Wikipedia:Compare criteria Good v. Featured article
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A good article is a satisfactory article that has the following attributes:
- 1. Well written. Prose and layout are clear, and it complies with the manual of style guidelines for lead sections, layout, words to watch, fiction, and list incorporation. The guideline for lead sections, in particular, requires that the lead be a concise summary of the article.
- 2. Accurate and verifiable. Sources are provided, and cited where necessary.
- 3. Broad. It covers the main aspects of the topic without going into unnecessary detail.
- 4. Neutral. It represents viewpoints fairly and without bias.
- 5. Stable. It does not change significantly from day-to-day.
- 6. Images. It is illustrated, if possible and relevant, by images with acceptable copyright status and fair use rationales where necessary.
A featured article exemplifies our very best work and has the following attributes:
- 1. High and reliable quality. It has: (a) engaging prose of a professional standard; (b) comprehensive coverage of major facts, details and context; (c) factual accuracy, with citations for verification against reliable sources; (d) neutral presentation of viewpoints; (e) stable content.
- 2. Detailed style standards. It complies with the entire Manual of Style and has: (a) a concise summarizing lead; (b) a substantial table of contents; (c) consistently formatted inline citations.
- 3. Images. It has images in accordance with image use policies; in particular, they have acceptable copyright status and fair use rationales where necessary.
- 4. Length. It stays focused on the main topic without going into unnecessary detail.
- The neutrality requirements are identical.
- Both require articles to stay focused on the main topic without going into unnecessary detail.
- Both require stability, factual accuracy and verifiability, and acceptable copyright status for images.
- Neither has absolute length requirements, although featured articles tend to be long and one of the original purposes of the GA process was to recognize good quality short articles.
- Featured articles must be our very best work; good articles are merely satisfactory.
- A good article must be reasonably well written; a featured article must have a professional standard of writing that is engaging, even brilliant.
- A good article must comply with only five style guidelines; featured articles must comply with all style standards.
- A featured article must be comprehensive; a good article must be broad. The "comprehensive" standard requires that no major fact or detail is omitted; the "broad" standard merely requires coverage of the main points.
- Featured articles are usually subject to greater scrutiny in regard to factual accuracy and verifiability. In particular, the inline citation requirements are stricter.
- Good articles are generally not required to be as well-illustrated.