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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Today's featured article (TFA):

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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 September 16 to October 16.

Date Article Notes Supports Opposes
Nonspecific 1 Horatio Bottomley We need more noms 2 0
Nonspecific 2 Æthelwulf 3 0
Nonspecific 3
Nonspecific 4
September 25 Catherine Zeta-Jones her birthday 4 0
September 26 "Did You Hear What Happened to Charlotte King?" Ninth anniversary of the series' premiere 1 0
September 28 SMS Körös 102nd anniversary of an action around Belgrade 2 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]

Horatio Bottomley[edit]

Bottomley in Trafalgar Square

Horatio William Bottomley ((1860–1933) was an English financier, journalist, newspaper proprietor, swindler, and Member of Parliament. His public career came to an abrupt end when in 1922 he was convicted of fraud and imprisoned. Brought up in an orphanage, Bottomley began as an errand boy; his industry enabled him, at 24, to found a publishing company through which he launched, among other titles, the Financial Times. As a financier his methods often brought him into conflict with the law, but by 1900 he had amassed a fortune as a promoter of shares in dubious gold-mining companies. Bottomley entered parliament as a Liberal Party MP in 1906, and founded John Bull magazine as a platform for his populist views. In 1912 he was declared bankrupt and forced to resign from parliament, but following the outbreak of war in 1914 he became a leading propagandist for the patriotic cause, and was tipped for government office. In 1918, having been discharged from bankruptcy, Bottomley re-entered parliament and launched his fraudulent "Victory Bonds" scheme which ultimately led to his conviction and imprisonment. Released in 1927, he eked a living by lectures and appearances in music halls, before his death in poverty. (Full article...)

Nonspecific date 2[edit]


Æthelwulf in the early fourteenth-century Genealogical Roll of the Kings of England

Æthelwulf was King of Wessex from 839 to 858. In 843 he was defeated in a battle against the Vikings at Carhampton in Somerset, but achieved a major victory at the Battle of Aclea in 851. In 855 Æthelwulf went on pilgrimage to Rome, leaving his eldest surviving son Æthelbald to act as King of Wessex in his absence. Æthelwulf stayed a year in Rome, and on his way back he married Judith, the daughter of the West Frankish King Charles the Bald. When Æthelwulf returned to England, Æthelbald refused to surrender the throne, and Æthelwulf agreed to divide the kingdom, taking the east and leaving the west in Æthelbald's hands. In the twentieth century Æthelwulf's reputation among historians was poor: he was seen as excessively pious and impractical, and his pilgrimage was viewed as a desertion of his duties. However, historians in the twenty-first century see him as a king who consolidated and extended the power of his dynasty, and dealt more effectively than most of his contemporaries with Viking attacks. He is regarded as one of the most successful West Saxon kings, who laid the foundations for the success of his son, Alfred the Great. (Full article...)

Nonspecific date 3[edit]

Nonspecific date 4[edit]

Specific date nominations[edit]

September 25[edit]

Catherine Zeta-Jones[edit]

Catherine Zeta-Jones in 2012

Catherine Zeta-Jones, CBE, born 25 September 1969), is a Welsh actress. Raised in Swansea, she played roles in West End musicals from her early teens. She studied musical theatre at the Arts Educational Schools, London, and made her adult stage breakthrough with a leading role in 1987 in 42nd Street. She found great success as a regular in the British television series The Darling Buds of May (1991–93). Dismayed at being typecast as the token pretty girl in British films, Zeta-Jones relocated to Los Angeles and established herself in Hollywood. Critics praised her portrayal of a vengeful pregnant woman in Traffic (2000) and a murderous singer in the musical film Chicago (2002), winning her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She continued to star in high-profile films for much of the 2000s, including the black comedy Intolerable Cruelty (2003), the heist film Ocean's Twelve (2004), the comedy The Terminal (2004), and the romantic comedy No Reservations (2007). Parts in smaller-scale features were followed by a decrease in workload, during which she returned to stage and portrayed an ageing actress in A Little Night Music (2009), winning the Tony Award for Best Actress. Zeta-Jones' struggle with depression and bipolar II disorder has been well-documented by the media. (Full article...)

Changed to the infobox image. Krimuk|90 (talk) 08:31, 14 August 2016 (UTC)
I chose more face intentionally, for the small size. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:18, 14 August 2016 (UTC)
Yes, but it didn't look like her, it was not a flattering image. Montanabw(talk) 05:39, 16 August 2016 (UTC)
I'm okay with either. So it's upto you people. :) --Krimuk|90 (talk) 10:41, 14 August 2016 (UTC)
I like using the lead image. Montanabw(talk) 05:39, 16 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Support The chosen date makes sense for the article, and everything about the article and image is in order. Aoba47 (talk) 16:08, 25 August 2016 (UTC)

September 26[edit]

Did You Hear What Happened to Charlotte King?[edit]

"Did You Hear What Happened to Charlotte King?" is the seventh episode of the fourth season of the American television medical drama, Private Practice and the show's 61st episode overall. Written by Shonda Rhimes and directed by Allison Liddi-Brown, the episode was originally broadcast on ABC in the United States on November 4, 2010. It deals with the immediate aftermath of Charlotte King's rape. The episode, written in collaboration with the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), revolved around Strickland's character, and was intended to accurately portray a victim's recovery from rape. "Did You Hear What Happened to Charlotte King?" earned the series, Rhimes and Strickland several awards and nominations and was well received by critics, with Strickland's character and performance praised. The initial broadcast was viewed by 10.18 million people, received a 3.9/11 Nielsen rating/share in the 18–49 demographic, and had the fifth-highest number of viewers that night. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): The Man Trap on September 8, 2016
  • Main editors: Aoba47
  • Promoted: August 26, 2016
  • Reasons for nomination: My first FA to appear at TFA. Date selected (September 26) to mark the ninth anniversary since the premiere of the show 'Private Practice.
  • Support as nominator. Aoba47 (talk) 16:25, 27 August 2016 (UTC)

September 28[edit]

SMS Körös[edit]

A painting of SMS Körös bombarding Belgrade in 1914

SMS Körös was the name ship of the Körös-class river monitors built for the Austro-Hungarian Navy. Completed in 1892, the ship was part of the Danube Flotilla, and fought various Allied forces from Belgrade down the Danube to the Black Sea during World War I. After the war, she was transferred to the newly created Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (later Yugoslavia), and renamed Morava. She remained in service throughout the interwar period. During the German-led Axis invasion of Yugoslavia in April 1941, Morava operated on the Tisza river. She fought off attacks by the Luftwaffe, and shot down one enemy aircraft, but was forced to withdraw to Belgrade. Due to high river levels and low bridges, navigation was difficult, and she was scuttled by her crew on 11 April. She was later raised by the navy of the Axis puppet state of Croatia and continued to serve as Bosna until June 1944, when she struck a mine and sank. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): Most recent naval ship article was HMS Formidable (67) on August 17, 2016, but there have been no Austro-Hungarian or Yugoslav ship articles as TFA since at least March 1, 2016
  • Main editors: Peacemaker67
  • Promoted: July 22, 2016
  • Reasons for nomination: This ship was involved in breaking through minefields around Belgrade on 28 September 1914, 102 years ago.
  • Support as nominator. Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 03:24, 18 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Support the selected date makes sense for the article, and it is a strong and interesting read to add to the front page. Aoba47 (talk) 15:24, 31 August 2016 (UTC)