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. Editors who are not significant contributors to the article should consult regular editors of the article before nominating it for TFAR.
  • 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 {{@TFA}} 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 beforehand.

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 October 11 to November 10.

Date Article Notes Supports Opposes
Nonspecific 1 Panic of 1907 100 years later 1 0
Nonspecific 2
Nonspecific 3
Nonspecific 4
October 20 Boogeyman 2 Ten-year anniversary 2 0
October 21 Kragujevac massacre Anniversary of the massacre 5 0
October 26 Don't Say You Love Me (M2M song) Anniversary of song's official release date. 3 0
October 31 Ninety-five Theses Anniversary of writing. 6 0
November 1 Super Mario Galaxy 10th anniversary. 4 0

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

Nonspecific date nominations

Nonspecific date 1

Panic of 1907

Wall Street during the bank panic in October 1907

The Panic of 1907 – also known as the 1907 Bankers' Panic or Knickerbocker Crisis – was a United States financial crisis that took place over a three-week period starting in mid-October, when the New York Stock Exchange fell almost 50% from its peak the previous year. Panic occurred, as this was during a time of economic recession, and there were numerous runs on banks and trust companies. The 1907 panic eventually spread throughout the nation when many state and local banks and businesses entered bankruptcy. Primary causes of the run included a retraction of market liquidity by a number of New York City banks and a loss of confidence among depositors, exacerbated by unregulated side bets at bucket shops. The panic was triggered by the failed attempt in October 1907 to corner the market on stock of the United Copper Company. When this bid failed, banks that had lent money to the cornering scheme suffered runs that later spread to affiliated banks and trusts, leading a week later to the downfall of the Knickerbocker Trust Company—New York City's third-largest trust. The collapse of the Knickerbocker spread fear throughout the city's trusts as regional banks withdrew reserves from New York City banks. Panic extended across the nation as vast numbers of people withdrew deposits from their regional banks. The panic might have deepened if not for the intervention of financier J. P. Morgan, who pledged large sums of his own money, and convinced other New York bankers to do the same, to shore up the banking system. The following year, Senator Nelson W. Aldrich established and chaired a commission to investigate the crisis and propose future solutions, leading to the creation of the Federal Reserve System. (Full article...)

I didn't ask the editor who hasn't edited since 2011. The blurb is still too long, and the article may need work. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:54, 13 September 2017 (UTC)

Nonspecific date 2

Nonspecific date 3

Nonspecific date 4

Specific date nominations

October 20

Boogeyman 2

Boogeyman 2 is a 2007 supernatural horror film edited and directed by Jeff Betancourt and written by Brian Sieve. It stars Danielle Savre, Matt Cohen, Tobin Bell and Renee O'Connor. Savre portrays Laura Porter, a young woman who as a child witnessed the murder of her parents by an unknown asailant inside their house. Believing their killer to have been the Boogeyman, she participates in group therapy to overcome her phobia of the creature. Unfortunately, her fears turn to reality as her fellow patients are murdered one by one, with their fears being used against them. Following the financial success of the previous film, production began in October 2006, with filming taking place at the former hospital, Linda Vista Community Hospital in Los Angeles. After a sold-out screening at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival in October 2007, the film was released direct-to-video in January 2008. Critics found the plot and characters to be unoriginal and boring but praised the death sequences and the presentation of a more realistic approach to the Boogeyman, setting the film apart from contemporary creature features. Despite earning around $4.3 million on a budget of $4.5 million, a sequel was released in October 2008. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): Prometheus on August 26, 2016
  • Main editors: PanagiotisZois
  • Promoted: June 24, 2017
  • Reasons for nomination: I'd like for this article to appear on the main page on October 20, as this marks the ten-year anniversary of the film's screening at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival. The article exists on ten other language Wikipedias and if does appear on the main page, it will be my first FA to have achieved that.
  • Support as nominator. PanagiotisZois (talk) 10:00, 13 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Comment. My only suggestion would be to find a better free-use image of an actor or someone involved in the film. When I first looked at the autograph's image after clicking it I thought "still don't know how this relates to the film" then I saw that it was of an actress who was in the film. As the film is relatively obscure (as is the actress), this is a few-too-many dots to connect. Perhaps find an image of a person in the film? Otherwise, I'd say lose the image and I'd give it a solid support. Andrzejbanas (talk) 12:53, 15 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Yeah, I guess Savre's signature wasn't really doing anything for the article. Unfortunately a free image of her doesn't exist anywhere from where I've looked. I thought about adding Tobin Bell or Renee O'Connor's image but since both of them have supporting roles in comparison to Savre, it doesn't seem like the right idea. I guess my last option is adding a public domain image of the Boogeyman. Or wait to see what Savre's respone on Twitter is. PanagiotisZois (talk) 17:52, 15 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Ahh shame about other images! Fair enough though. I am very happy to give this my support now. Andrzejbanas (talk) 01:03, 18 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Support as the date seems appropriate and I do not see any major issues with the article. I agree with the above concern about the image, and it works better without the image at all. Aoba47 (talk) 15:05, 15 September 2017 (UTC)

October 21

Kragujevac massacre

The "Interrupted Flight" monument to the victims

The Kragujevac massacre was the mass murder of between 2,778 and 2,794 mostly Serb men and boys in the city of Kragujevac by German soldiers on 21 October 1941. It occurred in the German-occupied territory of Serbia during World War II, and came in reprisal for insurgent attacks that left 10 German soldiers dead and 26 injured. The number of victims was calculated based on a ratio of 100 hostages executed for every German soldier killed and 50 executed for every German soldier wounded. During a punitive operation in the surrounding villages, 422 males were shot and four villages were burned down, and another 70 male Jews and communists were shot subsequently. Males between the ages of 16 and 60, including high school students, were then assembled by German troops and local collaborators, and the victims were selected from amongst them. They were later shot and buried in mass graves. After the war, several senior German military officials were tried and convicted for their involvement in the massacre. The event is commemorated through a memorial park and museum, and has been the subject of several poems and feature films. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): I believe the most recent massacre article was Gudovac massacre on April 28, 2017
  • Main editors: Peacemaker67; 23 editor
  • Promoted: May 23, 2017
  • Reasons for nomination: Has an article on 14 other wiki's, this is the anniversary of the massacre
  • Support as nominator. Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 07:49, 29 August 2017 (UTC)
  • Support as one of primary authors. 23 editor (talk) 14:08, 29 August 2017 (UTC)
  • Support as the date seems appropriate and the most similar article featured on the main page was several months ago. Aoba47 (talk) 15:12, 1 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Support - it falls into the category of significant events that somehow ought to be better known. Orthorhombic, 15:40, 8 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Support per Aoba47.Iazyges Consermonor Opus meum 16:37, 11 September 2017 (UTC)


October 26

Don't Say You Love Me (M2M song)

Marit Larsen pictured in 2009

Don't Say You Love Me is the debut single by M2M, a Norwegian pop duo consisting of singers Marion Raven and Marit Larsen (pictured). The song first appeared on Radio Disney before its official US radio and single release on October 26, 1999. It was featured on the soundtrack to the film Pokémon: The First Movie in November 1999 and appears in the film's closing credits. The song also appeared on M2M's debut album, Shades of Purple (2000), and on their compilation album The Day You Went Away: The Best of M2M (2003). The song received favourable critical reception. Chuck Taylor from Billboard said it was "absolutely enchanting" and would appeal to both young and mature listeners. It reached number 2 in Norway, number 4 in both Australia and New Zealand, number 16 in the UK and number 21 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and was certified gold in both the US and Australia. The song was M2M's biggest hit, and remained their only top 40 hit in many countries. M2M performed the song on episodes of the TV series One World, Top of the Pops and Disney Channel in Concert. Two similar music videos were released for the song, with one showing clips from Pokémon: The First Movie. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): My Happiness (Powderfinger song) (Song - August 21, 2017)
  • Main editors: Freikorp
  • Promoted: October 29, 2016
  • Reasons for nomination: Anniversary of song's official release date.
  • Support as nominator. Freikorp (talk) 00:01, 29 August 2017 (UTC)
  • Support as the date seems appropriate and if it is posted on the requested date, then there would be several months between two song articles being featured on the home page. I do not see any immediate issues with this. Aoba47 (talk) 15:11, 1 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Comment - This is another article that would link to a Disney product from the front page. Orthorhombic, 16:06, 8 September 2017 (UTC)
  • @Orthorhombic: I don't see how that's any problem at all considering it's only a passing mention, but if that's the only thing stopping you from supporting this nomination I'll happily remove it. Freikorp (talk) 16:28, 8 September 2017 (UTC)
  • On second thoughts, there's no rule against simply mentioning a company that has been prominently featured in another TFA, regardless of how recently it was, so I really don't think you have a leg to stand on in complaining about this. Oh and for the record, I am not affiliated with Disney either, nor was I even involved in editing the other article you seem to have a problem with. Freikorp (talk) 07:44, 9 September 2017 (UTC)
  • I don't intend to oppose this nomination, and I take it in good faith that you are not affiliated with Disney. My concern is with variety and diversity of themes, topics and references. Orthorhombic, 19:16, 9 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Support There's nothing wrong with having things that are related to Disney or other similar companies on the front page, and suggesting as much is a sign of negative personal bias. Contrary to what a previous editor implied, it is possible to improve an article to a featured level of quality related to a specific company and not be paid to do so. Jackdude101 talk cont 02:01, 9 September 2017 (UTC)
* I have negative personal bias about two very similar articles about any company appearing on TFA. Orthorhombic, 20:08, 9 September 2017 (UTC)
  • I apologize for intruding on your conversation. While I respect your opinion @Orthorhombic:, I fail to see how your comment on how these are "two very similar articles" really applies in this context. While there has been a Disney-related featured on the front page recently, it was not a song, so the "very similar" part of your argument is not completely accurate. I understood the concern about the Disney railroad articles as those are very close in topic, but this one seems more like a reach in my opinion. An article about a song and an article about a railroad would seem different enough to me, even if they are related to the same company. Also, add to the fact that even though this song debuted on Radio Disney, the artists were not signed to a Disney label (the song was released through Atlantic Records) and its most prominent use was in Pokémon: The First Movie, which was not produced by or released through Disney. For these reasons, I have to disagree with your comment. Aoba47 (talk) 18:27, 11 September 2017 (UTC)

October 31

Ninety-five Theses

1517 printing of the Theses

The Ninety-five Theses or Disputation on the Power of Indulgences are a list of propositions for an academic disputation written in 1517 by Martin Luther that started the Reformation, a schism in the Catholic Church which profoundly changed Europe. They advance Luther's positions against what he saw as abusive practices by preachers selling plenary indulgences, certificates believed to lessen punishment incurred for sin. Luther sent the Theses enclosed with a letter to Archbishop Albert of Brandenburg, on 31 October 1517, a date now considered to be the start of the Reformation and commemorated annually as Reformation Day. Luther may have also posted the Theses on the door of All Saints' Church and other churches in Wittenberg on 31 October or in mid-November. The Theses were quickly reprinted, translated, and distributed throughout Germany and Europe. Luther's superiors had him tried for heresy, which culminated in his excommunication in 1521. In retrospect, the Theses are seen as the beginning of the Reformation even though Luther did not see the controversy as particularly important or the point where he departed from Catholic church teaching. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): Peter Martyr Vermigli (8 September 2017)
  • Main editors: jfhutson
  • Promoted: 17 February 2017
  • Reasons for nomination: 500th anniversary
  • Support as nominator. JFH (talk) 02:00, 7 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Breaking my FA exile to support this. I suggested some time ago that either this or Protestant reformation be run on this date by hook or by crook, since genuinely significant anniversaries of events of this magnitude come along so rarely (the only other anniversaries in the pipeline I can think of of equal significance are the Russian Revolution for which a suitable article is already earmarked, and the 500th anniversary of Cortés's conquest of Mexico for which a suitable article isn't), and am delighted to see that it was brought up to scratch in time. ‑ Iridescent 17:59, 7 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Support as being of considerable historical significance. Orthorhombic, 15:42, 8 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Support I completely agree with Iridescent. A semi-millennial is a significant milestone. Dolotta (talk) 12:33, 11 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Support milestone. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 10:14, 13 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Support: historically important event, at least in the West. Praemonitus (talk) 16:29, 13 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Support. Needless to say support, with thanks to Jfhutson for getting it ready in time. SarahSV (talk) 14:42, 19 September 2017 (UTC)

November 1

Super Mario Galaxy

Super Mario Galaxy is a 2007 platform video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Wii. It is the third 3D game in the Super Mario series. The story revolves around the protagonist, Mario, who is on a quest to rescue Princess Peach whilst simultaneously saving the universe from Bowser. The levels in the game consist of galaxies filled with minor planets and worlds, with different variations of gravity, the central element of gameplay. The concept for the game's use of spherical platforms was first conceptualised from ideas used in Super Mario 128, a technology demonstration shown at Nintendo Space World in 2000. Development of Super Mario Galaxy began in late 2004 after Shigeru Miyamoto suggested that Nintendo should commission a large-scale Mario game. Super Mario Galaxy was a critical and commercial success, hailed as one of the greatest video games of all time. Upon release it won several awards from gaming publications, including multiple "Game of the Year" titles, and became the first Nintendo title to win a BAFTA. It is the highest-rated game of all time on review aggregator GameRankings. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): The last video game to be featured on the main page was Rare Replay on 19 August
  • Main editors: Jaguar
  • Promoted: 26 November 2016
  • Reasons for nomination: This is the tenth anniversary of one of the most technically influential and acclaimed games of all time. I got it to FA last year with the ultimate intention of putting it on the main page in time for its 10th anniversary, which will no doubt gain coverage in video game journalism.
  • Support as nominator. JAGUAR  12:29, 12 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Support – It was released on Japan on November 1, 2007, so November 1, 2017 sounds like an excellent date for this to go up. The article still seems to be of excellent quality and I have no qualms about the piece you composed here. It all looks good! ^_^ ~Mable (chat) 13:04, 12 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Comment. AFAIK, we've never had a discussion at WT:TFA on the question of what we should do at TFA about holidays. After the current discussion wraps up, I'll ask. If people want something for Halloween and Dia de (los) Muertos, that would have to go on either October 31 or November 1. October 31 is the 500th anniversary of what's generally accepted as the start of the Reformation, and Mike has indicated to the coords that he plans to run the article suggested at WP:TFAP. We've got something Halloweeny available for Nov 1, Witches' Sabbath (The Great He-Goat), if the discussion goes that way. - Dank (push to talk) 13:51, 12 September 2017 (UTC)
  • We could also do this on 12th or the 16th, if the North American or European release date is alright. That would be far from optimal, though. ~Mable (chat) 14:22, 12 September 2017 (UTC)
  • This will only gain significant media coverage on the anniversary of its original release date, so it's 1 November or nothing. I would have to remind everyone in that discussion that Halloween is not on 1 November... and that this game's anniversary is going to be significant as it was an important milestone in gaming history. JAGUAR  15:59, 12 September 2017 (UTC)
    • We keep hearing, year after year, that some holidays should get recognition at TFA. I'd like to get some answers from the community: which holidays? what days? how important is it, if we've got a request at TFAR for a different article? Halloween is generally celebrated between early and late evening in North America, and the TFA article that will be on the Main Page at that time is the 1 November article. What I'm hoping to hear is that any time in late October would be fine for a Halloween-themed article; the more constraints we have, the harder the job is. - Dank (push to talk) 21:52, 12 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Support. If there's an Oct 31 conflict, run the Reformation on its 500th anniversary, run Halloween the day before, and run this one the day after (Nov 1): everyone is happy and makes more sense than displacing two articles successively. This is one of the highest-rated games in the medium, so the 10-year anniversary is an event worth commemorating. (Also perhaps I missed it but I didn't see the release dates sourced in the text?) (not watching, please {{ping}}) czar 20:07, 13 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Support: A strong article and the date requested makes sense. I do not necessarily follow the concerns about dates as this will be posted right after Halloween so it is not going up on a holiday. I seen no issue with this. Aoba47 (talk) 02:04, 15 September 2017 (UTC)
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