Wikipedia:Today's featured article/requests

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 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.
Write the blurb.
For Featured Articles promoted on or after October 1, 2015, copy in the blurb that appears on the talk page of the FAC nomination (that's the page linked from "it has been identified" at the top of the article's talk page), save it, and then edit as needed. For older FAs, 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 chart

Currently accepting requests from March 28 to April 27.

Date Article Notes Supports Opposes
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February 9 Adele Spitzeder 5 0

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

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Specific date nominations

February 9

Adele Spitzeder

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.

The result was: scheduled for Wikipedia:Today's featured article/February 9, 2020 by Ealdgyth - Talk 20:49, 25 January 2020 (UTC)

Adele Spitzeder - Die Gartenlaube.jpg

Adele Spitzeder (9 February 1832 – 27 or 28 October 1895) was a German actress, folk singer, and confidence trickster. Initially a promising young actress, Spitzeder became a private banker in Munich when her theatrical success dwindled. Running what was possibly the first recorded Ponzi scheme, she offered large returns on investments by continually using the money of new investors to pay back the previous ones. At the height of her success, contemporary sources considered her the wealthiest woman in Bavaria, although she maintained the persona of a pious Christian woman who helped the poor. Brought to trial in 1872, she was convicted of bad accounting and mishandling customers' money, since Ponzi schemes were not yet illegal, and sentenced to three years in prison. In her later years, Spitzeder performed as a folk singer, living off friends and benefactors, but never completely left her criminal life, resulting in further trials and periods of incarceration. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s):
  • Main editors: SoWhy
  • Promoted: 3 November 2019
  • Reasons for nomination: 9 February 2020 marks her 188th birthday. It's my first FA ever and thus also first TFA. I will try and fill in all the red links by the scheduled date. Regards SoWhy 14:07, 18 December 2019 (UTC)
  • Support as nominator. SoWhy 14:07, 18 December 2019 (UTC)
  • Support. Gratz (or maybe: "sorry for your loss"!) on your appointment to Arbcom. You'll be great. I've copied in the blurb from the blurb review. - Dank (push to talk) 16:58, 18 December 2019 (UTC)
  • Support, per FAC, good date. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 17:01, 18 December 2019 (UTC)
  • Support, per FAC, a very inventive female fraudster.--Dthomsen8 (talk) 02:28, 27 December 2019 (UTC)
  • Support. What a fine change of pace. Gog the Mild (talk) 00:43, 31 December 2019 (UTC)

February 15

Roger B. Chaffee

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.

The result was: scheduled for Wikipedia:Today's featured article/February 15, 2020 by Ealdgyth - Talk 21:47, 25 January 2020 (UTC) (cropped 2).jpg

Roger B. Chaffee (February 15, 1935 – January 27, 1967) was an American naval aviator, aeronautical engineer, and astronaut in the Apollo program. He died in a fire along with Gus Grissom and Ed White during a pre-launch test for Apollo 1. Before joining NASA, Chaffee obtained his private pilot's license and graduated from Purdue University in 1957. Joining the U.S. Navy as an ensign, he trained to fly the T-34, T-28, and A3D. Serving as quality and safety control officer for Heavy Photographic Squadron 62, he took crucial photos of Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis, earning him the Air Medal. He joined NASA's Astronaut Group 3 in 1963 and served as capsule communicator at Mission Control Center in Houston for the Gemini 3 and Gemini 4 missions. He was given his first spaceflight assignment in 1966 as the third-ranking pilot on Apollo 1 and was promoted soon after to lieutenant commander in the Navy. He was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor and a second Air Medal. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): Buzz Aldrin on January 20, 2020
  • Main editors: Kees08
  • Promoted: 9 March 2019
  • Reasons for nomination: 85th anniversary of his birth
  • Support as nominator. --- C&C (Coffeeandcrumbs) 05:16, 10 January 2020 (UTC)
  • Support. Per TFAR instructions, copying in the blurb from the blurb review. It's fine to make changes, but the starting point needs to be the blurb that people agreed on. (Among other reasons, a visible consensus-driven process helps us deal with objections from Main Page people ... I'm bringing this up because you're more aware than most of why this is important.) - Dank (push to talk) 12:12, 10 January 2020 (UTC)
    • Sorry, I completely forgot we worked on it. I had a brainfart and, of course, I should have checked the FAC talk page first. But I think my version was better. For one, he was not Lt. Commander until 1966, three years after selection as astronaut. Some of the things mentioned in this version are unnecessary and took up too much space that could be better used. I can understand wanting to move death towards the end but I think that is one of the most notable things about his life and should be closer to the beginning. --- C&C (Coffeeandcrumbs) 14:32, 10 January 2020 (UTC)
      • Sure, feel free to make changes. - Dank (push to talk) 15:56, 10 January 2020 (UTC)
        • I have "rewritten" per "my version". Not trying to be snarky. I completely understand your reasoning. --- C&C (Coffeeandcrumbs) 15:59, 10 January 2020 (UTC)
          • No snark detected. Looks good. Although I get that most of this will sound jargony to someone who has zero knowledge about spaceflight, CAPCOM still crosses a jargon line for me ... I wrote it out ... now 1010 characters (of a possible 1025). - Dank (push to talk) 16:42, 10 January 2020 (UTC) I'm not sure about "the" in front of "Heavy Photographic Squadron 62". - Dank (push to talk) 16:53, 10 January 2020 (UTC)
  • Support If it was up to me we'd have an astronaught or a NASA article on the main page every day :-) Great article Boston1775 (talk) 09:24, 12 January 2020 (UTC)