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This page hosts nominations for featured text status in accordance with the Featured text guidelines. A featured text should exemplify Wikisource's very highest standards of accuracy. If you nominate a text, you will be expected to make a good-faith effort to address objections that are raised.

Any established user may nominate a text or vote (as long as it matches the criteria). Every month the nomination with the highest support ratio, weighted in favour of nominations with more numerous votes (equation forthcoming), will be chosen as featured text. All nominations with under 70% support after a week will be archived. The most promising nominations (up to 10) will be carried over to the next week, during which time established users may continue to place votes.

Featured texts edit
Date Text
July Gettysburg Address
August Dulce et Decorum est
September The Time Machine
November Elegie II
December Come not, when I am dead
January After Death
February Anthem for Doomed Youth
March Resignation letter (Roosevelt)
April Darkness
May Lights
June Arithmetic on the Frontier
August Cole's Old English Masters. John Opie
September Finished with the War: A Soldier’s Declaration
January The Black Cat
February Balade to Rosemounde
March The Late Mr. Charles Babbage, F.R.S.
April South Africa Act 1909
May United States patent X1
August ACLU v. NSA Opinion
September The Wind in the Willows (1913)
October Early Settlers Along the Mississippi
November Coker FOIA documents
January George Washington's First State of the Union Address
March Transcript of the 'friendly fire' incident video
April J'accuse
May German Instrument of Surrender
June A specimen of the botany of New Holland
July Fatal fall of Wright airship
August Charles von Hügel
September Flight 93 Cockpit Transcript
October A Description of a City Shower
November The Fight at Dame Europa's School
December Descriptive account ... of King George's Sound
January The English Constitution
February Omnibuses and Cabs
March Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper
April Diary of ten years
May Anthony Roll
June Celtic Fairy Tales
July The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke
August A Study in Scarlet
September Makers of British botany
October The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders, R.N.
December Houston: Where Seventeen Railroads Meet the Sea
January No Treason
March Mrs. Caudle's curtain lectures
April The Velveteen Rabbit
May Poems by Wilfred Owen
July Stops of Various Quills
August A Witch Shall Be Born
September Susan B. Anthony petition for remission of fine
February Picturesque New Guinea
March Flatland
April Shaving Made Easy
July Popular Science Monthly
August Homes of the London Poor
September Mexico, as it was and as it is
October Special: Halloween
November Bull-dog Drummond
December Black Beauty
January Proclamation 95
February Rambles in New Zealand
March The Art of Nijinsky
April A Jewish State
May Amazing Stories, no. 1
June Laura Secord: A Study in Canadian Patriotism
July Magic
August Tracks of McKinlay and party across Australia
September The Yellow Wall Paper
October The Canterville Ghost/The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
November The Laws of Hammurabi, King of Babylonia
December Vanity Fair
January The Corsair
February The Clipper Ship Era
March Association Football and How to Play It
April Daisy Miller
May Romanes Lecture
June Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
July Doctor Syn
August Tyrannosaurus and Other Cretaceous Carnivorous Dinosaurs
October Wikipedia is pushing the boundaries of scholarly practice but the gender gap must be addressed
December A Christmas Carol
January The Russian School of Painting
February Diaries of Court Ladies of Old Japan
March The Problems of Philosophy
April On the Determination of the Wave-length of Electric Radiation by Diffraction Grating
May Kopal-Kundala
June Studies of a Biographer
August Queen Mab
October Calcutta: Past and Present
December Tom Brown's School Days (6th ed)
February The Kiss and its History
April The Descent of Man (Darwin)
June The Fables of Florian (tr. Phelps)
July The Discovery of Radium
September The Adventures Of A Revolutionary Soldier
January Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (Wiggin)
February The Clandestine Marriage
March The "Bab" Ballads
April Pro Patria (Coates)
May The Panchatantra (Purnabhadra's Recension of 1199 CE)
June Australian Legendary Tales
July Resistance to Civil Government
August Views in India, chiefly among the Himalaya Mountains
September The Subjection of Women
October A Princess of Mars
November Prometheus Bound
December Author:Beatrix Potter
January Pollyanna
February My Bondage and My Freedom (1855)
March Catholic Hymns (1860)
April Trees and Other Poems
May Una and the Lion
July Megalithic Monuments in Spain and Portugal
August Oriental Scenery
September A Simplified Grammar of the Swedish Language
October Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
November If—
December Messiah (1749)
January The First Men in the Moon
February The Bird of Time
March The Myths of Mexico and Peru
June Orphée aux Enfers
November The Vampyre
December The Life of the Spider
February The Constitution of the Czechoslovak Republic


Nominating a text[edit]

  1. Ensure that the text meets all the featured text criteria and style guidelines. Nominations that are flagged as not meeting the criteria will be unlisted after 24 hours, unless the criteria are met in that time.
  2. Please ensure that "download option" from the sidebar produces a full work
  3. Note the nomination on the talk page by adding the template {{featured text candidate}}.
  4. Begin a discussion at the bottom of this page. Note your reason for nominating the text.
See also


  • If you believe an article meets all of the criteria, write Support followed by your reasons.
  • If you oppose a nomination, write Object followed by the reason for your objection. Each objection must provide a specific rationale that can be addressed. If nothing can be done in principle to "fix" the source of the objection, the objection may be ignored. This includes objections to an text's suitability for the Wikisource main page, unless such suitability can be fixed.
  • To withdraw an objection, strike it out (with <s>text</s>) rather than removing it.

Closing a nomination (administrators only)[edit]

  • Failed nominations
    1. Add a comment explaining why the nomination failed.
    2. Archive it.
    3. Place {{featured text not passed|year|title}} at the top of the work's main talk page (adding the year and heading of the archived discussion).
  • Passed nominations
    1. Add a comment noting the selection.
    2. Archive it.
    3. Add the work to {{Featured text}} (inside the respective month) and {{featured schedule}}.
    4. Place {{featured}} on top of the work's main page {{header}} template.
    5. Place {{featured talk|April 2023}} at the top of the work's main talk page (changing the numbers to the appropriate date if not next month).
    6. Protect all the work's main namespace pages.
    7. Indicate the work's featured status on its associated data item at Wikidata.


For older nominations, see the archives.

The first collection of mysteries featuring Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton. The character continues to be adapted for film, radio, and television. We haven't featured mystery fiction before, except A Study in Scarlet back in 2010. --EncycloPetey (talk)

 SupportBeleg Tâl (talk) 12:27, 1 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
 Comment - There was a significant transcription error in the 2nd sentence of the book. Not a great sign, but I haven't looked further. Kaldari (talk) 00:28, 10 July 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
 Comment The fpxxx page number in Index breaks the page number transclusion in Main ns. Mpaa (talk) 22:18, 29 January 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

A well-known book by New Zealander Georgina Burne Hetley, with color illustrations by the author. --EncycloPetey (talk) 02:11, 19 February 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Probably not eligible (unfortunately) because I had to access a print copy in the rare books room at the library and write out the lacunae on a few pages and then type them into the Pages. WMIII was happy to validate based on that, but they are non-verifiable without access to a print copy. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 03:08, 19 February 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
That's a shame, as this is a seminal work and beautifully illustrated. --EncycloPetey (talk) 03:12, 19 February 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Yes, just confirmed print pages 2 & 4 from the Preface remain problematic. Should we be able to find another scan and swap those two in, then this would be good to go. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 03:18, 19 February 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
IA has: (external scan) which looks like a clean scan. --EncycloPetey (talk) 05:06, 19 February 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
DoneHrishikes (talk) 04:21, 23 April 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
 Comment - Beautiful book, but it's unfortunate that the images are blown out. Compare Page:Native Flowers of New Zealand.djvu/81 with the original. The background drawings aren't even visible. Kaldari (talk) 01:05, 10 July 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
No problems with someone updating the images. Just upload new versions over the old ones rather than under new file names. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 05:58, 10 July 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 Comment I'd be happy to work on the images, but I don't want to interfere with anybody else's efforts. Is anybody else already working on this? -Pete (talk) 19:45, 30 January 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Complete, validated and transcluded version of an important play by William Shakespeare. --Jan Kameníček (talk) 23:11, 1 October 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 Comment 2023 will mark the 400th anniversary of the publication of the First Folio. My inclination is to hold off featuring Shakespeare until that year, and then celebrate in a bigger way than we normally do, since Shakespeare's works are cornerstones of English literature. --EncycloPetey (talk) 21:41, 2 December 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@EncycloPetey: I see. Do you have any idea what the celebration may look like? Feature several works at the same time? Or several works in several months one after another? Or alternate featuring several Shakespeare’s works with non-Shakespeare’s works? --Jan Kameníček (talk) 21:49, 2 December 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I'm open to any suggested plans. Since we have never featured a work by or about Shakespeare, I could imagine featuring one of each main category of play, as well as a biography or other works, either in consecutive months or weeks, or at different times throughout the year. The final decision would also depend upon what other works might have accumulated for FT. Our track record for nominations over the past year has been spotty. --EncycloPetey (talk) 00:31, 3 December 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I am nominating this work as it is an interesting view following San Francisco's earthquake in 1906. Thanks, Thatoneweirdwikier (talk) 13:57, 23 December 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  •  Comment "Interesting view" is not worthy of featuring an item. There is no special significance in the work that I can see; it is not among the best offerings at Wikisource. The speech seems to be a bit of a ramble, and the publication provides no context. --EncycloPetey (talk) 01:22, 24 January 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  •  Comment (Caveats: I am new to the FT process, and primarily interested in learning about it. Along with @Thatoneweirdwikier: I'm one of the primary editors who worked on this text.)
@EncycloPetey: I'm curious about your comment. It seems to me that the significance of whether something is an "interesting view" is not covered by any of the FT criteria. Am I correct in understanding that this is where subjective judgment comes in? Seems sensible enough if so, but if I'd be interested to learn what are the proper criteria for determining what texts are worth featuring, in your view. I'll comment that as a student of U.S. west coast history in this period, and as a former resident of San Francisco, I found Bancroft's view in this piece quite striking, and I am glad to have encountered it. I found a brief contemporaneous review which summarizes the thesis. -Pete (talk) 21:41, 29 January 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It is the result of previous discussions. A featured text is considered "the best of what Wikisource has to offer". For example, we had Jane Eyre nominated for FT, but it was not featured because the nominated edition was a later, unremarkable edition, neither the first edition nor the authoritative one, nor a richly illustrated one. Jane Eyre as a novel was considered worth featuring, but not that edition, on the basis of unremarkability. The proposed pair of speeches are not remarkable in any way, and do not showcase what Wikisource has to offer. I lived in the Bay Area for a long time, and I know who Bancroft is, but beyond that very local interest, there is no anniversary to mark, nor lasting historical impact of the work, nor anything to recommend them for featuring. It certainly ought to be listed in a Portal somewhere, but I don't see it as a featurable text. --EncycloPetey (talk) 22:14, 29 January 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you -- very helpful. -Pete (talk) 22:44, 29 January 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I would still argue it meets the criteria. When I wrote 'interesting view', I assumed that the fact it met the criteria was a given. Hopefully that clears it up. Thanks, Thatoneweirdwikier Say hi 06:04, 31 January 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Thatoneweirdwikier: If I'm understanding correctly, nobody has argued that it does not meet the criteria; but the criteria here on Wikisource, I think, are a minimum qualification, not a reason to promote. Unlike English Wikipedia and probably some other sites, "featured" status is not something obtained in the abstract, but something that indicates an item has been selected to be featured on the front page for a month. So, note that [[ping|EncycloPetey}} merely commented, but did not vote against; I think they are (tacitly) acknowledging that the criteria have been met, but skeptical about whether this item is worthy of featuring on the front page (in relation to other works, which may have more topical interest etc.) Of course, please correct me if I'm wrong. I do think this could use some more spelling out in the text introducing "Featured texts", which would help newcomers like us form more realistic expectations; I'm happy to work on that, but I'd like to be sure I understand it well before I start making suggestions. -Pete (talk) 17:34, 31 January 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Indeed. Meeting the criteria (item 1) is considered prerequisite to nomination, not a reason for being featured (item 4) in and of itself. The process description should be clarified and updated to current norms. I will try a draft when I have the time to spend doing so. --EncycloPetey (talk) 23:27, 1 February 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Nominating to feature in July 2020 to coincide with the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan. The author William George Aston was a leading British scholar of Japanese, the first translator of Nihongi into English, and a diplomat in Japan. His survey of Japanese Literature might even be the first such volume published in English, though I cannot find a definitive statement to that effect. --EncycloPetey (talk) 23:49, 15 February 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Alexander Pushkin is considered "the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature". I nominate his book of Poems translated by Ivan Panin. This would be only the second work we've featured by a Russian author (the previous one was the nonfiction The Russian School of Painting, featured in in 2015). --EncycloPetey (talk) 22:31, 1 March 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  •  Support. It seems well proofread, I have checked 10 random pages from various parts of the book and found no problem. --Jan Kameníček (talk) 19:32, 6 April 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  •  Support.Worthy author, and in 20 randomly selected pages I found only one error. BethNaught (talk) 19:31, 11 July 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  •  Support checked several pages and seems good

Style fulfills all applicable style guidelines (and the format is quite loyal to the original one), well-proofread, scanned from the official gazette, and also inflicted significant importance/controversy worldwide.廣九直通車 (talk) 04:41, 7 March 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  •  Comment What is the reason for nomination? You say "inflicted significant importance/controversy worldwide", but I have not heard of this act. Could you elaborate? --EncycloPetey (talk) 06:47, 7 March 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    • @EncycloPetey:See this. Due to alleged unfairness to Muslim refugees, the enactment of this act inflicts mass protests around India, some turned violent. Should have some plenty Google search results.廣九直通車 (talk) 07:17, 7 March 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
      Part of the nomination process is to provide a summary reason for the nomination. This helps both with voting and for the person who has to write the blurb for the main page. Telling commenters to look elsewhere or search the web is not a reason for nomination. The nominator should give their reasons why they think the nomination should be featured. --EncycloPetey (talk) 16:24, 7 March 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Updated explanation:"Section 2 of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, allows 'any person belonging to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi or Christian community from Afghanistan, Bangladesh or Pakistan, who entered into India on or before the 31st day of December, 2014' become refugees, while implicitly excluding Muslim refugees. Such treatment leads to criticism of religious discrimination and international concern, and later fueled a prolonged series of protests among India, some turned violent." I'm new to FTC, and so I need to describe why the information of the text should be featured?廣九直通車 (talk) 02:56, 8 March 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Yes. You are nominating this work to be Featured. This means you should present your reasons for nominating it, and not ask people to figure out those reasons for for themselves. Why do you think this work deserves to be Featured for a month on the Main page? --EncycloPetey (talk) 04:01, 8 March 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    See the bolded reasons above. Nominated for significant local social and international importance.廣九直通車 (talk) 04:08, 8 March 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    It might or might not be enough to warrant Featuring. What I see is that there were some protests in India over this, and people of Indian descent protested elsewhere as well. Responses to nomination may take weeks or even months. We won't know until people begin voicing their opinions about the nomination. --EncycloPetey (talk) 16:17, 8 March 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  •  Comment I'd lean towards support, as it's certainly a document with uncommonly strong links to real and current events (we have lots of works that relate to historical events, but not a lot from the modern world, disregarding the drama from the US). However, I think since it's a fairly small work, the associated documents of this one (including the associated NRC documents) should be added before this capstone is featured. From a skim of the enWP articles, perhaps Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2003 and the other amendments back to Citizenship Act, 1955, Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003, The Foreigners Act, 1946, etc? Hopefully there might also be some court ruling or something non-legislative to mix it up a little bit. And then perhaps have a section of Portal:Law of India or a sub-portal or something to tie it together thematically? Without some kind of librarianship, I don't find simple replication of short documents that are already publicly available electronically ( and particularly thrilling.
Also, I'm a little wary of featuring a text that uses sidenotes that don't work on mobile browsers and don't work if the user is using Layout 1 (though it's defaulted to Layout 2, users can turn of defaulting). But I know sidenotes are an everlasting pain in the backside, so maybe it's just tough. Inductiveloadtalk/contribs 15:33, 10 March 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The Labyrinth is one of the most important and influential works of Johan Amos Comenius. In November we are going to celebrate the 250th anniversary of his death, and so I am nominating this work for November 2020. --Jan Kameníček (talk) 19:03, 6 April 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 Comment The text uses the {{Greek}} template to display quotations from Ancient Greek, which is polytonic, but the template is explicitly designed for modern monotonic Greek. The {{polytonic}} template should be used. --EncycloPetey (talk) 19:45, 6 April 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Ah, I did not know it, thanks for explanation, I will remember it. Now it should be OK. --Jan Kameníček (talk) 21:38, 6 April 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
 Support --EncycloPetey (talk) 22:02, 6 April 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
This is clearly the kind of text worthy of Featured status! I have done my usual approach of flitting over the text checking for errors, and I've found 28: [1]. However I can't say for sure how many pages I checked. Given that I'm still finding errors I'll say  Neutral for now. BethNaught (talk) 19:12, 11 July 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Move to  Support, after fixing some more errors I think this text is in a better place. BethNaught (talk) 15:53, 1 January 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

As the mini-constitution of Hong Kong, it is often argued that the Basic Law is currently facing increasing violation of its contents by the Chinese Central Government. Given that 2020 is the 30th anniversary of the enactment of the law, all criteria have been made, and Hong Kong is currently embroiled in the political crisis about the Hong Kong Liaison Office, it is nominated that the text to be a featured text.

  • Note: In April 2020, the Hong Kong Liaison Office (中聯辦), a office of the Central Government, has claimed that it has the authority to oversee Hong Kong internal affairs and is not bounded by Article 22 of the Basic Law, which prohibits Mainland Chinese authorities"(interfering) in the affairs which the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region administers on its own in accordance with this Law."廣九直通車 (talk) 07:23, 23 April 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  •  Comment why is the "Get involved Get to know the Basic Law" logo not included on the back cover Serprinss (talk) 05:25, 5 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's much-beloved and hugely influential epic poem about the expulsion of the Acadians; this is a transcription of the first edition. As far as I can tell, there aren't any particular upcoming anniversaries to schedule this for, and we haven't featured and long-form poetry since November 2017. BethNaught (talk) 19:46, 11 July 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 Support Well done, I checked 10 random pages and did not find any typos or other errors to be corrected. As there are curly quotes used in the transcription, I just suggest to replace also straight apostrophes by curly ones to make it more consistent. --Jan Kameníček (talk) 18:13, 25 July 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I am nominating Tagore’s work Nationalism. It is transcribed from original scans and has been fully proofread. This work is relevant especially today with a rise of Nationalism in India and many countries around the world. If featured next month, it would coincide with India’s independence day on 15 August. I am happy to make improvements to the work wherever necessary. —Prtksxna (talk) 09:09, 25 July 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 Support I checked around 10 random pages and everything looks perfect to me. Only 1 page was not validated and I have done that. I completely agree with Prtksxna (talkcontribs)'s rationale behind selecting this book as next month's featured text. On another note: The text in itself is complete, however the index contains some advertisements and we might want to do something about them which could be as simple as mentioning on the talk page that they haven't been transcluded or can actually be included in the text since they are about other works of Tagore. Check this for more info: Wikisource:What_Wikisource_includes#Advertising --Satdeep Gill (talk) 12:42, 25 July 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Done I decided not to include the advertisements. I've made the changes as per the documentation you linked to. —Prtksxna (talk) 09:47, 26 July 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
 Comment In order to feature a work, it needs to have a blurb to accompany it on the Main Page. What is the history or circumstances specific to the creation of this work as opposed to the many others on the subject? What influence or legacy come from this work? I am not familiar enough with Tagore or his works to draft a blurb with any competence. --EncycloPetey (talk) 21:50, 27 July 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I could take stab at writing this. How long does this blurb need to be? 50-100 words? —Prtksxna (talk) 03:59, 29 July 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
 Comment Also, this work has many minor transcriptions issues that will need to be corrected. There should not be spaces around em-dashes. That is instead of spacing — like this; there should be no spacing—like this. This will require a careful check against Wikisource:Style Guide for any other similar issues before it can be featured. --EncycloPetey (talk) 21:52, 27 July 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
What other issues have you noticed? FWIW I've looked at a few pages. The quality of the proofreading seems pretty good, except for the spaced emdashes you mentioned, and the inconsistent use of both straight and curly quotes. BethNaught (talk) 22:43, 27 July 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks for pointing these out. I've tried to correct the dashes and quotes at most places. —Prtksxna (talk) 04:25, 28 July 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I notice on the talk page, after getting a welcome link from an ad in another work, the proposal that this be an FT. An admittedly quick perusal sees no problem with that, so is there a reason not to? Cygnis insignis (talk) 14:40, 5 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • Oh yes, it's right there, cheers :/ I will read through it, maybe skim some bits, but doubt there is anything reason not to support its promotion. Cygnis insignis (talk) 15:14, 5 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The work was featured in 2011 as one of the first featured texts, without being scanbacked. Now the scanbacking process has started, but the work is still far from being fully proofread and validated. I believe that the work should be defeatured and after the proofreading and validation processes are finished it can be renominated. --Jan Kameníček (talk) 20:50, 19 December 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

It was actually featured in 2006 before on-Wiki proofreading was available and was done to the high standards of the time (including two pairs of eyes). While it wouldn't achieve featured status today, it is still fine. Defeaturing it now would remove the historicity of what the Community did back then. By all means get it fully scan-backed, but let's not play with history. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 04:56, 21 December 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Beeswaxcandle: In general terms I agree with that reasoning. But, what is the purpose of the Featured Text process? Is it to bestow an award on the contributors for their hard work, or is it to highlight to visitors and readers our very best texts? English Wikipedia has struggled with this question over the years, but has landed squarely on the "Featured Article" being a quality check designed to produce and highlight the very best articles on the project to their Main Page visitors. And in order for that to work, it means old Featured Articles have to be re-reviewed and de-featured when they no longer meet current standards (either because standards were raised, or because constant drive-by edits have deteriorated the article). The dynamics on Wikisource are slightly different, but for non-scan-backed works in particular the entropy issue remains; and the underlying "What is the purpose of the Featured process?" question is the same.
I've always considered it to be about the content and about our readers, rather than about our on-project contributors, primarily. The way I read Jan, that's their starting assumption too. Xover (talk) 08:12, 21 December 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
That is exactly how I have meant it. The status of a featured article is meant to inform our readers about the quality of transcription of an important work. It should be kept only there where we can guarantee the quality, which is not possible without the finished validation process. --Jan Kameníček (talk) 11:22, 21 December 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Semi- Support Featured status implies it is the best Wikisource has to offer now, not had to offer in 2006. The archives of WS:FT will record the history, the current status should be the current status.
On an operational level, ideally, the work would be scan-backed and validated first and then the text replaced seamlessly in mainspace, and then re-reviewed to ensure it's still FT-quality. But I can see that's not what has actually happened, which I don't think is a very tidy way to do it. Inductiveloadtalk/contribs 09:12, 21 December 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I am nominating this work as one of the crucial works that helped to form science fiction genre and introduced the word robot into English. We can celebrate the 100th anniversary of its first English performance, which took place in 1923. -- Jan Kameníček (talk) 15:22, 22 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 Support I have checked and corrected every page to the best of my ability. Some very slight formatting discrepancies may remain, but I don't see any that should prevent this work from being featured. There appear to be at least four errors (mostly of punctuation) in the original text, if that matters. I don't see any errors in transclusion, although I would suggest that page breaks be inserted around the images at the beginning of each act. In short, I believe this work has been transcribed to a very high standard. Shells-shells (talk) 01:13, 23 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks for the check very much. Let's now wait for some time to see if some objections are raised or not. As for the typos in the original, imo they should not be an obstacle. If somebody thought they should be dealt with somehow, I could add there SIC templates like {{SIC| |.}} for a missing dot, but I personally do not think it is necessary. --Jan Kameníček (talk) 16:27, 23 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Unless opposed, I am going to feature the play for April 2023. --Jan Kameníček (talk) 21:57, 2 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
 Support per nom. An appropriate pick for the year of the AI bots. BD2412 T 06:34, 3 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]