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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), except that:
  • The TFA coordinators may choose to fill up to two slots each week with FAs that have previously been on the main page, so long as the prior appearance was at least five years ago. The coordinators will invite discussion on general selection criteria for rerunnable TFAs, and aim to make individual selections within those criteria.
  • 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:

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 between 925 and 1025 characters, or more when no free-use image can be found. 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 chartEdit

Currently accepting requests from August 1 to August 31.

Date Article Notes Supports Opposes
Nonspecific 1
Nonspecific 2
Nonspecific 3
Nonspecific 4
August 4 Death of Ms Dhu 5th anniversary of death 2 0
August 14 Sega Genesis 30th anniversary of the console's North American release 1 0
August 22 Operation Goodwood (naval) 75th anniversary of the first of the air attacks made during this operation. 1 0
August 23 Taylor Swift New album release 2 0

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

Nonspecific date nominationsEdit

Nonspecific date 1Edit

Nonspecific date 2Edit

Nonspecific date 3Edit

Nonspecific date 4Edit

Specific date nominationsEdit

August 4Edit

Death of Ms DhuEdit

Ms Dhu was a 22-year-old Australian Aboriginal woman who died in police custody in Western Australia on August 4, 2014. Dhu had been arrested two days earlier for unpaid fines, and was required to serve four days in custody to clear part of the debt. While detained, Dhu complained of pain and was taken to hospital. Police accused her of faking her condition, and medical staff believed her complaints were exaggerated and suspected drug withdrawal. Dhu died shortly after arriving on her third visit to hospital. The cause of death was an infection due to three-month-old rib fractures caused by her partner. An internal police investigation found 11 officers had not complied with regulations or were guilty of misconduct. A coronial inquest found that she suffered "unprofessional and inhumane" handling by police and "deficient" treatment from hospital staff. The inquest recommended not imprisoning people for unpaid fines and introducing a Custody Notification Scheme. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): I'm not sure if there's ever been an article like this at TFA. Not for a very long time at least.
  • Main editors: Damien Linnane
  • Promoted: June 30, 2018
  • Reasons for nomination: 5th anniversary of death
  • Support as nominator. Damien Linnane (talk) 01:16, 23 June 2019 (UTC)
  • Good to see you back here, Damien. 1087 characters ... they need to be 925-1025 these days, can you trim it a little? - Dank (push to talk) 02:49, 23 June 2019 (UTC)
  • Copying and pasting it into Microsoft Word told me it's 1022 characters including spaces. I've trimmed it a little regardless so it's now telling me its 1009. Can you take another look at the count? Thanks. :) Damien Linnane (talk) 04:28, 23 June 2019 (UTC)
    • I get 1027 now, which is fine. (We count "Full article..."). - Dank (push to talk) 04:30, 23 June 2019 (UTC)
  • Strong support article is on a rarely discussed and topical subject, Australian Aboriginal deaths in police custody. The article is in great nick. Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 10:33, 23 June 2019 (UTC)

August 14Edit

Sega GenesisEdit

The Sega Genesis, or Mega Drive, is a 16-bit home video game console developed and sold by Sega. The Genesis was Sega's third console and the successor to the Master System. It was released in Japan in 1988, in North America in 1989, and worldwide in 1990. The Genesis was adapted from Sega's System 16 arcade system board, with a Motorola 68000 processor and a Zilog Z80 sound controller chip. In Japan, the Mega Drive fared poorly against its two main competitors, Nintendo's Super Nintendo Entertainment System and NEC's PC Engine. It achieved considerable success in North America, Brazil, and Europe, thanks to its library of arcade game ports, the popularity of Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog series, several popular sports franchises, and aggressive youth marketing. The Genesis was succeeded in 1994 by the Sega Saturn. More than 30 million first-party Genesis units were sold worldwide. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): Myst III: Exile on May 8 is the last Video gaming article according to the list.
  • Main editors: Red Phoenix, Indrian, SexyKick
  • Promoted: December 15, 2013
  • Reasons for nomination: August 14th is the 30th anniversary of the console's release in North America, the region in which it was most successful.
  • Support as nominator. Red Phoenix talk 23:40, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
  • Support as a fitting occasion to celebrate its release. SNUGGUMS (talk / edits) 19:12, 21 June 2019 (UTC)
  • Some tweaks. Blurb looks good. - Dank (push to talk) 21:53, 21 June 2019 (UTC)
    • Question to a TFAR expert: this article is part of two featured topics, including being the main of one of them. I know I've seen featured topics mentioned in the blurbs for FAs on the main page before. Does space need to be allocated for this? Red Phoenix talk 03:36, 22 June 2019 (UTC)
      • Heh, I knew some day I'd be an expert in something. The "Sega video game consoles" Featured Topic will be listed, and it doesn't affect the blurb length at all. - Dank (push to talk) 04:19, 22 June 2019 (UTC)

August 22Edit

Operation Goodwood (naval)Edit

Operation Goodwood was a series of air raids launched from aircraft carriers of the British Home Fleet against the German battleship Tirpitz in Kaafjord, Norway. It was the Royal Navy's last attack on Tirpitz, which posed a significant threat to the Allied convoys travelling to the Soviet Union. The Fleet departed its base on 18 August 1944 and first launched air raids against Kaafjord on the morning and evening of 22 August. Further attacks were made on 24 and 29 August. All of these attacks failed, and only two bombs struck Tirpitz. German forces suffered the loss of 12 aircraft and damage to 7 other ships. The British lost 17 aircraft and a frigate. HMS Nabob, an escort carrier, was also badly damaged. Historians attribute Operation Goodwood's failure to shortcomings of the Fleet Air Arm's aircraft and armament. The responsibility for sinking Tirpitz was subsequently transferred to the Royal Air Force. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): No World War II FAs currently scheduled for July or August, though some are likely given the 75th anniversary of various events
  • Main editors: Nick-D
  • Promoted: 21 June 2015
  • Reasons for nomination: 75th anniversary of the first of the air attacks made during this operation. Any date between 22 and 29 August would be fine.
  • Support as nominator. Many thanks to Coffeeandcrumbs for drafting the blurb and prodding me about this nomination. Nick-D (talk) 10:07, 20 June 2019 (UTC)
  • Support A well written and interesting article, well up to standard. Gog the Mild (talk) 16:15, 20 June 2019 (UTC)
  • Blurb looks good. - Dank (push to talk) 21:08, 21 June 2019 (UTC)
  • Support – I made a few more edits to the last sentence. --- Coffeeandcrumbs 01:44, 23 June 2019 (UTC)

August 23Edit

Previous nomination

Taylor SwiftEdit

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 unless you are renominating the article at TFAR. For renominations, please add {{collapse top|Previous nomination}} to the top of the discussion and {{collapse bottom}} at the bottom, then complete a new nomination underneath. To do this, see the instructions at {{TFAR nom/doc}}.

The result was: not scheduled by Wehwalt (talk) 09:20, 5 November 2017 (UTC)

Taylor Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. A popular contemporary recording artist, she is known for narrative songs about her personal life. Swift released her self-titled debut album in 2006, which spent the most weeks on the Billboard 200 in the 2000s. Her second album, Fearless (2008) became the best-seller of 2009 in the US and won four Grammy Awards, with Swift becoming the youngest Album of the Year winner. With her later albums Speak Now (2010), Red (2012) and 1989 (2014), she became the first act to have three albums sell a million copies within one week in the US. Red, 1989 and her sixth album Reputation (2017) spawned the number-one singles, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together", "Shake It Off", "Blank Space", "Bad Blood" and "Look What You Made Me Do". Swift's many accolades include ten Grammy Awards and five Guinness World Records and appearances in Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time in 2015, Time 100 (2010 and 2015), Forbes' 100 most powerful women (2015) and Forbes Celebrity 100 (2016). One of the best-selling music artists of all time, she was one of the finalists for Time Person of the Year in 2014. (Full article...)

@WP:TFA coordinators: I wish to withdraw my nomination. FrB.TG (talk) 19:39, 4 November 2017 (UTC)

OK, thanks for being flexible on this. Just think. You can run it when she turns 29. If not next year, remember: in ten years, she will turn 29 for the 10th time ... (joke)--Wehwalt (talk) 19:48, 4 November 2017 (UTC)
Good one! FrB.TG (talk) 19:52, 4 November 2017 (UTC)

Taylor SwiftEdit

Taylor Swift (born 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. She has sold more than 50 million albums and 150 million single downloads worldwide. Swift released her self-titled debut album in 2006, which spent more weeks than any other album on the Billboard 200 in the 2000s. Her second album, Fearless (2008), became the best-seller of 2009 in the US and won four Grammy Awards, with Swift becoming the youngest Album of the Year winner. With her later albums Speak Now (2010), Red (2012), 1989 (2014) and Reputation (2017), she became the first act to have four albums sell a million copies within one week in the US. The last three albums spawned the number-one singles "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together", "Shake It Off", "Blank Space", "Bad Blood", and "Look What You Made Me Do". Swift's many accolades include ten Grammy Awards and appearances in Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time, Time 100, and Forbes Celebrity 100. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): Faryl Smith on May 14
  • Main editors: FrB.TG, IndianBio, Popeye191
  • Promoted: October 2016
  • Reasons for nomination: To coincide with the release of her upcoming album, Lover
  • Support as nominator. FrB.TG (talk) 15:56, 20 June 2019 (UTC)
  • Support Krimuk2.0 (talk) 06:32, 21 June 2019 (UTC)
  • It's a good blurb, but 1177 characters ... the max is 1025. Find some stuff to cut. - Dank (push to talk) 21:26, 21 June 2019 (UTC)
    • I would cut out the years of being included on various lists, the mention of being a Time Person of the Year finalist, and the mention of being a "popular contemporary recording artist" to start. I also find it interesting there's no mention of starting as a country music act and moving into pop, but adding that would require more content to be cut/summarized. Y2Kcrazyjoker4 (talkcontributions) 03:34, 22 June 2019 (UTC)
      • I cut slightly more than that and got 966. Max is 1025, so we can add a little back. - Dank (push to talk) 04:13, 22 June 2019 (UTC)
        • Thank you. This looks ideal in my opinion now. We can probably mention the transition from country to pop. Not sure where it could be mentioned though. FrB.TG (talk) 07:28, 22 June 2019 (UTC)