They are used as examples and guidelines on how articles are written in this wiki. Although, there is still no exact basis on how articles can become featured, other than the Manual of Style, a featured article has most of these things (based off Wikipedia's Featured article critera):
- Well written
- Not subject to massive changes or edit wars
- It is properly structured
- It is uses consistent citations, references and footnotes
- A suitable amount of images, with appropriate captions and thumbnail sizes.
- It is suitable in length and properly summarized.
Once an article is nominated for being a featured article, it will be voted by editors and contributors if they see the article fit for being a featured article. Afterwards, a golden pentagram, a magic array, will be on top right corner of an article's page that would indicate that the article is featured.
The opening paragraph and a picture would be written (and would similarly, put into an archive) for the article in the This month's featured article, as can be seen below, which is regularly edited each month for the sake of a new featured article.
For nominations go to the Featured article candidates page. This page displays a list of articles that are currently featured.
This month's featured article
Each month the wiki chooses an article to be featured on the main page of the wiki, at which point, they are required to make an opening line for the article. Most often, the opener is copied directly off the article itself, but it is not required, as such, an editor can make an entirely you opener for the article. The most important part is that it properly introduces the article.
Below is this month's Featured article:
|Kihara Gensei. It was created using the crystallized essences of espers that have been overloaded, those who have lost control of their powers. With these sacrifices, Gensei hoped to create the Level 6 and reach SYSTEM.
The crystal allows users to temporarily boost their powers, but at the cost of overloading their abilities, being unable to use it without the aid of the crystal, and continued deterioration of the body through prolonged used. The crystal defined the lives of several characters in the Toaru Majutsu no Index universe, specifically Takitsubo Rikou.(Learn more...)
Recently featured: Misaka 9982
The openers for the articles that have been featured are archived for each year.