Features and admins
This week's highlights
"Man from Ramallah
spinning wool", picture of the day on 1 July. The hand-tinted photograph from 1919 was restored by User:Durova
, involving cleaning, rotation, cropping and colour-balancing.
Thirteen articles were promoted to featured status:
- Plesiorycteropus, nominated by Ucucha, who described the creature as "Madagascar's most special mammal".
- Hoover Dam, nominated by Wehwalt and NortyNort, who said it "has taken hold of the American psyche in a way few other engineering works have." The 75th anniversary of its dedication is in September.
- Royal Gold Cup (Johnbod), about a major masterpiece of medieval metalwork in the British Museum, some 2 kg (more than 4 lbs) of solid gold, with spectacular enamel decoration.
- Chetco River (LittleMountain5), a small stream that cascades down the picturesque and geologically complex Klamath Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. Several months ago, this article was a four-paragraph stub with just two references.
- I. M. Pei (Scartol, with assistance by Awadewit and Elekhh), on the Chinese-American architect who is often referred to as a master of modern architecture.
- Bombing of Yawata (June 1944) (Nick-D), on the first raid conducted by land-based bombers against Japan during World War II.
- USS Indiana (BB-1) (Yoenit), the first "real" US battleship, and like the previous entry, another article just out of the Milhist A-class review.
- Banksia violacea (Casliber), a small shrub or tree from Western Australia.
- The Political Cesspool (Stonemason89), a weekly right-wing American talk-radio show.
The Royal Gold Cup: Saint Agnes
appears to her friends in a vision.
- Norton Priory (Peter I. Vardy), an historic site in Norton, Runcorn, Cheshire, England, dating from the 12th to the 16th centuries.
- School Rumble (Jinnai), a Japanese Shōnen manga.
- CFM International CFM56 (SidewinderX), an aircraft engine with "a rather interesting history".
- GRB 970228 (Cryptic C62), a highly luminous flash of gamma rays that struck the Earth for 80 seconds in 1997. The Signpost was surprised to see a discussion involving complex mathematical equations on the review page.
Choice of the week: The Signpost asked reviewer/nominator Casliber for his number-one choice among these FA promotions. He picked Royal Gold Cup: "It came together very nicely, and is such an interesting one to read. This is the first nomination to qualify for the Wikipedia:GLAM/British Museum's joint Featured Article Prize, and we look forward to seeing more of these." (See Signpost coverage of the British Museum collaboration).
Four featured articles were demoted:
Eight lists were promoted to featured status:
Choice of the week: We asked Dabomb87, a director of the featured list process, for his personal choices. "My favorite was 2009 College Football All-America Team – I'm a fan of American football, and the extended lead makes this article interesting; as well, the references make it a valuable resource. Second for me was List of number-one singles from the 1970s (UK) – I had nostalgic memories of old cassette tapes in my parents' house reading through this list and seeing some of my favorite songs (ABBA, especially). Good supplementary text and images, and good use of color in the main table."
One list was demoted: List of popes (graphical)
Eight images were promoted
- Cypripedium acaule (author Sasata), in which reviewers liked the relationship between the two neighbouring flowers and the background; the image was brightened after reviewers' comments.
- Eastern Great Egret (author Noodle snacks), praised by reviewers for its resolution and depth of field.
- Paper autofluorescence (author Zephyris), a micrograph of tissue paper, illuminated by ultraviolet light. The image is a composite of nine images stitched together, captured through a blue filter to block direct illumination. The individual fibres are ~10 μm wide, a fraction of the width of human hair.
- Laughing Kookaburra, (author Noodle snacks), the subject described as "one weird bird" by a reviewer. The Signpost can confirm that these birds emit sounds akin to theatrical laughter.
- Baalbek Temple Complex (author Eusebius), a panoramic view of the Great Court of Baalbek temple complex in Lebanon (pictured below).
- CTA Control Tower 18 and loop junction, Chicago (author Dschwen).
- Portrait of Mark Rutte (author Nick van Ormondt, nom J Milburn).
- Big White Fog (author Works Progress Administration, restored by Jujutacular), a 1938 poster for the eponymous play.
Choice of the week: Raeky, a regular reviewer at featured picture candidates, told The Signpost, "My favorite was the panoramic view of the Great Court of Baalbek temple complex in Lebanon. Panoramas of this size, I believe, are a prime example of how photography makes an article come to life. This one allows the viewer to delve into an area in a way that a simple snapshot can't do." The image appears at the bottom of this page. Raeky has a helpful hint, too: "Readers might be interested in a feature that lets you easily navigate through these large images on almost any connection: interactive flash viewer."
Three topics were promoted:
Today's featured articles
This week, among the highlights on the Main Page were those on the best, the biggest, and the greatest:
Picture of the day
Aside from the image above, the pictures of the day included:
No editors were granted admin status via the Requests for Adminship process.
Panoramic view of the Great Court of Baalbek
Temple Complex in Lebanon
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