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Errors in the summary of today's or tomorrow's featured article[edit]

TFA today[edit]

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Errors in In the news[edit]

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OTD today[edit]

  • "most violent eruption in the recorded history of South America." the source states: "largest explosive eruption in historical time in the Andes", less journalistic and more specific. The Rambling Man (talk) 07:29, 18 February 2018 (UTC)
    I copy-pasted from the article, which is close to what the source says. howcheng {chat} 09:44, 18 February 2018 (UTC)
    Well, not quite. The Rambling Man (talk) 14:43, 18 February 2018 (UTC)
    Considering that all of South America's volcanoes are in the Andes, it's the same thing. howcheng {chat} 19:27, 18 February 2018 (UTC)
    Wouldn't that then make it all of America? The Rambling Man (talk) 19:33, 18 February 2018 (UTC)
    Assuming you meant the Americas, I don't know how it compares with North American volcanoes like the Yellowstone Caldera. howcheng {chat} 02:25, 19 February 2018 (UTC)
    It's definitely not the largest recorded eruption in the Americas (or even in Latin America); the 1912 eruption that created Novarupta on the Alaskan coast and the 1902 eruption of Santa María in Guatemala were both larger. ‑ Iridescent 09:29, 19 February 2018 (UTC)

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Errors in the current or next Did you know...[edit]

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General discussion[edit]

Balance in the featured article choices[edit]

I have absolutely no objection to today's FA (Space Seed Star Trek episode) or yesterday's (Fantastic magazine) - fine pieces of work both - but the choices aren't balanced: having American science fiction articles as the FA two days in a row isn't a good choice, considering the huge breadth of articles there are to choose from, covering different topics and geographic regions. Need more balance! — Preceding unsigned comment added by 109.150.127.211 (talk) 08:18, 16 February 2018 (UTC)

How ironic it is to see this thread directly below one in which editors are opining their frustrations with complaints about the Main Page.--WaltCip (talk) 11:57, 16 February 2018 (UTC)
The selection of TFA pretty much reflects the balance of topics which are at featured status. Not much to complain about really, if the IP wants different topics and geographic regions featured, the IP should write some FAs. The Rambling Man (talk) 12:03, 16 February 2018 (UTC)
IP user, if you dislike what appears on the MP, please participate in the processes that determine what appears there, or work on articles so that there is a greater variety of articles to choose from. 331dot (talk) 12:04, 16 February 2018 (UTC)
Even if 'a considerably wider range of WP articles' were in the pool there would be occasional statistical flukes/a group of articles being updated together.
IP - on April 1 there is likely to be an excess of bizarre entries.
There is a slight case for ensuring an apparent randomness on the MP where it is feasible. Jackiespeel (talk) 16:27, 16 February 2018 (UTC)
It is random, every day, almost without exception, particularly as each section is produced in isolation from every other section. The Rambling Man (talk) 16:38, 16 February 2018 (UTC)
Actually, random selection of articles would guarantee that there would be more occurances (not less) of topics repeated on consecutive days. That's how randomness works. --Jayron32 17:40, 16 February 2018 (UTC)
I said 'apparent randomness' - and there can be some 'observing of other sections' and reordering occasionally.
As Abraham Lincoln might have said - you cannot please all the people all the time. Jackiespeel (talk) 18:32, 16 February 2018 (UTC)
But you can't pick your friends' noses. --Jayron32 18:44, 16 February 2018 (UTC)
You can, but you probably shouldn't. - NsTaGaTr (Talk) 19:04, 16 February 2018 (UTC)
Only if you go with them to the rhinoplasty clinic and they ask. Jackiespeel (talk) 12:28, 17 February 2018 (UTC)
See Wikipedia:Featured articles that haven't been on the Main Page, which immediately demonstrates why the TFA schedulers cannot fully balance the section. The problem isn't with the TFA selection, but the pool of featured articles they have to choose from. The best way to address it is to write more high-quality articles on under-represented topics. Modest Genius talk 14:15, 19 February 2018 (UTC)

Wikipedia news[edit]

Why did it take so long for wikipedia to put the south africa president resigning on the news yet it was quicker to put the shooting on it — Preceding unsigned comment added by 72.73.93.190 (talkcontribs) 12:13, 18 February 2018 (UTC)

@72.73.93.190: Usually it depends on the quality of the article. The article must be suitable for linking from the main page, including being properly referenced and not containing unsuitable material. Including it as a news item also relies on the article being updated to fully include the topic that is in the news, again properly referenced. I assume that in the case of the SA president, it took longer for that to happen than for the Florida shooting story.  — Amakuru (talk) 12:35, 18 February 2018 (UTC)
@72.73.93.190: I would add that the English Wikipedia in general likely has more contributors from the US and/or interested in US news enough to improve the article, than we have contributors from South Africa. This is part of Wikipedia's systemic bias. If you don't like what is posted to ITN, or want things posted faster, I invite you to participate at the nominations page, WP:ITNC, so you can help work to address this bias. 331dot (talk) 12:55, 18 February 2018 (UTC)
Another thing to keep in mind is that it is not really news in the traditional sense. It is new encyclopedia articles that happen to be in the news when nominated. When quality is good enough and there is consensus that any given event is noteworthy enough, it gets posted(which can get quite heated with a lot of bickering). In other words, it is not a news ticker. Small note to the posters above, i am quite certain pings don't work for ip editors. At least i have never noticed any effect when someone pinged me, haha 91.49.67.34 (talk) 14:13, 18 February 2018 (UTC)
And as has been said on previous occasions - there is only space for 4-5 one line entries, the world is a big place with lots of events, Wikipedia is not a news-site, and there is a discussion prior to posting. Chances are 'the item you consider particularly newsworthy' will not appear, and if it does there will be a delay. Jackiespeel (talk) 10:52, 19 February 2018 (UTC)
A change in national leader is usually considered newsworthy by ITN wherever it happens, particularly if it's quite unexpected, like this one was. But yes, the more general point applies. Not everything is "newsworthy" enough for ITN.  — Amakuru (talk) 14:07, 19 February 2018 (UTC)