Wikipedia:Today's featured article oddities

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The first "Today's Featured Article" section on the main page was on February 22, 2004 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, since you ask). To start with, the rotation of articles was done by updating {{Feature}}. The selection did not change at 00:00 (UTC) as it now does, and sometimes articles would appear for more or less than 24 hours.

The system of using daily templates, prepared in advance and automatically transcluded onto the main page, began on August 7, 2004. Since then, things have been a little more regular.

The general rules are that only featured articles appear in the TFA slot, only one FA appears per calendar day, each FA appears for 24 hours, with only one picture, and no FA can appear more than once as TFA. Most of the time these rules are followed... Here is a little list of times when the TFA slot has done something a bit different, intentionally or otherwise.


Featured content:

Today's featured article (TFA):

Featured article tools:

The ones with two featured articles in a day[edit]

Since August 2004, this has happened on only three occasions:

The ones when multiple featured articles ran in the same blurb[edit]

The ones with featured articles that have appeared twice[edit]

The ones with something other than a featured article in the TFA slot[edit]

The one when TFA was late[edit]

The one with the shortest blurb[edit]

  • On April 1, 2013, the hook for the featured article consisted of simply the character "?" (albeit a very large "?"), referring to the Indonesian film ?.

The ones with the most votes[edit]

  • History of Gibraltar prompted a vigorous discussion at the TFA requests pages when it was nominated for July 13, 2013, but the discussion was closed with what was at the time was the most votes in support that anyone can remember (31–4 in favor of running it).
  • Fuck also prompted another lively discussion at TFAR before it was scheduled for March 1, 2014. The discussion set a new record for the most votes (52–25 in support of running it, excluding neutrals and votes conditional on its appearance on a specifically relevant date rather than a non-specific date).

The one with the most pictures in the blurb[edit]

  • Middle Ages, which was TFA on September 12, 2013, had not one but five accompanying images, each illustrating different aspects of the topic. The image that a reader saw at any particular time was governed by {{random subpage}}, assisted by the main page being purged every 15 minutes by a bot.
  • Metalloid, which was TFA for October 4, 2014, had six different images, one for each of the main metalloids. Random subpages were used to vary which metalloid image was displayed.

The ones with a theme spread over several days[edit]

The ones on April 1[edit]

Some years - but not every year - parts of the main page, including TFA, have marked April Fools' Day.