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 coordinator, Bencherlite (who also selects 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 Bencherlite for advice.

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 Bencherlite 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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Adding requests:

For an experimental period, you are not required to calculate "points" for your nomination. However, it would be helpful if your nomination could mention factors such as:

  • when the last similar article was, since this helps towards diversity on the main page (see Wikipedia:Today's featured article/recent TFAs);
  • 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.

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one of the article's primary editors, please notify the primary editors of the TFA nomination; if primary editors are no longer active, please add a message to the article talk page.

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

How to post a new nomination:

I.
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.


II.
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.

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.

III.
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}}

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.

Scheduling:

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 August 13 to September 12.

Date Article Notes Supports Opposes
Nonspecific 1
Nonspecific 2
Nonspecific 3
Nonspecific 4
August 20 Thirty Flights of Loving 2-year anniversary 2 0
August 30 Clackline Bridge 79th anniversary 1 0

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

Nonspecific date nominations[edit]

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Specific date nominations[edit]

August 10[edit]

Uruguayan War[edit]

The following discussion is an archived discussion of the TFAR nomination of the article below. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page (such as Wikipedia talk:Today's featured article/requests). Please do not modify this page unless you are renominating the article at TFAR. For renominations, please add {{collapse top|Previous nomination}} to the top of the discussion and {{collapse bottom}} at the bottom, then complete a new {{TFAR nom}} underneath.

The result was: scheduled for Wikipedia:Today's featured article/August 10, 2014 by BencherliteTalk 23:03, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

Brazilians and Colorados storm the town of Paysandú

The Uruguayan War (10 August 1864 – 20 February 1865) was fought between Uruguay's governing Blanco Party and an alliance consisting of the Empire of Brazil and the Uruguayan Colorado Party. In 1863, with covert support from Argentina, the Colorado leader Venancio Flores launched a rebellion aimed at toppling president Bernardo Berro. The Blanco government received support from dissident Argentines and made overtures to Paraguayan dictator, Francisco Solano López, who was suspicious of Argentina's motives and keen to form an alliance. Fearing for its interests in the region, the Empire of Brazil intervened, first trying diplomacy and then, when talks stalled, issuing an ultimatum; the Blanco government rejected the Brazilians' conditions, and Brazil's military were ordered to begin exacting reprisals, marking the beginning of the war. In a combined offensive against Blanco strongholds, the Brazilian–Colorado troops advanced through Uruguayan territory, taking one town after another. Eventually, the Blancos were left isolated in Montevideo, the national capital. Faced with certain defeat, the Blanco government capitulated. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): many warfare articles, latest battle 14 June Operation Perch, but no war in 2014
  • Main editors: Lecen and Astynax
  • Promoted: 2013
  • Reasons for nomination: 150 years
  • Support as nominator. Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:11, 25 June 2014 (UTC)
  • Blurb needs work: "Before, the Uruguayan civil war" seems to be missing at least one word; "Fusionism" is unexplained. Perhaps Lecen could help out after you've notified him of this nomination. The image isn't really suitable since even at 133px virtually nothing can be made out and it's unmentioned in the blurb. BencherliteTalk 22:39, 25 June 2014 (UTC)
Lecen retired, but perhaps he might be willing to return for this. The "Before" tried to bridge a paragraph of what lead to the war. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:50, 25 June 2014 (UTC)
He was editing just hours before you nominated this, as a look as his contributions would have shown. BencherliteTalk 23:00, 25 June 2014 (UTC)
  • Support I've had a go at distilling the blurb down a bit (but it is tricky to cram that all into a paragraph with no hesitation, deviation or repetition)). I think there is room to put some bits back in if I've gone too far. Belle (talk) 23:58, 25 June 2014 (UTC)
  • Support Am I allowed to vote? After all, I'm one of the two main contributors. I think the blurb is fine now. I changed the picture, if you don't like it, you may change it. --Lecen (talk) 00:39, 26 June 2014 (UTC)
You are most welcome! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:54, 26 June 2014 (UTC)
  • Support. Curly Turkey ⚞¡gobble!⚟ 23:32, 30 June 2014 (UTC)
  • Support, encyclopedic and also educational. — Cirt (talk) 19:31, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

August 12[edit]

Quagga[edit]

The following discussion is an archived discussion of the TFAR nomination of the article below. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page (such as Wikipedia talk:Today's featured article/requests). Please do not modify this page unless you are renominating the article at TFAR. For renominations, please add {{collapse top|Previous nomination}} to the top of the discussion and {{collapse bottom}} at the bottom, then complete a new {{TFAR nom}} underneath.

The result was: scheduled for Wikipedia:Today's featured article/August 12, 2014 by BencherliteTalk 23:31, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

Live quagga mare in London Zoo, 1870

The quagga is an extinct subspecies of the plains zebra that lived in South Africa. Its name is derived from its call, which sounded like "kwa-ha-ha". The quagga is believed to have been around 257 cm (8 ft 5 in) long and 125–135 cm (4 ft 1 in–4 ft 5 in) tall at the shoulder. It could be distinguished from other zebras by its limited patterning of primarily brown and white stripes, mainly on the front part of the body. Little is known about its behaviour but it may have gathered in herds of 30–50 individuals. They were once found in great numbers in the Karoo of the former Cape Province and the southern part of the former Orange Free State in South Africa. After Dutch settlement of South Africa began, the quagga was heavily hunted, and it competed with domesticated animals for forage. Some specimens were taken to European zoos (one pictured in London Zoo, 1870), but breeding programmes were not successful. It was extinct in the wild by 1878, and the last quagga died in Amsterdam on 12 August 1883. The quagga was the first extinct animal to have its DNA analysed, and the Quagga Project is trying to recreate its pelage characteristics by selectively breeding Burchell's zebras. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): Only one I can think of is broad-billed parrot (also recently extinct), which has been selected for July (not relevant to the date). Though I wrote that article, I did not nominate it here. If it is a problem, I would prefer quagga to run, since the date chosen is actually relevant. I wanted to nominate this article for TFA on August 12 last year, but it was promoted to FA three days after the date.
  • Main editors: FunkMonk, LittleJerry
  • Promoted: 2013
  • Reasons for nomination: Date of extinction, so quite relevant.
  • Support as nominator. FunkMonk (talk) 15:53, 29 June 2014 (UTC)
  • Support. LittleJerry (talk) 17:06, 30 June 2014 (UTC)
  • Blurb tweaked and expanded to 1,200 characters (right on the limit, it was too short before). I don't have a problem with running two (very different) extinct animals in consecutive months. BencherliteTalk 17:59, 30 June 2014 (UTC)
  • Support, perfect for the date. Chiswick Chap (talk) 07:53, 1 July 2014 (UTC)
  • Support - Interesting article and a quite relevant date. –Prototime (talk · contribs) 01:48, 2 July 2014 (UTC)
  • Support, good date and high quality. — Cirt (talk) 19:32, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

August 16[edit]

Aston Villa F.C.[edit]

Badge of Aston Villa Football Club

Aston Villa Football Club is an English professional association football club based in Witton, Birmingham. Founded in 1874 the club has played at their current home ground, Villa Park, since 1897. Aston Villa were founder members of The Football League in 1888. They were also founder members of the Premier League in 1992, and have remained there ever since. Aston Villa is one of the oldest and most successful football clubs in the history of English football. They have the fourth highest total of major honours won by an English club, having won the First Division Championship seven times (most recently in the 1980-81 season), the FA Cup seven times (last won in 1957), the Football League Cup five times (last won in 1996) and the UEFA Super Cup in 1982. Villa also won the 1981–82 European Cup, and are thus one of five English clubs to win what is now the UEFA Champions League. The club's traditional kit colours are claret shirts with sky blue sleeves, white shorts and sky blue socks. Their traditional badge is of a rampant gold lion on a light blue background with the club's motto "Prepared" underneath; a modified version of this was adopted in 2007. (Full article...)

August 20[edit]

Thirty Flights of Loving[edit]

Screenshot of Thirty Flights of Loving.

Thirty Flights of Loving is a first-person adventure video game developed by Brendon Chung's video game studio, Blendo Games. It was released in July 2012 for Microsoft Windows and in November 2012 for OS X. The game employs a modified version of id Software's id Tech 2 engine—originally used for Quake 2—and incorporates music composed by Idle Thumbs member Chris Remo. It follows three people as they prepare for an alcohol heist and as they deal with the aftermath of the operation. An indirect sequel to Gravity Bone (2008), it features the same main character, an unnamed spy. It was developed as part of the Kickstarter campaign for the revival of the Idle Thumbs podcast and includes a free copy of Gravity Bone. Thirty Flights of Loving received generally favorable reviews from video game journalists, scoring 88 out of 100 on the review aggregator Metacritic. A follow-up, Quadrilateral Cowboy, is scheduled for release in 2014. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): Cave Story (February 17, 2014) is the only other indie game that has run so far *this year*, I think.
  • Main editors: Hahc21
  • Promoted: 2014
  • Reasons for nomination: Thirty Flights of Loving's 2-year anniversary is on 20 August 2014, and so I would like it to appear on the Main Page that day :)
  • Support as nominator. → Call me Hahc21 05:37, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
    • This is my first TFA nomination ever. So if someone could help me with the blurb, I'd appreciate it a lot. → Call me Hahc21 05:39, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
      • If you're going to run this on a specific date, you should mention in the blurb why that date is relevant. Sven Manguard Wha? 18:20, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
  • Support, good date, high quality page. Good luck with your first TFA nom, — Cirt (talk) 19:34, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
  • Support - yay indie games. You're wrong, though- Bastion (January 30, 2013) and Flower (March 9, 2010) have also made the main page, though Cave Story is the most recent by far. --PresN 18:03, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
    • Oh! What I meant was so far in 2014. Thanks! → Call me Hahc21 00:10, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

August 30[edit]

Clackline Bridge[edit]

Clackline Bridge has a unique curved and sloping design

Clackline Bridge is a road bridge in Clackline, Western Australia, 77 kilometres (48 mi) east of Perth, that carried Great Eastern Highway until 2008. It is the only bridge in Western Australia to have spanned both a waterway and railway, the Clackline Brook and the former Eastern Railway alignment. The mainly timber bridge has a unique curved and sloped design, due to the difficult topography and the route of the former railway. The bridge was designed in 1934 to replace two dangerous rail crossings and a rudimentary water crossing. Construction began in January 1935, and the opening ceremony was held on 30 August 1935. However, the bridge was still a safety hazard, with increasing severity and numbers of accidents through the 1970s and 1980s. Planning for a highway bypass of Clackline and the Clackline Bridge began in the 1990s, and was constructed between January 2007 and February 2008. The local community had been concerned that the historic bridge would be lost, but it remains in use as part of the local road network, and has been listed on both the Northam Municipal Heritage Inventory and the Heritage Council of Western Australia's Register of Heritage Places. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): Albert Bridge, London on 23 August 2013
  • Main editors: Evad37 [talk]
  • Promoted: 2014
  • Reasons for nomination: 79th anniversary of opening
  • Support as nominator. Evad37 [talk] 05:52, 13 July 2014 (UTC)
  • Comment—might it not be a little nicer to wait until the 80th anniversary next year? Otherwise I'd have no objections to this running in 2014, but I think it might be nicer to have a round number anniversary. Imzadi 1979  06:25, 13 July 2014 (UTC)
    • While a round number might be a little nicer, I don't think 79/80 that much of a big deal (compared to say, 99/100) – and having a topic that hasn't had a TFA in about a year helps with main page diversity. - Evad37 [talk] 01:06, 19 July 2014 (UTC)