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  • Runs a Featured article (Artículo destacado), Good article (Artículo bueno), Picture of the Day (Imagen del día), Phrase of the day (Frase del día), Did you know (¿Sabías que...), In the News (Actualidad), On this day (Efemérides) and Portals. The TFA does not change daily.
  • Browsing the list and candidate pages reveals that many are translated from, sample. Or this one, where they rather slam the en-wiki FA!
  • Stats: Mid-November, 697 featured out of 417,120 total, 1 in 598.
  • Basic structure (1a, 1b, etc.) almost identical to WIAFA.
  • But, below the basic criteria, there are longer descriptions of a few of the components: 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d and 2.
  • 1b, Es completo: Un artículo destacado debe cubrir todos los aspectos de un tema con base en su importancia. Ningún aspecto debe dominar el artículo a no ser que sea claramente el aspecto más importante del tema. Los detalles excesivos deben trasladarse a sub-artículos, y sólo los más importantes deben resumirse en el principal. Los aspectos más importantes requieren resúmenes más largos y detallados, mientras que los menos importantes los requieren más cortos. Implica priorizar constantemente qué información es la más importante, y llevar el resto a otros artículos. Esta es la parte de los criterios completo y punto de vista neutral en la que más se falla.
  • 1b, Comprehensive: Defer to Jbmurray for exact translation. This is basically a description of summary style. (Not entirely sure I'd translate "completo" as "comprehensive," especially in this context.) Rough and ready translation: "A featured article should cover all the aspects of a topic according to their importance. No aspect should dominate the article unless it is clearly the topic's most important aspect. Excessive detail should be moved to sub-articles, and only the most important should be summarized in the main article. The most important aspects need longer and more detailed summaries, while the least important need shorter ones. This means constant prioritization of the most important information, moving the rest to other articles. This is the part of the comprehensiveness and NPOV criteria that is most often breached."
  • They call it a vote
  • They have five elected admins who can close
  • Nominators and reviewers have to have at least 100 edits and a month since first edit
  • At least six "votes" required to close
  • 7 day minimum discussion
  • At least 21 days before a re-nomination
  • Same, 100 edit, one month suffrage
  • Same five elected admins can close
  • At least six "votes" needed to close
  • 21 days before re-nomination
  • 7 day minimum discussion
  • Stats: 277 Featured images



  • Runs an Article of the Day (Artikel des Tages), In the News (In den Nachrichten), Recently Deceased (Kürzlich Verstorbene), Did You Know? (Schon gewusst?), On this day (Was geschah am ...) and a Wikipedia update (Wikipedia aktuell)
  • The Article of the Day changes daily and may be either an Exzellente Artikel (Featured Article, lit. Excellent Article) or a Lesenswerte Artikel (Good Article, lit. Article worth reading)
  • As of 19 November 2008, the German Wikipedia had 1,461 Exzellente Artikel out of 827,969 total articles (0.18 percent).
  • The 1,400 Exzellente Artikel milestone was reached 2 September 2008 by Indogermanische Ursprache (Proto-Indo-European language)
  • Exzellente Artikel, like English Featured Articles, are identified with a star in the upper-right corner of the article page.
  • Exzellente Artikel promotions and demotions utilize the same process page.
  • The KEA process does not have precisely defined criteria (lesenswerte Artikel, curiously, do have criteria); Exzellente Artikel nominators, however, are expected to proof for Richtigkeit, Vollständigkeit, Stil und Rechtschreibfehler (Accuracy, Completeness, Style and Spelling) and use of the review process is recommended.
  • Nominators are requested to notify principle authors of the candidacy, but do not require their consent to proceed with the nomination.
  • Nominations last 20 days, during which time the article must receive at least three Pro-Stimmen (votes for promotion) and at least twice as many Pro-Stimmen as Contra-Stimmen (votes against promotion). Despite the use of this count, however, decisions are consensus based. The instructions note that one meaningful issue identified after 99 Pro-Stimmen would prevent promotion.
  • IPs and registered users of all tenures may participate so long as their statements are signed.
  • Nominations may be closed prematurely if, after a week, they have received 10 votes for promotion and no opposition or, conversely, 5 votes against promotion and no support.
  • There does not appear to be a director or group of directors. The presence of closure instructions suggests any user may close a nomination.
  • Certain users (e.g. ADK, Adrian Bunk, SchirmerPower and Vux) are involved more than others in the "paperwork" of the KEA and AdT processes (e.g. adding the star to promoted articles and updating the AdT).
  • Nomination discussions are archived to the article's talk page, not to a KEA subpage.
  • The Artikel des Tages appears to be chosen by the community; there is no indicated director.
  • Subjects in alternating subject areas (Themenbereiche) and with relevance to current events or anniversaries are preferred.
  • Multiple candidates for the same date may be presented at a time. There does not appear to be a time limit (e.g. there are already nominations for January 2009).
  • As of 19 November 2008, there are 610 Exzellente Bilder (Featured Images, lit. Excellent Images)
  • Featured images are not showcased on the main page.
  • Exzellente Bilder criteria include compositional and encyclopedic requirements.
  • Nominations last 14 days and must receive at least 5 Pro-Stimmen and twice as many Pro-Stimmen as Contra-Stimmen
  • To have one's vote counted, an editor must have a 6 month tenure or at least 60 edits. Editors not meeting either of these thresholds may still participate in the discussion and nominate candidates.
  • Lists and portals are eligible and become featured through the same process.
  • As of 19 November 2008, there are 211 informative Listen (Featured Lists, lit. Informative Lists) and 38 informative Portale (Featured Portals, lit. Informative Portals).
  • Portals and lists have separate criteria.
  • Nominations last 7 days, after which time the list or portal must have received at least three more Pro-Stimmen than Contra-Stimmen.


  • Runs an "highlighted" article (Uitgelicht), In the News (Actueel), Did you know (Wist je dat...), Recently Deceased (Recente sterfgevallen), a This Day in History ( de geschiedenis), a Portal of the week (Portaal van de week) and a picture of the day (Afbeelding van de dag)
  • As of 20 November 2008, the Dutch Wikipedia had 185 articles in the Etalage (showcase) out of 497,379 total articles (0.04 percent).


  • FA (Artigo destacado/Artigo em destaque), ITN (Eventos recentes), POTD (Imagem do dia, same as Commons), SA (Neste dia...), DYK (Sabia que...). The TFA does not change daily.
  • Several translated/adapted from English WP, many local efforts as well.
  • Stats: November 22, 376 featured out of 441,011 total, 1 in 1173.
  • Quite similar to WIAFA. Uses a numbered sublist (1.1, 1.2, 1.3 instead of 1a, 1b, 1c).
    • Main differences: explicitly requires at least one image (O artigo deve possuir imagens relacionadas com o assunto, The article must have images related to its subject, requirement is explicit in the FAC instructions); there is no requirement of consistency in citation style—instead, 2c refers to the article's table of contents; appears to allow external jumps in lieu of formatted citations; article information must be "correct", which is far more subjective than our "accurately represent the relevant body of published knowledge"; no explicit 1e exception for changes made in response to the FA process.
  • Explicitly referred to as a "candidacy" process, but conducted as a vote. Votes are separated into "support" (A favor) and "oppose" (Contra) sections. Opposes must be followed by a rationale, while supports may be per nom (not recommended but acceptable).
  • The process may be interrupted at any time if the article is found to fail FA criteria.
  • The FAC process takes 30 days, no more, no less.
  • At least seven votes required to close. 75% supports required to pass.
  • At least 30 days before a renomination. Article must also have undergone "significant modifications".
  • Successful candidacies are added to the TFA queue in chronological order. In the Portuguese Wikipedia, TFAs are preemptively semi-protected for the duration of their mainpage stay (three/four days).
  • {{FAC}} template for the article Talk page: [2]


"Featured articles are articles that members of Wikipedia believe are the best. Before they can appear on this page, such articles must pass the procedure for the election at Wikipedia:Candidates for the featured article, where they are reviewed (discussed) for accuracy, neutrality, completeness and style. There is also a good article award for those that have not yet met all the criteria, but are close. All featured articles are marked with a small gold star in the upper right corner of your page, and a medal hanging at the bottom of the article. There are 260 featured articles on Russian Wikipedia." Graham. Graham Colm Talk 22:41, 22 November 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Here's some more details:

All FAs appear on the Main Page in turn. Candidates are promoted by admins every three days. The admins are expected to chose a candidate and follow the discussions. Candidates that are not considered fully ready for FA can be submitted to "fixers" without being archived first. One article currently being fixed is The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Here are the Russian FA criteria:

Some of the current FAC are Catacombs of Rome, Halloween (movie 1978), Human rights in Korea and Henry IV (Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire). Editors should not nominate more than one or two articles at once because, "citicisms of one will probably apply to the others".

They decide by voting on whether the article is GA or FA. Here are the current "discussions" on Catacombs of Rome:

Catacombs of Rome

An article on Roman sights, which were forgotten for almost 600 years. The catacombs are famous for frescos of both ancient and Christian traditions. -- Testus 11:06, 18 Nov., 2008 (UTC)

Not a bit like Roman Catholic Church methinks ;-) Graham. Graham Colm Talk 17:12, 25 November 2008 (UTC)[reply]


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