Featured picture Choice of the week: Wikipedian Ira Goldstein's panorama over Jökulsárlón, the largest proglacial lake in Iceland. Considered one of the country's natural wonders, the lake has expanded rapidly due to glacial retreat and is now four times larger than it was four decades ago.
The Signpost welcomes VernoWhitney (nom) as our newest admin. Verno has been with us for almost a year, during which time he has become a central part of Wikipedia’s copyright cleanup. Among his contributions, he has contributed to work on suspected copyright violations and as been a conscientious clerk at WP:Contributor copyright investigations. He is an active volunteer for the permissions queue at OTRS, and runs User:VWBot, which handles much of the manual labor at various copyright points and helps to ensure that articles tagged for problems receive appropriate review.
Newly promoted FA, Edward Elgar, favourably mentioned by the FA judge. This picture is from the early 1900s.
Edward Elgar (nom) (1857–1934), one of the most well-known English composers in the romantic tradition (nominated by Tim riley; picture at right).
Talbot Baines Reed (nom), described by the acerbic critic and saxophone player Benny Green as a hereditary prig and religious huckster. Reed was a writer of fiction for boys, and his school stories were widely and enthusiastically read in middle-class households (Brianboulton).
Choice of the week.The Signpost asked FA nominator and reviewer TonyTheTiger to select the best of the week.
"As the director of WP:CHICAGO, I disqualify Ilinois (album), which is part of the project, from contention. I must say that since every now and then I attempt to have an appreciation for culture I was quite pleased to see that Edward Elgar was raised to FA-quality. His Pomp and Circumstance Marches are heroic and recognized worldwide, and I view his article as the runner-up for the week. However, because of the international significance of the Mauna Kea Observatory region, I feel that Mauna Kea is the top choice. It is chock full of instructive links to educational articles. It is an exemplary model of encyclopedic content."
This newly promoted FP, a Punch cartoon from 1876, shows Russia holding back the Balkan countries from attacking Turkey. Serbia and Montenegro declared war on Turkey two weeks later; Russia followed suit the next year.
Nine images were promoted. Medium-sized images can be viewed by clicking on "nom":
Liquid chlorine (nom), the gas chlorine, liquefied under pressure. Reviewer Nergaal said it boils around the point where mercury freezes (−34 °C), and that to get it to liquefy at room temperature takes a pressure of more than eight atmospheres (Alchemist-hp).
Choice of the week.Avenue, a regular reviewer and occasional nominator at featured picture candidates, told The Signpost:
"This week saw several seasoned FP contributors maintaining their high standards, including an intriguing addition to Alchemist-hp's chemical elements series, another delightful marine creature from Nick Hobgood, and Mbz1's sobering shot of what remained after a gas explosion. It's hard to choose between such a wide range of powerful illustrations. Lycaon's cathedral image shows impressive detail, and I love Richard Bartz's nice sharp frog photo. But for me, the pick of the bunch is from an FP newcomer, Ira Goldstein, who gave us his stunning panorama of Iceland's iceberg-studded Jökulsárlón. The strong visual contrasts in glacial landscapes can make them a challenging subject, but this photo, taken in a lovely soft light, captures the scene's peace and grandeur beautifully."
Featured article Choice of the week: the massive dormant volcano Mauna Kea from Mauna Loa Observatory on the island of Hawaii. Don't be fooled by appearances—measured from its oceanic base, this baby is taller than Mount Everest.
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