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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:

I.
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.


II.
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.

III.
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.

Scheduling:

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 September 28 to October 28.

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Date Article Notes Supports Opposes
Nonspecific 1
Nonspecific 2
Nonspecific 3
Nonspecific 4
October 1 Simon Hatley 1 0
October 2 India 1 0

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

Nonspecific date nominationsEdit

Nonspecific date 1Edit

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Specific date nominationsEdit

October 1Edit

Simon HatleyEdit

Simon Hatley (1685 – after 1723) was an English sailor involved in two hazardous privateering voyages to the South Pacific Ocean. With his ship beset by storms south of Cape Horn, Hatley shot an albatross, an incident immortalised by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (illustrated). Hatley went to sea in 1708 under Captain Woodes Rogers, but was captured by the Spanish on the coast of Ecuador and was tortured by the Inquisition. Hatley's second voyage, under George Shelvocke, was the source of the albatross incident, recorded in Shelvocke's journal for 1 October 1719, and also ended with his capture by the Spanish, who held him as a pirate for looting a Portuguese ship. Hatley returned to Britain in 1723, though he hastily sailed to Jamaica lest he risk trial for piracy. His fate thereafter is unknown. In 1797, Wordsworth suggested Hatley's shooting of an albatross as the basis of a poem, which Coleridge published in Lyrical Ballads (1798). (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): Not aware of any
  • Main editors: Wehwalt
  • Promoted: 2018
  • Reasons for nomination: 300th anniversary of journal entry recording the albatross shooting.
  • Support as nominator. Wehwalt (talk) 03:56, 22 August 2019 (UTC)

October 2Edit

IndiaEdit

File:Rajagopal speaking to 25,000 people, Janadesh 2007, India.jpg This is a serious nomination. I haven't done this before, and am having a hard time making out the instructions. I will write something up in the coming week, or sooner, if needed. (This is in the nature of holding this date's seat by leaving the article's sweater on it.) (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): Sorry, but I am clueless here, but the article did appear on TFA in December 2004.
  • Main editors: @Nichalp:, former arb and admin, now retired, led the FA run in 2004. He is the patron saint. Don't know if he'll respond. Others who have made significant edits are @Saravask:, @RegentsPark:, @Abecedare:, @SpacemanSpiff:, and @Dbachmann:, I think. Others who have been commenting on the talk page in the run up to this nomination are: @Johnbod:, @Vanamonde93:, @Kautilya3:, @MilborneOne:
  • Promoted: It was promoted on September 16, 2004. I believe it is the oldest country FA on Wikipedia. It went through a rigorous FAR successfully in 2011. It is much edited, being the most viewed country page after the US, on most days. So all sorts of editors keep it up to date.
  • Reasons for nomination: October 2, 2019, is Gandhi's 150th birthday (sesquicentennial). As the leading genius of the successful campaign for India's independence, what would be a more appropriate honor for Gandhi on Wikipedia than the appearance on the front page of his most sought after prize? Fowler&fowler«Talk» 23:00, 21 August 2019 (UTC)
  • Support as nominator. Fowler&fowler«Talk» 23:00, 21 August 2019 (UTC)