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one of the article's primary editors, please notify the primary editors of the TFA nomination; if primary editors are no longer active, please add a message to the article talk page.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 18 to September 17.

Date Article Notes Supports Opposes
Nonspecific 1 Horse Protection Act of 1970 2 0
Nonspecific 2 The FP 1 0
Nonspecific 3
Nonspecific 4
August 16 Aston Villa F.C. Start of English football season 1 0
August 20 Thirty Flights of Loving 2-year anniversary 3 0
August 30 Clackline Bridge 79th anniversary 1 0
September 13 September 1964 South Vietnamese coup attempt 50th anniversary of event 1 0
September 14 SMS Kaiser Wilhelm II anniversary of launch 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]

Horse Protection Act of 1970[edit]

X-Ray of a Tennessee Walker

The Horse Protection Act of 1970 is a United States federal law, under which the practice of soring is a crime punishable by both civil and criminal penalties, including fines and jail time. It is illegal to show a horse or enter it at a horse show, to auction, sell, offer for sale, or transport a horse for any of these purposes if it has been sored. Soring is the practice of applying irritants or blistering agents to the front feet or forelegs of a horse, making it pick its feet up higher in an exaggerated manner that creates the "action" desired in the show ring. Soring is an act of animal cruelty that gives practitioners an unfair advantage over other competitors. The Horse Protection Act is enforced by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, a branch of the United States Department of Agriculture. Several methods are used to detect violations of the Act, including observation, palpation and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry to identify chemicals on horses' legs. Certain training techniques and topical anesthetics can be used to avoid detection by the first two methods. In 2013, an amendment to the Act was proposed in the United States House of Representatives. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): nothing that remember, horses yes, but not protecting legislation
  • Main editors: Dana boomer, User:Montanabw
  • Promoted: 2013
  • Reasons for nomination: why not?
  • Support as nominator. Gerda Arendt (talk) 23:13, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
  • Support as one of the editors on the article's creation and FA push. Add to the above that I think there are only three articles about equine-related legislation on WP, and this is the only FA. Last horse-related article that I know of was "my" Oxbow (horse) on May 17, before that, Dana's Boulonnais horse on Feb 9. Montanabw(talk) 01:08, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

Nonspecific date 2[edit]

The FP[edit]

Jason (left) and Brandon Trost, the writer-directors of The FP

The FP is a 2011 American independent comedy film written and directed by Brandon and Jason Trost (pictured in 2011). The film focuses on two gangs—the 248 and the 245—that are fighting for control of Frazier Park (The FP). The gangs settle their disputes by playing Beat-Beat Revelation, a video game similar to Dance Dance Revolution. Gang member JTRO (Jason Trost) undergoes training to defeat L Dubba E (Lee Valmassy), the leader of a rival gang. The film also features Caitlyn Folley, Art Hsu, Nick Principe, Dov Tiefenbach, and James DeBello. Jason Trost conceived The FP when he was 16 years old, and developed it into a short film starring himself, Valmassy, Principe, DeBello, Brandon Barrera, Diane Gaeta, Kris Lemche, and Torry Haynes. After seeing the finished film, Barrera suggested that Trost make a feature-length version. In the expanded production, Gaeta, Lemche, and Haynes were replaced with Folley, Hsu, and Bryan Goddard, respectively. Ron Trost—Brandon and Jason Trost's father—served as special effects supervisor and executive producer of the film, and his property was the primary filming location. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): Last feature film was The Simpsons Movie on July 26, 2014
  • Main editors: Sock
  • Promoted: 2014
  • Reasons for nomination: This is my very first featured article and therefore my first TFA nomination. I believe it should be featured because it's a very little-known film (it barely made $40,000 at the North American box office) that was very divisive among critics, and has a uniquely bizarre premise. I think a film like this (or at the very least, an article about a film like this) would be interesting to many people, especially film fans.
  • Support as nominator. Sock (previously Corvoe) (be heard) 14:21, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

Nonspecific date 3[edit]

Nonspecific date 4[edit]

Specific date nominations[edit]

August 16[edit]

Aston Villa F.C.[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 16, 2014 by BencherliteTalk 20:39, 24 July 2014 (UTC)

Villa Park

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 (pictured), 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 27[edit]

ARA Rivadavia[edit]

Rivadavia at speed, c. 1914–15

ARA Rivadavia was an Argentine battleship built during the South American dreadnought race. When the Brazilian government placed an order for two powerful new "dreadnought"-type warships in 1907, the Argentines moved quickly to acquire their own. After an extended bidding process, contracts to build Rivadavia and its sister ship Moreno were given to the Fore River Shipbuilding Company. During their construction, there were rumors that they might be sold to a country engaged in the First World War, but Rivadavia was commissioned into the Argentine Navy on 27 August 1914, one hundred years ago. Both battleships underwent extensive refits in the United States in 1924–25, and saw no active duty during the Second World War. Rivadavia was sold for scrapping in 1957 and broken up for scrap two years later. (Full article...)

August 30[edit]

Clackline Bridge[edit]

Clackline Bridge

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)
  • Support: Nice article. No opinion as to timing, will defer to the collective wisdom. Now or later both Ok with me. Montanabw(talk) 01:10, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

September 13[edit]

September 1964 South Vietnamese coup attempt[edit]

The September 1964 South Vietnamese coup attempt refers to the events starting on the dawn on September 13, 1964 when the ruling military junta of South Vietnam, led by General Nguyen Khanh, was threatened by a coup attempt headed by Generals Lam Van Phat and Duong Van Duc, who sent dissident units into the capital Saigon. They captured various key points and announced over national radio the overthrow of the incumbent regime. With the help of the Americans, Khanh was able to rally support and the coup collapsed the next morning without any casualties. In the immediate month leading up the coup, Khanh's leadership became increasingly troubled. He had tried to augment his powers by declaring a state of emergency, but this only provoked large-scale protests and riots calling for an end to military rule, with Buddhist activists at the forefront. Fearful of losing power, Khanh began making concessions to the protesters and promised democracy in the near future. He also removed several military officials closely linked to the discriminatory Catholic rule of the slain former President Ngo Dinh Diem; this response to Buddhist pressure dismayed several Catholic officers, who made a few abortive moves to remove him from power. (Full article...)

Can't find anything Vietnam related in the last few months.

  • Main editors: User:YellowMonkey
  • Promoted: 2010
  • Reasons for nomination: 50th Anniversary of event
  • Support as nominator. Harizotoh9 (talk) 14:20, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

The blurb needs work. I just took the first 1150 characters. Also needs an image. Can I make a request that part of the future FA status criteria includes including the title of the article in the first sentence? When articles have to run and it doesn't include the title the first sentence has to be (sometimes awkwardly) re-written. --Harizotoh9 (talk) 14:30, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

September 14[edit]

SMS Kaiser Wilhelm II[edit]

1900 lithograph of SMS Kaiser Wilhelm II

SMS Kaiser Wilhelm II was the second of the Kaiser Friedrich III class of pre-dreadnought battleships, built at the Imperial Dockyard in Wilhelmshaven. She was launched on 14 September 1897 and commissioned into the fleet in 1902. She was armed with four 24-centimeter (9.4 in) guns in two twin turrets and powered by triple expansion engines that delivered a top speed of 17.5 knots (32.4 km/h; 20.1 mph). Kaiser Wilhelm II served as the flagship of the High Seas Fleet until 1906, participating in fleet training exercises and visits to foreign ports. After the new dreadnought battleships began entering service in 1908, she was decommissioned, then reactivated between 1910 and 1912 for training ship duties in the Baltic. With the outbreak of World War I in August 1914, Kaiser Wilhelm II and her sister ships were brought back into duty as coastal defense ships in the V Battle Squadron. Her age, coupled with shortages of ship crews, led to her withdrawal from this role in February 1915; after which she served as a command ship for the commander of the High Seas Fleet, based in Wilhelmshaven. She was sold for scrap in the early 1920s. (Full article...)

Part of the Battleships of Germany series, one of Wikipedia's featured topics.

  • Most recent similar article(s): will be 28 July, but this is a good year to remember World War I events
  • Main editors: Parsecboy
  • Promoted: 2014
  • Reasons for nomination: anniversary of launch
  • Support as nominator. Gerda Arendt (talk) 19:28, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
  • Just to note, I'm planning on running SMS Emden (1908) on 9 November, less than a month from this request, since it'll be the centenary of her sinking at the Battle of Cocos. It might be better to hold off on this article—though I'm of course not opposed to having more of my articles on the main page ;-) Parsecboy (talk) 20:20, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
    • That's more than a month afterwards, not less than a month... BencherliteTalk 21:38, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
      • Oops, I forgot about October! Parsecboy (talk) 17:47, 24 July 2014 (UTC)