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New low[edit]

Today's FA, 2005 Azores subtropical storm, seems to be a new low in this process (pun intentional). It's a "nameable storm" that didn't actually get a name and so comes across as a parody or April Fool. It's obviously not Wikipedia's best work and just about any GA going through DYK would have been as good or better. For example, there's the Ethiopian highland hare today and John Neville, 1st Marquess of Montagu, which I read with interest the other day. As TFA is the flagship for the entire project, some discussion is appropriate. Having such articles presented as our finest work is not good for morale and so something needs to be done. Andrew D. (talk) 07:21, 4 October 2017 (UTC)

I'm not clear whether your quarrel is with FAC for promoting it or with TFA for choosing it. Can you clarify?--Wehwalt (talk) 13:13, 4 October 2017 (UTC)
@Andrew Davidson: Going through it, I must agree with your assessment. To answer Wehwalt, this article seems to have slipped past the cracks at every step... it doesn't even appear to be notable enough to warrant an article, much less deserving of being classified a Featured Article! The whole thing is a puffed up version of a subsection split from Hurricane Vince. - Floydian τ ¢ 19:45, 21 October 2017 (UTC)
  • There's been a flurry of hurricanes lately and Storm Brian has just blown in where I am – some high winds which did get a name but which don't have a separate article. FYI, here's a good real-time display of the world's winds. My impression is that it's always windy like this somewhere in world. Andrew D. (talk) 20:26, 21 October 2017 (UTC)

Ontario Highway 420[edit]

Hey guys,

Can you please bypass Highway 420 for now? I was hoping we could use it as on April 20th, just to be different! - Floydian τ ¢ 19:38, 21 October 2017 (UTC)

@WP:TFA coordinators: - Floydian τ ¢ 00:17, 27 October 2017 (UTC)
The current plan is to do so, but I'm hoping that Balfour Declaration will pass FAC in time, so have been holding off making the change until we're closer to the deadline in the interests of only making changes once, not twice. I do strongly suggest you add the article to Wikipedia:Today's featured article/requests/pending so folks know that there is a potential date connection of interest. Ealdgyth - Talk 11:10, 27 October 2017 (UTC)
FWIW Interstate 96 is scheduled for November 21 (and that one does have a date connection), so it may also be too close. --Rschen7754 18:18, 27 October 2017 (UTC)


I noticed that there are no reruns among the last forty or fifty TFAs scheduled; are reruns temporarily on hold, perhaps because of the recent threads on this page? Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 23:49, 6 November 2017 (UTC)

December 25 is a rerun. It has been scheduled.--Wehwalt (talk) 01:12, 7 November 2017 (UTC)

"Sexist claptrap"[edit]

@WP:TFA coordinators: I appreciate that the choice of TFA is a difficult one, and it should not be for any editor to block an article from appearing without good reason, but given I have been accused of producing "sexist claptrap" for the Josephine Butler article, and the article threatened with TFR just so an editor can get their own way, I would appreciate it if you think twice about running any of "my" articles as TFA. If you decide to run one of them anyway, then so be it and I will not demur, but my preference is for them not to be run: it just isn't worth the grief, I'm afraid. – SchroCat (talk) 08:29, 30 November 2017 (UTC)

The article attracted the interest of 35k readers, yesterday alone, thousands more to come the following three days. A few only had objections, a few only vandalised. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 11:52, 30 November 2017 (UTC)
I'm scheduling January, and it would be helpful for me to know if your request applies to co-written articles too, and whether your co-nominator concurs. I'm thinking in particular of Elizabeth David Jimfbleak - talk to me? 16:29, 30 November 2017 (UTC)
Hi Jim, I've said, if you want to pick one of "my" articles, I (or any other editor) shouldn't have a veto and I will not demur if the choice is to chose one. My co-nominator for ED was Tim riley, and I don't know what his view is on TFAs. - SchroCat (talk) 21:19, 30 November 2017 (UTC)
Like the upper-class Victorian brides of legend, I close my eyes, lie back and think of England. I can't say I enjoy the aftermath when an article I've taken to FA is on the front page. There are occasionally some drive-by edits that are helpful, but mostly it's a case of waiting a day or two and then getting the shovel out and clearing up after the Lord Mayor's Show. (The above ping has led me to investigate, and I must say I am surprised and disappointed that an editor whom, like Cassianto, I have greatly admired in the past has taken such an unpleasantly combative stance but I shall pursue that matter in a more appropriate forum.) To address the present point, although I groan when I see an FA I've worked on featuring on the front page, I shouldn't wish to stop it happening. Tim riley talk 22:08, 30 November 2017 (UTC)
Oh, gawd!! .... SchroCat commenting here instead of the threads that led to this. I've created a few women's hall of fame lists, and a few years ago an editor really got a hair up their nose about women getting such recognition. Something along the lines of such recognition being silly, and men not getting their own halls of fame, somehow forgetting about sports halls of fame, Superbowl trophies, and whatnot. And then they tried to bait me on it at my RFA. You gotta do what you gotta do ... and I hope what you feel you gotta do, is keep up your good work. And some others feel that what they gotta do, is hang to the rear on everything and complain after the work is done and the article is on the main page. It's no fun putting up with such comments, but just keep on ... you know ... cranking out the quality. — Maile (talk) 17:43, 30 November 2017 (UTC)
Thanks Maile66. There are times I wonder why I bother doing these things sometimes. – SchroCat (talk) 21:22, 30 November 2017 (UTC)
Thanks for feedback, SchroCat, Tim riley I haven't quite started scheduling January yet, but I think we are all aware that there are too few TFAs about women, so I'm inclined to run ED unless I can't fit her in for other reasons Jimfbleak - talk to me? 06:59, 4 December 2017 (UTC)