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Need some help

We need some help cleaing up the mainspace here. Then we can get to organizing a committee. Rob Smith 23:34, 16 July 2011 (EDT)

Good idea. --Joaquín Martínez 09:12, 17 July 2011 (EDT)
I think it would be great if this could be implemented again, so that Conservapedia can feature decent, educational, informative articles created by members of the project, instead of the semi-coherent ramblings of somebody who for all intents and purposes appears to be trying to harm Conservapedia's image. I mean, to go from some of the great articles listed here, to dribble about walruses and dancing girls... the mind boggles. TracyS 11:20, 17 July 2011 (EDT)
Somebody want to begin archiving the past nominations in mainspace. Meanwhile I'm sure we'll get more signing up. Rob Smith 12:35, 17 July 2011 (EDT)
Does one need to be an administrator to apply?--JamesWilson 12:45, 17 July 2011 (EDT)
@JW: my understanding is that this is open to "civilians". @Tracy: Unfortunately, these are two different issues. Recommending the "official" featured articles, and stopping people from using their administrative authority to circumvent the decisions, are very different things. SamHB 13:48, 17 July 2011 (EDT)
No, there's been no objection. We need to get the ball moving on this. Rob Smith 13:57, 17 July 2011 (EDT)
Excellent, Rob. Now, is there a rubric of some sort for featured articles?--JamesWilson 13:59, 17 July 2011 (EDT)
Let's clean up the mainspace and take some nominations. I'm only helping out in these organizational phases. You guys vet the articles and make sure they're presentable. They probably should relate to some current, timely theme of interest to MainPage readers. It will take a sysop to place it at Template:Mainpageleft, and we have one on the committee. So an appropriate review process is in place for the Committee's recomendations. Rob Smith 14:21, 17 July 2011 (EDT)
Previous work could give an idea of what is desirable; see history here. --Joaquín Martínez 17:49, 17 July 2011 (EDT)

Sign up for Featured article committee

Volunteers please mark with an asterisk and sign below.

Libyan War 2011

There appears to be a consensus majority to accept the first nomination, although other committee members should be heard pro/con/neutral or whatever before the article is posted on the MPL. Meanwhile, we can begin proofreading and bringing the article up to quality standards for placement on the Main Page (formating footnotes, templates if necessary, etc.) Good luck, Committee! Rob Smith 15:43, 19 July 2011 (EDT)

Is the article ready? Sunday nights are probably beswt for posting new Features of the Week. Since Jaquin isn't avalable, I'll see if I can clear it for posting.
Also, Aug 2 is the debt ceiling deadline, and I'm presuming the Committee wants that article ready for next week, if it's been selected. How's it coming? Rob Smith 21:55, 23 July 2011 (EDT)
I've made a few changes and put stuff back as per the talk page. I think it's ready to roll. TracyS 07:40, 24 July 2011 (EDT)
There just seems to still be some name confusion in the article: The majority of cases refers to him as Muammar Gaddafi, but there's also Qaddafi and even Moammar Gaddafi. We should agree on a standard naming convention for the man. TracyS 07:45, 24 July 2011 (EDT)
It shouldn't be a problem to get a uniform convention for "Gaddafi", even where other spellings exist in a direct quote (like the one from Cordesman); article titles in cited references, however, should be left intact. Rob Smith 13:16, 24 July 2011 (EDT)

This page is featured. May I remove it from the queue?--JamesWilson 18:06, 27 July 2011 (EDT)

Sure. We need somebdy to regularly maintain this page, you know, help answer questions from editors, do the maintence chores in the mainspace and archiving. Want to take chage? Rob Smith 21:43, 27 July 2011 (EDT)
Yes. I would be glad to!--JamesWilson 21:49, 27 July 2011 (EDT)
Good! Another thing, Although Sunday nights are usually the best time to change artiloes, and this one has been in since Saturday, what about moving up the next one to perhaps Thursdy or Friday, seeing that interest in the subject is just about at its peak right now? This should no always been done that way, but we're trying to get maintenance of this task up off the ground. We can try to get a little more information in now, but we also probably should try to get another committee member to rubber stamp the selection as a formality (maybe TracyS?) Want to ask her? Rob Smith 21:57, 27 July 2011 (EDT)
We could change it, given the circumstances. Yes, we could get more information. I will contact TracyS or SamHB when they are online. But I will need you or Mr. Martinez (also a committee member) to change it.--JamesWilson 22:06, 27 July 2011 (EDT)

Federal Debt Limit

Let's get it ready. Lot's of interest in this one. Rob Smith 14:07, 24 July 2011 (EDT)

I've done a bit of copy-editing and tweaked the table a bit. I'm happy for it to go live, so to speak. TracyS 07:14, 28 July 2011 (EDT)
Thanks, Tracy! And could votes froom the committee go on the actual page from now on, please. It's just a technicality. Thanks!--JamesWilson 11:26, 28 July 2011 (EDT)
Never mind. I saw the vote. Thanks!--JamesWilson 11:29, 28 July 2011 (EDT)

Deleted featured articles

I was looking through the archives and I see there's been a few featured articles that have been deleted. That seems strange to me - is it possible this was a mistake or something? TracyS 08:48, 28 July 2011 (EDT)

What exactly do you mean?--JamesWilson 09:44, 28 July 2011 (EDT)
When I was browsing the past articles archives, I saw a few that had been voted on and approved, but were now red-links, meaning they'd been deleted later. There were some in 2008 and 2009. Seems strange for something that would have gone through committee to have been deleted afterwards? TracyS 09:56, 28 July 2011 (EDT)
The one you must be referring to... was deleted on account of plagiarism according to the deletion log.--JamesWilson 09:58, 28 July 2011 (EDT)
Ah, that would explain it. Thanks! TracyS 10:29, 28 July 2011 (EDT)

Mainpage layout

Um, Rob, or Joaquin, could one of you please have a look at the main page - something seems to have gone wrong with the layout - the graph is interfering with the other headers below it. Or those headers are messing up the graph.

Also, just a suggestion, maybe the heading should be "Featured article:" and the a link to the article in the same heading, not a separate line as it is now? Also I think "Featured article" would be better than "Article of the week"? TracyS 10:42, 30 July 2011 (EDT)

I will have Rob take a look at it. As for Featured Article v. Article of the Week, I don't think it really matters.--JamesWilson 10:56, 30 July 2011 (EDT)
Good suggestions, I'm on it. Let me now if the formatting still messed up. Rob Smith 11:59, 30 July 2011 (EDT)

Question Evolution article

I note that the current Article of the Month is an article about an obscure YouTuber's personal 'campaign', and that every single edit to the article itself was written by one user, User:Conservative. Yet again we have another silly article, written entirely by him, and it is something we are supposedly "featuring". It seems our attempts to maintain a higher standard of article to feature is not proceeding so well in the face of that user's dominance of the Main Page. Is there a way to recommend removal of articles as well as suggest better articles to feature? JanW 11:44, 2 August 2011 (EDT)

What Administrators feature outside of the Article of the Week is beyond the scope of this committee. I think that was made clear in the posts above on this page. Thanks.--JamesWilson 11:46, 2 August 2011 (EDT)
OK. JanW 11:47, 2 August 2011 (EDT)

What's next?

Anything ready to go? Rob Smith 19:02, 11 August 2011 (EDT)

One possibility. JohnMcL 19:12, 11 August 2011 (EDT)
What about public figure like Mitt Romney? MaxFletcher 19:14, 11 August 2011 (EDT)
lol, the first needs to expanded as a user guideline, and the second is about six months premature. What about Political cards, there's only about two or three needed to make it a complete deck. Rob Smith 19:32, 11 August 2011 (EDT)
Political cards it is.--JamesWilson 19:34, 11 August 2011 (EDT)
Agree. --Joaquín Martínez 19:50, 11 August 2011 (EDT)