Wikipedia:Today's featured article/requests

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Here the community can nominate articles to be selected as "Today's featured article" (TFA) on the main page. The TFA section aims to highlight the range of articles that have "featured article" status, from Art and architecture through to Warfare, and wherever possible it tries to avoid similar topics appearing too close together without good reason. Requests are not the only factor in scheduling the TFA (see Choosing Today's Featured Article); the final decision rests with the TFA coordinators (Brianboulton, Crisco 1492 and Dank) (who also select TFAs for dates where no suggestions are put forward). Please confine requests to this page, and remember that community endorsement on this page does not necessarily mean the article will appear on the requested date.

The rules for nominations are relatively simple:

  • The article must be a featured article.
  • The article must not have appeared as TFA before (see the list of possibilities here)
  • The request must be either for a specific date within the next 30 days that have not yet been scheduled (10 spaces), or a non-specific date (4 spaces). If a section is full, you can wait for a vacancy, or ask the coordinators for advice. The template {{@TFA}} can be used in a message to "ping" the coordinators through the notification system.

If you have an exceptional request that deviates from these instructions (for example, an article making a second appearance as TFA, or a "double-header"), please discuss the matter with the TFA coordinators in the first instance.

It can be helpful to add the article to the pending requests template up to 1 year before the requested date. This does not guarantee selection, but does help others see what nominations may be forthcoming. Requestors should still nominate the article here during the 30-day timeframe.

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How to post a new nomination:

Create the nomination subpage.

In the box below, enter the full name of the article you are nominating (replacing ARTICLE TITLE, and without using any brackets around the article's name) and click the button to create your nomination page.

Write the nomination.

On that nomination page, fill out as many of the relevant parts of the pre-loaded {{TFAR nom}} template as you can, then save the page.

Your nomination should mention:

  • when the last similar article was, since this helps towards diversity on the main page (browsing Wikipedia:Today's featured article/recent TFAs will help you find out);
  • when the article was promoted to FA status (since older articles may need extra checks);
  • and (for date-specific nominations) the article's relevance for the requested date.

Please do your best to write a blurb, using the same formatting as the ones used on the main page; see today's example. Specifically: one paragraph only; no reference tags, alternative names, or extraneous bolding; trim birth/death dates to year only; link to the article title in bold and as the first wikilink in the blurb; total length of blurb when previewed (including spaces) as close as possible to 1,200 characters maximum. Add a suitable free-use image if available; fair use images are not allowed.

If you don't feel happy writing a blurb, follow the rest of the instructions, then ask for assistance at WT:TFAR and someone will help.

Post at TFAR.

After you have created the nomination page, add it here under a level-3 heading for the preferred date (or under a free non-specific date header). To do this, add (replacing "ARTICLE TITLE" with the name of your nominated article):
===February 29===
{{Wikipedia:Today's featured article/requests/ARTICLE TITLE}}

Nominations are ordered by requested date below the summary chart. More than one article can be nominated for the same date.

It would also then be helpful to add the nomination to the summary chart, following the examples there. Please include the name of the article that you are nominating in your edit summary.

If you are not one of the article's primary editors, please then notify the primary editors of the TFA nomination; if primary editors are no longer active, please add a message to the article talk page.


In the absence of exceptional circumstances, TFAs are scheduled in date order, not according to how long nominations have been open or how many supportive comments they have. So, for example, January 31 will not be scheduled until January 30 has been scheduled (by TFAR nomination or otherwise).

Summary chart[edit]

Currently accepting requests from February 24 to March 26.

Date Article Notes Supports Opposes
Nonspecific 1 Operation Hardboiled WWII, March 1 O
Nonspecific 2
Nonspecific 3
Nonspecific 4
February 27 Kenneth Horne 108th anniversary of birth 2 0
March 1 Old Church of St Nidan, Llanidan Welsh article for St David's Day, no recent similar articles 3 0
March 3 Three-cent nickel 150th anniversary of authorization 2 0
March 23 Kangana Ranaut 28th birthday 1 0

Tally may not be up to date. The nominator is included in the number of supporters.

Nonspecific date nominations[edit]

Nonspecific date 1[edit]

Operation Hardboiled[edit]

Royal Marines, the unit chosen for Hardboiled, training in deep snow during March 1942

Operation Hardboiled was a Second World War military deception. Undertaken by the Allies in 1942, it was the first attempt at deception by the London Controlling Section (LCS) and was designed to convince the Axis powers that the Allies would soon invade German-occupied Norway. The LCS had recently been established to plan deception across all theatres, but had struggled to convince the unenthusiastic military establishment. The LCS had little guidance in strategic deception, an activity pioneered by Dudley Clarke the previous year, and was unaware of the extensive double agent system controlled by MI5. As a result, Hardboiled was planned as a real operation rather than a fictional one (training pictured). Clarke had already found this approach to be wasteful in both time and resources, preferring to present a "story" via agents and wireless traffic. Resistance to the operation by the chosen units meant that much of the preparation was not completed. Hitler ordered the reinforcement of Scandinavia in March and April 1942, before Hardboiled was shelved in May. It is unclear to what extent the operation contributed to his decision. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): A squadron on 12 Jan
  • Main editors: ErrantX
  • Promoted: 2013
  • Reasons for nomination: No operation for a while, image fits in March, we should probably have some memories of World War II before we celebrate the anniversary of its end. - Only one image, needs to be a bit bigger or cropped. - The blurb is unchanged from the article, I just dropped the last sentence.
  • Support as nominator. Gerda Arendt (talk) 15:40, 27 January 2015 (UTC)
  • Comment. Looks good; I made minor changes. - Dank (push to talk) 18:46, 27 January 2015 (UTC)
  • Disclaimer: Author. One of my favourite articles, so would be great to see it on the main page :) --Errant (chat!) 21:36, 27 January 2015 (UTC)

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Specific date nominations[edit]

February 27[edit]

Kenneth Horne[edit]

Kenneth Horne (1907–1969) was an English comedian and businessman. His burgeoning career with the Triplex Safety Glass company was interrupted by wartime service with the Royal Air Force. While serving in a barrage balloon unit he was asked to broadcast as a quizmaster on the BBC radio show Ack-Ack, Beer-Beer. The experience brought him into contact with the entertainer Richard Murdoch, and the two wrote and starred in the comedy series Much-Binding-in-the-Marsh (1944–51). After demobilisation Horne returned to his flourishing business career, and kept his broadcasting as a sideline. He later became the chairman and managing director of toy manufacturers Chad Valley. In 1958 Horne suffered a stroke and gave up his business dealings to focus on his entertainment work. He was the anchor figure in Beyond Our Ken (1958–64). When the programme came to an end in 1964, he recorded four series of the seminal comedy Round the Horne (1965–68). Before a planned fifth series, Horne died of a heart attack. A 2002 BBC radio survey to find listeners' favourite British comedian placed Horne third, behind Tony Hancock and Spike Milligan. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): Currently: 17 September 2014 George Formby (as "media" biography, broadly construed); possibly 15 February 2014 if John Barrymore is selected. (Again, rather broad to connect an American actor with a British radio presenter, but both fall under the broad church of "entertainers" or "media", I suppose
  • Main editors: SchroCat
  • Promoted: 9 February 2014
  • Reasons for nomination: Birthday: 27 February 1907 (no great anniversary, so happy for a non-specific date is a more pressing need for 27 Feb)
  • Support as nominator. SchroCat (talk) 23:28, 9 January 2015 (UTC)
  • Support – A quite definitely fantabulosa idea. Tim riley talk 13:36, 10 January 2015 (UTC)
  • Comment. Looks good. I made a few tweaks to the text. Thanks Schro. - Dank (push to talk) 16:54, 13 January 2015 (UTC)

March 1[edit]

Old Church of St Nidan, Llanidan[edit]

Central arcade of St Nidan's

The Old Church of St Nidan, Llanidan, is a medieval church in Anglesey, Wales. The first church on the site was established in the 7th century by St Nidan, the confessor of the monastery at Penmon, Anglesey; the oldest parts of the present structure date from the 14th century. In about 1500 a second nave was added, and an arcade (pictured) was built between the two naves. Between 1839 and 1843 a new church was built nearby, partly due to the cost of repairing St Nidan's. A sandstone chest containing bone fragments (which local tradition holds to be those of St Nidan) and the 13th-century font were relocated to the new church. Much of the old church was demolished, leaving part of the western end and the central arcade. It has been restored and is occasionally open to the public. The remaining parts of the church are a Grade II* listed building. In the 12th century, Gerald of Wales said that the church possessed a curious stone shaped like a thigh that would always return by the next day no matter how far away it was taken. A Norman earl, he said, had chained it to a large rock and thrown it into the sea, only for the stone to return to the church by the following morning. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): St James' Church, Sydney (25 July 2014)
  • Main editors: Bencherlite
  • Promoted: August 17, 2013
  • Reasons for nomination: A Welsh article for St David's Day. My only FA yet to be TFA. Blurb is 1189 characters.
  • Support as nominator. BencherliteTalk 13:58, 13 January 2015 (UTC)
  • Support - Appropriate article for Dewi's day - SchroCat (talk) 14:13, 13 January 2015 (UTC)
  • Comment. Text looks good. - Dank (push to talk) 19:26, 13 January 2015 (UTC)
  • Support where there's "much to suggest the quiet years of Nidan's ministry in this secluded spot" --Gerda Arendt (talk) 16:28, 19 January 2015 (UTC)

March 3[edit]

Three-cent nickel[edit]

1871 three-cent nickel

The three-cent nickel was designed by US Mint Chief Engraver James B. Longacre and struck by the United States Bureau of the Mint from 1865 to 1889. After the issue of a lighter bronze cent and a two-cent piece in 1864, there were proposals for a three-cent piece in copper-nickel. The advocates were led by Pennsylvania industrialist Joseph Wharton, who then controlled the domestic supply of nickel ore. On the last day of the congressional session, March 3, 1865, a bill for a three-cent piece in copper-nickel alloy was introduced in Congress, passed both houses without debate, and was signed by President Abraham Lincoln. Although initially popular, the three-cent nickel piece became less so when the five-cent nickel was introduced in 1866, a larger, more convenient coin, with a value of five cents better fitting the decimal system. After 1870, most years saw low annual mintages for the three-cent nickel, and in 1890 Congress abolished it. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s):
  • Main editors: Wehwalt
  • Promoted: 2014
  • Reasons for nomination: 150th anniversary of introduction of bill for the three-cent nickel. Also 150th anniversary of it passing the House of Representatives. Also the Senate. And being signed by Lincoln. March 3 in odd number years used to be quite a spectacle in Congress.
  • Support as nominator. Wehwalt (talk) 23:39, 14 January 2015 (UTC)
  • Comment. Looks good; I made a minor tweak. - Dank (push to talk) 21:44, 15 January 2015 (UTC)
  • Support value, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:50, 19 January 2015 (UTC)

March 23[edit]

Kangana Ranaut[edit]

Ranaut at the Signature International Fashion Weekend, 2013

Kangana Ranaut (born 1987) is an Indian film actress. She has established a successful career in Bollywood, and is the recipient of a National Film Award and two Filmfare Awards. Born in Bhambla, a small town in Himachal Pradesh, Ranaut was adamant to build her own career path. She relocated to Delhi at age sixteen, where she briefly became a model. After training under the theatre director Arvind Gaur, she made her film debut in the 2006 thriller Gangster. She received praise for portraying emotionally intense characters in the dramas Woh Lamhe (2006), Life in a... Metro (2007) and Fashion (2008). For the last of these, she won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress. Ranaut featured in the successful films Raaz: The Mystery Continues (2009) and Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (2010), though she was criticised for being typecast in neurotic roles. A comic role opposite R. Madhavan in Tanu Weds Manu (2011) was well-received, though this was followed by brief roles in unsuccessful films. She then played a mutant in the science fiction film Krrish 3 (2013), one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films, and achieved further success by starring in the comedy-drama Queen (2014). (Full article...)