Wikipedia reaches 3,000 Featured articles
The English-language Wikipedia reached a milestone with the promotion of its 3,000th article to Featured article (FA) status on August 18. These 3,000 articles represent the best 0.09% of articles on Wikipedia—about one in every 1,120 articles. Six articles were promoted simultaneously and share the distinction of being the 3,000th promotion: Whitechapel murders, Royal National College for the Blind, Mount Cayley volcanic field, Road to the Multiverse, 90377 Sedna, and Mark Tonelli.
The Featured article process (FAC) was initiated in June 2003 as "Brilliant prose"; it reached 500 featured articles in February 2005 (see Signpost coverage) and the 1,000th FA was promoted in June 2006 (see Signpost coverage). The 2,000th FA was reached just under two years later (see Signpost coverage). Deterioration over time and rising standards in what constitutes Wikipedia's best work has meant that many early articles have been demoted; the number of FAs (promotions less demotions) has risen at an average rate of 34 articles per month over the last two years (August 2008 – July 2010). In the first half of 2010, 270 articles were promoted, and 70 were demoted, a rise of 200 articles or about 33 articles monthly. On August 18, FAC delegate User:SandyGeorgia promoted six articles to Featured article status, bringing the total to 3,001 articles. The promoted articles were on a wide variety of topics: 11 murders in London between 1888 and 1891 by Jack the Ripper, a residential college for the blind, a volcanic field in Canada, a Family Guy episode, a trans-Neptunian object orbiting the Sun, and a retired competitive swimmer.
- Whitechapel murders
Whitechapel murders was edited by Colin4C in the period between April 2007 and March 2008, who, with 124 edits, remains its primary contributor. Various editors, largely DrKiernan, pumped the article up, more then doubling it in size. The article underwent a peer review in January 2010, where extensive comments from Brianboulton were addressed. It was promoted to Good article in April, and on August 2, 2010 the article was listed for Featured article candidacy by DrKiernan, where, with an extensive copyedit from Malleus Fatuorum, the article was promoted in 16 days with no Opposes, with editors referencing it as "an engaging, well-written contribution." It was the 22nd FA nominated by DrKiernan.
- Royal National College for the Blind
The Royal National College for the Blind
PaulLargo started working on Royal National College for the Blind in October 2008. It was promoted to Good article status in December of that year, and after an interm period of inactivity and improvements, received a Peer review with little participation in January 2010. It was nominated for Featured article in March 2010, but archived due to concerns over sourcing. After these were adressed, it was renominated in May, and received several reviews, but no supports. After an informal review by Nasty Housecat, and improvements by TheRetroGuy, the article was listed at Featured article candidates a third time on July 26, 2010, passing after several prose reviews and a few issues over copyrights were resolved. Overall, PaulLargo logged 528 edits on the article (his first Featured article), and TheRetroGuy 126.
- Mount Cayley volcanic field
Mount Cayley volcanic field is largely the work of Volcanoguy, who specializes in Canadian volcanism. He created the article on May 3, 2010, and nominating it at FAC on July 26, 2010—his first FAC submission. Issues adressed in the candidacy were overcitation and the copyright status of the article's images, which were created by Volcanoguy but based on content under the Canadian Crown Copyright. The article was promoted after prose work from Visionholder, citation work by Resident Mario, and resolution of the image concerns.
- Road to the Multiverse
After its initial creation in October 2009, Road to the Multiverse was nominated for Good article status in December of that year. However, in the absense of active editors, the article failed the nomination. On April 4, 2010, GageSkidmore became actively involved with the article, which passed GAN, and was Peer reviewed in July 2010. After several copyedits, the article was listed at Featured article candidates on July 29, 2010.
- 90377 Sedna
Artist's depiction of 90377 Sedna.
90377 Sedna was created in July 2005. It passed Good article candidacy on September 18, 2006 and Good article review in April of 2009. Serendipodous and Kheider began work on the article in May 2010, and it was peer reviewed by RJHall and 184.108.40.206 in July. The article was listed at Featured article candidates on August 5, 2010, and promoted after some prose reviews and an image review.
- Mark Tonelli
Mark Tonelli was nominated by YellowMonkey, who created the article on January 5, 2006 and has been slowly working on it ever since. The article passed a Good article nomination on March 2, 2008, and after susequent work, was nominated for Featured article status on August 7, 2010. With 60 Featured articles, YellowMonkey is currently the No. 1 nominator of Featured articles.
- ...I am very glad to have received this honor. A lot of hard work went into getting the article to featured status, and just knowing that 3,000 other articles, and at least 3,000 other users also went through the same process is inspiring. — GageSkidmore
- ...I'm very pleased that the article [Royal National College for the Blind] made it to FA status, even more so that I've helped to mark an important milestone in Wikipedia's history. ...may this article help to raise the profile of a college which I feel does some sterling work. — TheRetroGuy
- FAs are never an end in themselves- I'm always looking towards the next one. — Serendipodous
- ...I am pleased to see that the Mount Cayley volcanic field article passed FAC, as well as one of the six articles that brung the FA milestone to 3,000. — Volcanoguy