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Newly featured picture in a week dominated by photographs of birds: User:Benjamint444's image of a male Freckled Duck, a moderately large, broad-bodied duck native to southern Australia


This week's "Features and admins" covers Saturday 12 – Friday 18 March


New administrators

The Signpost welcomes three editors as our newest admins.

At the time of publication there are three live RfAs: Valfontis, due to finish Friday 25 March, Feezo, due Saturday, and NickPenguin, due Sunday.


Featured articles

From the new featured article December 1969 nor'easter, the dark-blue and red colours signifiy snowfalls approaching a metre in depth, causing havoc and isolation.
The bloodthirsty execution of Thomas Armstrong in 1683, from Hanged, drawn and quartered
Eight articles were promoted to featured status:

Featured lists

Newly promoted and demoted featured lists will be covered in the next Signpost in a special report.


Featured topic

Slayer at the Fields of Rock festival, June 2007
One topic was promoted: Slayer studio albums (nom), with four featured articles and seven good articles. Slayer is an American thrash metal band formed in 1981 by guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman, who recruited vocalist and bassist Tom Araya, and drummer Dave Lombardo. It is considered one of the "big four" of thrash metal along with Anthrax, Metallica and Megadeth, and has earned nine Gold certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America. (nominator CrowzRSA).


Featured pictures

A Black-capped Kingfisher, 28 cm in length, showing purple-blue back, black head and shoulders, white neck collar and throat, and rufous underparts
Eight images were promoted. Medium-sized images can be viewed by clicking on "nom":


Featured sounds

Composer of the new featured sound, Pavane pour une infante défunte, the French composer Maurice Ravel (1875–1937) at the piano with Canadian singer Éva Gauthier during his American tour in 1928. At far-right next to the flowers is George Gershwin.

Fifteen sounds were featured:

Ravel's Pavane pour une infante défunte
Debussy's Syrinx
Bugle call To the color
Bugle call Retreat
Debussy's Pour le piano
Wind ensemble arrangement of "Finale" from Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 4
Kodály's Duo for violin and cello
Bartok's Sonatina for piano
Taffanel's Pastoral and Scherzettino
Respighi's Balletto detto Il conte Orlando
Faure's Fantasie
Scott's Frog Legs Rag 4
Ravel's String Quartet, mvt 2
Taps on bugle
Sousa's Stars and stripes forever
  • File:MHVC-KyokoYonemoto-PaganiniCaprice24.ogv: Paganini's Caprice No. 24
  • New featured picture: User:WPPilot's photograph of the front entrance of the Ordination Hall of the Buddhist temple Wat Arun in Bangkok, Thailand
    Information about new admins at the top is drawn from their user pages and RfA texts, and occasionally from what they tell us directly.
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