Wikipedia:Today's featured article/requests

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Here the community can nominate articles to be selected as "Today's featured article" (TFA) on the main page. The TFA section aims to highlight the range of articles that have "featured article" status, from Art and architecture through to Warfare, and wherever possible it tries to avoid similar topics appearing too close together without good reason. Requests are not the only factor in scheduling the TFA (see Choosing Today's Featured Article); the final decision rests with the TFA coordinators (Brianboulton, Crisco 1492 and Dank) (who also select TFAs for dates where no suggestions are put forward). Please confine requests to this page, and remember that community endorsement on this page does not necessarily mean the article will appear on the requested date.

The rules for nominations are relatively simple:

  • The article must be a featured article.
  • The article must not have appeared as TFA before (see the list of possibilities here)
  • The request must be either for a specific date within the next 30 days that have not yet been scheduled (10 spaces), or a non-specific date (4 spaces). If a section is full, you can wait for a vacancy, or ask the coordinators for advice. The template {{@TFA}} can be used in a message to "ping" the coordinators through the notification system.

If you have an exceptional request that deviates from these instructions (for example, an article making a second appearance as TFA, or a "double-header"), please discuss the matter with the TFA coordinators in the first instance.

It can be helpful to add the article to the pending requests template up to 1 year before the requested date. This does not guarantee selection, but does help others see what nominations may be forthcoming. Requestors should still nominate the article here during the 30-day timeframe.

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How to post a new nomination:

Create the nomination subpage.

In the box below, enter the full name of the article you are nominating (replacing ARTICLE TITLE, and without using any brackets around the article's name) and click the button to create your nomination page.

Write the nomination.

On that nomination page, fill out as many of the relevant parts of the pre-loaded {{TFAR nom}} template as you can, then save the page.

Your nomination should mention:

  • when the last similar article was, since this helps towards diversity on the main page (browsing Wikipedia:Today's featured article/recent TFAs will help you find out);
  • when the article was promoted to FA status (since older articles may need extra checks);
  • and (for date-specific nominations) the article's relevance for the requested date.

Please do your best to write a summary of the lead section, using the same formatting as the ones used on the main page; see today's example. Specifically: one paragraph only; no reference tags or alternative names; a link to the article title in bold as the first wikilink in the summary, and no other bolding; a total length when previewed (including spaces) between 1075 and 1175 characters. Add a suitable free-use image if available; fair use images are not allowed.

If you don't feel happy writing a summary, follow the rest of the instructions, then ask for assistance at WT:TFAR and someone will help.

Post at TFAR.

After you have created the nomination page, add it here under a level-3 heading for the preferred date (or under a free non-specific date header). To do this, add (replacing "ARTICLE TITLE" with the name of your nominated article):
===February 29===
{{Wikipedia:Today's featured article/requests/ARTICLE TITLE}}

Nominations are ordered by requested date below the summary chart. More than one article can be nominated for the same date.

It would also then be helpful to add the nomination to the summary chart, following the examples there. Please include the name of the article that you are nominating in your edit summary.

If you are not one of the article's primary editors, please then notify the primary editors of the TFA nomination; if primary editors are no longer active, please add a message to the article talk page.


In the absence of exceptional circumstances, TFAs are scheduled in date order, not according to how long nominations have been open or how many supportive comments they have. So, for example, January 31 will not be scheduled until January 30 has been scheduled (by TFAR nomination or otherwise).

Summary chart[edit]

Currently accepting requests from August 9 to September 8.

Date Article Notes Supports Opposes
Nonspecific 1 24th Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Karstjäger 1 0
Nonspecific 2 Handel's lost Hamburg operas More noms needed! 4 0
Nonspecific 3
Nonspecific 4
August 9 Albert Ketèlbey anniversary of birth 1 0
August 14 The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman anniversary of release 2 0
August 27 Metroid Prime 3: Corruption 9-year anniversary of release 1 0
September 1 Passenger pigeon anniversary of extinction 4 0

Tally may not be up to date. The nominator is included in the number of supporters.

Nonspecific date nominations[edit]

Nonspecific date 1[edit]

24th Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Karstjäger[edit]

24th Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Karstjäger

The 24th Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Karstjäger was a German mountain infantry division of the Waffen-SS during World War II. Formed on 18 July 1944 from the SS Volunteer Karstwehr Battalion, its nominal strength was never more than theoretical and the division was soon reduced to a brigade. Throughout its existence, it was primarily involved in fighting partisans in the Karst region on the frontiers of Yugoslavia, Italy, and Austria; the mountainous terrain required specialized mountain troops and equipment. Founded in 1942 as a company, the unit consisted mainly of Yugoslav Volksdeutsche and recruits from South Tyrol. Although primarily focused on anti-partisan operations, it also saw action in the wake of the Italian surrender when it moved to disarm Italian troops and protect ethnic German communities in Italy. At the end of the war it successfully fought to keep passes into Austria open, allowing German units to escape the Balkans and surrender to British forces. The remnants of the unit became some of the last Germans to lay down their arms when they surrendered to the British on 9 May 1945. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): There has been no similar Milhist article (ie a German unit) since at least 1 February 2016
  • Main editors: User:Peacemaker67
  • Promoted: 19 October 2013
  • Reasons for nomination: has an equivalent article in 14 languages on WP
  • Support as nominator. Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 10:04, 23 July 2016 (UTC)

Nonspecific date 2[edit]

Handel's lost Hamburg operas[edit]

George Frideric Handel by Balthasar Denner.jpg

Of the four operas written by the youthful composer George Frideric Handel (pictured) between 1703 and 1706 when he lived and worked in Hamburg, only the first, Almira, has survived complete. The music for the others is lost apart from a few orchestral fragments. Handel learned the rudiments of opera composition while employed as a violinist at the Oper am Gänsemarkt, Hamburg's famous opera house, and was able to get Almira and a second opera, Nero, performed there during the temporary absence of the theatre's director, Reinhard Keiser. Almira was successful, Nero less so. Handel's last two Hamburg operas, Florindo and Daphne, were not produced at the Gänsemarkt before Handel left Hamburg. No music that can be definitively traced to Nero has been identified, although scholars have speculated that some of it may have been used in later works, particularly Agrippina which has a similar plot and characters. Fragments of music from Florindo and Daphne have been preserved, although without the vocal parts, and some of these elements have been incorporated into an orchestral suite first recorded in 2012. (Full article...)

Nonspecific date 3[edit]

Nonspecific date 4[edit]

Specific date nominations[edit]

August 9[edit]

Albert Ketèlbey[edit]

Cover of In a Persian Market (1920)

Albert Ketèlbey (9 August 1875 – 26 November 1959) was an English composer, conductor, and pianist, best known for his light orchestral music. He was born in Birmingham, moving to London in 1889 to study at Trinity College of Music where he became musical director of the Vaudeville Theatre. For many years Ketèlbey worked for music publishers including Chappell & Co and the Columbia Graphophone Company, providing arrangements for smaller orchestras. He composed accompanying music for silent films; In a Monastery Garden (1915) sold over a million copies and brought widespread notice. Later soundtracks for exotic scenes such as In a Persian Market (1920, cover pictured), In a Chinese Temple Garden (1923), and In the Mystic Land of Egypt (1931), became best-sellers; by the late 1920s Ketèlbey was Britain's first millionaire composer. His popularity waned during the Second World War. In 1949 he retired to the Isle of Wight, where he died in obscurity. In a 2003 poll by the BBC's Your Hundred Best Tunes, Bells across the Meadows was voted thirty-sixth most popular tune of all time. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): no classical music biography found in 2016
  • Main editors: SchroCat, Tim riley
  • Promoted: Jan 2016
  • Reasons for nomination: birthday, - waiting for a round one would talk long
  • Support as nominator. Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:04, 3 July 2016 (UTC)
  • The article lead is significantly better, more nuanced and convincing that the current blurb, which in its current state does not advertise the article as well as it might. This might be one where Dank steps up and earns those big buck that, as a gentleman volunteer, he is not paid for. I will certainly help; or lead if its ok to re structure the blurb entirely. Ceoil (talk) 01:45, 9 July 2016 (UTC)

August 14[edit]

The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman[edit]

The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman is the 22nd album by American rock group Sparks, released in August 2009. The duo's first work in the radio musical or pop opera genre, the album is built around an imaginary visit to Hollywood by Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman in the mid-1950s. Its storyline focuses on the divides between European and American culture, between art and commerce. Unlike other Sparks albums, the work is conceived as a single piece, to be listened to as a whole, rather than a collection of stand-alone songs. The work was commissioned by Sveriges Radio Radioteatern, the radio drama department of Sweden's national radio broadcaster. First released in the Swedish broadcast version in August 2009, with an English-language version following in November 2009, it features a cast of Swedish and American actors and a variety of musical styles ranging from opera to vaudeville and pop. The album's recording was a collaborative effort – while the music and English vocals were recorded by Sparks in the United States, the album's Swedish vocals were recorded by Sveriges Radio in Stockholm, and then sent to the Maels via an FTP server. (Full article...)

August 27[edit]

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption[edit]

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption is a first-person action-adventure game developed by Retro Studios and published by Nintendo for the Wii video game console. It is the 9th game in the Metroid series, and the final entry in the Metroid Prime trilogy—excluding two spin-off titles. It was released in North America and Europe in 2007, and in Japan the following year. The Wii Remote and Nunchuk devices are featured in a new control scheme that took a year to develop and caused the game's release to be delayed several times. The story of Corruption is set six months after the events of Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, and follows bounty hunter Samus Aran as she assists the Galactic Federation in its fight against the Space Pirates. While fending off a Space Pirate assault, Samus and her fellow bounty hunters are attacked by her doppelgänger, Dark Samus, who incapacitates them with a mutagenic material called Phazon. After losing contact with the other hunters, the Federation sends Samus on a mission to determine what happened to them. During the course of the game, Samus works to prevent the Phazon from spreading from planet to planet while being slowly corrupted by the Phazon herself. (Full article...)

September 1[edit]

passenger pigeon[edit]

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The passenger pigeon or wild pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius) is an extinct species of pigeon that was endemic to North America. Its common name is derived from the French word passager, meaning "passing by", due to the migratory habits of the species. The passenger pigeon mainly inhabited the deciduous forests of eastern North America, primarily around the Great Lakes. The pigeon migrated in enormous flocks, and was once the most abundant bird in North America, numbering around 3 to 5 billion at the height of its population. A very fast flyer, it could reach 100 km/h (62 mph). The bird fed mainly on mast, as well as fruits and invertebrates. It practiced communal roosting and communal breeding. Passenger pigeons were hunted by Native Americans, but hunting intensified after the arrival of Europeans, particularly in the 19th century. Pigeon meat was commercialized as cheap food. The last captive birds were divided in three groups around the turn of the 20th century. Martha, thought to be the last passenger pigeon, died on September 1, 1914, at the Cincinnati Zoo. Eradication of the species has been described as one of the greatest and most senseless extinctions induced by humans. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): 2 July
  • Main editors: FunkMonk, 7&6=thirteen
  • Promoted: March 2016
  • Reasons for nomination: anniversary of assumed extinction
  • Support as nominator. Gerda Arendt (talk) 15:24, 18 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Support great article, meets the requirements. Also very sweet looking, as far as pigeons go.. -- samtar talk or stalk 15:33, 18 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Support fine comprehensive article, with a fascinating selection of images -- Elmidae (talk · contribs) 17:34, 18 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Support as one of the listed co-creators. I would note that this article has been in development for years, and there are really a lot of other contributors who did worthwhile and unheralded spadework. It took roughly 2,000 edits to get this article to where it is today. I believe that the lessons in the tragic and wanton mass extinction of this species are something that deserves further notice. I also believe that this article is credible and informative. It reflects well on the Wikipedia project. 7&6=thirteen () 18:58, 21 July 2016 (UTC)
Likewise, as a writer on the article I'm not sure if my vote is eligible, but it was intentionally written with TFA on September 1 in mind. FunkMonk (talk) 23:55, 21 July 2016 (UTC)
We don't really "vote" here. Supports are indicators of community approval to main page display, and you're welcome to register yours. Brianboulton (talk) 08:49, 22 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Support. Very interesting. Icem4k (talk) 16:03, 22 July 2016 (UTC)

September 8[edit]

The Man Trap[edit]

"The Man Trap" is the first episode of the American science fiction television series Star Trek to be broadcast, but the sixth to be filmed. It aired on NBC on September 8, 1966. The story was assigned to George Clayton Johnson after series creator Gene Roddenberry disliked the writer's work on another plot proposal. Johnson's first draft was entitled "Damsel With a Dulcimer", incorporating elements from his Twilight Zone episode "The Four of Us Are Dying". Roddenberry, producer Robert H. Justman and story editor John D. F. Black all tweaked elements of the episode, including the title. The episode was chosen as the first of the series to be broadcast by the studio due to the horror-based plot. "The Man Trap" placed first in the timeslot with a Nielsen rating of 25.2 percent for the first half-hour and 24.2 for the remainder. After broadcast, reviewers criticized the levels of violence but praised the acting. More recent appraisals have been mixed; praise has been given to the plot and diverse cast but listed it as among the worst episodes of the series. The creature has been dubbed the "salt vampire" by fans; it was created by Wah Chang and William Ware Theiss. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): Last television related article was June 19, last television episode was April 7.
  • Main editors: Miyagawa
  • Promoted: 16 July 2016
  • Reasons for nomination: The article would be ideal for September 8. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, which began broadcasting with this episode, so September 8 is both the anniversary for the franchise, as well as the 50th anniversary of the broadcast of this particular episode.
  • Support as nominator. Miyagawa (talk) 19:59, 20 July 2016 (UTC)