird (talk · edit · history) Sabine's Sunbird (talk · contribs) GA
Boydell Shakespeare Gallery (talk · edit · history) Awadewit (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
The Garden of Earthly Delights (talk · edit · history) Ceoil (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Louis Lambert (novel) (talk · edit · history) Scartol (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Lives of the Most Eminent Literary and Scientific Men (talk · edit · history) Awadewit (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
White-winged Fairy-wren (talk · edit · history) Casliber (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Gyromitra esculenta (talk · edit · history) Casliber (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
La Peau de chagrin (talk · edit · history) Scartol (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Myst (talk · edit · history) David Fuchs (talk · contribs) Featured article FA

First quarter 2008[edit]

Featured article FA: 15     —      GA1: 4     —     ██ B or <: 2: 10     
1 This includes articles rated as A     —     2 Includes articles with a rating lower than B and those unassessed.
Article Listed by Status
Joseph Johnson (publisher) (talk · edit · history) Awadewit (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Analytical Review (talk · edit · history) Awadewit (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Joseph Priestley House (talk · edit · history) Awadewit (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Boydell Shakespeare Gallery (talk · edit · history) Awadewit (talk · contribs)
  B
Emma Goldman (talk · edit · history) Scartol (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Le Père Goriot (talk · edit · history) Scartol (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Indonesian occupation of East Timor (talk · edit · history) Scartol (talk · contribs) GA
Le Paradis massacre (talk · edit · history) Mattyness (talk · contribs) GA
Henryk Górecki (talk · edit · history) Ceoil (talk · contribs)
  B
Rokeby Venus (talk · edit · history) Ceoil (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
She Dwelt among the Untrodden Ways (talk · edit · history) Ceoil (talk · contribs)
  B
Draco and the Malfoys (talk · edit · history) Wassupwestcoast (talk · contribs)
  B
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (talk · edit · history) Wassupwestcoast (talk · contribs)
  B
Storm-petrel (talk · edit · history) Sabine's Sunbird (talk · contribs) GA
Auckland Islands (talk · edit · history) Sabine's Sunbird (talk · contribs)
  B
Kim Deal (talk · edit · history) CloudNine (talk · contribs)
  B
Boeing 737 (talk · edit · history) Trevor MacInnis (talk · contribs)
  B
Vampire (talk · edit · history) Spawn Man (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Sirius (talk · edit · history) Casliber (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Ganymede (moon) (talk · edit · history) Marskell (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Giant Otter (talk · edit · history) Marskell (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Huia (talk · edit · history) Rufous-crowned Sparrow (talk · contribs)
  B
Flea (musician) (talk · edit · history) NSR77 (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Under the Bridge (talk · edit · history) NSR77 (talk · contribs)
  B
French Texas (talk · edit · history) Karanacs (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Alien vs. Predator (film) (talk · edit · history) M3tal H3ad (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Alien: Resurrection (talk · edit · history) M3tal H3ad (talk · contribs) GA
Pattern Recognition (novel) (talk · edit · history) Maclean25 (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Silverchair (talk · edit · history) Dihydrogen Monoxide (talk · contribs) Featured article FA

Fourth quarter 2007[edit]

Featured article FA: 7     —      GA1: 0     —     ██ B or <: 2: 1     
1 This includes articles rated as A     —     2 Includes articles with a rating lower than B and those unassessed.
Article Listed by Status
Las Meninas (talk · edit · history) Ceoil (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
R.E.M. (talk · edit · history) WesleyDodds (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
A Vindication of the Rights of Men (talk · edit · history) Awadewit (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Joy Division (talk · edit · history) WesleyDodds (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
The Age of Reason (talk · edit · history) Awadewit (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
B-52 Stratofortress (talk · edit · history) Trevor_MacInnis (talk · contribs)
  B
Joseph Priestley (talk · edit · history) Awadewit (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Battle of Musa Qala (talk · edit · history) Marskell (talk · contribs) Featured article FA

Third quarter 2007[edit]

Featured article FA: 11     —      GA1: 1     —     ██ B or <: 2: 11     
1 This includes articles rated as A     —     2 Includes articles with a rating lower than B and those unassessed.
Article Listed by Status
Bobcat (talk · edit · history) Marskell (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Joey Santiago (talk · edit · history) CloudNine (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Pearl Jam (talk · edit · history) CloudNine (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Technology (talk · edit · history) CloudNine (talk · contribs)
  B
Kim Deal (talk · edit · history) CloudNine (talk · contribs)
  B
Harry Stephen Keeler (talk · edit · history) Badlydrawnjeff (talk · contribs)
  B
Bangkok (talk · edit · history) Felixboy (talk · contribs)
  B
A Series of Unfortunate Events (talk · edit · history) Mrmoocow (talk · contribs) GA
Bird conservation (talk · edit · history) Sabine's Sunbird (talk · contribs)
  B
Rampart Scandal (talk · edit · history) Jonathan Stokes (talk · contribs)
  B
7 World Trade Center (talk · edit · history) Aude (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Francis Bacon (painter) (talk · edit · history) Ceoil (talk · contribs)
  B
Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (talk · edit · history) Ceoil (talk · contribs)
  B
Triptych, May – June 1973 (talk · edit · history) Ceoil (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Symphony No. 3 (Górecki) (talk · edit · history) Ceoil (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Old Walton Bridge (talk · edit · history) Yomangani (talk · contribs)
  B
Sophie Blanchard (talk · edit · history) Yomangani (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Oxyrhynchus (talk · edit · history) Yomangani (talk · contribs)
  B
Beagle (talk · edit · history) Yomangani (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Sophie Blanchard (talk · edit · history) Yomangani (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Inaugural games of the Flavian Amphitheatre (talk · edit · history) Yomangani (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Geology of the Lassen volcanic area (talk · edit · history) mav (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Oxygen (talk · edit · history) mav (talk · contribs)
  B

Second quarter 2007[edit]

Featured article FA: 12     —      GA1: 6     —     ██ B or <: 2: 6     
1 This includes articles rated as A     —     2 Includes articles with a rating lower than B and those unassessed.
Article Listed by Status
Indonesia (talk · edit · history) Merbabu (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
List of allegedly haunted locations (talk · edit · history) ONUnicorn (talk · contribs)
  B
Robert Benchley (talk · edit · history) Badlydrawnjeff (talk · contribs) GA
Mom and Dad (talk · edit · history) Badlydrawnjeff (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
"She Shoulda Said 'No'!" (talk · edit · history) Badlydrawnjeff (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
George W Bush (talk · edit · history) Addhoc (talk · contribs) GA
Cougar (talk · edit · history) Marskell (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Roger Staubach (talk · edit · history) Caknuck (talk · contribs)
  B
Transformer (talk · edit · history) BillC (talk · contribs) GA
Tenzin Gyatso (talk · edit · history) Addhoc (talk · contribs)
  B
1973 Dutch Grand Prix (talk · edit · history) Skully Collins (talk · contribs)
  B
Bam Thwok (talk · edit · history) CloudNine (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Surfer Rosa (talk · edit · history) CloudNine (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Indonesian National Revolution (talk · edit · history) Merbabu (talk · contribs) GA
An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump (talk · edit · history) Yomangani (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Four Times of the Day (talk · edit · history) Yomangani (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion (talk · edit · history) Ceoil (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
2005 Texas Longhorn football team (talk · edit · history) Johntex (talk · contribs) GA
Candide (talk · edit · history) Rmrfstar (talk · contribs)
  B
Toraja (talk · edit · history) Indon (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Building of the World Trade Center (talk · edit · history) Aude (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
New York City (talk · edit · history) Aude (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
New York Draft Riots (talk · edit · history) Aude (talk · contribs) GA
Candide (talk · edit · history) Flubeca (talk · contribs)
  B

First quarter 2007[edit]

Featured article FA: 13     —      GA1: 14     —     ██ B or <: 2: 18     
1 This includes articles rated as A     —     2 Includes articles with a rating lower than B and those unassessed.
Article Listed by Status
Federal Bureau of Investigation (talk · edit · history) Aude (talk · contribs) GA
New York City Police Department (talk · edit · history) Aude (talk · contribs)
  B
Execution of Saddam Hussein (talk · edit · history) Aude (talk · contribs) GA
Lincoln Theatre (Washington, D.C.) (talk · edit · history) Aude (talk · contribs) GA
Design and construction of the World Trade Center (talk · edit · history) Aude (talk · contribs) GA
World Trade Center (talk · edit · history) Aude (talk · contribs)
  B
Toy (talk · edit · history) ONUnicorn (talk · contribs)
  B
Battle of Ravenna (1512) (talk · edit · history) Kirill Lokshin (talk · contribs)
  B
Battle of Pavia (talk · edit · history) Kirill Lokshin (talk · contribs)
  B
Al-Manar (talk · edit · history) Carabinieri (talk · contribs)
  B
Transportation in Mexico City (talk · edit · history) Rune.welsh (talk · contribs)
  B
Harry McNish (talk · edit · history) Yomangani (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
The Four Stages of Cruelty (talk · edit · history) Yomangani (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Red Barn Murder (talk · edit · history) Yomangani (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
The Log from the Sea of Cortez (talk · edit · history) Yomangani (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Puerto Rican Parrot (talk · edit · history) Joelr31 (talk · contribs)
  B
Common Coquí (talk · edit · history) Joelr31 (talk · contribs)
  B
Transperth Trains (talk · edit · history) Mailer diablo (talk · contribs)
  B
Olive Zakharov (talk · edit · history) Rebecca (talk · contribs)
  B
Susan Ryan (talk · edit · history) Rebecca (talk · contribs)
  B
The Turk (talk · edit · history) Badlydrawnjeff (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Tupac Shakur (talk · edit · history) Jaranda (talk · contribs) GA
Religion in Indonesia (talk · edit · history) Imoeng (talk · contribs)
  B
Minstrel Show (talk · edit · history) BrianSmithson (talk · contribs) GA
Tropical cyclone (talk · edit · history) Titoxd (talk · contribs) GA
Central Coast Mariners FC (talk · edit · history) Daniel.Bryant (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Borobudur (talk · edit · history) Indon (talk · contribs) GA
The Orb (talk · edit · history) Wickethewok (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Frank Black (talk · edit · history) CloudNine (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Doolittle (album) (talk · edit · history) CloudNine (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
HMS Royal Oak (1914) (talk · edit · history) BillC (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Aloysius Schmitt (talk · edit · history) Laleena (talk · contribs)
  B
Auguste Rodin (talk · edit · history) Outriggr (talk · contribs) GA
Toraja (talk · edit · history) Indon (talk · contribs) GA
Medieval cuisine (talk · edit · history) Peter Isotalo (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Triceratops (talk · edit · history) Firsfron (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Conatus (talk · edit · history) Rmrfstar (talk · contribs) GA
Joseph Francis Shea (talk · edit · history) MLilburne (talk · contribs) GA
Norte Chico civilization (talk · edit · history) Marskell (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Tom Pryce (talk · edit · history) Skully Collins (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Fall of Saigon (talk · edit · history) Christopher Parham (talk · contribs)
  B
USA PATRIOT Act (talk · edit · history) Ta bu shi da yu (talk · contribs)
  B
Wellington Hurricanes (talk · edit · history) Hamedog (talk · contribs)
  B
Downing Street Memo (talk · edit · history) RHB (talk · contribs)
  B

Fourth quarter 2006[edit]

Featured article FA: 11     —      GA1: 8     —     ██ B: 5     —     Unassessed2: 0
1 This includes articles rated as A     —     2 Includes articles with a rating lower than B
Article Listed by Status
Barnard's star (talk · edit · history) Marskell (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Battle of Ceresole (talk · edit · history) Kirill Lokshin (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (talk · edit · history) AudeVivere (talk · contribs) GA
Kroger Babb (talk · edit · history) Badlydrawnjeff (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Medieval cuisine (talk · edit · history) Peter Isotalo (talk · contribs) GA
Ryan Leaf (talk · edit · history) Jaranda (talk · contribs) GA
Abu Nidal (talk · edit · history) SlimVirgin (talk · contribs)
  B
Martin Amis (talk · edit · history) SlimVirgin (talk · contribs)
  B
Józef Piłsudski (talk · edit · history) Piotrus (talk · contribs) GA
History of Solidarity (talk · edit · history) Piotrus (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
DuMont Television Network (talk · edit · history) Firsfron (talk · contribs) GA
Platypus (talk · edit · history) Yomangani (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Thylacine (talk · edit · history) Yomangani (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Harry McNish (talk · edit · history) Yomangani (talk · contribs)
  B
Jim Elliot (talk · edit · history) Spangineer (talk · contribs)
  B
Music of Italy (talk · edit · history) TUF-KAT (talk · contribs) GA
Music of the Lesser Antilles (talk · edit · history) TUF-KAT (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Music history of the United States (talk · edit · history) TUF-KAT (talk · contribs) GA
Clea Rose (talk · edit · history) Rebecca (talk · contribs) GA
Mount Tambora (talk · edit · history) Indon (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Charles Atangana (talk · edit · history) BrianSmithson (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Sasha (DJ) (talk · edit · history) Wickethewok (talk · contribs) Featured article FA
Serial Experiments Lain (talk · edit · history) $yD! (talk · contribs) Featured article FA

Project resources[edit]

Even if you don't plan to write a featured article, you may be able to help the "One featured article per quarter" project. Featured article collaborators often desire independent reviewers to ensure that their articles meet Wikipedia style guidelines, are properly sourced, and are well written. If editors can contact you to request your input or assistance, list yourself below, mentioning the type of help you're able to provide. (The resources listed here are offered only within the scope of this project. Article reviewers are always needed, in general, at Peer Review.)

Peer reviewing

  • Awadewit | talk: European and American literature and history; a thoughtful lay reader of science articles
  • Scartol: Literature, some history, general information, words, etc.
  • dihydrogen monoxide (H20): Music, video games, Australian topics
  • Karanacs | talk: Biographies, history

Copy-editing

  • ~ ONUnicorn (Talk / Contribs) 18:50, 24 October 2006 (UTC)
  • - Have done it professionally. Proto:: 19:24, 18 January 2007 (UTC)
  • -- John Broughton (♫♫) 15:18, 18 February 2007 (UTC)
  • -- Fishal 19:22, 11 May 2007 (UTC)
  • -- EdJohnston 02:33, 28 May 2007 (UTC)
  • -- tennisman sign here! 00:50, 29 May 2007 (UTC)
  • -- Mbisanz (talk) 06:03, 21 November 2007 (UTC)
  • – Scartol • Tok 15:36, 26 November 2007 (UTC)
  • -- Rosuav (talk) 04:10, 30 June 2008 (UTC) - I do fair amounts of copyediting, on various Wikis, but not a huge amount of content work. Post me a message!

Provision or verification of sources

Drawing diagrams

  • --BillC 00:44, 9 December 2006 (UTC) (samples: 1, 2, 3, 4)

Userbox
Project members are invited to add this userbox to identify their involvement in the project:

Crystal Clear app date.png This user is part of the 1FAPQ Project.

Considerations[edit]

  • This appears to assume that individuals working more or less alone are what drive our best content. What about collaboration? Does this encourage ownership of articles?
This does assume that individual users rather than pairs or teams are the primary FA creators. Massive additions to and restructuring of articles are generally less time-consuming if performed by an individual and then presented to others for critique afterwards. Very clearly, however, users do not own the articles they post here or have any sort of privilege in regards to them. Also, the list itself and discussions on talk are meant to be a form of collaboration: list your own but also see what you can do for others.
  • What if the only people who sign up were going to create an FA anyway?
If this merely lists what is going to happen anyway, no harm done. Three months will ideally encourage two things: a regularized target for people who've already produced FAs, and a reasonable goal for people who'd like to try their first.
  • Might this actually be a discouraging process if someone signs up and fails?
This is not a contest and there is no "pass/fail." Avoid signing up if you do not genuinely believe you have the time for an article, but don't worry if real life and work intervene.
  • I've heard complaints that some people view successful FACs as the only measure of a Wikipedian's contribution. Is this encouraging that bias?
Featured articles are far from the only important contribution Wikipedians make, but this list is meant to further foreground the importance of bringing articles to the FA standards.
Peer Review allows editors to comment on articles that range widely in quality, with no guarantee of engaging the nominator. Some editors would like to have a more active collaborative role in creating featured articles, even if they are not the primary contributors. Listing themselves as "resources" offers users the chance to be more engaged in article creation.

See also[edit]