Thumperward (nom)—Chris Cunningham, a system administrator in Scotland—has been with us for more than four years. He has worked heavily on most of Wikipedia's core templates, including infoboxes and article message boxes, and has a strong record of involvement at the help desk and the technical village pump.
Favonian (nom), "a mathematician by education, a software architect by profession and an amateur historian when time allows", is fluent in both English and Danish. During more than two years of editing, Favonian has been active in anti-vandalism and new-page patrolling, with maintenance work on linking, referencing and categorisation.
Bsadowski1 (nom), from the American midwest, has been active since December 2008, and has specialised in tasks such as ensuring compliance in account creation and operation, patrolling new pages, and reporting vandalism. Bsadowski is also an admin and checkuser on the Simple English Wikipedia, and an admin on MetaWiki.
Joe Decker (nom), a graduate of the prestigious California Institute of Technology, has been a Wikipedian since 2005. He has been a significant contributor to the unreferenced BLP cleanup drive, in which he has provided referencing for more than a thousand articles created by other editors.
"Susan Blue" by the children's book illustrator Kate Greenaway (1885), engraved and printed by Edmund Evans, the subject of a new featured article
The article on the village of Little Thetford, north of London, was promoted. This 2005 tornado sucked up large quantities of dark earth from the surrounding fenland.
The treasure beneath the field: the silver "Hoxne Tigress", a broken-off handle from an unknown object in the Hoxne Hoard, unearthed by accident in Suffolk, England (picture by Mike Peel)
Babe Ruth—from 500 home run club, our featured list Choice of the week—was the first player to reach 500 home runs (1929)
Biddlestone Chapel, was built as a private chapel in a remote location in Northumberland, England, on the remains of a medieval pele tower.
A male Dendropsophus microcephalus tries to attract females by blowing up his vocal sac during a call.
The element Ruthenium. This image was shot outdoors, and the sky can be seen reflected by the mirror-like surface of the processed bar.
Guy Bradley (nom), an American game warden and early-20th-century champion of bird protection "who was shot and killed in the line of duty, after confronting a man and his two sons who were hunting egrets in the Everglades" (nominated by María).
Ernest Augustus I of Hanover (nom), who allegedly "slept with his sister, and had a son by her. He murdered his valet. He murdered Lord Graves. He was going to murder the Princess Victoria, if he could." (Wehwalt).
"Pilot" (Supernatural) (nom), the first episode of a 2005 television program which received mixed reviews, with critics praising the horror elements but of varying opinions on the lead actors' performances (Ophois).
Hod Stuart (nom), a Canadian professional ice hockey player in the early 20th century. His death led to the first all-star game in sports, a benefit game for his wife and children.(Kaiser matias).
Eagle (comic) (nom), a comic launched in 1950. The illustrator, Frank Hampson, said he "wanted to give hope for the future, to show that rockets, and science in general, could reveal new worlds, new opportunities. I was sure that space travel would be a reality." (Parrot of Doom)
Little Thetford (nom), a village from which 61 men were sent to fight in the First World War, at the time more than 30 percent of the population (Senra).
Hoxne Hoard (nom), a farmer, a lost hammer, and a chance discovery: the largest hoard of late Roman silver and gold ever uncovered in Britain, in 1992, and now housed in the British Museum (see the FAC nomination page for the collaborators).
Choice of the week:The Signpost asked FA nominator and reviewer Brianboulton to select what he believes is the best FA for the week. He wrote: "I was tempted to choose Edmund Evans for the beauty of its images, but in the end I decided on Montague Druitt. Unsolved mysteries, even 120-year-old ones, are endlessly fascinating, especially when told in sparse, lucid prose which is sometimes deliciously dry. I loved this line: 'Druitt, his mother and his sister Georgiana were invited to a ball in honour of Clarence at the home of Lord Wimborne on 17 December 1888, although they did not attend because by that time Montague was dead, his mother was in an asylum, and his sister was expecting her second child.' Seems like some people will do anything to avoid their social obligations."
Historic Chapels Trust (nom), a heritage charity that cares for redundant non-Anglican chapels and other places of worship in England. Its varying acquisitions range from the semi-derelict to the elaborate (Peter I. Vardy). Honorable mention by our judge: see picture, right.
500 home run club (nom), which currently consists of 25 players who have hit at least 500 home runs. Although membership in this group used to be almost a ticket to the Hall of Fame, it has lost prestige because of recent members' ties to performance-enhancing drugs (Staxringold). Choice of the week: see picture, right.
List of Governors of Florida (nom), the 43 people who have served as Governor in the U.S. state of Florida. The current governor is Charlie Crist, who has held office since 2007 (Golbez).
Choice of the week: We asked regular nominator and reviewer Rambo's Revenge for his pick of this week's crop: "Look through the log of promoted featured lists and you will see that sport figures frequently. However, this is not something to be bemoaned. Even as a baseball-ignorant Brit, the 500 home run club stood out to me as an exemplary list. It uses sortabilty to show how, chronologically, members of the club appear to have a pathway into the Hall of Fame. A less common theme is architectural lists; the newly promoted Historic Chapels Trust is a beautifully complete piece of content that not only gives a rounded explanation and history of the Trust but details, descriptions and, where possible, images of each constituent chapel." Pictures from both lists appear above.
Kentucky gubernatorial election, 1899 (nom). This tumultuous election and its aftermath featured political party infighting, voter fraud, a Supreme Court case, and the only assassination of a state governor in U.S. history (nominated by Acdixon).
A tramp (nom) depicted in an 1899 American poster. Adam Cuerden recropped the original for better composition, treated the colours to approach the likely original unfaded version, and made other subtle improvements. (below)
Tasmanian Darner (nom) Photographer Noodle snacks said the dragonfly "was sitting beside Lake Will, drying its wings, [and] by taking many shots to get a sharp one I was able to get something decent thanks to the obliging subject".
Metallic Ringtail (nom) are found in still-water bodies lakes, swamps, and alpine bogs. Noodle snacks, the creator, carefully identified the species from The complete field guide to dragonflies of Australia; he pointed out that both "metallic lustre and ringtail" are clearly visible.
Common collared lizard (nom), taken from an angle that the nominator stated was "perfect to show off the pattern on the body, and especially on the neck, from which the lizard takes its name" (created by Dschwen).
Central Heterochromia (nom), showing an eye condition in which there are two colours in the same iris. The image was created by Adam Cuerden, who told reviewers that "sometimes, yourself is the best illustration ... I thought, why not?"
Choice of the week:Juliancolton was a member of the 2009 Organizing Committee for the Commons Picture of the Year Award (see Signpost coverage). We invited him to choose his number-one featured picture for the week. "In my opinion", he told us, "the Uluguru Mountain Ranges(top) panorama is among the most impressive images promoted this week. Aside from helping to fill a notorious gap in coverage of Africa on Wikipedia, it has impressive technical quality. Panoramas are difficult to successfully create, and this particular one expresses quite a bit of skill on the photographer's part."