This issue covers featured content promoted between Sunday, 6 November 2011 and Saturday, 12 November 2011.
HMS Eagle in the 1930s, from the new featured article of the same name. The article's creator gives some suggestions for writing featured content below
To give our readers a "sporting" chance at writing featured content, here are some suggestions from Sturmvogel 66, who has written or co-written 16 pieces of featured content and 28 A-class articles, including this week's HMS Eagle (below), since becoming a Wikipedian in 2007.
Make friends with a really good copyeditor; he or she will save you endless aggravation regarding your prose.
Before nominating, participate in several FACs to get a feel for the process and to learn what most of the reviewers look for. Then carefully dissect all the comments and try to figure out why they were made.
Be prepared to grow a thick skin; just because you can't see the value of a reviewer's comment doesn't mean that it doesn't have one. If you don't understand a comment, ask for clarification, but be prepared to address the issue. I found this one of the hardest things to do when I first began going through the process, as many of the requested changes seemed pointless.
Don't sweat stupid little mistakes being discovered at FAC; no reviewer is sniggering to himself about what a moron you are for x and y mistakes. They're embarrassing, but get over it as those sorts of things are sometimes the hardest things to catch.
Learn to value consistency; that's one of the first things that reviewers will notice about your citation style, bibliography, or whatever. You'll save yourself a lot of time and effort if you do it, whatever it is, consistently as you're writing.
Learn the basics about image licensing; just because it's on Commons doesn't mean that it has a valid license or is out of copyright.
Let someone else look at your article before you submit it to FAC.
Submit your article to a Good Article nomination or, if your project has them, an A-class review; they're unlikely to catch everything, but they should be able to identify major problems.
Medieval graffiti at St Nicholas, Blakeney, a new featured article. Graffiti such as this led to the article's creation and development
St Nicholas, Blakeney (nom), which was created after nominator Jimfbleak read about medieval graffiti located there (example pictured on right). It is the nominator's first non-avian FA. The current church, located in Blakeney, Norfolk, UK, was built in the 15th century over an existing 13th-century structure, having been partially destroyed during the English Reformation and later renovated during the Victorian restoration. The church is a Grade I listed building for "exceptional architectural interest".
HMS Eagle (nom), nominated by Sturmvogel 66 after a successful A-Class Review. The aircraft carrier, initially meant to be a battleship for Chile, took at least 10 years to construct. After a time stationed in the Mediterranean and China, in World War II the Eagle spent two years supporting British war efforts in the Indian Ocean and South Atlantic before being sunk by the German submarine U-73.
Chaplain–Medic massacre (nom), created and developed by Ed!. After heavy fighting during the Battle of Taejon in the the Korean War, 30 unarmed and wounded soldiers, as well as a chaplain, were killed by Korean People's Army troops. A medic, who managed to escape, was the only survivor. The massacre was one of several incidents which led the US Army to investigate war crimes; North Korean commanders also instigated stricter guidelines for the handling of enemy captives following the incident and the Hill 303 massacre that followed.