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 blurb, using the same formatting as the ones used on the main page; see today's example. Specifically: one paragraph only; no reference tags, alternative names, or extraneous bolding; trim birth/death dates to year only; link to the article title in bold and as the first wikilink in the blurb; total length of blurb when previewed (including spaces) as close as possible to 1,200 characters maximum. Add a suitable free-use image if available; fair use images are not allowed.

If you don't feel happy writing a blurb, 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 July 23 to August 22.

Date Article Notes Supports Opposes
Nonspecific 1 Cley Marshes 1 0
Nonspecific 2
Nonspecific 3
Nonspecific 4
August 1 Preparing for a Fancy Dress Ball reopening of York Art Gallery 1 0
August 6 2013 Rosario gas explosion same day 1 0
August 8 SMS Kurfürst Friedrich Wilhelm centenary of day of fate 1 0
August 12 Smyth Report 70th anniversary 2 0
August 15 Departures (film) Bon Festival 1 0
September 8 Madonna in the Church Nativity of Mary 2 0
October 25 Club Penguin 10th anniversary

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

Nonspecific date nominations[edit]

Nonspecific date 1[edit]

Cley Marshes[edit]

looking north across the reserve

Cley Marshes is a nature reserve on the North Sea coast of England just outside the village of Cley next the Sea, Norfolk. A reserve since 1926, it is the oldest of the reserves belonging to the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Cley Marshes protects an area of reed beds, freshwater marsh, pools and wet meadows and has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the large numbers of birds it attracts. The reserve is important for some scarce breeding species, such as pied avocets on the islands, and western marsh harriers, Eurasian bitterns and bearded reedlings in the reeds, and is also a major migration stopoff and wintering site. There are also several nationally or locally scarce invertebrates and plants specialised for this coastal habitat. The reserve an environmentally friendly visitor centre and five bird hides. The reserve attracts large numbers of visitors, contributing significantly to the economy of Cley village. Despite centuries of embankment to reclaim land and protect the village, the marshes have been flooded many times, and the southward march of the coastal shingle bank and encroachment by the sea make it inevitable that the reserve will eventually be lost. (Full article...)

It's now been updated. MeegsC (talk) 17:05, 6 July 2015 (UTC)
  • Support as one of the main editors. MeegsC (talk) 18:10, 6 July 2015 (UTC)
  • Support: nice article. Praemonitus (talk) 19:17, 7 July 2015 (UTC)

=== Nonspecific date 2 ===♣

Nonspecific date 3[edit]

Nonspecific date 4[edit]

Specific date nominations[edit]

August 1[edit]

Preparing for a Fancy Dress Ball[edit]

Two young women in elaborate clothing

Preparing for a Fancy Dress Ball is an oil painting by English artist William Etty, currently in the York Art Gallery. Although Etty was then known almost exclusively for history paintings featuring nude figures, he was commissioned in 1833 by Welsh Conservative politician Charles Williams-Wynn to paint a portrait of two of his daughters. It shows Williams-Wynn's daughters, Charlotte and Mary, in lavish Italian-style costume: Charlotte, the eldest, is shown standing, helping the seated Mary decorate her hair with a ribbon and a rose. Etty put a good deal of effort into the piece and took much longer than usual to finish it, first exhibiting it at the 1835 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Generally well received, even by critics usually hostile to Etty, it demonstrated that Etty was both capable of high-quality work and deserving of patronage by the English elite, and the success led to further commissions. It remained in the collection of Mary Williams-Wynn's descendants, and other than an 1849 retrospective exhibition was not shown publicly for 160 years. In 2009 it was acquired by the York Art Gallery, where it now forms part of a major collection of Etty's work. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): Nothing since Portrait of a Young Girl on 14 March. (There have been a couple of coin articles and a building, which technically fall under "visual arts", but no sane reader would consider them similar topics.)
  • Main editors: Iridescent
  • Promoted: 27 June 2015
  • Reasons for nomination: To coincide with the August 1 reopening of York Art Gallery, in which this painting will be on prominent display (and to whose collection three of the other paintings illustrating this article also belong).
  • General note to the TFAR delegates; normally I'm a strong defender of defaults, which tend to exist for good reason, but given the level of detail in this painting this article is pretty much the poster child for making an exception and enlarging the TFA image, even if it means losing a chunk of the blurb to make space for it. Everything after "a ribbon and a rose" is potentially trimmable if need be. – iridescent 11:56, 29 June 2015 (UTC)
  • Support as nominator.  – iridescent 22:45, 27 June 2015 (UTC)
  • Support - Interesting article. August 1 posting seems appropriate.--BabbaQ (talk) 10:51, 1 July 2015 (UTC)
  • Support - on the quality and guilty facinatingness of the article itself, and the planned reopening of the holding gallery on August 1. Ceoil (talk) 22:35, 2 July 2015 (UTC)

August 6[edit]

2013 Rosario gas explosion[edit]

President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner at the site of the explosion

A gas explosion in a residential area of Rosario, the third-largest city in Argentina, occurred on August 6, 2013. It was caused by a large gas leak; a nearby building collapsed, and others were at high risk of structural failure. Twenty-two people died, and sixty were injured. Several organizations helped secure the area, search for survivors and aid people who lost their homes. Shortly after the explosion, the time needed for reconstruction was estimated at six months. The provincial judiciary launched an investigation into the cause of the explosion. Primary suspects were Litoral Gas (the natural-gas provider for Rosario) and an employee who carried out maintenance work at the building that day. President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (pictured), who had recently returned from a diplomatic visit to the United Nations, visited the site of the explosion on August 7. Several public figures sent condolences, and most of the candidates for the 2013 primary elections suspended their political campaigns. Pope Francis sent a letter of condolence to the Archbishop of Rosario, and it was read during a mass and procession for Saint Cajetan at Plaza 25 de Mayo. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): There was a hurricane (a disaster) on June 27. I did not find recent featured articles on disasters caused by accidental explosions. The last featured article related to Argentina was on May 17, 2015
  • Main editors: Cambalachero
  • Promoted: August 1, 2014
  • Reasons for nomination: The explosion took place on August 6, 2013. It may be a good idea to put the article on that date.
  • Support as nominator. Cambalachero (talk) 15:47, 29 June 2015 (UTC)
  • Support - interesting article. Ready for posting. --BabbaQ (talk) 10:52, 1 July 2015 (UTC)

August 8[edit]

SMS Kurfürst Friedrich Wilhelm[edit]

SMS Kurfürst Friedrich Wilhelm (FP)

SMS Kurfürst Friedrich Wilhelm ("His Majesty's Ship Elector Friedrich Wilhelm") was one of the first ocean-going battleships of the Imperial German Navy, the fourth pre-dreadnought of the Brandenburg class. She was laid down in 1890 in the Imperial Dockyard in Wilhelmshaven, launched in 1891, and completed in 1893 at a cost of 11.23 million Marks. She served as the flagship of the Imperial fleet from her commissioning until 1900, seeing limited active duty due to the relatively peaceful nature of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Her career focused on training exercises and goodwill visits to foreign ports. She saw only one major overseas deployment, to China in 1900–01, during the Boxer Rebellion. The ship underwent a major modernization in 1904–1905. In 1910, Kurfürst Friedrich Wilhelm was sold to the Ottoman Empire and renamed Barbaros Hayreddin. She saw heavy service during the Balkan Wars, primarily providing artillery support to ground forces in Thrace. In a state of severe disrepair, the old battleship was partially disarmed after the Ottoman Empire joined the Central Powers. On 8 August 1915 the ship was torpedoed and sunk off the Dardanelles with heavy loss of life. (Full article...)

August 9[edit]

Love the Way You Lie[edit]

Eminem, the lead singer of the song

"Love the Way You Lie" is a song recorded by American rapper Eminem with Barbadian singer Rihanna, from Eminem's seventh studio album Recovery (2010). The singer-songwriter Skylar Grey wrote and recorded the demo alongside the producer Alex da Kid when she felt she was in an abusive romantic relationship with the music industry. Eminem wrote the verses and chose Rihanna to sing the chorus. Recording sessions were held in Ferndale, Michigan, and Dublin, Ireland. Backed by guitar, piano and violin, the track is a midtempo hip hop ballad with a pop refrain and describes two lovers who refuse to separate despite being in a dangerous love–hate relationship. The song was released as the second single from Recovery in 2010. Critics praised its melody but were divided on thematic aspects such as poignancy and accuracy. Its accompanying music video, directed by Joseph Kahn, stars Dominic Monaghan and Megan Fox in a violent relationship and shows Eminem and Rihanna in front of a burning house. Critics listed "Love the Way You Lie" among the best tracks of 2010 and of Eminem's career. The song won several awards and received five Grammy nominations, and is Eminem's best-selling single. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): If I recall correctly, it was "4 Minutes".
  • Main editors: Wikipedian Penguin
  • Promoted: September 16, 2013
  • Reasons for nomination: Fifth anniversary of the song's release
  • Support as nominator. FrankBoy CHITCHAT 19:47, 5 July 2015 (UTC)
  • Support very detailed and well-written article Snuggums (talk / edits) 00:04, 6 July 2015 (UTC)
  • CommentIn the blurb, there is use of a fused participle, with the noun + "-ing" grammatical structure in "with critics praising its melody". This practice is generally frowned upon, so I was looking for a workaround. Might you have one in mind? The Wikipedian Penguin 00:59, 6 July 2015 (UTC)
  • Support about time too. Wonderful article. —Indian:BIO [ ChitChat ] 10:54, 6 July 2015 (UTC)

August 12[edit]

Smyth Report[edit]

Cover of the 1945 Princeton Edition

The Smyth Report is the common name of an administrative history written by physicist Henry DeWolf Smyth about the Manhattan Project, the Allied effort to develop atomic bombs during World War II. The full title of the report is A General Account of the Development of Methods of Using Atomic Energy for Military Purposes. It was released to the public on August 12, 1945, just days after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9 respectively. Smyth was commissioned to write the report by Major General Leslie R. Groves, Jr., the director of the Manhattan Project. The Smyth Report was the first official account of the development of the atomic bombs and the basic physical processes behind them. It also served as an indication as to what information was declassified; anything in the Smyth Report could be discussed openly. For this reason, the Smyth Report focused heavily on information, such as basic nuclear physics, which was either already widely known in the scientific community or easily deducible by a competent scientist, and omitted details about chemistry, metallurgy, and ordnance. This would ultimately give a false impression that the Manhattan Project was all about physics. The Smyth Report sold almost 127,000 copies in its first eight printings, and was on the New York Times best-seller list from mid-October 1945 until late January 1946. It has been translated into over 40 languages. (Full article...)

August 15[edit]

Departures (film)[edit]

Set for Departures

Departures is a Japanese drama film directed by Yōjirō Takita and starring Masahiro Motoki, Ryōko Hirosue, and Tsutomu Yamazaki. Loosely based on Shinmon Aoki's memoir Coffinman, the film follows a young man who becomes a nōkanshi—a traditional Japanese ritual mortician—and overcomes the prejudices of those around him. The story was conceived after Motoki, affected by a funeral ceremony he had seen along the Ganges, read Coffinman and felt that the story would adapt well to film. Departures took a decade to complete, and distributors only released it after the film won the grand prize at the Montreal World Film Festival in August 2008. Departures became the year's highest-grossing domestic film, winning numerous awards, including the first Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for a Japanese production. It was praised for its humour and the beauty of the encoffining ceremony (set pictured), but critics took issue with the film's predictability and overt sentimentality. The film's success spurred the development of tourist attractions at its shooting sites, increased interest in encoffining ceremonies, and the adaptation of the story for various media. (Full article...)

September 8[edit]

Madonna in the Church[edit]

Jan van Eyck, Madonna in the Church (c. 1438–40). Oil on oak panel, 31 × 14 cm (12.25 × 5.5 in). Gemäldegalerie, Berlin

Madonna in the Church is a small oil panel painting by the Early Netherlandish artist Jan van Eyck. Probably executed c. 1438–40, it shows the Virgin Mary in a Gothic cathedral holding the Child Jesus. She is presented as Queen of Heaven, wearing a jewel-studded crown and cradling a playful child who grips the hem of her dress. Tracery in the arch at the rear of the nave contains wooden carvings depicting episodes from her life. The work evidences the new techniques and approach of oil painiting, while still influenced by medieval, monumental Byzantine depictions of the Madonna; she is unrealistically large compared to her surroundings. Highly detailed and lineated beams of light flood the cathedral's windows, illuminating the interior and culminating in two pools near her feet. Most art historians believe the panel began as the left wing of a since dismantled diptych; its opposite wing was likely a votive portrait. (Full article...)

I dont have a problem with the later date. Ceoil (talk) 02:03, 27 June 2015 (UTC)
Relocated from gen pop. Ceoil (talk) 02:11, 27 June 2015 (UTC)
  • Comment As of right now, specific date nominations are only open up to August 12th — Chris Woodrich (talk) 14:10, 27 June 2015 (UTC)
Hi Chris. As per Johnbod above, I'm inclinded to close this and wait until September. I'll let it stand for a few hours for the other co-noms to voice. Ceoil (talk) 15:18, 27 June 2015 (UTC)
I'd be thrilled to run it, as long as the powers-that-be don't mind that I make a request on October 5th, a little close timewise. Victoria (tk) 15:27, 27 June 2015 (UTC)
You'll only ever really know on the day that your told to gather your toys and fuc-[deleted by admin] . Ceoil (talk) 15:32, 27 June 2015 (UTC)
Yeah, I know. Let's go for Sept 8. Anything can happen between now and Oct. In other words support. Victoria (tk) 15:37, 27 June 2015 (UTC)
  • Support. Although this and Fancy Dress Ball are both paintings, they have very little in common and would be more than a month apart, so I don't see any particular diversity issue. – iridescent 23:05, 27 June 2015 (UTC)
  • Support - per Iridescent.--BabbaQ (talk) 10:51, 1 July 2015 (UTC)

October 25[edit]

Club Penguin[edit]

Club Penguin logo.png

Club Penguin is a massively multiplayer online game (MMO) involving a virtual world containing a range of online games and activities, created by New Horizon Interactive (now known as 11Disney Canada Inc.]]) using SmartFoxServer. Players use cartoon penguin-avatars and play in a winter-set virtual world. After beta-testing, Club Penguin was made available to the general public on October 24, 2005 and has since expanded into a large online community —growing to the extent that by late 2007, it was claimed that Club Penguin had over 30 million user accounts. As of July 2013, Club Penguin has over 200 million registered user accounts. (Full article...)

This isn't a Featured Article. GamerPro64 21:34, 7 July 2015 (UTC)