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, Ealdgyth and Wehwalt , 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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Today's featured article (TFA):

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How to post a new nomination:

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.

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.

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.


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 March 31 to April 30.

Date Article Notes Supports Opposes
Nonspecific 1
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Nonspecific 3
Nonspecific 4
16 April William T. Stearn 1 0

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

Nonspecific date nominations

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Specific date nominations

16 April

William T. Stearn

Allium farreri, the first taxon that Stearn described

William T. Stearn CBE, FLS, VMH (16 April 1911 – 9 May 2001) was a British botanist. Born in Cambridge in 1911, he was largely self-educated, and developed an early interest in books and natural history. His initial work experience was in a Cambridge bookshop. He was an assistant in the university botany department, then a librarian at the Royal Horticultural Society in London, and from 1952 a scientific officer in the botany department of the Natural History Museum. After retirement in 1976, he served on a number of professional bodies related to his work, including the Linnean Society, of which he became President. He also taught botany at Cambridge University as a visiting professor. Stearn is known for his work in botanical taxonomy (first described taxon pictured) and botanical history, particularly his studies of the Swedish scientist Carl Linnaeus. His best known books are his Dictionary of Plant Names for Gardeners, a popular guide to the Latin names of plants, and his Botanical Latin for scientists. Considered one of the most eminent British botanists of his time, he is the botanical authority for over 400 plants that he named and described. (Full article...)

I had problems with licenses like that, - doesn't say you are free to share etc.. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:26, 11 February 2018 (UTC)
I thought it might be a possible copyright issue. It's a shame, as the article image is a good one IMHO. Still, I add my support as I also cannot recall seeing a botanist on TFA (and, on a purely personal level, I worked for him in his garden once or twice, and chatted with him about Epimedium - which he was particularly fond of - so it would be nice to see him on the front page). PaleCloudedWhite (talk) 22:48, 11 February 2018 (UTC)
Lovely, that you chatted! I would have chosen Epimedium because of the caption, but I don't think it shows well enough in stamp size. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:53, 11 February 2018 (UTC)
Yes, the Epimedium image in the article is not the clearest. The ideal perhaps would be to have an image of the cultivar named after him, but I've looked and we don't appear to have one. PaleCloudedWhite (talk) 23:06, 11 February 2018 (UTC)
Biography is always tricky since it is rare to have a free image. But low resolution is considered fair use for that specific page only. I'm not sure how that would apply to "blurb" but it seems to me a case could be made, since it is merely a link to the article not a separate page, and of course only appears fleetingly. I am touched that we have someone here who actually knew him. Epimedium was of course something he is particularly known for. --Michael Goodyear (talk) 14:28, 12 February 2018 (UTC)
  • Support: Subject of article is interesting; no apparent reason not to become TFA on that date. Codyorb (talk) 22:38, 12 February 2018 (UTC)

20 April

Knuckles' Chaotix

Knuckles' Chaotix is a 1995 side-scrolling platform game developed and published by Sega for the 32X. A spin-off to the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, the game features Knuckles the Echidna and four other characters known as the Chaotix. While it features similar gameplay to prior entries, Knuckles' Chaotix introduces a partner system whereby the player is connected to another character via a tether. This tether behaves like a rubber band and must be handled appropriately to maneuver the characters through levels. Development began in 1994 as an internal prototype for the Sega Genesis, which featured Sonic and Tails. Development eventually transitioned to the 32X; Sonic and Tails were removed and replaced with Knuckles and four other characters. The game received mixed reviews from critics, who found the tethering physics cumbersome, although some appreciated it as an attempt by Sega to innovate in the series. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): The most recent similar article was Sonic Spinball on January 19.
  • Main editors: TheJoebro64, TarkusAB
  • Promoted: December 23, 2017
  • Reasons for nomination: I'm nominating this because April 20 was the game's initial release date, and it's an obscure game not many people remember. Many Sonic fans find this game fascinating and frequently request that Sega re-release it.
  • Support as nominator. JOEBRO64 00:47, 12 February 2018 (UTC)
  • Support as co-writer. TarkusABtalk 01:06, 12 February 2018 (UTC)
  • We just had Dungeon Siege today; another video game. Praemonitus (talk) 21:50, 19 February 2018 (UTC)
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