FamilySearch Wiki:Featured article criteria
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To Do: Amend criteria so that it is appropriate for the Research Wiki
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.
- 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="https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Cite_Your_Sources_(Source_Footnotes)"><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 mw:meta:cite format is recommended. The use of citation templates is not required.
- 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="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/">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="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/">Non-free</a> images or media must satisfy the <a href="Access Codes">criteria for inclusion of non-free content and</a> <a href="https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Access_Codes">be labeled accordingly</a>.
- Length. It stays focused on the main topic without going into unnecessary detail (see <a href="https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Help:Editing_pages">summary style).</a>