FamilySearch Wiki:Featured article criteria

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A <a href="FamilySearch Wiki:Featured Articles">featured article</a> exemplifies our very best work and is distinguished by professional standards of writing, presentation, and sourcing. In addition to meeting the <a href="FamilySearch Wiki:List of policies#CONPOL">policies regarding content</a> for all FamilySearch Wiki articles, it has the following attributes. It is—

    • (a) well-written: its prose is engaging, even brilliant, and of a professional standard;
    • (b) comprehensive: it neglects no major facts or details and places the subject in context;
    • (c) well-researched: it is a thorough and representative survey of the relevant literature. Claims are <a href="FamilySearch Wiki:Verifiability">verifiable</a> against high-quality <a href="FamilySearch Wiki:Verifiability#Reliable_sources">reliable sources</a> and are supported by inline citations <a href="FamilySearch Wiki:When to cite">where appropriate</a>;
    • (d) neutral: it presents views <a href="FamilySearch Wiki:Neutral point of view">fairly and without bias</a>; and
    • (e) stable: it is not subject to ongoing <a href="FamilySearch Wiki:Edit war">edit wars</a> and its content does not change significantly from day to day, except in response to the featured article process.
  1. It follows the <a href="FamilySearch Wiki:Manual of Style">style guidelines</a>, including the provision of—
    • (a) a lead: a concise <a href="FamilySearch Wiki:Purpose and Appropriate Topics">lead section</a> that summarizes the topic and prepares the reader for the detail in the subsequent sections;
    • (b) appropriate structure: a system of hierarchical <a href="Help:Section">section headings</a> and a substantial but not overwhelming table of contents; and
    • (c) consistent citations: where required by criterion 1c, consistently formatted inline citations using either footnotes (<a href=""><ref>Smith 2007, p. 1.</ref></a>) or Harvard referencing (Smith 2007, p. 1)—see <a href="Citations (Mills Style)">citing sources</a> for suggestions on formatting references; for articles with footnotes, the <IMG class=FCK__MWTemplate src="" width=1 height=1 _fckfakelement="true" _fckrealelement="3" _fck_mw_template="true"> format is recommended. The use of citation templates is not required.
  2. Media. It has <a href="Help:Selecting images for the Wiki">images</a> and other media where appropriate, with succinct <a href="Help:Naming conventions">captions,</a> and <a href="">acceptable copyright status</a>. Images included follow the <a href="FamilySearch Wiki:Image Approval Policies">images for the Wiki image use policy.</a> <a href="">Non-free</a> images or media must satisfy the <a href="Access Codes">criteria for inclusion of non-free content and</a> <a href="">be labeled accordingly</a>.
  3. Length. It stays focused on the main topic without going into unnecessary detail (see <a href="">summary style).</a>

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