From the newly promoted List of World Heritage Sites in Africa
, the spectacular Great Mosque of Djenné
, the largest mud-brick building in the world. The 14th-century mosque is in the city of Djenné, Mali, and is considered by many architects to be the greatest achievement of the Sudano-Sahelian
style. The list is richly illustrated with images of heritage sites, and The Signpost
recommends that readers visit the sites using Google Earth
; the coordinates are provided on many of the image description pages.
This week's "Featured content" covers Sunday 16 – Saturday 22 October
From the new featured list, Lionel Conacher Award
, given annually to Canada's male athlete of the year: auto-racer Jacques Villeneuve, whose first win in 1995 came 16 years after his father Gilles won the award.
The approximate ranges of the Corn Crake (left) and African Crake (right), the subjects of the new featured topic, Crex
Breeding summer visitor
Three articles were promoted to featured status
Hudson Valley Rail Trail (nom), According to nominator Gyrobo, "this 4-mile (6.4 km) rail trail was once part of a useful rail corridor that was somehow despised by its various owners. In the 1980s it was sold for one dollar to a felon, then seized by the government and paved. Today, it's part of a larger trail network that spans two counties in New York."
Rogers Hornsby (nom) (1896–1963), an American baseball infielder, manager, and coach who played 23 seasons in Major League Baseball. Sportswriters consider Hornsby to be one of the best hitters of all time. (Oriolesfan8 and Wizardman)
Russian battleship Sevastopol (1895) (nom), the last of three ships in the Petropavlovsk class of pre-dreadnought battleships built for the Imperial Russian Navy in the 1890s. Sevastopol saw service in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904–05. Slightly damaged during a surprise attack on the surprisingly English-sounding east-Russian Port Arthur in early February 1905, the ship later participated in several attempts to break out from the besieged port. The ship was scuttled to prevent her capture by the Imperial Japanese Navy and was never raised. The remains lie outside the entrance to Port Arthur. (Buggie111)
One featured article was delisted:
History of merit badges (Boy Scouts of America) (nom: referencing)
Ten lists were promoted in the past two weeks:
List of 1984 Winter Olympics medal winners (nom) (Nominated by Parutakupiu.)
List of Oakland Athletics team records (nom) (Albacore.)
Lionel Conacher Award (nom) (Resolute.)
List of Major League Baseball players to hit for the cycle (nom) (Killervogel5.)
List of colleges and universities in Alabama (nom) (Spyder Monkey.)
List of international cricket five-wicket hauls by Shane Warne (nom) (Joesayers and The Rambling Man.)
List of deaths at the Berlin Wall (nom) (Violetriga.)
List of Real Madrid C.F. seasons (nom) (AdrianRO.)
List of World Heritage Sites in Africa (nom) (Ericleb01 and Arsenikk.)
Toni Braxton discography (nom) (Novice7.)
Three featured lists were delisted:
2006 NCAA Division I FBS football rankings (nom: lead, style, formatting, referencing)
2005 NCAA Division I-A football rankings (nom: lead, style, formatting, referencing)
List of elements by stability of isotopes (nom: referencing, style, formatting)
Two topics were promoted:
1991 Atlantic hurricane season (nom), with three featured articles and two good articles. The 1991 season was the first in more than 24 years in which no hurricanes developed from tropical waves, which are the source for most North Atlantic tropical cyclones (nominators Hurricanehink and Cyclonebiskit).
The Signpost asked Hurricanehink what brought him to the topic, and how he became interested in storms in the first place.
- "I stumbled across the topic almost by accident in the summertime, after realizing that it was the most recent start-class Atlantic hurricane season article. With a surprising amount of information for a season 20 years ago, it was an enjoyable writing experience that covered two rather notable storms – the Perfect Storm and Hurricane Bob. My writing process has evolved with the times. When I first joined Wikipedia in late 2005, Google news was hardly on the map, so the breadth of sources was rather different.
- "'In addition, as I have gotten older, I'm able to spend less time on the site, which causes me to spend more time on a given article. I feel that allows my writing to stay fresh. I'm a pianist and singer-songwriter, so what I write on the site is rather different from what I do in real life. Weather began as a hobby for me when I was seven years old, and it's just stuck with me for my whole life. There are no concrete plans for the next featured topic; they usually happen accidentally, depending on what storms end up being the most fun to write about!"
The second new featured topic is Crex (nom), with two featured articles and one good article. Crex are a genus of birds containing two species: the Corn Crake, which breeds across Europe and Asia and winters in southern Africa, and the African Crake, which migrates within Africa. Both are short-billed rails with blackish-brown upperparts, mainly blue-grey underparts, and barring on the flanks. Despite their huge breeding grounds and large populations, their future is uncertain due to the impact of human activity. (nominator Jimfbleak).
One picture was promoted among many rejections by those tough reviewers: Missing square puzzle (nom; related article), an optical illusion used in mathematics classes to help students reason about geometrical figures. (created by User:Fibonacci).
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