This week, the Signpost's featured content section continues its recap of 2012 by looking at featured portals, a small yet active part of the project. We interviewed FPOC directors Cirt and OhanaUnited.
Being a small project is a double-edged sword. On one hand, we rarely (if ever) have to deal with vandals and other wiki-drama. On the other hand, our target audience is not as much as some article pages and therefore portals are less frequently maintained even though the articles showcased in the portal may be more up to date. Often there is a lot of inertia from the community and we have less capital to work with when the total number of votes matter a lot in a discussion. Just over a year ago, there were a number of good ideas presented to increase the visibility of portals. Including Cirt's idea of improving the portals listed on the main page to featured status, most of the ideas presented have received strong support and implemented. The one idea, championed by myself, would involve changing the standard bullet points on the main page to diagrams that reflect the portal. Even though it has already been implemented in German Wikipedia's home page (where the idea of portals originated), the effort involved in getting this implemented in English Wikipedia would be far too much. At this point, we're aiming for more participants in the featured portals candidate process.
Les dernières cartouches, from the new featured portal on society
Seven featured articles were promoted this week:
"The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati" (nom) by Gen. Quon. "The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati" is a 1999 episode of the American science fiction television series The X-Files. The second part in a trilogy, the episode follows FBI agents Mulder and Scully after the former falls into a coma from contact with an alien spaceship. Inspired by The Last Temptation of Christ, it has been considered the series' best episode.
Journey (2012 video game) (nom) by PresN. Journey is a PlayStation 3 game developed by Thatgamecompany in which the player controls an unnamed robed figure in a journey to a mountain. For the indie game, which began development in 2009, the developers sought to evoke a sense of smallness and wonder. Journey was a critical success, winning numerous video game awards and a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media.
Elephant (nom) by LittleJerry. Elephants are large herbivorous mammals found in Africa and Asia. The largest extant land animals, they can be as tall as 4 m (13 ft) and up to 7,000 kg (15,000 lb). Two species are generally recognised: the larger African elephant species is classified as "vulnerable", while the Asian elephant is smaller and "endangered". Their relationship with humans dates back thousands of years.
Fortress of Mimoyecques (nom) by Prioryman. The Fortress of Mimoyecques was a Second World War military complex built underground by Nazi Germany between 1943 and 1944. Intended to house a battery of V-3 cannons aimed at London, the complex was never completed: the Allies considered it a major threat and began bombing it in late 1943, destroying part of the complex. After the war it was further demolished and served as a mushroom farm. It is now a museum.
2005 Qeshm earthquake (nom) by Ceranthor and Mikenorton. The earthquake on Qeshm Island off Southern Iran (November 27, 2005) was the second major earthquake to strike the country that year. Measuring 5.8 on the moment magnitude scale, it was followed by 400 minor aftershocks. It killed 13 people and devastated 13 villages.
John Le Mesurier (nom) by SchroCat and Cassianto. Le Mesurier (1912–1983) was an English actor best known for his comedic role as Sergeant Arthur Wilson in the sitcom Dad's Army. He became an actor while still a youth and studied at the Fay Compton Studio of Dramatic Art. During his fifty-year career he appeared in numerous theatrical and film roles, often taking smaller roles. A self-described "jobbing actor", Le Mesurier took a relaxed approach to his profession.
Mycena aurantiomarginata (nom) by Sasata. M. aurantiomarginata is a species of fungus widely distributed, but most common in North America and Europe. The mushrooms, which can measure up to 6 cm (2.4 in) in height, are named after the bright orange gill edges on the underside of their bell-shaped or conical caps. They can be distinguished from other mushrooms in the genus by differences in size, color, and substrate.
Latin Grammy Award for Best Urban Music Album (nom) by Status and Hahc21. The Latin Grammy Award for Best Urban Music Album has been presented annually since 2001 for "vocal or instrumental merengue house, R&B, reggaeton, rap and/or hip hop music albums containing at least 51 percent playing time of newly recorded material."
Space Shuttle Enterprise (nom; related article), created by NASA and nominated by Hahc21. Enterprise was the first Space Shuttle, designed by the American space agency NASA in the 1970s to perform test flights before Columbia became the first Shuttle in space. Here it is pictured while gliding.
Society (nom), by Cirt, with 20 SAs, 20 SBs, 20 SPs, 20 DYK sets, 20 selected quotes, 20 selected sounds, an ITN section, and an in this month section. Society relates to interpersonal relations in large social groupings.
Bollywood (nom), by Bill william compton, with 15 SBs, 16 SAs, 15 SPs, and 7 DYK sets. The informal term Bollywood is popularly used for the Hindi-language film industry based in Mumbai.
Cheshire (nom), by Espresso Addict, with 32 SAs, 23 SBs, 34 SPs, 14 FLs, 45 sets of DYK hooks, 16 selected quotes, 20 selected sounds, and an in this month section. Cheshire is a ceremonial county in the North West of England.
Massachusetts (nom), by Sven Manguard, with 20 SAs, 20 SBs, 11 SPs, 10 sets of DYK hooks, 15 selected locations, and an in this month section. Massachusetts is a state of the United States.