Wikipedia:Featured portal candidates

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Featured Portals in Wikipedia

A featured portal is a portal which is regarded by the community as being an example of Wikipedia's finest work. This page is where featured portal candidates are considered by the community against the featured portal criteria.

Nominators are expected to make an effort to address objections. A portal should not be a featured portal candidate and at the same time be listed at portal peer review. Users are asked not to add a second nomination here until the first has gained support and concerns have been substantially addressed. Do not split a nomination page into subsections, which will cause problems in its archiving (if necessary, use bolded headings). Please respond positively to constructive criticism.

For a nomination to be promoted to featured portal status, consensus must be reached that it meets the criteria. Consensus is built among the reviewers and nominators. If, after sufficient time, objections considered actionable have not been resolved or consensus for promotion has not been reached, a nomination will be removed from the list and archived. Consensus may be determined by any editor in good standing who is not materially involved in the portal's development or maintenance, or in any related WikiProjects. The process is overseen by the Featured Portal directors Cirt and OhanaUnited.

A bot will update the portal talk page after the portal is promoted or the nomination archived; the delay in bot processing can range from minutes to several days, and the {{FPOC}} template should remain on the talk page until the bot updates {{ArticleHistory}}. If a nomination is archived, the nominator should take adequate time to work on resolving issues before re-nominating—typically at least a few weeks.

At present, there are 172 featured portals, of a total of 1469 portals on Wikipedia.

Featured content:

Featured portal tools:

Nomination procedure

  1. Before nominating a portal for featured portal status on this page, compare it against the featured portal criteria and ensure that it meets all criteria before nominating.
    • It is strongly recommended that you use the portal peer review process before nominating the portal. Peer reviews help to identify and fix basic improvement needs before they might be used as the basis for opposing a nomination.
    • You may also wish to observe other featured portals in the same topic to get ideas on how to further improve your portal before nomination.
  2. Place {{FPOC}} on the talk page of the nominated portal, and click the "initiate nomination" link – This will allow you to initiate the nomination in the correct format.
    • Note: If you are resubmitting the portal after a previously failed nomination, it is important that you follow the following instructions correctly:
    1. Use the move tab to rename the previous nomination to a new title:
      example: move Wikipedia:Featured portal candidates/Portal:Example to Wikipedia:Featured portal candidates/Portal:Example/Archive 1
      Go back to the template you left on the talk page of the nominated portal, and replace the code {{FPOC}} with {{FPOC|Archive 1}}. Save the page and re-click the "initiate nomination" link to start the nomination again. These instructions do not work; They presume no redirect will be left behind - only a possibility for admins. Please update with correct instructions.
  3. Fill in the blanks of the page, including why you are nominating the portal and other necessary details about the portal that need to be covered.
  4. Click this link and place the following code {{Wikipedia:Featured portal candidates/Portal:Example}} (replacing Example with the name of your portal) directly under the header, and above all previous nominations. This will transclude the nomination subpage you created for your nominated portal to be seen on the main candidacy page. Be sure to include an edit summary that clearly states which portal you are nominating: e.g., nominating Portal:Example.
  5. Nominator is strongly encouraged to watchlist the nomination page.
  6. Nominator may wish to leave a neutrally worded notice at the talk pages of relevant WikiProjects.

Supporting and objecting

Please read nominated portals fully before deciding to support or oppose a nomination.

  • To edit nominations in order to comment on them, you must click the "edit" link to the right of the portal nomination on which you wish to comment (not the overall page's "edit this page" link).
  • If you approve of a portal, write '''Support''' followed by your reasons.
  • If you oppose a nomination, write '''Object''' followed by the reason for your objection. Each objection must provide a specific rationale that can be addressed. If nothing can be done in principle to "fix" the source of the objection, the objection may be ignored. This includes objections to a portal's suitability for the Wikipedia.
    • To withdraw an objection, strike it out (with <s>...</s>) rather than removing it.
  • Any registered editor may express an opinion. "Supports" and "opposes" from IP editors will be crossed out, but their comments on portal content should be considered.


Portal:California Roads[edit]

I believe this portal meets the featured portal criteria. There are about 300 articles represented in this topic, and there is a selection of 31 selected articles (all FAs or GAs), 16 selected pictures, and 17 DYKs. --Rschen7754 01:26, 6 March 2016 (UTC)

  • Comment - Portal has a wide selection of high-quality selected articles that are GA or better, and multiple pictures and DYK hooks that change every time the portal is refreshed. The only nitpick I have is that the pictures for the SA should be right-aligned. After that's fixed, I'm willing to support. Dough4872 05:14, 6 March 2016 (UTC)
    • Done. --Rschen7754 05:31, 6 March 2016 (UTC)
      • Support - Well done! Dough4872 05:38, 6 March 2016 (UTC)
  • Comment Should we have a news section in the portal, similar to the US Roads portal?
    Kevon kevono (talk) 03:36, 26 July 2016 (UTC) 20:36 (PDT)
    • I would prefer not to, since otherwise the portal will have to be regularly maintained. Portal:Michigan Highways and Portal:Maryland Roads don't have it and are featured portals. --Rschen7754 04:01, 26 July 2016 (UTC)
      • So you're just being lazy about the portal and ditch it after if it becomes featured status? It's true that the two portals listed above are FPs, but editors' job on Wikipedia aren't to upgrade everything to featured status (although that's a main reason), they're to making Wikipedia a better place. I think a news section would be very necessary to the portal, and if you disagree, I'll add it myself.
        Kevon kevono (talk) 04:18, 26 July 2016 (UTC) 21:18 (PDT)
        • First of all, please assume good faith. It's not being lazy, it's being realistic with editor time and resources. Please read the criteria: "Featured portals may be designed to reduce the required frequency of updating" and "Featured portals that require maintenance and are not updated for three or more months are summarily demoted". --Rschen7754 04:34, 26 July 2016 (UTC)
        • (edit conflict) As the editor responsible for getting Portal:Michigan Highways to FPo status, I must strenuously protest your comments, and I'd ask that you immediately retract them, Kevon kevono. First off, the Michigan portal requires regular updating because its Selected Article, Selected Picture and DYK set change each month. Even a portal like the Maryland one needs periodic updates to ensure that the content is still accurate even though it randomly rotates through set content each time the portal is reloaded. In fact, as additional articles in that state are promoted to higher assessment levels, the displayed content needs to be periodically audited to ensure it includes the best examples Maryland's collection of highway articles has to offer. So no, we can't "just [be] lazy about the portal and ditch it after if it becomes featured". Claims otherwise have no place in a review like this one.

          Assuming a news section were required (it isn't), such a section would quickly become stale on a state-level highway portal. You just can't ensure that there will be enough changes to a state's highway system to prompt regular news updates, let alone at the quarterly intervals required by the FPo criteria. It works on P:USRD only because we have 50 states plus the territories from which to draw news updates. Even then, whole months can go by without any updates to the portal.

          I think your comments do a major disservice to the motives of the nominator. Honestly, given how you've chosen to engage in reviewing, I actually would also suggest that you discontinue reviewing anything at the Featured level for the time being. Your comments have not inspired any confidence that you actually understand what Featured means. Imzadi 1979  04:39, 26 July 2016 (UTC)

          • Ok, fine.
            Kevon kevono (talk) 04:54, 26 July 2016 (UTC) 21:54 (PDT)
            • Please retract your comments as requested above, Kevon kevono. That means you need to take some affirmative action, like striking through the offending text, to acknowledge that it has no place in the discourse here. Imzadi 1979  05:41, 26 July 2016 (UTC)
With that said, I support the nomination of this portal.
Kevon kevono (talk) 19:07, 26 July 2016 (UTC) 12:07 (PDT)


Worked to bring the portal back to an acceptable status and it seems to fit the featured portal standards. The topic is broad as it covers an entire academic field that has a large amount of quality content. I have queued content for the next three months and will continue to add more as time goes on. Wugapodes (talk) 04:20, 6 January 2016 (UTC)

Comments by Dharmadhyaksha
Category added. Wugapodes (talk) 16:43, 14 January 2016 (UTC)
  • How many featured article, featured phones and sets of DYKs are included in the portal? The numbers might help reviewers in gauging.
The features are manually selected and included rather than being chosen from a list. Features are currently queued for three months. The Linguistics WikiProject lists 42 articles at or above GA quality and 258 at B class. Wugapodes (talk) 16:43, 14 January 2016 (UTC)
  • Are all featured articles actually featured? Means how many of those are FAs, GAs or what classes are they?
I have changed the wording from "featured" to "selected" as not all articles selected are "featured articles". Selected articles are required to be at least B-class to ensure quality but also allow a larger pool of content for nominators to choose from. Preference is given to articles GA and above. The phones are selected without regard to quality of the article as it is the phone that is being selected rather than the article. Wugapodes (talk) 16:43, 14 January 2016 (UTC)

§§Dharmadhyaksha§§ {Talk / Edits} 06:56, 14 January 2016 (UTC)

  • @Wugapodes: The "will continue to add more as time goes on" approach doesn't seem to work. There is just a redlink in the selected article box for May (as was for April). It would be better if there were some (at least 30) pages, which would appear randomly on the page. Armbrust The Homunculus 14:08, 9 May 2016 (UTC)
@Armbrust: You are correct. I've been working to convert more of them to random displays and forgot about the articles. They've been redone. There are currently 17 pages, I will work to add more. Wugapodes (talk) 19:22, 9 May 2016 (UTC)