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Errors in the summary of the featured article

Today's FA

  • The Marais des Cygnes pic could be anywhere and provides no useful illustrative info for the article about the battle there in 1864.
    Sca (talk) 12:30, 25 October 2021 (UTC)[]
That's true, but there don't seem to be any better images available. Modest Genius talk 12:41, 25 October 2021 (UTC)[]
Well, if there must be a picture with the TFA, this pathetic excuse for a photograph effectively disqualifies the article from MP promotion. The current article would be much better off without such a meaningless, uninteresting, technically subpar image, but if that just can't be tolerated by the powers that be, we should swap in some other article having a decent pic. – Sca (talk) 12:49, 25 October 2021 (UTC)[]
We've run TFAs with no image before. I'm the FA nominator of the Marais des Cygnes article, File:Marais des Cygnes Battlefield Kansas.jpg is the best alternative, which isn't much better. So I guess I shouldn't try to have my battle articles run on the main page, because ... the open field the battles were fought in is still a field? And nobody made drawings of these Missouri battles. There's not gonna be anything better available than a rather bland map for this one. Hog Farm Talk 13:17, 25 October 2021 (UTC)[]
Well, we shouldn't accept mediocrity on the main page just because a format provides that something, anything should fill a preconceived position. Obviously, in journalism and in publishing generally, many things have appeared without illustration when nothing suitable has been available or appropriate. The main page is the face Wikipedia presents to the world. Cheers. – Sca (talk) 13:32, 25 October 2021 (UTC)[]
Fairly sure we've had blurbs without an image before, no? 𝄠ʀᴀᴘᴘʟᴇ 13:42, 25 October 2021 (UTC)[]
I still fail to see what's wrong with a picture of a battlefield as the TFA image for a battle. I'm sorry that Sterling Price chose to have a rearguard action in an uninteresting place, I guess. 14:06, 25 October 2021 (UTC)
It's in the article. One of the leaders in the battle. Hog Farm Talk 15:31, 25 October 2021 (UTC)[]
I don't mind the image, I'm responding more to the notion that any lack of image "effectively disqualifies the article from MP promotion" which seems bunkum. 𝄠ʀᴀᴘᴘʟᴇ 14:08, 25 October 2021 (UTC)[]
There's a word I haven't heard in a while. – Sca (talk) 15:17, 25 October 2021 (UTC)[]
To my understanding it isn't a picture of the battlefield, it's a picture of the place where the battlefield was. There's no indication of how the current state of that area might compare to the state at the time of the battle. Have trees encroached on the area? Have surrounding trees been cut down? Has it been overgrown with an invasive species? And so on. Have to agree that this picture is pretty useless. --Khajidha (talk) 19:07, 25 October 2021 (UTC)[]
Who said there "must be a picture with the TFA"? You seem to have made up that rule yourself. We've run TFAs without images in the past - most recently on 8 & 9 August. It wasn't clear what you were proposing to do about this uninformative image; replacing it with a better one is clearly preferred, but if none is available we could also just remove it and have no image on the MP. Modest Genius talk 14:19, 25 October 2021 (UTC)[]
There you go again. I didn't say it was a rule. I said "if," and I talked about a format. But thanks for your agreement re poor pics. – Sca (talk) 15:10, 25 October 2021 (UTC)[]

Well, it's evident that this image was a bust. Anyone got a better idea? There's no free image of the battle, and choosing one commander would be putting undue weight on that side. I'd like to try to run First Battle of Newtonia on the main page in fall 2022, and it'll have similar image limitations. Hog Farm Talk 19:26, 25 October 2021 (UTC)[]

I'm personally ok with any battlefield image. But such articles typically also have diagrams of the course of corresponding battles, so if someone is dissatisfied with the battlesite image, a diagram could be placed instead. Brandmeistertalk 20:11, 25 October 2021 (UTC)[]

Tomorrow's FA

Day-after-tomorrow's FA

Errors with "In the news"

Errors in "Did you know ..."

Current DYK

  • In "... that Iggy Pop's second studio album Lust for Life was written, recorded, and mixed in eight days?" add a comma on either side of the album title ("album, Lust for Life, was").
  • "... that German cavalry carried steel lances (examples pictured) throughout the First World War": use "steel tube lances" instead of "steel lances". It clarifies what's important about the subject: that both the pole and the head is made of steel. The article linked is not named "steel lance" and does not prominently use such phrase, for in some contexts it could refer to wooden pole with a steel head. Kubanczyk (talk) 08:54, 25 October 2021 (UTC)[]

Next DYK

  • In the second hook, "foreshadowed" or even "foretold" seems more appropriate than "foreseen". Primergrey (talk) 18:15, 24 October 2021 (UTC)[]
At first I misinterpreted that hook as being about The Supremes (singers). Art LaPella (talk) 02:11, 25 October 2021 (UTC)[]

Next-but-one DYK

Errors in "On this day"

Today's OTD

Not an error, but perhaps we should add the identifier "SS chief" before the name Heinrich Himmler.
Sca (talk) 12:15, 25 October 2021 (UTC)[]
  • 1854 – Battle of Balaclava – Also today's POTD, which carries a somewhat duplicative copy block. Too much MP Balaclava on one day? – Sca (talk) 12:23, 25 October 2021 (UTC)[]

Tomorrow's OTD

Day-after-tomorrow's OTD

Errors in the summary of the featured list

Friday's FL

(October 29)

Monday's FL

(October 25, today)

Errors in the summary of the featured picture

Today's POTD

Tomorrow's POTD

General discussion

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Other areas of Wikipedia

Can we add a link to the Teahouse to this section of the Main Page please? Mjroots (talk) 08:34, 18 October 2021 (UTC)[]

Mjroots, I suppose see here: [1]. Consensus for doing so was gained but unclear of how to do it. Maybe a new discussion at [2]? The template doesn't appear to be highly watched or experience much traffic, though. Jip Orlando (talk) 17:04, 21 October 2021 (UTC)[]
@Jip Orlando: what is the actual template in use? Mjroots (talk) 17:16, 21 October 2021 (UTC)[]
Scrub that, found it. Will see what I can do. Mjroots (talk) 17:16, 21 October 2021 (UTC)[]
OK, link added. Same wording and link as at top of this talk page. Mjroots (talk) 17:29, 21 October 2021 (UTC)[]
@Mjroots: For consistency, can the The Teahouse: to ask be changed to The Teahouse – To ask? Bazza (talk) 18:16, 21 October 2021 (UTC)[]
 Done Mjroots (talk) 18:34, 21 October 2021 (UTC)[]
@Mjroots: I'm fine with the addition, but maybe we could do without "The" in The Teahouse, for further consistency with e.g. Help desk or Village pump, which could also be preceded with "the" but aren't. — RAVENPVFF · talk · 15:33, 25 October 2021 (UTC)[]
 Done Mjroots (talk) 15:36, 25 October 2021 (UTC)[]