Wrestling with featured content
This Signpost "Featured content" report covers material promoted from October 20, 2013 through October 26, 2013.
by Thomas Eakins, now a featured picture
This year's WikiCup competition has finished. Cwmhiraeth won for the second consecutive year. The top scorers were:
- Cwmhiraeth (submissions)
- Hawkeye7 (submissions)
- Sasata (submissions)
- Sturmvogel_66 (submissions)
- Casliber (submissions)
- Adam Cuerden (submissions)
- Miyagawa (submissions)
- Piotrus (submissions)
- Ealdgyth (submissions)
Cwmhiraeth's 5th round submissions included contributions to the featured articles Sea and Atlantic Puffin, 13 good articles, 79 did you knows, and 2 good article reviews. Congratulations to all the finalists.
There were some controversies in this year's competition. Next year Miyagawa will be a third judge, joining J Milburn and The ed17. Next year's competition will begin on January 1.
The Bohr Model of an atom, developed by Niels Bohr, who is now the subject of a featured article
Three featured articles were promoted this week.
- Francis Nash (nom) by Cdtew. Nash was one of five Continental Army generals from North Carolina during the American Revolutionary War, and was the only one of the five to die from wounds suffered in battle, which he received at the Battle of Germantown in 1777. George Washington and most of the Continental officers present attended his funeral, and the modern city of Nashville, Tennessee is named in his honor. (N.b.: This article was primarily edited and nominated by the author of this report)
- Niels Bohr (nom) by Hawkeye7. This Danish physicist and 1922 Nobel Prize laureate made substantial contributions to atomic theory and quantum mechanics. Bohr's model of the atom is perhaps the best-known model of atoms among the general public, and the element bohrium is named in his honor. Aside from his purely scientific work, the physicist aided refugees from Nazi Germany, escaping Nazi-occupied Denmark himself in 1943. Bohr would then go on to work on a number of projects relating to nuclear weapons development, including the Manhattan Project, and his suggestions would serve as the basis of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
- Si Tjonat (nom) by Crisco 1492. Interestingly, this article is about a film that you will likely never see. That's because this 1929 silent "bandit" film from the Dutch East Indies is one of many pre-1950 Indonesian films that are considered lost. The plot follows a young Sundanese man who kills a friend and escapes to what is now Jakarta, where he robs his employer, seduces his employer's mistress, and goes off to live the life of a bandit. Many of the film's martial arts fighting scenes were inspired by Hollywood westerns.
Five featured lists were promoted this week.
- Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team (nom) by SoapFan12. This award is given annually at the Emmy Awards ceremony, to honour the performances of the entire directing team participating in a form of a daytime drama. First given in 1974 as "Outstanding Individual Director for a Drama Series," the award has only been won more than once by Richard Dunlap, for his directorial work on The Young and the Restless.
- List of international cricket centuries by Nathan Astle (nom) by Vensatry. Former international cricketer Nathan Astle has scored centuries in Test cricket and One Day Internationals on 11 and 16 occasions respectively. As of 2013, he is the second-highest run-scorer for New Zealand in international cricket. Astle represented his country between 1995 and 2007.
- List of municipalities in Manitoba (nom) by Hwy43. Manitoba is the fifth-most populous province in Canada, with 1.2 million residents as of 2011. It has 197 municipalities covering only 20% of the province's land mass, although they are home for 94% of its population. 79 of these are urban municipalities, 116 are rural municipalities and 2 are local government districts. However, half of Manitoba's population resides in Winnipeg, the provincial capital.
- List of international cricket centuries by Shivnarine Chanderpaul (nom) by Vensatry and Harrias. Shivnarine Chanderpaul has played for the West Indies since 1994, scoring centuries on 28 occasions in Test cricket and 11 times in One Day International matches. He is West Indies' second-most prolific batsman in international cricket, after Brian Lara, having accumulated almost 20,000 runs. As of 2013, he is joint tenth—with Mohammad Yousuf—among all-time century makers.
- List of Indian Premier League captains (nom) by Vibhijain. The Indian Premier League, a professional league for Twenty20 cricket in India, has been captained by 34 players in at least one match during the six seasons it has played. Mahendra Singh Dhoni has played the most number of matches as a captain, leading the team in 96 matches. James Hopes has captained the most number of matches without registering a win.
Titian's Bacchus and Ariadne
, a new featured picture this week
Benoit Peeters is the subject of this new featured picture
Six featured pictures were promoted this week.
- Wrestlers (painting) (nom, related article) created by Thomas Eakins and nominated by Crisco 1492. This 1899 oil painting by Eakins depicts two wrestlers in the foreground locked in combat, with one wrestler holding the other in a half nelson and crotch hold. Painted from live models, this work now resides in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
- Maxima clam on a dome coral (nom, related article) created by Alex.vasenin and nominated by Tomer T. This underwater photograph depicts the Maxima clam, a species of bivalve that inhabits the Indo-Pacific. Found living primarily in sand, on rocks, or in coral, this "small giant clam" requires sunlight, based in part on its symbiotic relationship with photosynthetic algae.
- Benoit Peeters (nom, related article) created by Georges Seguin and nominated by J Milburn. This portrait depicts writer and academic Benoît Peeters, whose work has largely focused on comics and graphic novels, such as his work in 1983's Les Cités Obscures. Having ventured into cinema and biography, Peeters has authored three short films, several documentaries, and the first biography of Jacques Derrida.
- Epirus Water Frog (nom, related article) created by Benny Trapp and nominated by J Milburn. This photograph of the Epirus water frog was elevated to featured status with one reviewer remarking on the "wicked" green stripe running down the subject's back. Found in western Greece and southern Albania, this amphibian is classified as vulnerable due to habitat loss. The frog's vulnerability doesn't stop locals from hunting it for culinary purposes.
- Muhammad Ali (nom, related article) created by Ira Rosenberg, restored (lightly) and nominated by Crisco 1492. This portrait taken by a photographer for the New York World-Telegram and the Sun in 1967 serves as the principal photograph for the immensely prominent subject's article. During its nomination, several reviewers expressed opposing opinions regarding the photograph's blank background. Ali, born Cassius Clay, was named "Sportsman of the Century" by Sports Illustrated and "Sports Personality of the Century" by the BBC (referring, of course, to the 20th century).
- Bacchus and Ariadne (nom, related article) created by Titian and nominated by Crisco 1492. The companion picture to the featured article L'Arianna from the October 16th edition of the Signpost, this painting by Titian was completed between 1520 and 1523 for the palazzo of the Duke of Ferrara. The work depicts the god Bacchus encountering Ariadne on the beach at Naxos, where she had been abandoned by Theseus. Despite her initial fear of the god, Ariadne would go on to become his consort, according to legend.
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