Wikipedia:Featured list candidates/Instructions

These step-by-step instructions show the FL directors and their delegates the exact steps to maintain Wikipedia:Featured lists, Wikipedia:Featured list candidates and Wikipedia:Featured list removal candidates, their subpages and logs, and how to close and archive FL nominations. These steps are not, strictly, required: the only thing that determines whether a list is an FL is whether it was added to or removed from WP:FL by the Featured list directors or their delegates. The instructions on this page are for the convenience of other editors, by creating a stable and transparent process.

Incorporates bits from User:Matthewedwards/FL, with updates made for bot changes since then.

Timeline of FLC leadershipEdit

FLC maintenanceEdit

New FLC listingsEdit

All new WP:FLC listings should be checked for

  1. The {{FLC}} template at the top of the list's talk page (sometimes nominators manually create the nomination instead); note that it should be the template, not a subst.
  2. Lists may not be at PR, GAN and FLC at the same time

Ongoing FLCsEdit

Check WP:FLCs regularly for

  1. Unsigned entries (surprisingly frequent)
  2. Graphics (see the WP:FLC instructions, they slow down the page and often need to be removed)
  3. Sub-sections are discouraged, and may not be any higher than ====Level 4====
  4. Inappropriate strikes—nominators should not strike others' comments
  5. Monitor for double declarations of Support or Oppose, or unbolded and almost hidden supports or opposes
  6. Monitor for declarations of support or oppose not accompanied by a full review

Closing FLCsEdit

The following instructions assume that the bot (currently FACBot as of December 2015) is running to perform much of the manual process. If the nominator attempts to perform the manual process themselves, please revert in order to remove any potential issues with the bot.

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  1. Tag the nomination page at the bottom with {{FLCClosed|promoted}} and sign—do not subst the template
  2. Update Wikipedia:Featured lists, including the count at the top
    1. Update Wikipedia:Former featured lists, including the count at the top (rarely necessary)
  3. Update Wikipedia:Featured list candidates/backlog/items
  4. Update Wikipedia:Featured list candidates/Closure log

The bot will, within 24 hours:

  1. Cap the nomination page
  2. Remove the transcluded discussion from WP:FLC
  3. Transclude the discussion to this month's promotion log
  4. Update the log tallies in {{Featured list log}}
  5. Add a notice to Template:Announcements/New featured pages, cycle the entries, removing as many as has been added
  6. Add a notice to Wikipedia:Goings-on
  7. Update the list's talk page with ArticleHistory and add the FL star

Failed nominationsEdit

  1. Tag the nomination page at the bottom with {{FLCClosed|not promoted or failed or withdrawn or archived}} and sign—do not subst the template
  2. Update Wikipedia:Featured list candidates/backlog/items
  3. Update Wikipedia:Featured list candidates/Closure log

The bot will, within 24 hours:

  1. Cap the nomination page
  2. Remove the transcluded discussion from WP:FLC
  3. Transclude the discussion to this month's failed log
  4. Update the log tallies in {{Featured list log}}
  5. Update the list's talk page with ArticleHistory

Withdrawals and premature nominationsEdit

It is up to delegate discretion whether to formally close an FLC that is being ended early; in general if there are any substantive comments then the nomination should be closed as per the Failed instructions above, but if there are none the delegate may instead choose to delete the nominations page, remove the transclusion from WP:FLC, and remove the FLC template from the list's talk page.

FLRC maintenanceEdit

New FLRC listingsEdit

All new WP:FLRC listings should be checked:

  1. Make sure the FLRC is actually a Featured list (sometimes nominators meant to submit to WP:PR or WP:FLC)
  2. Make sure the FLRC has had at least three to six months since promotion and several days after mainpage appearance
  3. Lists may not be at PR, GAN and FLRC at the same time
  4. Make sure notifications are done per the WP:FLRC instructions, if not, prompt the nominator to do so
  5. If the nomination doesn't belong at FLRC, it is up to delegate discretion whether to delete the nomination page, remove the transclusion and remove the template from the list's talk page, or whether to fail the nomination as per the procedures below

Ongoing FLRCsEdit

Check WP:FLRCs regularly for

  1. Unsigned entries (surprisingly frequent)
  2. Graphics (see the WP:FLC instructions, they slow down the page and often need to be removed)
  3. Sub-sections are discouraged, and may not be any higher than ====Level 4====
  4. Inappropriate strikes—nominators should not strike others' comments
  5. Monitor for double declarations of Support or Oppose, or unbolded and almost hidden supports or opposes

Closing FLRCsEdit

The following instructions assume that the bot (currently FACBot as of December 2015) is running to perform much of the manual process. If the nominator attempts to perform the manual process themselves, please revert in order to remove any potential issues with the bot.

Kept nominationsEdit

  1. Tag the nomination page at the bottom with {{FLCClosed|kept}} and sign—do not subst the template
  2. Update Wikipedia:Featured list candidates/Closure log

The bot will, within 24 hours:

  1. Cap the nomination page
  2. Remove the transcluded discussion from WP:FLRC
  3. Transclude the discussion to this month's FLRC log
  4. Update the log tallies in {{Featured list log}}
  5. Update the list's talk page with ArticleHistory

Removed nominationsEdit

  1. Tag the nomination page at the bottom with {{FLCClosed|removed}} or {{FLCClosed|delisted}} and sign—do not subst the template
  2. Update Wikipedia:Featured lists, including the count at the top
  3. Update Wikipedia:Former featured lists, including the count at the top
  4. Update Wikipedia:Featured list candidates/Closure log

The bot will, within 24 hours:

  1. Cap the nomination page
  2. Remove the transcluded discussion from WP:FLRC
  3. Transclude the discussion to this month's FLRC log
  4. Update the log tallies in {{Featured list log}}
  5. Update the list's talk page with ArticleHistory, and remove the FL star

Other FL-related tasksEdit

  1. Check Category:Wikipedia featured list candidates and Category:Wikipedia featured list removal candidates to make sure they agree with WP:FLC and WP:FLRC—differences occur if a nomination does not have the correct talk page template, or if it has one but the nomination was never started
  2. If the bot is not running, open new archive files every month at Wikipedia:Featured list candidates/Featured log, Wikipedia:Featured list candidates/Failed log, and Wikipedia:Featured list removal candidates/log, adding {{featured list log}} to the top of each.

Troubleshooting bot issuesEdit

If the bot fails to close a nomination within 24 hours, and you've verified that the bot has contributions from that time (i.e. is still working), that generally means that there is a problem with either the closing template on the nomination or the FLC template on the list's talk page. Common issues are:

  1. The closer did not use the correct "closing word" in the FLCClosed template- the word must be correct, including capitalization
  2. The nomination page was moved during nomination- the link to the nomination in the talk page FLC template must be direct to the current nomination page, it can't redirect, regardless of whether the article itself is not at the same title any more.
  3. In addition to being exact in regards to article title, the archive numbers of the talk page template and the closed nomination must match
  4. The capitalization of one of the templates is wrong- they must be {{FLCClosed}} and {{featured list candidates}} (the output of subst:FLC); the bot does not recognize redirects or {{Featured list candidates}} (capital F), even if the visual output is the same