Wikipedia:Today's featured article/requests

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Here the community can nominate articles to be selected as "Today's featured article" (TFA) on the main page. The TFA section aims to highlight the range of articles that have "featured article" status, from Art and architecture through to Warfare, and wherever possible it tries to avoid similar topics appearing too close together without good reason. Requests are not the only factor in scheduling the TFA (see Choosing Today's Featured Article); the final decision rests with the TFA coordinators Dank, Jimfbleak, and Mike Christie, who also select TFAs for dates where no suggestions are put forward). Please confine requests to this page, and remember that community endorsement on this page does not necessarily mean the article will appear on the requested date.

The rules for nominations are relatively simple:

  • The article must be a featured article.
  • The article must not have appeared as TFA before (see the list of possibilities here)
  • The request must be either for a specific date within the next 30 days that have not yet been scheduled (10 spaces), or a non-specific date (4 spaces). If a section is full, you can wait for a vacancy, or ask the coordinators for advice. The template [email protected]}} can be used in a message to "ping" the coordinators through the notification system.

If you have an exceptional request that deviates from these instructions (for example, an article making a second appearance as TFA, or a "double-header"), please discuss the matter with the TFA coordinators in the first instance.

It can be helpful to add the article to the pending requests template up to 1 year before the requested date. This does not guarantee selection, but does help others see what nominations may be forthcoming. Requestors should still nominate the article here during the 30-day timeframe.

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How to post a new nomination:

I.
Create the nomination subpage.

In the box below, enter the full name of the article you are nominating (without using any brackets around the article's name) and click the button to create your nomination page.


II.
Write the nomination.

On that nomination page, fill out as many of the relevant parts of the pre-loaded {{TFAR nom}} template as you can, then save the page.

Your nomination should mention:

  • when the last similar article was, since this helps towards diversity on the main page (browsing Wikipedia:Today's featured article/recent TFAs will help you find out);
  • when the article was promoted to FA status (since older articles may need extra checks);
  • and (for date-specific nominations) the article's relevance for the requested date.

You're welcome to create your own TFA text as a summary of the lead section, or you can ask for assistance at WT:TFAR. We use one paragraph only, with no reference tags or alternative names; the only thing bolded is the first link to the article title. The length when previewed (including spaces) is usually between 1025 and 1175 characters. Add a suitable free-use image if available; fair use images are not allowed.

III.
Post at TFAR.

After you have created the nomination page, add it here under a level-3 heading for the preferred date (or under a free non-specific date header). To do this, add (replacing "ARTICLE TITLE" with the name of your nominated article):
===February 29===
{{Wikipedia:Today's featured article/requests/ARTICLE TITLE}}

Nominations are ordered by requested date below the summary chart. More than one article can be nominated for the same date.

It would also then be helpful to add the nomination to the summary chart, following the examples there. Please include the name of the article that you are nominating in your edit summary.

If you are not one of the article's primary editors, please then notify the primary editors of the TFA nomination; if primary editors are no longer active, please add a message to the article talk page.

Scheduling:

In the absence of exceptional circumstances, TFAs are scheduled in date order, not according to how long nominations have been open or how many supportive comments they have. So, for example, January 31 will not be scheduled until January 30 has been scheduled (by TFAR nomination or otherwise).


Summary chart

Currently accepting requests from April 13 to May 13.

Date Article Notes Supports Opposes
Nonspecific 2 Kona Lanes 3 0
April 14 Crucifix (Cimabue, Santa Croce) Crucifix on Good Friday 2 0
April 16 King Kalākaua's world tour Opening day of Hawaii's Merrie Monarch Festival dedicated to Kalākaua 4 0
April 19 Lexington-Concord Sesquicentennial half dollar Anniversary of battles 1 0
April 28 Gudovac massacre 76th anniversary of the massacre 3 0
May 5 Wolfenstein 3D 25th anniversary of release 1 0
May 9 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1887 play) 130th anniversary of premiere 2 0
May 10 Title TK 15th anniversary of release 1 0

Tally may not be up to date. The nominator is included in the number of supporters.

Nonspecific date nominations

Nonspecific date 1

Kona Lanes

The KONA LANES BOWL roadside sign in 2002

Kona Lanes was a 40-lane bowling center in Costa Mesa, California, that opened in 1958 and closed in 2003 after 45 years in business. Built during the advent of Googie architecture, its Polynesian Tiki-themed styling extended from the large roadside neon sign to the building's "flamboyant neon lights and ostentatious rooflines meant to attract motorists like moths." At its peak, Kona Lanes was open 24 hours a day and averaged more than 80 lines of bowling on each of its 40 lanes. The center also hosted music concerts and other events. Following years of decline, Kona Lanes closed and was torn down in 2003; a portion of the distinctive sign (pictured) was saved and sent to Cincinnati, Ohio, for display in the American Sign Museum. Plans for a department store on the site were rejected; in 2010, the still-vacant land was rezoned for senior citizens' apartments and commercial development. Construction on the apartment complex began in 2013, and residents were welcomed in 2014. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s):
  • Main editors: ATS
  • Promoted: 17 March 2017
  • Reasons for nomination: New FA
  • Support as nominator. —ATS 🖖 talk 01:07, 18 March 2017 (UTC)
  • Support - gotta love the kitsch Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 11:34, 22 March 2017 (UTC)
  • Support - This is fun knowledge. Once upon a time in the 1950s, in an America far far away, this kind of fun stuff happened. Good for the main page. — Maile (talk) 01:30, 24 March 2017 (UTC)

Specific date nominations

April 14

Crucifix (Cimabue, Santa Croce)

Crucifix attributed to Cimabue, Santa Croce

Crucifix is a wooden crucifix attributed to the Florentine painter and mosaicist Cimabue. Painted c. 1265 in distemper, it is one of two large crucifixes attributed to him. It was commissioned by the Franciscan friars of Santa Croce and is built from a complex arrangement of timber boards. It is one the first Italian artworks to break from the late medieval Byzantine style and is renowned for its technical innovations and humanistic iconography. The gilding and monumentality of the cross links it to the Byzantine tradition. Christ's static pose is reflective of this style, while the work overall incorporates newer, more naturalistic aspects. The work presents a lifelike and physically imposing depiction of the passion at Calvary. Christ is shown nearly naked: his eyes are closed, his face lifeless and defeated. His body slumps in a position contorted by prolonged agony and pain.The painting is a graphic and unflinching portrayal of human suffering, and has has influenced painters from Michelangelo to Francis Bacon. It has been in the Basilica di Santa Croce since the late 13th century, and at the Museo dell'Opera Santa Croce since restoration following flooding of the Arno in 1966. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): nothing similar to this singular work
  • Main editors: Ceoil, Kafka Liz
  • Promoted: November 2016
  • Reasons for nomination: topic seems best on Good Friday, 14 April this year
  • Support as nominator. Gerda Arendt (talk) 19:14, 11 March 2017 (UTC)
  • Thank you Gerda. Support for 14 April. I would really appreciate if Dan could cast an eye on the blurb and perhaps polish as he see fit. Ceoil (talk) 08:08, 12 March 2017 (UTC)
  • Support - cool item and story Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 11:33, 22 March 2017 (UTC)

April 16

King Kalākaua's world tour

Political cartoon depicting Kalākaua auctioning off the Hawaiian Islands

King Kalākaua's world tour in 1881 was a 281-day feat distinguishing him as the first monarch to circumnavigate the globe. His agenda was to negotiate contract labor for the Kingdom of Hawaii's sugar plantations, with hopes of saving the dwindling Native Hawaiian population by drawing immigration from Asia-Pacific nations. Rumors circulated that the negotiations were a ruse to cover a plan to put the Hawaiian Islands on the auction block. He met with heads of state, reviewed military troops, had an audience with the Pope in Rome, and became influenced by the styles of European monarchies. In between negotiations, Kalākaua and his boyhood friends who traveled with him visited renowned tourist sites and attended local Freemasonry lodge meetings. A visit with Thomas Edison on the return trip through New York led to Iolani Palace becoming the first place in Hawaii to have electric lighting. Kalākaua's amiable personality generated goodwill around the world, and the trip resulted in an increased labor force. A century later, Japanese-Americans erected a statue of Kalākaua in Waikiki commemorating the anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese laborers following his trip. (Full article...)

April 19

Lexington-Concord Sesquicentennial half dollar

Lexington-Concord half dollar

The Lexington-Concord Sesquicentennial half dollar is a commemorative fifty-cent piece struck by the United States Bureau of the Mint in 1925 in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord. It was designed by Chester Beach. Members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation had introduced legislation in 1924 which would provide for a commemorative half dollar for the anniversary. The bill passed both houses of Congress and was signed by President Calvin Coolidge. Beach had to satisfy committees from both Lexington and Concord, and the Commission of Fine Arts passed the design only reluctantly, feeling Beach had been given poor materials to work with. The coins were sold for $1, and were vended at the anniversary celebrations in Lexington and in Concord; they were sold at banks across New England. Although just over half of the authorized mintage of 300,000 was struck, almost all of the coins that were minted were sold. Depending on condition, they are catalogued in the hundreds of dollars. (Full article...)

April 28

Gudovac massacre

Exhumed victims of the massacre

The Gudovac massacre was the killing of around 190 Serbs by the Croatian nationalist Ustaše movement on 28 April 1941, during World War II. It occurred shortly after the Axis invasion of Yugoslavia and the establishment of the Ustaše-led puppet state known as the Independent State of Croatia (NDH). It was the first Ustaše massacre of Serbs and presaged a genocidal campaign against them in the NDH. The Ustaše used the deaths of two of their local followers as a pretext for the killings. The victims were drawn from the Gudovac district, taken to a nearby field and shot en masse. Five survived the initial shooting and crawled away. The victims were buried in a mass grave. The Germans became aware of the killings, ordered a partial exhumation and arrested 40 suspects, who were released following the intervention of a senior Ustaše official. Monuments were erected on the site of the massacre in 1955, but destroyed by Croatian nationalists in 1991, amid inter-ethnic warfare. A restored monument was unveiled on the site in December 2010. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): Most recent Yugoslavia-related article would be 7th Army (Kingdom of Yugoslavia) on 6 April, but this is a very different subject. This is the first Ustase massacre article to make it to FA.
  • Main editors: 23 editor
  • Promoted: 30 April 2016
  • Reasons for nomination: 76th anniversary of the massacre, which was the first mass killing by the Ustase after they took power. This article exists on the French and Serbian wikis.
  • Support as nominator. Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 00:11, 25 February 2017 (UTC)
  • Support as primary author. 23 editor (talk) 00:35, 25 February 2017 (UTC)
  • Support - sombre story - core history material Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 11:30, 22 March 2017 (UTC)

May 5

Wolfenstein 3D

Lead programmer and id co-founder John Carmack

Wolfenstein 3D is a first-person shooter video game developed by id Software and published by Apogee Software and FormGen. Originally released on May 5, 1992, for MS-DOS, in it the player assumes the role of Allied spy William "B.J." Blazkowicz during World War II as he escapes from the Nazi German prison Castle Wolfenstein and carries out a series of crucial missions against the Nazis. Wolfenstein 3D was the second major release by id Software, and was released through Apogee in two sets of three episodes under the shareware model, in which the first episode is released for free to drive interest in paying for the rest. An additional episode, Spear of Destiny, was released as a stand-alone retail title through FormGen. Wolfenstein 3D was a critical and commercial success, garnering numerous awards and selling over 200,000 copies by the end of 1993. It is widely regarded as having helped popularize the first-person shooter genre and establishing the standard of fast-paced action and technical prowess for many subsequent games in the genre, as well as showcasing the viability of the shareware publishing model at the time. (Full article...)

May 9

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1887 play)

Richard Mansfield as Jekyll and Hyde

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a four-act play written by Thomas Russell Sullivan in collaboration with the actor Richard Mansfield. It is an adaptation of Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, an 1886 novella by Robert Louis Stevenson. The story focuses on the respected London doctor Henry Jekyll, who uses a potion to transform into Edward Hyde, a loathsome criminal. Intrigued by the opportunity to play a dual role, Mansfield secured the stage rights and asked Sullivan to write the adaptation. The play debuted in Boston on May 9, 1887, then opened on Broadway in September of that year. Mansfield's performance as the dual character was acclaimed by critics. The play opened in London in August 1888, just before the first Jack the Ripper murders. Some press reports compared the murderer to the Jekyll-Hyde character, and Mansfield was suggested as a possible suspect. Mansfield's company continued to perform the play in the US until shortly before his death in 1907. Sullivan made changes from Stevenson's story that have been adopted by many subsequent adaptations, including several film versions that were derived from the play. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): Most recent TFA about a play was Allah jang Palsoe on March 15
  • Main editors: RL0919
  • Promoted: March 18, 2017
  • Reasons for nomination: 130th anniversary of the play's premier
  • Support as nominator. RL0919 (talk) 15:29, 26 March 2017 (UTC)
  • Support yes. RLS is one of my favorite authors. Good pick on the date. — Maile (talk) 21:43, 27 March 2017 (UTC)

May 10

Title TK

Mando Lopez and Kim Deal, two of the Breeders who recorded Title TK.

Title TK is the third studio album by American alternative rock band the Breeders, released on May 10, 2002 in Japan, and May 20–21 in other countries. The album—whose name means "title to come" in journalistic shorthand—generated three singles: "Off You", "Huffer", and "Son of Three". Title TK reached the top 100 in France, Germany, the UK, and Australia, and number 130 in the US. After unsuccessful recording attempts in 1997, singer and songwriter Kim Deal began sessions two years later with engineer Steve Albini in Chicago. Deal's sister Kelley, Fear members Mando Lopez and Richard Presley, and musician Jose Medeles joined the line-up. The group continued recording with Albini in 2001. Title TK was compiled from the output of these sessions and supplemented with two tracks recorded in Los Angeles with engineers Andrew Alekel and Mark Arnold. Commentary on the album has included discussion of its minimal instrumentation and the interjection of unexpected sounds. Reviewers have described the lyrics on the songs as unconventional and dark, and noted the prominence of vocal harmonies between the Deal sisters. (Full article...)

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