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I am wondering what would people think about linking a FT to a running TFA. For example, today's TFA, "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)" could have linked to the discography topic had it been not a GT, but a FT. Perhaps link it somewhere around the "Recently featured:..." part? Nergaal (talk) 14:38, 25 May 2014 (UTC)

Maya Angelou

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is the 1969 autobiography about the early years of writer and activist Maya Angelou. The first in a six-volume series, it is a coming-of-age story that illustrates how strength of character and a love of literature can help overcome racism and trauma. In the course of Caged Bird, Maya transforms from a victim of racism with an inferiority complex into a self-possessed, dignified young woman capable of responding to racism. Angelou was challenged by her friend, author James Baldwin, and her editor, Robert Loomis, to write an autobiography that was also a piece of literature. Because Angelou uses thematic development and other techniques common to fiction, reviewers often categorize Caged Bird as autobiographical fiction, but the prevailing critical view characterizes it as an autobiography, a genre she attempts to critique, change and expand. The book covers topics common to autobiographies written by black American women in the years following the civil rights movement: a celebration of black motherhood; a critique of racism; the importance of family; and the quest for independence, personal dignity, and self-definition. Caged Bird was nominated for a National Book Award in 1970 and remained on The New York Times paperback Best Seller list for two years. However, the book's graphic depiction of racism, sexuality and childhood rape have caused it to be challenged or banned in some schools and libraries. (Full article...)

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is part of the Maya Angelou autobiographies series, one of Wikipedia's featured topics.

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Something like this, perhaps? BencherliteTalk 14:52, 27 May 2014 (UTC)
Rather a topical example, as it turns out... BencherliteTalk 14:06, 28 May 2014 (UTC)

Perhaps something even more subtle than this, but this would work. Nergaal (talk) 14:06, 28 May 2014 (UTC)

Support I like the idea of linking a FT to TFA. Hawkeye7 (talk) 06:49, 31 May 2014 (UTC)
Support. Not sure about the formatting, but it's a perfectly good inclusion. —Designate (talk) 20:23, 2 June 2014 (UTC)
Support - I'm all for this. Being a delegate for FTC, I think this'll help get the project and the Featured Topics some well needed exposure on the main page. GamerPro64 05:24, 5 July 2014 (UTC)

Who looks at what...Leo Minor[edit]

Intrigued by this. I buffed Leo Minor, which got 30k views yesterday, but wondered about other bluelinks and who perused them as well. So imagine my surprise when I saw Beta Leonis Minoris get 36k views, 46 Leonis Minoris got nearly 40k views, constellation shot up to 29.5k views, apparent magnitude got 21k views, Ursa Major mentioned in passing got 22.5k views, and Hanny's Voorwerp got 44k views! Bayer designation got 40.4k views, binary star got 21k views. 21 Leonis Minoris got 40k views

But noone looked at white main sequence star

11 Leonis Minoris (down the article and not mentioned in blurb), even rose to 53 views.

Anyway, food for thought I guess...might be worth looking at for other articles/article links too..Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 20:36, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

That is interesting! It seems that many readers click on an interesting blue link the blurb without necessarily going to the article itself first. Modest Genius talk 13:37, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
I was musing on a little experiment next time...all those articles saw very little editing despite many being small. Was tempted one time to tag a bunch of bluelinked articles and see if it spurred any editing from viewers. Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 13:48, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
Most readers are not interested in becoming editors. At the same time, existing editors are unlikely to be clicking on random things on the Main Page. I don't find the lack of editing particularly surprising or particularly worrying. Also, note that Bayer designation already had a big orange-level tag on it, but received precisely zero edits. Modest Genius talk 15:08, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
That's because of overtagging. Such a high proportion of Wikipedia articles have a tag on it that readers ignore them in the same way we all ignore men with helmets and reflective orange vests. A policy of gradual tagging would be better, but people like to go around tagging things thinking that it's a useful contribution and that magical fairies will come and clean up after them. #truth #WriteDontTag Source: Me. Samsara (FA  FP) 19:33, 3 August 2014 (UTC)
Good point. Hadn't noted that. Okay then I will just buff all the linked articles as much as possible then.....Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 11:59, 25 July 2014 (UTC)
Hi Casliber. Not sure if I'm a typical example, but I don't really visit the main page. #fact Samsara (FA  FP) 19:09, 3 August 2014 (UTC)
A bit off topic: the German Wikipedia insists on one link only for the DYK equivalent. Years ago, I reviewed a triple nom for DYK by PumpkinSky, saying that the three nature reserves were so similar in structure that I could accept only one as new content, but that the others would receive just as many hits, - which came true. I have extra blue links in DYK hooks only if I want attention for those topics, example ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 16:02, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
Yeah agree - some things I think are worth linking to but not everything. Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 11:59, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

Pageview stats off[edit]

I have started up a thread about how all the page view stats being used for WP:DYKSTATS, WP:TFLSTATS and WP:TFASTATS are using 23:00 to 22:59 (UTC) rather than 00:00 to 23:59 (UTC) as the day at Wikipedia:Village_pump_(technical) (T / C / WP:FOUR / WP:CHICAGO / WP:WAWARD) 19:24, 10 August 2014 (UTC)