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[edit]

Currently accepting requests from March 13 to April 12.

Date Article Notes Supports Opposes
Nonspecific 1 Gabriel Pleydell 1 0
Nonspecific 2
Nonspecific 3
Nonspecific 4
March 13 God of War II 10th anniversary of release 1 0
March 17 George Bernard Shaw Irish article for St Patrick's Day 2 0
March 24 Piano Concerto No. 24 (Mozart) day of completion 1 0
April 6 7th Army (Kingdom of Yugoslavia) 76th anniversary of the invasion of Yugoslavia 1 0

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

Nonspecific date nominations[edit]

Nonspecific date 1[edit]

Gabriel Pleydell[edit]

Gabriel Pleydell (fl. 1519 – c.1591) was an English landowner and politician who served as member for the Wootton Bassett and Marlborough constituencies in the Parliament of England. Pleydell was born before 1519 into a large, affluent family. He entered politics in March 1553 as a Member for Wootton Bassett, close to his family estate at Midgehall in Wiltshire. Pleydell's election to the Marlborough constituency two years later may have been made possible by his father's influential connections. He would later return to the Wootton Bassett seat at the request of Sir John Thynne in 1563. Pleydell's life is marked by legal controversy; among several other infringements, he was alleged to be one of the ringleaders of a plot to exile Queen Mary I of England, and is perhaps best known for his contentious claim of parliamentary privilege after he was found guilty of this offence in 1555. Legal accusations for most of his political career and imprisonment in Fleet Prison and the Tower of London helped "confirm for Gabriel Pleydell a niche in parliamentary history", according to a modern historian. He died between 19 December 1590 and 3 February 1591. (Full article...)

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Specific date nominations[edit]

March 13[edit]

God of War II[edit]

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[edit]

George Bernard Shaw[edit]

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)
  • Support This is a wonderful article for St. Paddy's Day. — Maile (talk) 12:34, 19 February 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Appropriate for the date. Mojo0306 (talk) 15:56, 20 February 2017 (UTC)

March 24[edit]

Piano Concerto No. 24 (Mozart)[edit]

Fortepiano by J. A. Stein, Augsburg

The Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491, is a concerto composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for keyboard (period fortepiano pictured) and orchestra. Mozart composed it in the winter of 1785–86, and completed it on 24 March 1786. He played the solo part in the premiere in early April that year at the Burgtheater in Vienna. The work is one of only two minor-key piano concertos that Mozart composed, the other being the No. 20 in D Minor. None of his other piano concertos features a larger array of instruments: strings, woodwinds including both oboes and clarinets, horns, trumpets and timpani. The concerto consists of three movements. The first, Allegro, is in sonata form and is longer than any opening movement of a concerto that Mozart had previously composed. The second movement, Larghetto, features a strikingly simple principal theme, and the final Allegretto presents a theme followed by eight variations. The work is one of Mozart's most advanced compositions in the concerto genre. Early admirers included Ludwig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms. The musicologist Arthur Hutchings considered it to be Mozart's greatest piano concerto. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): I don't recall any piano concerto, not even another piece of classical music or opera.
  • Main editors: Syek88
  • Promoted: today, 21 February 2017
  • Reasons for nomination: day of first performance, user's first FA, rare topic, wonderful music!
  • Support as nominator. Gerda Arendt (talk) 11:45, 21 February 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Triplecaña (talk) 23:01, 22 February 2017 (UTC)
  • Support as author, with thanks to Gerda Arendt. In case it is relevant, I believe this is the first Featured Article on a Mozart composition. Syek88 (talk) 08:41, 23 February 2017 (UTC)

April 6[edit]

7th Army (Kingdom of Yugoslavia)[edit]

German soldiers returning from a raid across the Yugoslav border

The 7th Army was a Yugoslav formation raised prior to the Axis invasion of Yugoslavia in April 1941, during World War II. It was responsible for the defence of Yugoslavia's frontiers with Italy and Germany. When the invasion commenced on 6 April, it was only partially mobilised, and on the first day the Germans seized several mountain passes and bridges, and fifth column activities weakened the 7th Army. This alarmed its commander, but he was not permitted to withdraw from the border areas until the night of 7/8 April, and the Germans continued to expand their bridgeheads. On 10 April, the Germans captured Zagreb. Italian attacks began the following day, with thrusts towards Ljubljana and down the Adriatic coast, which resulted in the capture of more than 30,000 Yugoslav troops. The Croatian nationalist Ustaše movement arrested the staff of the 7th Army later that day, and the formation effectively ceased to exist. On 12 April, the Germans linked up with the Italians near the Adriatic coast, encircling the remnants of the 7th Army, which offered no further resistance. The Yugoslavs surrendered unconditionally on 18 April. (Full article...)