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A script for viewing TFA history[edit]

Just a small note for FA contributors. TFA History Link is a user script which adds a link to the top toolbar for viewing Special:History/Today's Featured Article in a Recent Changes format. It is primarily designed for Featured Article contributors, reviewers and recent changes patrollers to quickly see TFA revisions. The source can be found here. Lourdes 11:24, 13 December 2016 (UTC)

Great, thanks. - Dank (push to talk) 12:46, 13 December 2016 (UTC)

Recently featured[edit]

December 31's Recently Featured duplicates December 30's Recently Featured. Should I be more patient waiting for FACbot to fix it? Art LaPella (talk) 04:42, 19 December 2016 (UTC)

The December recentlists were done by hand, so please fix it, and thanks. - Dank (push to talk) 04:59, 19 December 2016 (UTC)

Recently featured again[edit]

FACBot did January 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. But it missed January 4. Art LaPella (talk) 02:14, 24 December 2016 (UTC)

Thanks. Note that that date has no footer, and I believe this was an experiment on Mike's part to see what would happen. Now we know. Btw, it looks like FACBot got the italics, etc. right. - Dank (push to talk) 03:22, 24 December 2016 (UTC)

In the Recently Featured of January 19 and 20, should Sesame Street international co-productions ideally be partly italicized as Sesame Street international co-productions? Art LaPella (talk) 01:10, 31 December 2016 (UTC)

Thanks, done, and I'll get the 21st too when it's up. - Dank (push to talk) 01:46, 31 December 2016 (UTC)

I italicized January 25 and January 26 to match January 24, so a bug report may be appropriate. Art LaPella (talk) 06:04, 14 January 2017 (UTC)

I'll submit a bug report. - Dank (push to talk) 13:14, 14 January 2017 (UTC)

Volunteer(s) needed to help bring TFA files up to date[edit]

When Brianboulton was active at TFA, one of the things he did was to keep WP:FADC and WP:FANDC up to date; these are pages that list featured articles that haven't run on the main page, and have (or don't have) a connection to a particular date. Since he retired the pages have not been kept up to date, which is a pity because they're very useful for scheduling TFAs. Would anybody be interested in helping out by updating them? The job consists of going through the featured logs for each month, and listing each featured article on one or other of the two pages. The TFA coordinators remove them from those pages when they're scheduled. Brian stopped updating the pages some time in September, so this is really two requests: bring the files back up to date, and keep them up to date on a monthly basis. The TFA coordinators can do it themselves if there are no volunteers, but I thought it was worth seeing if someone else would like to get involved. Thanks for any assistance with this. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 23:01, 17 January 2017 (UTC)

Helpful hint: when I kept those pages updated as part of my TFA stewardship (building, in the case of FADC, on a very helpful list originally developed by GeeJo), I found it useful to double-check them occasionally against the articles listed at WP:FANMP (using AWB's list-comparing abilities) - that way, it could quickly be seen which articles had been TFA but not removed, or promoted but not added. I would also suggest that doing it on a monthly basis is too long to wait, as then the work just builds up. "Little and often" is an easier way of keeping on top of it. BencherliteTalk 23:09, 17 January 2017 (UTC)
Can't a bot do this? Seems like a lot of work. FunkMonk (talk) 09:01, 18 January 2017 (UTC)
A bot can't decide whether an article has an important date connection or not. Yes, it is a bit of work (although Raul and Dabomb87 managed without any such list) but I found it worthwhile. I think it's a coordinator's job, really, not least because it's an excellent way of ensuring that you check which articles have been newly promoted (and, of course, which have been demoted at FAR) and thus staying on top of the potential pool of TFAs where there is no nomination at TFAR. BencherliteTalk 09:42, 18 January 2017 (UTC)
  • I've brought the lists back up to date. They weren't too far gone, actually... it seems Crisco 1492 did a pretty good job staying on top of them until just over a month ago. – Juliancolton | Talk 15:42, 18 January 2017 (UTC)
    • I had a look, and This edit is fantastic work, I'm sure the others are the same quality. Thanks so much. - Dank (push to talk) 17:10, 18 January 2017 (UTC)
      • Glad to help. I'd be happy to keep them updated from now on, unless the coordinators would prefer to do it themselves for reasons Bencherlite outlined. It's up to you guys. – Juliancolton | Talk 20:29, 18 January 2017 (UTC)
        That would be terrific; thank you, Julian. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 03:24, 19 January 2017 (UTC)
        +1. - Dank (push to talk) 03:43, 19 January 2017 (UTC)
        me too Jimfbleak - talk to me? 06:29, 19 January 2017 (UTC)