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 (Crisco 1492, 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 {{@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 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:

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 7 to April 6.

Date Article Notes Supports Opposes
Nonspecific 1
Nonspecific 2
Nonspecific 3
Nonspecific 4 Sabrina Sidney March for women 1 0
March 8 Bessie Braddock International Women's Day 1 0
March 9 Mothers of the Disappeared 30th anniversary of release 3 0
March 11 German–Yugoslav Partisan negotiations 74th anniversary of the commencement of negotiations 4 0
March 12 Eta Carinae 173rd anniversary of the great eruption 1 0
March 13 God of War II 10th anniversary of release 1 0
March 17 George Bernard Shaw Irish article for St Patrick's Day 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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Nonspecific date 4

Sabrina Sidney

This is the archived discussion of the TFAR nomination for the article below. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page (such as Wikipedia talk:Today's featured article/requests). Please do not modify this page.

The result was: scheduled for Wikipedia:Today's featured article/March 4, 2017 by  — Chris Woodrich (talk) 02:17, 19 February 2017 (UTC)

Sabrina Sidney in 1833

Sabrina Sidney (1757–1843), was a British foundling girl taken in when she was 12 by author Thomas Day, who wanted to mould her into his perfect wife, inspired by Rousseau's Emile, or On Education. In 1769, Day and his barrister friend John Bicknell chose Sabrina and another girl, Lucretia, from orphanages. Day took the girls to France to begin Rousseau's methods of education in isolation but soon returned to Lichfield with only Sabrina. He used eccentric techniques to try to increase her fortitude, such as firing blanks at her skirts. When Sabrina reached her teenage years, Day was persuaded by Edgeworth that his ideal wife experiment had failed, and arranged for Sabrina to first attending a boarding school, then becoming an apprentice to a dressmaker family, and eventually being employed as Day's housekeeper. In 1783, Bicknell sought out Sabrina and proposed marriage, telling her the truth about Day's experiment. Horrified, she confronted Day in a series of letters. Sabrina married Bicknell, and the couple had two children. Sabrina went on to work with schoolmaster Charles Burney, managing his schools. In 1804, Anna Seward published a book about Sabrina's upbringing. (Full article...)

Specific date nominations

March 8

Bessie Braddock

Elizabeth Margaret "Bessie" Braddock (née Bamber; 24 September 1899 – 13 November 1970) was a British Labour Party politician who served as Member of Parliament (MP) for the Liverpool Exchange division from 1945 to 1970. She was a member of Liverpool County Borough Council from 1930 to 1961. Although she never held office in government, she won a national reputation for her forthright campaigns in connection with housing, public health and other social issues. Braddock was a pugnacious presence in parliament, and a keen supporter of the 1945–51 Attlee ministry's reform agenda, particularly the establishment of the National Health Service in 1948. She served on Labour's National Executive Committee between 1947 and 1969. For most of her parliamentary career she remained a member of Liverpool's council, and was a central figure in the controversy that arose in the 1950s over the city's flooding of the Tryweryn Valley for the construction of a reservoir. When Labour won the 1964 general election she refused office on the grounds of age and health; thereafter her parliamentary contributions dwindled as her health worsened. Towards the end of her life she became Liverpool's first woman freeman. After her death in 1970 her Guardian obituarist hailed her as "one of the most distinctive political personalities of the century". (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): George Mason was the last political biography I can find; Robert Catesby the most recent British politician; there are no female politicians on the 'recent' list.
  • Main editors: Brianboulton
  • Promoted: December 12, 2015
  • Reasons for nomination: International Women's Day was the main motivation for suggesting this
  • Support as nominator. Super Nintendo Chalmers (talk) 08:21, 9 February 2017 (UTC)
  • Happy with the date choice and I'd like to see this run as TFA. Unfortunately I won't be able to give the article the necessary once-over – I hope someone will. The blurb looks a bit long at the moment. NB pic is non-free. Brianboulton (talk) 22:09, 9 February 2017 (UTC)

March 9

Mothers of the Disappeared

The Mothers of the Disappeared join U2 on stage in Chile in 1998

"Mothers of the Disappeared" is a song by rock band U2. It is the closing track on their album The Joshua Tree, released on 9 March 1987. The song was inspired by lead singer Bono's experiences in Nicaragua and El Salvador in July 1986, following U2's involvement on Amnesty International's A Conspiracy of Hope tour. He learned of the Madres de Plaza de Mayo, a group of women whose children had been "disappeared" by the Argentine and Chilean dictatorships. The lyrics contain an implicit criticism of the Reagan Administration, which backed two South American regimes that seized power during coup d'états and which provided financial support for the military regime in El Salvador. Thematically it has been interpreted as an examination of failures and contradictions in US foreign policy. The song was favourably received by critics, and has been performed live on several tours, starting with the 1987 Joshua Tree Tour. It was played at four concerts on the 1998 PopMart Tour in South America, during two of which the Madres joined the band onstage. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): New wave of British heavy metal (27 January 2017)
  • Main editors: Melicans, Y2kcrazyjoker4
  • Promoted: 23 October 2011
  • Reasons for nomination: 30th anniversary of release
  • Support as nominator. Melicans (talk, contributions) 17:06, 28 January 2017 (UTC)
  • Support as it is well written and appropriate reason for specific date but surely it's worth putting the reason for the specific date (the fact that it was released on March 9, 1987) in the lead section? Mojo0306 (talk) 15:50, 30 January 2017 (UTC)
  • Support as a long-time editor of many other U2 articles. I edited the lead to recognize the anniversary, and also removed into about Rattle and Hum (not so important), and simplified info on live performances. –Dream out loud (talk) 09:43, 1 February 2017 (UTC)

March 11

German–Yugoslav Partisan negotiations

Milovan Đilas was the chief Partisan negotiator.

The German–Yugoslav Partisan negotiations were held between German commanders and the Yugoslav Partisans in March 1943 during World War II. The negotiations – focused on obtaining a ceasefire and establishing a prisoner exchange – were conducted during an Axis offensive. They were used by the Partisans to delay the Axis forces while the Partisans crossed the Neretva river, and to allow the Partisans to focus on attacking their Chetnik rivals led by Draža Mihailović. They were accompanied by an informal ceasefire that lasted about six weeks before being called off by Adolf Hitler. The advantage gained by the Partisans was lost when another Axis offensive was launched in mid-May 1943. Although aspects of the negotiations were published in several languages from 1949 onwards, the key Partisan negotiator was not named until 1973. Subsequently, accounts of the negotiations were published by Yugoslav historians and the main Yugoslav protagonists. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): This is a Yugoslavia in World War II article. The last Yugoslav-related TFA was on December 15, 2016, but that was a warship article. The last wars, battles and events article was on September 19, 2016 but that was a Napoleonic Wars article.
  • Main editors: Peacemaker67
  • Promoted: March 24, 2015
  • Reasons for nomination: 74th anniversary of the commencement of negotiations
  • Support as nominator. Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 04:16, 26 December 2016 (UTC)
  • Support. Iazyges Consermonor Opus meum 12:56, 19 January 2017 (UTC)
  • Support, appropriate.--Zoupan 21:49, 28 January 2017 (UTC)
  • Support, as article creator and one of its editors.--Antidiskriminator (talk) 00:11, 29 January 2017 (UTC)

March 12

Eta Carinae

The Homunculus Nebula, surrounding Eta Carinae, imaged by WFPC2 at red and near-ultraviolet wavelengths

Eta Carinae is a stellar system containing at least two stars with a combined luminosity over five million times that of the Sun, located around 7500 light-years (2300 parsecs) distant in the constellation Carina. First recorded as a 4th-magnitude star, it brightened considerably over the period 1837 to 1856 in an event known as the Great Eruption. Eta Carinae became the second-brightest star in the sky between 11 and 14 March 1843 before fading well below naked eye visibility. It has brightened consistently since about 1940, peaking above magnitude 4.5 in 2014. Eta Carinae is circumpolar south of latitude 30°S, so it is never visible north of latitude 30°N. The two main stars of the Eta Carinae system have an eccentric orbit with a period of 5.54 years. The primary is a peculiar star similar to a luminous blue variable (LBV) that was initially 150–250 M of which it has lost at least 30 M already, and is expected to explode as a supernova in the astronomically near future. The secondary star is hot and also highly luminous, probably of spectral class O, around 30–80 times as massive as the Sun. The system is heavily obscured by the Homunculus Nebula, material ejected from the primary during the Great Eruption. (Full article...)

March 13

God of War II

God of War II is a third person action-adventure video game for the PlayStation 2, first released on March 13, 2007. Loosely based on Greek mythology, it is the second installment in the God of War series and the sixth chronologically. The player controls Kratos, a Spartan warrior who became the new God of War after killing the former, Ares. Kratos is betrayed by Zeus, the King of the Olympian Gods, who strips him of his godhood and kills him. Slowly dragged to the Underworld, Kratos is saved by the Titan Gaia, who instructs him to find the Sisters of Fate, as they can allow him to travel back in time, avert his betrayal, and take revenge on Zeus. The gameplay focuses on combo-based combat and features quick time events that require the player to complete game controller actions in a timed sequence to defeat stronger enemies and bosses. The player can use magical attacks, and the game also features puzzles and platforming elements. The fourteenth best-selling PlayStation 2 game of all time, it sold more than 4.24 million copies worldwide. Regarded as one of the best action-adventure games for the platform and noted for its graphics and gameplay, it received several awards, including PlayStation Game of the Year, and is considered the "swan song" of the PlayStation 2 era. (Full article...)

March 17

George Bernard Shaw

Shaw in 1911, photographed by Alvin Langdon Coburn.

George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950) was an Irish playwright, critic, and polemicist whose influence on Western theatre, culture, and politics extended from the 1880s to his death and beyond. He wrote more than sixty plays, including major works such as Man and Superman (1903), Pygmalion (1913), and Saint Joan (1923). With a range incorporating both contemporary satire and historical allegory, Shaw became the leading dramatist of his generation, and in 1925 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in Dublin, Shaw moved to London in 1876, where he struggled to establish himself as a writer and novelist, and embarked on a rigorous process of self-education. By the mid-1880s he had become a respected theatre and music critic. Following a political awakening, he joined the gradualist Fabian Society and became its most prominent pamphleteer. Shaw had been writing plays for years before his first public success, Arms and the Man in 1894. Influenced by Henrik Ibsen, he sought to introduce a new realism into English-language drama, using his plays as vehicles to disseminate his political, social and religious ideas. By the early twentieth century his reputation as a dramatist was secured with a series of critical and popular successes that included Major Barbara, The Doctor's Dilemma and Caesar and Cleopatra. Since Shaw's death, scholarly and critical opinion has varied about his works, but he has regularly been rated as second only to William Shakespeare among English-language dramatists.

(Full article...)

  • Main editors: Wugo, Tim riley, Brianboulton
  • Promoted: April 8, 2016
  • Reasons for nomination: Irish article for St Patrick's Day.
  • Support as nominator. Debbiesw (talk) 22:36, 31 January 2017 (UTC)
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