Wikipedia:Very short featured articles
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Recently, there has been an ongoing discussion about whether very short articles can attain Featured article (FA) status.
Some editors are opposed to short articles at Featured article candidates (FAC). Many bring up fair arguments, such as potential overflow of FACs, lack of reviewers, and loss of quality main page TFAs. Other FAC reviewers argue that any article which meets Wikipedia's notability requirements can become featured. So, should a 500-word (or less) article be able to make FA?
Featured articles under 400 words have been proposed. WP:GA was initially designed for such articles, but Wikipedia has appeared to have moved beyond that concept.
Some examples of current very short featured articles:
- MissingNo., FA, Main Page, 949 words
- New York State Route 373, FA, 817 words
- Hurricane Irene (2005), FA, 804 words
- Tropical Storm Erick (2007), FA, 780 words
- Nico Ditch, FA, 778 words
- 2005 Azores subtropical storm, FA, 722 words
A featured article exemplifies our very best work and ... It is—
- (b) comprehensive: it neglects no major facts or details;
Some editors interpret 1b to mean the article covers all available sourced information, even when major facts and details about the topic aren't available, raising the question of whether the criteria should be redefined.
- Wikipedia talk:Featured article candidates/archive31#Notability, etc
- Wikipedia talk:Featured article candidates/archive31#Very short FAs
- Wikipedia talk:WIAFA#Comprehensive and extra-short FAs
- In 2013, tropical Storm Erick was deemed to be not notable enough for a standalone article and merged into 2007 Pacific hurricane season