Wikipedia:Today's featured article oddities

The "Today's Featured Article" (TFA) section first appeared on the main page on February 22, 2004, featuring the article Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Rather than the full article being displayed on the main page, a summary (often described as a "blurb") appears, with a link to the full article appearing in bold. To start with, the rotation of TFAs was done by updating {{Feature}}. The selection did not change promptly at midnight UTC as it now does, and sometimes TFAs would appear for more or less than 24 hours.

The system of using daily templates, prepared in advance and automatically transcluded onto the main page, began on August 7, 2004. Since then, things have been a little more regular.

The general rules for the TFA section are these: only featured articles appear; there is only one TFA per day; each one is displayed for 24 hours; and only one image accompanies the blurb. Until a change in early 2017, there was also an additional rule that no FA could appear more than once as TFA. Most of the time the rules have been followed ... This is a list of times when something a bit different, intentionally or otherwise, has happened in the TFA section.

Featured content:

Featured article candidates (FAC)

Featured article review (FAR)

Today's featured article (TFA):

Featured article tools:

The ones with two featured articles in a day[]

The ones when multiple featured articles ran in the same blurb[]

The ones with featured articles that have appeared twice[]

A discussion in 2017 relaxed the rule about TFAs appearing for a second time. Following this, Rosetta Stone (which had first appeared on September 14, 2010) was re-featured on March 18, 2017.

The ones with something other than a featured article in the TFA slot[]

The one when TFA was late[]

The one with the shortest blurb[]

The ones with the most votes[]

The ones with the most points[]

The ones with the most pictures in the blurb[]

The ones with a theme spread over several days[]

The ones that ran on April Fools' Day[]

In some years, parts of the Main Page – including TFA – mark April Fools' Day:

See also[]