Features and admins
The best of the week
Two editors were promoted to adminship:
- Fetchcomms (nom) has been with us since last October and has already made 27,000 edits, half of them to unique pages. Fetchcomms has 14 DYK hooks and two good articles, and helps new Wikipedians, dealing with real-time assistance in #wikipedia-en-help and responding to on-site "helpme" requests.
- MGA73 (nom) is an admin and CU on the Danish Wikipedia, an admin on Commons, and an OTRS volunteer. Much of MGA's work involves cleaning up the large backlog of images and other content on the Commons and the English Wikipedia.
Nine articles were promoted to featured status:
- Confirmation bias (nominated by MartinPoulter, who substantially rewrote the article) on the tendency for people to favour information that confirms their preconceptions. Reviewer DCGeist commented, "Lovely to see a quality article on a serious intellectual topic such as this. Looking forward to more."
- Masako Katsura (Fuhghettaboutit), a carom billiards player who trail-blazed a path for women in the sport by competing and placing among the best in the male-dominated world of professional billiards.
- Distributed element filter (Spinningspark), whose aim was to make a highly technical topic readable.
- Achtung Baby (Y2kcrazyjoker4 and Merbabu), the seventh studio album by rock band U2, released in 1991.
- The Volcano (British Columbia) (BT), a cinder cone on the Canada–Alaska border and the most recent to erupt in its field of 10 volcanos.
- Jordan River (Utah) (Bgwhite and three co-workers), which runs from freshwater Utah Lake to the Great Salt Lake.
- Lad, A Dog (AnmaFinotera), a set of short stories by American novelist Albert Payson Terhune, published in 1919.
- Banksia aemula (Casliber), who is hoping the promotion will somehow lead to his successful transplanting of "a gnarly old one" into his new garden.
- The Temple at Thatch (Brianboulton), who said "not much is known about this lost Evelyn Waugh novel, partly because Waugh said nothing about it for 40 years.... An intriguing footnote for the Waugh-mongers, and my first endeavour in this field."
Choice of the week: The Signpost
Evelyn Waugh, at the height of his career as a novelist
asked FA nominator and reviewer Wehwalt
to select his number-one for the week. "I reviewed Evelyn Waugh's The Temple at Thatch
and recommend it. I'm not an early 20th century literature buff, but not only is this well written and interesting but it will be very useful for someone wanting (or needing!) information on this rather specialized topic. And then he can take the references and go further. That's what Wikipedia is all about."
Three featured articles were delisted:
Nine lists were promoted to featured status:
Choice of the week: We asked delegate and reviewer The Rambling Man for his opinion. "Two choices actually, for different reasons. The List of New York Yankees no-hitters, nominated by regular contributor Staxringold, exemplifies what FLC nominations should be about: it's notable, meets pretty much all of the criteria, it's interesting (even to a non-baseball enthusiast such as me), and it took little adjustment to get the green light from reviewers. Secondly, and equally important, is Sandman888's List of FC Barcelona presidents. Here was a nominator who took on a great deal of advice, including two peer reviews, made changes swiftly and diligently, and we now have a great list."
Climbing ferns overtake cypress trees, in the Everglades, a new featured topic
Three topics were promoted to featured status
One featured topic, Canadian election timelines, was delisted, for want of progress in promoting constituent articles.
Six images were promoted:
Choice of the week: J Milburn
rods with evaporated crystals, partially oxidized with colorful tarnish. Purity 99.98%, as well as a 99.999%-pure 1 cm3
, a regular reviewer and nominator at featured picture candidates
, told The Signpost
, "Evaporated tungsten crystals, fragments, and cube
is another fantastic photo from Alchemist-hp
, who has provided many high-quality images of elements, and has more to come. This was a particularly interesting one in terms of composition and texture, to my eyes, and passed without controversy. I also adored Clavaria zollingeri
, also known as "Violet coral", as a weird and wonderful example from the world of fungi, but I don't make any secret about my love of mushrooms, so I don't think that would be the most impartial choice from me!"
was on the spot after the 2005 London bombings, and photographed the chaos at Russell Square. The image is at the Terrorism Portal.
, the first new featured portal since April.
Video on the Main Page
The July 2009 Ürümqi riots, featured on Monday's Main Page, was accompanied by a video—something rarely seen with TFAs—captured on a Wikipedian's cell-phone. Among the other TFA highlights were:
- The 1930 FIFA World Cup, the inaugural FIFA World Cup championship, which appeared on Sunday to coincide with the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final.
- Gustav Mahler, the late-Romantic Austrian composer and one of the leading conductors of his generation, which appeared on Wednesday. The article describes him as "one of the most frequently performed and recorded of all composers, a position he has sustained into the 21st century".
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