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What do you think? for the main page I mean? (Obviously this is a test the articles in the template are just examples) --Hawk 22:48, 7 March 2008 (MST)

I think I would center the featured articles title and not use the * --Calidore Chase 10:04, 11 March 2008 (MDT)
I think it would be better to have several FAs at once that are randomly chosen each time the page is viewed, like this;
<choose> <option> * <div style="font-size: 120%">[[Spider Rider (3.5e Prestige Class)]]</div> :Masters of mounted combat, spider riders are the favored servants of Lolth and Arachne. They are totally obsessed with spiders: their minds, bodies and souls are tied up to the arachnids. [[Image:Spider Rider.jpg|thumb|A spider rider's mount|center]] </option> <option> * <div style="font-size: 120%">[[Ultimate Monk (3.5e Optimized Character Build)]]</div> :Properly multiclassed, an unarmed monk can out-rage a barbarian, out-manuever a rogue, provide his own buffs, and do more than hundred points of damage four to five times a round. We don't need no stinkn' magic swords. [[Image:ChenFake.jpg|thumb|The ultimate monk|center]] </option> etc... </choose> </div>
It would look like this (refresh page multiple times to see effect!)...
Masters of mounted combat, spider riders are the favored servants of Lolth and Arachne. They are totally obsessed with spiders: their minds, bodies and souls are tied up to the arachnids.
A spider rider's mount
Any thoughts? --Sam Kay 10:35, 11 March 2008 (MDT)
I did originally have more than one article at a time but not randomly I had two there look back in the history if you'd like. I like what you've done Sam Kay and i'm for it although for now we don't have any FA's let alone multiple lol --Hawk 18:37, 11 March 2008 (MDT)
All we do is add them as they get made featured. --Sam Kay 10:38, 12 March 2008 (MDT)
I am a fan of the choose option. --Green Dragon 20:26, 12 March 2008 (MDT)
To be honest I could go either way... damn stalemate --Hawk 20:35, 12 March 2008 (MDT)
The more I think about this the more I think it would be better if it was only one at a time rather than random. --Hawk 09:45, 13 March 2008 (MDT)
I just think too many complications would arise with a FA Main Page nomination system. People would have to vote — often. An entire other system with which people would have to become familiarized with would have to be implemented as well, etc etc. I think we can use the choose option choice until the time when we have more FA's, maybe around 20. When we have 20 FA's I think a choose option will just become to hectic, but until then... --Green Dragon 20:41, 13 March 2008 (MDT)
Well there is a time for voting and a time for getting on with things. once an article reaches FA status then everyone has voted that it is a piece of art that shows off what we can do. Every single one of these is worthy of being on the main page if it isnt it really shouldnt be FA therefore someone in charge of choosing would just pick an article and place it on the main page. articles could be chosen before hand and listed somewhere so if anyone actually has a problem they could raise it. If anyone knew of an FA they really really wanted on the main page for any reason then they could raise that to. EDIT: Once we start getting a few articles the main page is going to be very fluid (not really desirable) and this page will become pretty unmanageable --Hawk 08:45, 14 March 2008 (MDT)
I would like to point out "one wiki to rule them all"'s FA; I'm cirtain it has stayed at one FA for ages now (namely the LotR SBG). This means that visitors only really see one example of their best. I would rather us not end up in the same situation, therefore it would be better if we had randomised FA's, because new users would see a veriety of our best and we wouldn't have to get a new FA every week or month or so. And as a side benefit, we would look cleaverer than many of wikias wikipedias, as many of them are probably in the same situation as the wikia wikipedia mentioned above, as we would get a "new" FA most times somebody visited the page ("wow, I could have sworn that X was the FA three minutes ago, now it is Y!"). I am even more a fan of it than I was when I thought up the idea. As a side comment, I used the same coding on the LotR CS to randomise quotes, and I think it looks much better than it did before I randomised it.
In answer to Green Dragon's MOI, I am happy with how the synopsis of my class is. --Sam Kay 13:21, 16 March 2008 (MDT)
I can see your point but there is still a few problems with that, I think the main page of a site should be relatively stable it changing all the time could have a negative effect, if it were stable people could see a class one day and come back and find it again, with a random system every time you refresh there is a new FA so unless you remember the name you have no way of finding it again (X being Y three minutes ago is annoying), having your page become a FA is a great recognition of your work but being put on the main page is even cooler a random system would take away from that, I have to point out none of the other wikis do this I say there has to be a reason, and like I said before it would be annoying adding each new FA to the template and eventually it would be huge and unmanageable. Just coz one wiki to rule them all has gotten lazy doesn't mean we have to finding at least one new FA a month isnt exactly hard and if we do fall behind for some reason an old FA could be reused which is still less repettion than the random thing. --Hawk 21:44, 17 March 2008 (MDT)
Course you could always have an 'archived history' of previous FA's... --Calidore Chase 06:53, 18 March 2008 (MDT)
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