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Criteria Suggestion[edit]

1. It is well written, comprehensive and stable.

a. "Well Written" means that the prose is engaging, even brilliant, and of professional standard.
b. "Comprehensive" means that the article does not neglect major facts and details.
c. "Stable" means that the article is not the subject of ongoing edit wars and that its content does not change significantly from day to day, except for edits made in response to the featured article process.

2. It follows the formatting guidelines, including:

3. It has images and other media where they are appropriate to the subject, with succinct captions and acceptable copyright status.

4. Where appropriate it adheres to the d20 SRD or the d20 Modern SRD.

5. Variant rules should be beneficial, understandable and not overly encumberant.

a. "Beneficial" means that the variant rule should be useful to player's or DM's
b. "Understandable" means that the variant rule is written in such a way that it can be comprehended by the average player
c. "Not overly encumberant" means that the variant rule should not be more complected than is necessary. It should enhance game play not slow it down.

--Hawk 19:49, 4 March 2008 (MST)

I added it then changed it a bit ( Let me know what you think. --Green Dragon 01:36, 5 March 2008 (MST)
I saw good work your words are much more eloquent --Hawk 02:00, 5 March 2008 (MST)
Thanks :). --Green Dragon 20:44, 13 March 2008 (MDT)


I suggest adding a section:

=== Featured Articles Under Review ===

These are all the featured articles that have been nominated for review. Sometimes articles may change dramatically or the criteria for featured status may be changed, articles that may no longer meet the criteria should be listed for review.



category=Featured Articles Under Review



--Hawk 23:31, 4 March 2008 (MST)

Go for it. Also, you should make a template to go along with it. --Green Dragon 01:37, 5 March 2008 (MST)
By template do you mean category? --Hawk 02:01, 5 March 2008 (MST)
Oh you mean Template for the talk page like the other one I pretty much stole from wikipedia. Sorry a bit slow tonight. --Hawk 02:04, 5 March 2008 (MST)
You're fine. Thanks for doing all that. Also, I changed the image on the template (I thought it looked a little silly (it almost appeared as an arrow, and especially at first glance it did)) and truncated the wording. --Green Dragon 02:37, 5 March 2008 (MST)
You're like my own personal editor :)... or perhaps more of a janitor cleaning up my mess :-p --Hawk 02:40, 5 March 2008 (MST)
I still think the template:featured article looks weird on the right above the author box but thats just me. I also think we should find a 'director' for this section unless you honestly want more work to do GD? but that can wait until things get busier here... they will I tell you even if I have to pull out my +3 poking stick of motivation. --Hawk 02:50, 5 March 2008 (MST)
I agree, a director can wait until things get more busy here. Although I would like to see this poking stick of motivation ;). --Green Dragon 22:08, 5 March 2008 (MST)
I try not to use it too often as it is a cursed item there is a 30% chance the target will attack the wielder out of annoyance. the chance goes up by 5% every time it is used on the same target. Perhaps you should update that news item about all this so it says something along the lines of polish up your work children and submit it for review your community needs you. lol--Hawk 22:48, 5 March 2008 (MST)
Done. --Green Dragon 00:15, 6 March 2008 (MST)
It's amusing how many news items I have instigated in the month I've been here lol. *Ponders more changes :P*. --Hawk 05:53, 6 March 2008 (MST)

Give it a Try[edit]

Someone should nominate an article so we can give this a try. --Green Dragon 02:38, 5 March 2008 (MST)


I do not think nominations should be a democracy. I think the opposes and the supports should we weighed on their merits and a final decision based on that be decided. Thoughts? Who would make the final call, or can anyone think of a way to make the community make the final call? --Green Dragon 02:50, 5 March 2008 (MST)

see above ^^^ --Hawk 02:51, 5 March 2008 (MST)
Democratically elect a director (s)he makes the final call --Hawk 02:52, 5 March 2008 (MST)
God I thieve a lot of ideas from wikipedia someone stop me *slaps self* --Hawk 02:55, 5 March 2008 (MST)
Lol. --Green Dragon 22:08, 5 March 2008 (MST)
GD: as a general rule of thumb how long do you think a nomination should be left open and just to be clear soon as we don't have a director yet you'll be making the final call on article nominations right? --Hawk 22:37, 6 March 2008 (MST)
I will make the final call right now. Also, I think we can leave them open until the person with the final say in the nomination calls it good. Currently, for example, the Spider Rider is almost done whereas Chuck Norris is slowly dying. That one will soon be a failed nomination (most likely) and once the Spider Rider is finished with an example NPC, encounter, and a few other things, it will be a passed nomination. If those things never materialize, it will be a failed nomination. I guess I am trying to say that they should each be taken on their own merits. --Green Dragon 21:18, 9 March 2008 (MDT)
Fair enough :) --Hawk 21:41, 9 March 2008 (MDT)
The spider rider has an example NPC ect. now. --Sam Kay 10:41, 12 March 2008 (MDT)
Please only post comments here that pertain to this discussion. This is not an MoI system. Thanks. --Green Dragon 20:22, 12 March 2008 (MDT)
Maybe make it a vote between a democratically elected council of five people (or just amongst the admins). You could put the voting site up as a featured article for a week, and then replace it with whatever the nominated article is supposed to be. For the voting system, nomination would involve making a section with their name as the title, and then below you have people vote post "yea" and then sign to vote for him. After the week is over, the four people with the most votes would form the council, along with Green Dragon. Example.
I find that it works how it is now with the Featured Article Criteria being discussable and thereby having a democratic nature. In addition, this eliminates the problem of user-requirements (which are poor online tools). --Green Dragon (talk) 18:50, 26 January 2013 (MST)
Okay. I didn't realize that we had solved the problem. If we already have a system that works well, we should just stick with it. The comment was mine, BTW, I just forgot to sign it. --Salasay Δ 19:19, 26 January 2013 (MST)

Time Limits?[edit]

I have been frequently analyzing my Dashing Swordsman (which is in a slump right now) and as I did so, I decided to take a look at the other nominees. Apparently, none of the nominees have been looked at in a while. While this makes me feel slightly better about my own nominee being covered in dust, I am curious (and anxious). Is it possible for nominees to be removed or deleted or anything if they get ignored for a long enough period of time? It could be a while before any of these make much progress. --Sir Milo Teabag 21:18, 4 May 2008 (MDT)

I agree, articles that are not improving should stop being nominated. --Green Dragon 23:47, 4 May 2008 (MDT)
In that case, how long do you think I could safely postpone editing my class? I want to keep it around, but I still haven't figured out how to work the preload. If it is removed, could I re-nominate it again in the future after I finally get around to making those changes? I also want to know what criteria we use to determine if something is too old or not. --Sir Milo Teabag 06:21, 8 May 2008 (MDT)

FA Goals[edit]

I believe we should set some goals on our FA. Goals such as How long a Featured Article stays on the main page while defining how we get an article to FA status with questions like How many votes/What percentage of support is needed for an article to be considered FA as well as How long does a nomination last?. With questions like these we can prevent the static appearance of our main page and help improve more articles. My personal answers:

  • I believe that an attainable goal immediately would be monthly, and once a routine is set, within a few months we should be able to have a weekly fa on the main page.
  • With our current FA nomination discussions in mind, I'd say most of the voting/commenting happens in the first week, and that nominations should have that deadline.   Hooper   talk    contribs    email   10:30, 17 December 2008 (MST)


I think Endhaven (3.5e Campaign Setting) is worthy of a FA nom and to see what the rest of the community thinks. However, the campaign setting is massive, so my question is this: Is it possible to highlight an entire campaign setting for FA status or would we need to seek out individual pages to highlight on specifics?   Hooper   talk    contribs    email   08:50, 9 January 2009 (MST)

Still Active?[edit]

So is this still being worked on? Derro was added back in June. All the noms except mine and neo-reploid were from over a year ago and haven't been acted on or rejected. Is there a process to this? --Wrecan 09:50, 28 September 2011 (MDT)

Technically, yes, it's being used. But practically... the last featured article was nominated then confirmed within 30 hours (after only one vote), and after nomination there was a huge discussion which basically amounted to "this isn't good enough to be featured". JazzMan 09:57, 28 September 2011 (MDT)
No. It was nominated, let's see, 17:03, 23 February 2009 (MST) and confirmed 12:20, 8 June 2011 (MDT). Things need to be of exceptional quality to be a FA, which almost none of these things are (I get the feeling that some people like nominating things which are not that great to improve them). --Green Dragon 18:51, 3 December 2011 (MST)
Nominated 15:59, January 6, 11, confirmed 21:24, January 7, 11. We must be talking about different articles. JazzMan 15:03, 5 December 2011 (MST)
That one, right. I assumed no one would say anything anyway since the main contributor kept silent. It was mostly fine too. This doesn't deter from the problem that people use this as a dump for their work which they want improved (e.g. Talk:Races of War (3.5e Sourcebook)– e.g. feats). For this reason its hard to cycle through the pages quickly enough. --Green Dragon 12:21, 9 January 2012 (MST)
Well since this is only supposed to be used for pages that are complete, I can't see why people would use it for pages they want completed. As for "kept silent"... that's hard to judge on such a slow-moving wiki. The user's last contribution before his page was nominated was about a month an a half prior. JazzMan 18:16, 15 January 2012 (MST)
I started going through them. As you can notice pages like Chocobo Breeding (3.5e Variant Rule) didn't even have an image. I'm all for getting more pages to be FAs and thereby cycling through them faster, so by all means please take some initiative here and get these looked over. I am sure you know what a good page is. --Green Dragon 12:18, 31 January 2012 (MST)
Would it be worthwhile to introduce something like the good article review like wikipedia has? It could focus more on formatting and things so people would have a good idea of what needs to be corrected before they try to submit it for FA. Tivanir 11:29, 23 March 2012 (MDT)
I think the problem is that people do not feel comfortable submitting pages for FA review. If we got more pages in the FA review system then I think we could consider it. I think that first we need to make sure that people do not feel offed by the FA process. How can we do this? Do you think that it would make sense to simplify (at least attempt) the process? Ideas? --Green Dragon (talk) 17:05, 27 August 2012 (MDT)


OK, so, as part of the recent theme of revitalizing the wiki and community, we have discovered that one of the major complaints we face, is a lack of quality oversight. Most people want this site to switch over to a curated sort of system, where only accepted material is allowed. That is kind of antithetical to the wiki model of inclusive collaboration. However, it was mentioned that the FA system could be used to create a sort of democratic/consensus curated gallery of quality pages. As a reaction to that, I have made a plan to, every week, nominate an article, vote on a nominee, try to improve a page to nomination quality, close an outdated nomination, or mark a degraded FA for review. My goal is to create a stream of continuous improvement through the FA system. I am hoping others will join me in this activity. I noticed a few concerning things though...

"1.Thus, pages that are in effect "options" of DMs and player characters cannot become featured articles (equipment, feats, skills, etc)." What the heck does that mean? Isn't pretty much EVERYTHING on this wiki a player or DM option? Would that not mean that no page can be an FA?

Next, a lot of the stuff the expectations link to go down a rabbit hole of old pages which seem to assume 3.5 is the only edition of D&D in existence. That really needs to be dealt with.

Third, the requirements expect us to use references for rules a lot. Almost nothing on the wiki does this, and I'm having trouble finding anything that states it is expected of us, aside from FAs. I'm not sure if this is actually necessary at all.

Finally, as has been stated, there is no clear timeline for these things. As someone above said, I think it should be 1 month. After which, the nomination should be closed. Currently, pages remain in nominee status for months on end, to the extent that people completely forget they even exist. It's ridiculous. Clearly, nobody has anything else to say about the farmer background, let's just close the thing! Deadlines create urgency, which encourages progress.

I was also considering, if this takes off the way I hope it will, once we have a large number of FAs, we could organize them into categories, so browsers could find certain kinds of things more easily- that way they wouldnt have to dig through a single list of everything and the kitchen sink. People who want only curated, reviewed material could then turn to the FAs for what they need. --Kydo (talk) 05:14, 27 August 2016 (MDT)

A curator is a position that operates independently with their own goals to work towards, and for their pieces to have a better application to their respective businesses.
I don't think we will be seeing a theme of revitalization for the wiki and community. Rather, taking steps to solve larger information voids is what I see coming out of these discussions.
The regard that options cannot be FA material is because their content does not have enough information present to even be more than a link on the Main Page were they FAs. You will have to argue this point I am afraid, since this standard is set high to get interesting content everywhere through the FA process.
With the inclusion of the 5e SRD I don't feel that these expectations are only for 3.5e. Indeed, they are derived from Wikipedia.
The reason that there are not many FAs is because, like you stated, almost nothing on the wiki does this. But, the high quality control is also derived from Wikipedia.
Before setting a timeline I think we need to see the improved usage of the FA system. Lets first test and then re-policy this. And, if there are lots of FAs at this point then again we can re-policy this page to meet these expectations, like by categories or something. --Green Dragon (talk) 06:54, 27 August 2016 (MDT)
I'm not sure where you get the definition for curator from, here. If it's from wikipedia's culture, it will be totally lost on me, as I have never participated in that community. I was using it as a stand-in for "dedicated reviewer-type guy" to connect it to the issues brought up by the peanuts gallery. THEY want curation. Actual curation would suck the life out of the wiki. So as a compromise, why re-brand the FA system as "curated" in name, and post some people to take care of it and call them "curators". It's a spin designed to satisfy a demand by changing as little as possible. Small changes are easier to enact, monitor, and reverse, so it makes sense to try and make the most out of as little as you can get away with.
If we want the content to improve in quality, the community needs a large number of active users. Our reviewing tools basically rely on that. Right now, we have a terrible reputation, a few active members, and a HEAP of content by short-term users. Most users never really look at anyone else's work, and among those who do, most don't even know there are quality standards or tools to enforce them and improve pages. There just aren't enough hands using the tools we have. Revitalization seems quite important to me.
You didn't answer my question about options. Isn't EVERYTHING on dandwiki an option? If it's just about page size, shouldn't that be explicitly stated, rather than a vague description?
I never said these expectations are only for 3.5e. I said that the links take you to guidelines which give mixed messages, saying they are general, but then detailing things specific to 3.5. That is confusing and needs to be fixed.
How exactly does filling your class (or whatever) with page references to the PHB and DMG improve quality, exactly?
OK, well, like I said, I'm going to try and start making active use of this. We'll see what happens, I guess. --Kydo (talk) 07:52, 27 August 2016 (MDT)
Regarding references and citations, is turning a pre-existing keyword into a link to the relevant SRD page an acceptable alternative to a page reference? This would be more desirable to me because, though it takes much more work to do, it looks and reads a heck of a lot easier. --Kydo (talk) 08:53, 28 August 2016 (MDT)
Yes, of course a link to the SRD is better than a keyword reference. Where did you get this idea from? That should be fixed if you do not mind.
Okay, maybe this example of "curator" will make more sense out of what I mean. Example: "By curating Pathfinder, Paizo is offering D&D players an option that uses rules tested over many years that is easily playable!" (If I recall right these were the marketing strategies). If we try to put this into an FA example, it doesn't make sense really. "By curating FAs, these curators offer players an ?option that uses ?rules exemplifying great work on D&D Wiki." Its just a grammatical terminology point, but I understand what you mean. I would prefer if you can explain this in more detail please.
If you want to fully describe a special allowance for any type of page (e.g. options) to be a FA if it has enough content to fulfill the synopsis on the Main Page then just change it, since its right of course. --Green Dragon (talk) 11:26, 28 August 2016 (MDT)
OK, so, I made an attempt to clarify the parts which seemed vague/confusing to me. I tried to follow the spirit of the policies as I understand them from talking with you. Please feel free to revert it or edit it further if I got the intent wrong someplace.
I'm curious: Should preloads which reference rules contain references to those rules? Like, where the 5e Race preload says "Speed", should that link to 5e SRD:Movement?
Ok, Regarding curation, here's my idea:
  • It's just curation in name only, so the people who want curation think we've made a significant change just for them. In reality, it's just a minor change of perspective. It's a spin, a scheme, a tilt of the head, a slight manipulation.
  • First, we could have dedicated FA reviewers. (I guess that'd just be me on Sundays for now.) FA reviewers would be called "Curators", because that's the ultimate effect that they'll have on the wiki. (Also, that's the buzzword our detractors like. Simply using that word could turn some of our opponents into active users, if they like the idea of participating in such an activity.) Anyone can nominate and vote on an FA, but "curators" have elected to specifically focus on that activity. They have no special authorities, they're just like any user, they have simply chosen to take on the extra responsibility of tending to the FA system. They're hobby-gardeners in a literal sort of way, tending to the "garden" that is the FA system. People become curators by just adding their name to a list, kind of like the helpers page. In fact, it could just be added as a section on the helpers page. Really, they're just a different type of helper- a proactive type. (So, for example, if a person nominated a page for FA, most of the "curators" would likely take time out of their day to go review the page, attempt to improve it to standard, and probably vote on it. At least one of the curators would note the date of nomination, and close the vote after it has expired.) This practice would maintain the collaborative nature of the wiki. I guess you could call it collaborative curation!
  • Second, once we have a team/group of "curators", and they have created a large collection of FAs, with examples from each of the major sections of each edition, then we could restructure the FA list into a sort of "gallery" or "library" of quality pages. This "curated" collection of material would then be readily available to anyone who accessed the site. It would be resistant to degradation, because you'd have a group of people dedicated to preserving the quality of all FAs. If it were possible to search the FA list exclusively at some point in the future, that would also improve peoples' attitudes toward this site.
Anyways, that's my idea. Not sure how well it gels with you. It's just a little schemy, I know, but sometimes a good scheme is what people really need. --Kydo (talk) 15:24, 28 August 2016 (MDT)
This is an interesting idea. How it would work be nice to study, but I have a simpler way of bringing attention to the status of FA pages. Why not include the FA summary on the page's hidden under the FA template? For the magazines we could make it shown by default. This would provide a very detailed summary of the page, and let lots of users know that once they have such a summary then their page has been reviewed in the page's complete state. --Green Dragon (talk) 11:12, 6 October 2016 (MDT)
That's a golly-dang good idea! We could simply add a drop-down to {{Featured Article}} where we can write the summary, then make the template <noinclude> everything outside of the summary, so that the current featured article template can be told to just reference the article page as a template and output said summary! That way old FA summaries are still kept, so people can still read them in the future, after a page is no longer the current FA, and the display process for the current FA is simplified! --Kydo (talk) 23:27, 6 October 2016 (MDT)

Nominees: Democratic or Appointed? Timed or Indefinite?[edit]

OK. I've read over the discussions, and it seems these two issues were never resolved:

  1. Should FA nominees be decided by democratic process, or should they be decided by an appointed/elected individual/group?
  2. How long should we wait before an FA nomination is closed and results determined?

Based on my reading of the above, the answer currently is:

  1. FAs are nominated by anyone, and are voted on democratically by whoever notices, (if anyone notices) but their actual transition to FA is ultimately handled by an appointed individual. At the moment, I guess that appointment has defaulted to GD. That is a very weird system.
  2. Indefinitely. Until the appointed person makes a decision one way or another. Which, apparently, can take as much as 3 years or more if the community is especially inactive and the appointed person especially busy.

Here is my proposal for an explicit resolution to these two topics.

  1. Anyone can nominate an article as an FA. Anyone can nominate an FA for review. Anyone can vote on an FA nomination. Any admin-level User can close a vote when its time is up.
  2. Nomination voting should be limited to 1 quarter. (3 months) With an inactive community, that is plenty of time to catch if people are interested. In an active community, that will ensure a thorough sampling of opinion.

There is one other problem though. This page gives no explanation or guidelines for how to close a nomination. I think it should go like this:

  • At the end of the nominee's voting time, (nominations will need a timestamp for this to work) an admin level user will close the vote by counting the votes and declaring the result based only on those votes, even if they personally disagree with the results. (Either the nomination passes, and the article becomes or remains an FA, or the nomination fails, and the article either remains in its current state, or loses its FA status.)
  • The closer then removes the nomination template from the talk page and applies the Featured Article template to the main page.
  • The closer changes the protection of the page to autoconfirmed, to prevent IP User convenience-vandalism. Giving FAs autoconfirmed protection is also a little candy to entice people to nominate and get involved, but it also would help make the good content on the wiki more robust- a browser could fairly confidently trust in the quality and stability of such an article. But more importantly, by only upping it to autoconfirmed, we aren't taking away the community's overall capacity to continue improvement of the page- it doesn't stifle collaboration.
  • Finally, the closer does... whatever it is that makes the most recently selected FA appear on the front page. (I have no idea how that thing works!)

My objectives were to increase the accessibility and visibility of the process. By making it more accessible, and by making the process transparent, we can continue to foster the collaborative spirit of the community, and encourage new users to participate because it has a low learning curb to do so. By making it easier to interact with the FA process, it is likely that there will be more nominations, making FAs more visible, and thus FA status more desirable, and so driving more FA activity. This is a good thing, because even a failed nomination could stimulate sudden and significant quality improvements to a page. Also, by making the whole process complete and transparent, we can make it possible for the community to self- regulate its FA process in exactly the same way our improvement templates are supposed to work. --Kydo (talk) 23:24, 11 September 2016 (MDT)

Currently the process is based on a "consensus" (see page). I find this word works well since it deals with rules, users, meta policies, etc. If we want to make it work time based then I think there need to be more users than just me who looks over this whole section. I will not work with time since this is harder for me (I can tell you that now), but if there is serious interest then we should consider this. This whole section is already open to anyone doing anything. Do you see any confusions in this regard? --Green Dragon (talk) 11:06, 6 October 2016 (MDT)
Yes. First, consensus is an extremely broad, vague concept. In an inactive community, it basically just perpetuates stagnation unless someone harasses everyone he can find into participating.
I think there should at least be a maximum time limit, because a page being under nomination for over three years makes the nomination process, and FAs in general, look completely pointless, even comedic. Without any urgency, it lacks credibility, and it gives no users any motivation to weigh in on a page. If there were a deadline attached to a nomination, people who want to say something would have good reason to say it immediately, rather than putting it off and eventually forgetting about it. Furthermore, pages which pass within a limited time frame appear more valuable than one that took years before someone woke up to vote on it. It implies there was greater difficulty of achieving that passing vote, which again lends greater credibility to the FA process. I understand you are a busy person- we all have lives outside of this hobby site. However, I have patrolling FAs and interacting with nominations written into my weekly schedule. As long as I'm active in this community, I can promise you that you won't be the only person reviewing nominations. With two people watching over the process, it will certainly be more responsive. Does that take some of the weight off your shoulders?
As for anyone working with it... It took me a few hours of tinkering around to figure out exactly how a page makes its way through the nomination process to current featured article. It took me two years to learn all of the techniques and markup which make it possible. It is not simple or obvious, and a new user trying to participate in the more complicated elements of that process (the daisy-chained templates) could make a terribly big mess of it. If we want everyone to be able to participate, it needs to be simplified and made accessible through page navigation. --Kydo (talk) 23:47, 6 October 2016 (MDT)

FAs Under Review[edit]

The dandwiki magazine articles have been up for review for a little while. --Kydo (talk) 12:15, 18 September 2016 (MDT)

So, I guess, nobody's really interested in maintaining the Featured Articles project then? --Kydo (talk) 20:09, 25 September 2016 (MDT)

How many votes does a project need, at minimum, in order to be added to, or removed from, the Featured Articles list? Is there a minimum? If there is a minimum, which I think there should be, so people don't just self-authorize an FA, what happens if a vote does not meet that number? Does it just default to a fail, as an indication of it being unnoteworthy? These things should be stated on the page for clarity so more users may interact with this project more comfortably. --Kydo (talk) 20:13, 25 September 2016 (MDT)

Nominations are based on a "consensus". Sorry, maybe you felt that your questions were not answered in due time but since this section is mostly quiet until a page is nominated, I for one did not check on the pages. I hope you got the answers you were looking for now. --Green Dragon (talk) 11:09, 6 October 2016 (MDT)
Wait, we only review for nominations? Why bother with a review process then? --Kydo (talk) 23:53, 6 October 2016 (MDT)
Sorry, I should have said all FA pages hold their status by way of consensus, be it nominations or reviews. --Green Dragon (talk) 05:56, 7 October 2016 (MDT)
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