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Today's featured list submissions

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Lists suggested here must be featured lists that have not previously appeared on the main page.

Today's featured list launched in June 2011, initially on each Monday. In January 2014 it was agreed to expand to appear twice a week. The lists will be selected by the FL director, based on the consensus of the community.

To submit a list for main page consideration, you simply need to draft a short summary of the list, in approximately 1000 characters, along with a relevant image from the list itself, using the template provided below. Should you need any assistance using the template, feel free to ask for help on the talk page. If you are nominating a list submitted by someone else, consider notifying the significant contributor(s) with {{subst:tfln|NAME OF LIST}} ~~~~

The community will review submissions, and suggest improvements where appropriate. If a blurb receives broad support, and there are no actionable objections, one of the directors will confirm that it has been accepted for main page submission. Please note there should be no more than fifteen nominations listed here at any one time.

In rare circumstances, the directors reserve the right to exclude a list from main page consideration, a practice consistent with other main page sections such as Today's featured article and Picture of the day. Should this ever happen, a detailed explanation will be given.


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  1. Select a featured list.
  2. Click here to start a new section at the bottom of this page.
  3. Copy and paste the following, if it has not automatically appeared:
  4. Write a 1-paragraph blurb of approximately 1000 characters alongside |blurb=. Don't worry about getting the character count exact: there is considerable flexibility, and we can always adapt it if necessary.
  5. Add the image file name after |image=.
  6. Add a caption alongside |title=.
  7. Write some alt text alongside |alt=, for those who are unable to view images.
  8. Type the name of the list after |link= without the square brackets ([[ and ]]).
  9. Sign your name with four tildes (~~~~) at the very bottom of the section.
  10. For nominations intended for a specific date, consider adding the list to this table for increased exposure. These dates are not set in stone; please don't hesitate to nominate a list even if another has already been suggested on the day you had in mind.

List of stutterers[edit]

Man in robes with long brown hair practicing speaking by the ocean with pebbles in his mouth

Stutterers are people who have a speech disorder in which the flow of speech is disrupted by involuntary repetitions and prolongations of sounds, syllables, words or phrases, and involuntary silent pauses or blocks during which the stutterer is unable to produce sounds. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was one of the 30% of stutterers who have an associated speech disorder—a lisp in his case—yet led his nation through World War II. Demosthenes (pictured) stuttered and was inarticulate as a youth, yet, through dedicated practice, using methods such as placing pebbles in his mouth, became a great orator of Ancient Greece. King George VI was so embarrassed by his stutter that he hired speech-language pathologist Lionel Logue and greatly improved his public speaking. Country singer Mel Tillis stutters when talking but not when singing. English comedian Rowan Atkinson incorporates his stuttering into his work by using over-articulation to overcome problematic consonants. German actor Dieter Thomas Heck started stuttering after being trapped under a staircase after a bombing raid in World War II. (Full list...)

Neelix (talk) 17:55, 4 January 2014 (UTC)

International Stammering Awareness Day is every 22 October, accoring to these people, so it may be better aimed a bit later in the year. - SchroCat (talk) 17:12, 6 February 2014 (UTC)
When nominations have been up for 5 months without being used, can't they be replaced with something else? It just kills activity to have dead nominations sitting here, without substantive comment, for months on end. BencherliteTalk 16:50, 10 June 2014 (UTC)
  • Comment - I noticed that Bellemora moved the Stuttering link in the blurb. My concern with the new location is that linking the word "stutterer" suggests that it is a duplicate link to the list; linking the first instance of the verb seems clearer. Thoughts? Neelix (talk) 14:58, 26 June 2014 (UTC)
I initially took it out completely as, since you are presumably trying to encourage readers to view the list, you don't want people clicking the link. Stuttering is linked as the very first word of the list anyway so, should the readers feel that the explanation given in the first sentence here and in the list hasn't made it sufficiently clear, they have easy access to the article from there. Belle (talk) 15:35, 26 June 2014 (UTC)
Tweak to "Stutterers are people who have..." to indicate the link concerns details of people, rather than the condition itself? - SchroCat (talk) 15:49, 26 June 2014 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done Neelix (talk) 17:47, 27 June 2014 (UTC)

Timeline of the far future[edit]

A dark gray and red sphere representing the Earth lies against a black background to the right of an orange circular object representing the Sun

While predictions of the future can never be absolutely certain, a projected course for the farthest future events may be sketched out based on present scientific understanding in various fields, if only in the broadest strokes. All predictions of the future of the Earth, the Solar System and the Universe must account for the second law of thermodynamics, which states that entropy, or a loss of the energy available to do work, must increase over time. Stars must eventually exhaust their supply of hydrogen fuel and burn out. Eventually, matter itself will come under the influence of radioactive decay, as even the most stable materials break apart into subatomic particles. The future potentially allows for the occurrence of a number of massively improbable events, such as the formation of a Boltzmann brain. Many questions about the far future are still unresolved, such as whether humans will survive, whether protons decay or whether the Earth will be destroyed by the Sun's expansion into a red giant (illustration pictured). (Full list...)

Neelix (talk) 03:13, 22 March 2014 (UTC)

Maybe we should do this around November 9, which would have been Carl Sagan's 80th birthday.--Pharos (talk) 02:52, 19 May 2014 (UTC)

Deportation of Armenian intellectuals on 24 April 1915[edit]

Some of the famous Armenian intellectuals who were detained, deported, and killed in 1915

The deportation of Armenian intellectuals on 24 April 1915 was an event during the Armenian Genocide when leaders of the Armenian community of the Ottoman capital of Constantinople (today Istanbul) and later other locations were arrested and sent into exile by orders of the Ottoman government. Among those detained included poets, writers, musicians, doctors, architects, and other Armenian intellectuals belonging to different professions. Most of the 2,345 Armenians who were detained and then deported were ultimately killed. A few, such as Vrtanes Papazian and Komitas, were saved through intervention. Some survivors, such as Komitas, developed serious cases of post-traumatic stress disorder. 24 April has been chosen as Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day in order to commemorate the victims of the Armenian Genocide. Most who commemorate the Armenian Genocide consider 24 April 1915 to be the date which the event began. (Full list...)

I would like this list to go up on 24 April 2015 in light of the centennial of the Armenian Genocide. Étienne Dolet (talk) 19:17, 10 May 2014 (UTC)

  • Comment - The wikilinks present in the article should also be present in the blurb (ie. Armenian Genocide, Ottoman Empire, etc.). The statement that the deportation marked the beginning of the Armenian Genocide is controversial, and this statement should not be declared as fact; the first and last sentences of the blurb should be reworded such that they are closer to the corresponding wordings in the article. Neelix (talk) 21:23, 13 May 2014 (UTC)
Done. The blurb is now more aligned with the article. Étienne Dolet (talk) 19:48, 14 May 2014 (UTC)
Good fixes thus far. I am concerned about the blurb's length; it is currently considerably shorter than the recommended length (1000 characters). Would you be willing to expand it by 100-200 characters? The sentence about Vrtanes Papazian and Komitas might be appropriate. Neelix (talk) 19:33, 15 May 2014 (UTC)
@Neelix: Let me know what you think. Étienne Dolet (talk) 07:29, 16 May 2014 (UTC)
Support for April 24, 2015. This is an exemplary article, and I cannot imagine a better date fit for a TFL blurb. Neelix (talk) 14:58, 16 May 2014 (UTC)
Are we really going to keep this nomination up here for 11 months? Is this the best use of one of the limited 15 slots? BencherliteTalk 16:51, 10 June 2014 (UTC)
@Bencherlite: Well, can't we lock it in now? @Giants2008:? Étienne Dolet (talk) 18:07, 10 June 2014 (UTC)

List of Church of England dioceses[edit]

A coat of arms with a blue shield topped with a white mitre with yellow stripes and a yellow scarf coming out of it on both sides of the shield

There are 42 Church of England dioceses, each being an administrative territorial unit governed by a bishop. These cover England, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands and a small part of Wales. The Diocese in Europe is also a part of the Church of England, and covers the whole of continental Europe, Morocco and the post-Soviet states. The structure of dioceses within the Church of England was initially inherited from the Catholic Church as part of the Protestant Reformation. During the Reformation a number of new dioceses were founded, but no more were then created until the middle of the 19th century. The most recent to be established was the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales, which came into being on 20 April 2014. The 42 dioceses are divided into two provinces. The Province of Canterbury comprises 30 dioceses and the Province of York comprises 12. The archbishops of Canterbury (coat of arms pictured) and York have pastoral oversight over the bishops within their province, along with certain other rights and responsibilities. (Full list...)

Neelix (talk) 03:19, 29 June 2014 (UTC)

  • Comment – I'm hesitant to schedule this list because only the first column of the table appears to be cited at the moment. We've gotten some criticism in the past over running lists that turned out to be underreferenced, and I'd like to reduce the possibility of that happening again. Giants2008 (Talk) 21:12, 16 August 2014 (UTC)
  • No This was passed in 2006, without any refs at all, and would surely not pass in its current state now. The few refs there are don't seem to go to the best refs, and certainly don't cover all the information in the table, though no doubt it's right. The ref in the table is essentially to a drop-down menu, and the one most used, to the official website, goes to the main page, with hardly any of the information on it. Johnbod (talk) 12:55, 17 August 2014 (UTC)
I have attempted to improve the article and have added additional sources, but more sources are needed, and I do not know where to find them. I have contacted the original FL nominator as well as the relevant WikiProjects. Any help anyone is able to provide would be greatly appreciated. Neelix (talk) 18:47, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

As it's not good enough, can I suggest it is withdrawn from TFL until such time as it is fit for purpose? - SchroCat (talk) 20:17, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

I'm uncomfortable with the idea of recognizing collectively that a featured list does not meet the featured list criteria and removing it from TFLS without bringing it to FLRC. I understand if the article is removed from this list for quality reasons, but it should then be simultaneously brought up for review, or else I feel like we are degrading featured list status in general. Neelix (talk) 01:47, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
Well you can either bring it to FLRC or work on upgrading. Either way, I'm not sure it should be in the list for an impending appearance on the front page until such time as it is in a good enough shape. - SchroCat (talk) 11:49, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
The initial nominator just got back to me and added a bunch of references to the article. I'm hopeful that the list will meet the criteria again soon. Neelix (talk) 13:39, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
I believe that the article is now adequately sourced to appear on the main page. Thanks to GPRutter for helping me in finding sources. Neelix (talk) 16:24, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
No, it isn't. The rather tricky "territories" all go to a map that shows only the dioceses, not the counties, so does not confirm the detail in the column at all. The "Cathedral" column ref goes to a drop down menu that doesn't actually tell you where the Cathedrals for the tricky ones are (Sodor and Man; St Edmondsbury - obviously for most the diocese is named after the cathedral city). The referencing of the foundation dates peters out halfway down the list. The improvements are very welcome, but what would be "degrading featured list status in general" is putting this on the main page, even now. All these dioceses have websites for heaven's sake, not to mention their articles. Johnbod (talk) 21:47, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
Personally, I'm concerned about comprehensiveness. For an article that's supposed to cover over 1,500 years' worth of English history, there must be more to say than 200 words, surely? In its current state, the entire prose portion of this article is barely much longer than the above blurb, and wouldn't even pass DYK if it were nominated today. A Thousand Doors (talk | contribs) 11:01, 21 August 2014 (UTC)
The referencing for the foundation dates is already complete, as all of the dates without specific references are covered by the general reference at the top of that column. I have located a book called Discovering Cathedrals that appears to contain the territory and cathedral information for each of the dioceses, and I should be able to retrieve the book through my local library. Neelix (talk) 16:22, 21 August 2014 (UTC)

Public holidays in Rhodesia[edit]

The Union Jack is raised atop a hill by a man in military uniform. Officers and men in the same uniform stand to attention. Covered wagons and makeshift buildings can be seen in the background.

Public holidays in Rhodesia, a historical region in southern Africa, were largely based around milestones in the region's short history. Holidays were instituted along traditional British lines, with some others created exclusively for Rhodesia. Occupation Day, held on 12 September each year, marked the anniversary of the arrival of the Pioneer Column at Fort Salisbury in 1890 (illustration pictured). Southern Rhodesia effectively became the entirety of Rhodesia in 1964 when Northern Rhodesia became independent as Zambia; Independence Day did not become celebrated in Rhodesia until Southern Rhodesia's colonial government unilaterally declared independence from Britain in 1965. All of these holidays were celebrated until 1979, when Rhodesia reconstituted itself under majority rule as the unrecognised state of Zimbabwe-Rhodesia. The country's public holidays were replaced soon after with alternatives intended to be more inclusive: President's Day, Unity Day and Ancestors' Day. These were in turn superseded in April 1980, when the country became the recognised state of Zimbabwe. (Full list...)

Per discussion with Cliftonian, the editor who successfully had this article promoted to featured list status, September 12th would be an appropriate date to schedule this list, coinciding with Occupation Day. However, I remember that List of Chartjackers episodes has also made a claim to that date, so October 20th may be a good alternative date, coinciding with Republic Day. Still, it may be good to switch the Chartjackers list to a different date in order to separate it by more than two slots from the September 1st music-related list. I don't have a strong preference either way. Neelix (talk) 20:17, 10 August 2014 (UTC)

The Chartjackers page is primarily a television list, so it doesn't bother me too much that it might be close to a music list. I'm leaning towards considering this for the alternate date. Giants2008 (Talk) 15:07, 16 August 2014 (UTC)

List of schools in the Marlborough Region[edit]

A black-and-white photograph of a large group of people wearing hats standing in front of two flagpoles flying flags, one with the letter "W" on it

There are 30 schools in the Marlborough Region, a region of the South Island of New Zealand. The region contains rural and small-town primary schools, a combined primary/secondary school in Rai Valley, a small secondary school in Picton, and several primary schools, an intermediate school, and two large secondary schools in Blenheim. All schools are coeducational except for the two secondary schools in Blenheim: Marlborough Girls' College and Marlborough Boys' College (laying of the foundation stone pictured). Most of the schools in Marlborough are state schools, which are fully funded by the government and at which no fees for tuition of domestic students can be charged. The only schools in the region that are not state schools are three state-integrated schools, which are former private schools with a special character based on a religious or philosophical belief that have been integrated into the state system. A primary school in Koromiko closed voluntarily in December 2012 due to declining roll numbers. (Full list...)

Neelix (talk) 20:20, 13 August 2014 (UTC)

Signatories of the Act of Independence of Lithuania[edit]

A black-and-white photograph of twenty men wearing formal clothing, nine of whom are sitting in a row on chairs while the other eleven stand behind them

The signatories of the Act of Independence of Lithuania were the twenty Lithuanian men who signed the Act of Independence of Lithuania on February 16, 1918. The signatories were elected to the Council of Lithuania by the Vilnius Conference in September 1917 and entrusted with the mission of establishing an independent Lithuanian state. The signatories succeeded in their mission and independent Lithuania existed until the Soviet Union occupied the state on June 15, 1940. The signatories comprised a wide political, professional, and social spectrum. After the declaration of Lithuania's independence the signatories continued to participate in Lithuania's public life; two of them, Antanas Smetona and Aleksandras Stulginskis, were later elected Presidents of Lithuania, and Jonas Vileišis went on to become mayor of Kaunas, the temporary capital of Lithuania. After Lithuania lost its independence during World War II, six of the surviving signatories were sent to prison or executed by the Soviet government, and six others went into exile. (Full list...)

Neelix (talk) 15:59, 30 August 2014 (UTC)

List of UFC champions[edit]

A photograph of a woman with long, blonde hair looking at the viewer while wearing a black leather jacket and smiling all on a very sunny day

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) champions are mixed martial arts fighters who have won UFC titles. At the time of the UFC's inception in the United States in 1993, the promotion did not include weight classes; instead of the traditional championship model, the UFC held tournaments with the winner receiving a permanent appellation. In response to criticism from Senator John McCain that saw the banning of the sport in thirty-six states, the UFC increased its cooperation with state athletic commissions and introduced weight classes in 1997, starting with UFC 12, and champions have won weight-specific titles since then. When the UFC merged with World Extreme Cagefighting in 2010, featherweight and bantamweight divisions were added to the UFC, with José Aldo and Dominick Cruz claiming the first titles in these divisions respectively. In November 2012, as a result of the forthcoming dissolution of Strikeforce, the UFC announced they would be adding female fighters to their roster for the first time, and Ronda Rousey (pictured) became the first women's division champion the following month. (Full list...)

Neelix (talk) 17:37, 3 September 2014 (UTC)

List of sieges of Gibraltar[edit]

The Defeat of the Floating Batteries at Gibraltar, September 1782

There have been fourteen recorded sieges of Gibraltar. Despite occupying a peninsula that is only 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) long and 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) wide, the modern territory of Gibraltar's strategic location on the southern Iberian coast at the western entrance to the Mediterranean Sea and just across the eponymous Strait from Morocco in North Africa, as well as its natural defensibility, have made it one of the most fought-over places in Europe. Only five of the sieges of Gibraltar resulted in a change of rule. Seven were fought between Muslims and Catholics during Muslim rule, four between Spain and Britain from the Anglo-Dutch capture in 1704 to the end of the Great Siege in 1783 (Grand Assault pictured), two between rival Catholic factions, and one between rival Muslim powers. Four of Gibraltar's changes in rule, including three sieges, took place over a matter of days or hours, whereas several other sieges had durations of months or years and claimed the lives of thousands without resulting in any change in rule. (Full list...)

Neelix (talk) 16:22, 6 September 2014 (UTC)

List of tallest dams in China[edit]

A photograph of a grey dam with red structures spaced across the top of it and with hilly terrain in the background all under a blue sky with white clouds

The tallest dams in China are some of the tallest dams in the world. Nearly 22,000 dams over 15 metres (49 ft) in height – about half the world's total – have been constructed in China since the 1950s. Many of the tallest are located in the southwestern part of the country on rivers such as the Yangtze (Three Gorges Dam pictured). While beneficial, many throughout the country have been criticized for their effects on the environment, displacement of locals and effect on transboundary river flows. Currently, the country's and world's tallest, Jinping-I Dam, an arch dam 305 metres (1,001 ft) high, is located in Sichuan. The tallest embankment dam in China is the 261 m (856 ft) Nuozhadu Dam in Yunnan. The country's highest gravity dam is Longtan Dam at 216.2 m (709 ft), which can be found in Guangxi. At 233 m (764 ft), Shuibuya Dam in Hubei is the world's tallest concrete-face rock-fill dam. In Sichuan, the government is constructing the 312 m (1,024 ft) tall Shuangjiangkou Dam which, when complete, will become the world's tallest dam. (Full list...)

Neelix (talk) 17:49, 10 September 2014 (UTC)

List of international cricket five-wicket hauls by Imran Khan[edit]

Former Pakistani fast bowler

Twenty-four five-wicket hauls were taken by Imran Khan (pictured) during his career in international cricket. Khan is a retired fast bowler who also captained the Pakistani. He made his Test debut in 1971 against England at Edgbaston Cricket Ground. His first Test five-wicket haul came six years later, in 1977, against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Starting his One Day International (ODI) career in August 1974 against England at the Trent Bridge, Khan's solitary ODI five-wicket haul— 6 wickets for 14 runs—came in 1985 against India in 1985 in Sharjah. In Test cricket, Khan's career-best figures for an innings were 8 wickets for 58 runs against Sri Lanka at the Gaddafi Stadium, in 1982. Khan was named as one of the five Cricketers of the Year by the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack in 1983, and was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in January 2009. As of September 2014, he is third in the list of five-wicket haul takers for Pakistan, all formats of the game combined. (Full list...)

Comment: 25 November is Khan's birthday so 24 November will be a suitable date for this list to appear on the main page. Regards, --Khadar Khani (talk) 23:05, 11 September 2014 (UTC)

  • Oppose - A list of international cricket five-wicket hauls is a very specific kind of list that is over-represented at TFL. We had one last month (List of international cricket five-wicket hauls by Shoaib Akhtar), and the most recent cricket-related list before that was also a list of international cricket five-wicket hauls (List of international cricket five-wicket hauls by Waqar Younis). There is a wide range of cricket-related featured lists to choose from, not to mention all of the other non-cricket sports-related featured lists. I would recommend that other sports be chosen before more cricket lists, and that other cricket-related lists be chosen before more lists of international cricket five-wicket hauls. Neelix (talk) 01:49, 12 September 2014 (UTC)

List of music recording certifications[edit]

A photograph of a golden disc with the words "Capitol; THE BEATLES; HEY JUDE" written in white on a black circle in the disc's middle all on a black background

Music recording certifications are typically awarded by the global music industry based on the total units sold or shipped to the retailers. These awards and their requirements are defined by the various certifying bodies representing the music industry in various countries and territories worldwide. The standard certification awards given consist of Gold (example pictured), Platinum, and sometimes Diamond awards, in ascending order; the UK also has a Silver certification, ranking below Gold. In most cases, a "Multi-Platinum" or "Multi-Diamond" award is given for multiples of the Platinum or Diamond requirements. Though all certifying bodies give awards for album sales or shipments, many also certify singles, paid digital downloads, music videos, music DVDs, and master ringtones. Additionally, some certifying bodies have separate threshold scales for works of domestic or international origins, varying genres, lengths, and formats. (Full list...)

Neelix (talk) 02:55, 16 September 2014 (UTC)