Wikipedia:Four Award

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The Four Award recognizes the persistence of Wikipedia editors who have taken care of an article from its humble beginnings through featured article status. The articles listed here have passed through all four stages of editorial development with the same author largely responsible for each stage. There are currently 624 Four Award certified articles, written by 212 authors. Thus, about one in every 9,699.454 articles and one in every 9.20 featured articles is listed here.

The project serves as encouragement for people who have a strong interest in and/or a deep understanding of redlinked topics to advance them to a very high level of quality. The way the display of recognized articles is formatted in a sortable table, it also encourages experienced editors to take the time to research and develop those articles that they have created in the past but have neglected. Read the criteria below for achieving the Four Award. If you believe you hold the requisites, you may apply for this award via the nominations section. If you have any questions, please review the frequently asked questions and then post on the award's talk page.

Requirements[edit]

You must start/create a new article, converting the article from a redlink to its very first encyclopedic content. Symbol neutral vote.svg
You must have that same article that you started/created be displayed at the Did You Know... section of the Main Page. (You are not required to be someone who is credited for the DYK status, but you must be one of the people significantly responsible for the article meeting the DYK criteria.) The DYK nomination does not need to be made before the article becomes a Good Article. Symbol question.svg
You must significantly help in improving that same article that you started/created and was displayed at the Did You Know... section of the Main Page to Good Article status. (You are not required to be the person who nominated the article for GA status, but you must be one of the people significantly responsible for the article meeting the GA criteria.) Symbol support vote.svg
You must significantly help in improving that same article that you started/created, was displayed at the Did You Know... section of the Main Page and that you significantly helped achieve Good Article status, to Featured Article status, which it still retains. Symbol star FA gold.svg

How to nominate an article[edit]

If you believe an article meets all the requirements listed above, you may request the award following the instructions below. The article will be reviewed according to the reviewing instructions and the nomination will either be accepted or rejected. If any editor disagrees with the determination of a reviewer, please discuss the nomination on the FOUR talk page.

New nomination instructions[edit]

  • Copy the code below and paste it to the bottom of the current nominations section. The user and comments parameters will not be necessary for most nominations.
{{subst:Four Award Nomination
  | article  = ARTICLE NAME
  | dyknom   = LINK OR DIFF OF DYK NOMINATION
  | dyk      = LINK TO RECENT ADDITIONS
  | user     = USERNAME (remove if you are nominating yourself)
  | comments = OTHER COMMENTS (optional; see below)
}}
  • Note: If your involvement in any of the article development processes (creation, WP:DYK, WP:GAN, WP:FAC) is unclear, please provide additional information (including diffs, if necessary) elaborating on your involvement and/or how you and the article meet the WP:FOUR criteria.

Delist nomination instructions[edit]

  • If you have found a listed article that does not meet the standards that are currently enforced please open a subsection in the nominations area with the name of the article followed by the word delist as the subsection name. Then in the subsection note which of the credited stages is being challenged.
    • E.g., Chicago Board of Trade - credit seems to have been given for DYK and GAC nominations ([1][2]), but involvement in both stages was minimal in terms of number of edits, content added and content improved.

Current nominations[edit]

The Four Award (clockwise from bottom-right: new article, did you know, good article, featured article)