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:
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.
Featured article tools:
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:
If you are not one of the article's primary editors, please notify the primary editors of the TFA nomination, or if primary editors are no longer active, add a message to the article talk page.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
Currently accepting requests from May 4 to June 3.
|Nonspecific 1 (date requested)||Original Stories from Real Life||In memorial of a deceased Wikipedian||13||0|
|Nonspecific 3||Roekiah||Why not?||2||0|
|Nonspecific 4||Geology Hall||New FA||1||0|
|May 6||Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow||Age + date||2||0|
|May 7||Albert Ball||Anniversary of death||6||0|
|May 17||Oxbow (horse)||Day of Preakness Stakes, anniversary of horse's win in 2013||4||0|
|May 25||Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)||10 year anniversary of album release||3||0|
† Tally may not be up to date. The nominator is included in the number of supporters.
Nonspecific date nominations
Nonspecific date 1
Original Stories from Real Life
- Most recent similar articles: Rambles in Germany and Italy (February 13, 2014) and perhaps Nancy Mitford (April 7, 2014)
- Main editors: User:Wadewitz
- Promoted: 2007
- Reasons for nomination: Adrianne Wadewitz, known here as User:Wadewitz and previously as User:Awadewit, edited Wikipedia for nearly a full decade. In that time, she wrote three dozen featured articles, many of which were about her academic specialty (British children's literature, which, in 2011, she received her doctorate in). Sadly and far too prematurely, Adrianne passed away in a climbing accident this week. According to her partner, two memorial services are being held, one on April 14 and the other on April 26. I think it would be very nice if we could run one of Adrianne's articles as that day's Featured Article on one of those two days. I understand that those articles have already been picked, but if the nominators/principal editors wouldn't mind switching, that would be very kind (Ping: User:Wehwalt, User:Wizardman). NW (Talk) 19:05, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
- Support as nominator. NW (Talk) 19:05, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
- Support. There are two FAs that I was the primary contributor to running as TFA this month: Beorhtwulf of Mercia and Startling Stories, though not on those dates. If it would help, I'd be honoured to give up one of those slots to make room for an article of Adrianne's. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 19:29, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
- Support No objection to Franklin Peale being removed from the 14th.--Wehwalt (talk) 19:41, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
- Support, same as Wehwalt, am fine with a removal for my Apr 26th nom. Wizardman 23:05, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
- Shocked to hear this news. Support running one of Wadewitz's articles as proposed. Espresso Addict (talk) 23:37, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
- Support either date, and I hope that we will put a hatnote on the article directing people to the scholarship or memorial scholarship that is being set up in her name. (pinging User:Fuzheado for more information, as he is helping to organize this) Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 03:49, 12 April 2014 (UTC)
- Support either date and any switching or swapping that has to occur. Happy to delay/move/drop Banksia grossa which is scheduled for April 19 too. Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 05:41, 12 April 2014 (UTC)
- Support. I note NW left a note for Wadewitz's partner Peter, checking that he has no concerns about this. On the presumption that he is content with this proposal, it seems the least we can do as a community to honour such a wonderful editor. Also, agree with Ed re the hatnote, if it is possible. hamiltonstone (talk) 13:12, 12 April 2014 (UTC)
- Editing from a phone on holiday - have seen the dreadfully sad news and obvious agree that we ought to honour her in this way for whatever date seems best in consultation with her loved ones. If 14th is best, someone else will need to shuffle (instructions at the /emergency subpages). Will be back before 26th. BencherliteTalk 18:02, 12 April 2014 (UTC)
- I suggest the 26th, because that would give more time to let people know about it, and perhaps ensure that more of her friends and family will see it. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 19:03, 12 April 2014 (UTC)
- Support. I think that the 26th is a better date, to allow time to consider the scholarship. It is quite possible that it will also reflect the passing of Cindamuse, as both of our respected colleagues worked in many of the same areas (education, gendergap, etc). Risker (talk) 03:38, 13 April 2014 (UTC)
- Support. I don't understand why anyone would prefer either date inherently, so as far as I can see, the only relevant thing is the fact that the 26th will give a lot more time for any necessary preparations and for de-compressing the timeframe. Nyttend (talk) 03:49, 13 April 2014 (UTC)
- Support Stunned that an article has been Featured since 2007 and has not run yet. Hawkeye7 (talk) 04:05, 13 April 2014 (UTC)
- Support - Great article showcasing the range of Wadewitz's interests, especially including children's literature. Parabolooidal (talk) 22:22, 13 April 2014 (UTC)
- Support --Gerda Arendt (talk) 10:40, 14 April 2014 (UTC)
- Snow support - very appropriate TFA. Montanabw(talk) 01:14, 15 April 2014 (UTC)
- Support, per everything stated above by NuclearWarfare. This is just such a tragic loss. — Cirt (talk) 17:58, 16 April 2014 (UTC)
- Support. Appropriate for showcasing the best of Wikipedia, both as an excellent article from Adrianne's stellar Featured Topic on Mary Wollstonecraft and as a lovely tribute to one of Wikipedia's best editors ever. Willow (talk) 18:05, 16 April 2014 (UTC)
- Support - I was fortunate enough to attend the memorial tribute at Occidental College, but missed out on one of the questions I had been wondering in the back of my mind, as to how many articles of Adrianne's, had been featured on the main page before? Adrianne was a Prolific writer: abundantly; producing in large quantities and with great frequency. I'd add Prolific friend to everyone on Wikipedia as well, wonderful nomination.Tinkermen (talk) 20:37, 16 April 2014 (UTC)
Nonspecific date 2
Nonspecific date 3
- Most recent similar articles: Rani Mukerji (March 21)
- Main editors: Crisco 1492
- Promoted: 2014
- Reasons for nomination: Interesting article on the leading lady of pre-independence Indonesia's cinema industry. We don't know the exact date of her birth or death, so no obvious dates to save this for. Also our only FA on an Indonesian woman so far.
- Support as nominator. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 04:50, 13 April 2014 (UTC)
- Support a woman pioneer, covered well, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 10:31, 14 April 2014 (UTC)
- Support, well referenced article on this deceased female singer and actress. — Cirt (talk) 18:00, 16 April 2014 (UTC)
Nonspecific date 4
- Most recent similar articles: unknown
- Main editors: ColonelHenry, Tomwsulcer
- Promoted: 2014-04-13
- Reasons for nomination: new FA, it would be Tomwsulcer's first TFA appearance and first FA. BLURB: As proposed (above), 185 words, 1,224 characters with spaces.
- Support as nominator. ColonelHenry (talk) 01:03, 14 April 2014 (UTC)
- Support because SCIENCE !!! — Cirt (talk) 18:03, 16 April 2014 (UTC)
Specific date nominations
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
- Comments from nominator:
- 3 points. 2 for age, one for date (Anniversary of release). No points removed due to similar articles. Nintendo DSi article to run on April 5th.
- I do think media, and specifically video games are over represented on TFA. So I am aware of some hypocrisy on my part. However, I have seen that no Castlevania games have been featured yet, even though it's a fairly important game series. If it is felt that it is too close to the last game article running (which are over represented on TFA relative to their cultural importance) I can retract it and it can run at a later date. As for the image, I do not think that the game cover is a free image. But the image of producer Koji Igarashi is a "Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license". Which... I don't know. I think it could be on the main page? --Harizotoh9 (talk) 21:22, 1 April 2014 (UTC)
- Support. Wondering if we could get a better picture more relevant to the game itself. If not, maybe flip this one so he's looking at the blurb text. Just some suggestions, — Cirt (talk) 21:25, 1 April 2014 (UTC)
- For image, I may have found a good one. The stylized Castlevania logo. It says that it is in the public domain. I'm going to try that and see if it works. Even if it's a logo, it looks good to have an image. For the lede, I made some edits to it before to make it more TFA friendly, reorganizing things. I think it still might need a copy-edit. --Harizotoh9 (talk) 21:35, 1 April 2014 (UTC)
- Can someone please try rewriting "His powers are to be passed on to his reincarnation", which makes no sense to me? "as a result being" looks to be missing a word. And there's nothing from the fifth paragraph of the lead (5 paragraphs? really? does this comply with WP:LEAD?) in this blurb - I would have thought there's stuff there that's worth mentioning in preference, if necessary, to what's here (such as the exact date that the game was released in each continent, which I've removed as unnecessary detail for a main-page blurb). And would someone like to address the dead external links in the article as well? Thanks. BencherliteTalk 22:35, 8 April 2014 (UTC)
I'll have a look at the article today.
For the plot, Dracula was killed in 1999. He is reincarnated as Soma Cruz. However, he doesn't have Dracula's power (which is tied to his demonic castle). Soma and several others are in the Castle trying to inherit Dracula's power. I'm not sure how it can be explained better in the blurb. --Harizotoh9 (talk) 14:30, 9 April 2014 (UTC)
2 points. Anniversary of his death, 97 years since then. Promoted to FA in November 2013. Several co-nominators at FAC included Georgejdorner, Ian Rose, Soundofmusicals and Carcharoth. — Cirt (talk) 20:50, 1 April 2014 (UTC)
- Tks Cirt, blurb looks pretty good to me, though I haven't confirmed the word count. As one of the main editors, I have no objections to this running. Obviously it's appropriate in the centenary year of the beginning of WWI (unless of course people would prefer to wait another three years for the centenary of Ball's death). I've always considered the article to be George's 'baby' -- he suggested to me that we collaborate on it, after which Soundofmusicals and Carcharoth made valuable contributions, and also listed it as a pending TFAR before he unfortunately left the project. It wasn't promoted to FA that long ago but if it looks like attracting support for this date, I'll undertake to step through it and repair any dead links, and so on. BTW, points-wise, I suspect this would be the first TFA for both George and SoM. Cheers, Ian Rose (talk) 22:37, 1 April 2014 (UTC)
- I only recently noticed that George isn't editing at the moment, which is a great pity. It would be better if he was around to nominate and comment and help with changes, and a specific anniversary might be better, but in the absence of other WWI-related FAs around it is not entirely unreasonable to nominate this. I would also say that the WWI centenary doesn't really start until August, but given that the BBC (among other media outlets) have been in overdrive with WWI centenary material since late January, that isn't really a valid objection either. For the record, I contributed very little to the article (and from memory, for that reason, I wasn't too sure about the FAC co-nomination status). As Ian says, this was very much mainly worked on by George. Carcharoth (talk) 00:44, 2 April 2014 (UTC)
- Note: FYI, here is the DIFF noting that it was Georgejdorner himself that wanted this article to run on this date. Cheers, — Cirt (talk) 02:40, 2 April 2014 (UTC)
- Support, as nominator. Cheers, — Cirt (talk) 05:32, 2 April 2014 (UTC)
- Support: Anniversary of WWI stuff is perfectly appropriate this year, interesting topic. Montanabw(talk) 21:29, 4 April 2014 (UTC)
- Comment - I don't think the abbreviations for awards are generally used in TFA blurbs. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 10:20, 5 April 2014 (UTC)
- Driveby comment Would it not make more sense to hold it back for the centenary, given how close it is? – iridescent 11:51, 5 April 2014 (UTC)
- @Iridescent: No, it doesn't make sense to dedicate yourself to a lot of work on an article and then wait THREE YEARS to have your work in the spotlight--especially when there's already several hundred FAs that may never see the main page because of the pace of new FA promotions. What if a solar flare knocked out everything electronic next year and Wikipedia and most of civilization is gone before 2017? It would suck if you convinced someone "hey, better to wait three years just because 100 is big and round". Not everything has to be on a big-round-number anniversary and it doesn't make sense just because some people are scared of un-round prime numbers like 97. --ColonelHenry (talk) 12:29, 5 April 2014 (UTC)
- SUPPORT - excellent article.--ColonelHenry (talk) 12:31, 5 April 2014 (UTC)
- Support. I think now is the time to run it, waiting three years doesn't really make sense to me. Peacemaker67 (send... over) 13:20, 5 April 2014 (UTC)
- Support. Excellent article (and a very distant relative by marriage!) - SchroCat (talk) 10:56, 7 April 2014 (UTC)
- Most recent similar articles: No main page representation within three months. Last race horse article was Easy Jet in December 2013, most recent horse-related article was Boulonnais horse on Feb. 9, 2014.
- Main editors: Montanabw, Tigerboy 1966, Craiglduncan, Froggerlaura
- Promoted: 2013
- Reasons for nomination: Date relevance, May 17, 2014 is the Day of the 2014 Preakness Stakes, Oxbow is the horse that won the race in 2013 and the is the only FA of any recent Preakness winner, possibly the only FA of any Preakness winner. A good story featuring a cast of interesting human characters.
- Support as nominator. Montanabw(talk) 23:09, 7 April 2014 (UTC)
- Support. I like the 2nd image idea better. — Cirt (talk) 01:07, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
- Support. I like the idea of a TFA that relates to a current event on the same day. So why not? Minima© (talk) 17:46, 12 April 2014 (UTC)
- Support, racing picture preferred, especially on the left, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:38, 13 April 2014 (UTC)
Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)
- Most recent similar articles: Spinning Around on April 17, 2014
- Main editors: Gary, Blackngold29
- Promoted: 2008
- Reasons for nomination: 10 year anniversary of album release. It was promoted to FA 6 years ago. There are 22 articles of it on other language wikis.
- Support as nominator. Gary (talk · scripts) 00:36, 9 April 2014 (UTC)
- Weak Support Perfect timing, but as it was promoted 6 years ago some of the content may need to be rechecked before the whole article is completely safe. Just a moment ago I found and deleted some unsourced content. Still, I'll give my support for this album to be displayed on the Main Page. Minima© (talk) 06:25, 9 April 2014 (UTC)
- Support. Good date relevance. And per comments by Gary, above. Cheers, — Cirt (talk) 01:08, 10 April 2014 (UTC)