Normally, once an article becomes a featured article, it keeps its featured status, no matter how long it is since it was featured. However, it might come to a situation where a FA cannot maintain its high quality (for example, when a new game is released and the article does not cover it). For this reason, there is the possibility to propose the unfeaturing of a FA.
The process of unfeaturing bears great resemblence to the process of featuring an article. Indeed, the only differences are the following:
- Obviously, only FAs can be proposed to lose their FA status. Supporters vote for the loss of FA status, and opposers vote for keeping it.
- Not only opposers, but also supporters need to give reasons for their vote. This is due to the fact that what they are doing basically is opposing the FA status of an article, and this needs to be justified.
- Similarly, not only oppose votes, but also support votes can be removed if they are not well-reasoned enough. The agreement of three users, including a sysop, is needed to remove a vote.
- In order to avoid keeping nomination pages alive even if the (featured) article is fine, those pages can be deleted if the proposer agrees. Otherwise, the 'delete-after-one-month-of-inactiveness' rule applies.
All the other rules (as long as there is at least one oppose vote, the proposal will not pass; after a week without opposers and with at least five supporters, the proposal passes; etc.) apply just as with the FA nomination process. Particularly, oppose votes should be regarded as a way to improve a FA further and thus to avoid the loss of FA status. Only in case there is nobody willing to realize the opposers' requests, a FA loses its status.
The opposers' task is to prove the supporters' points wrong, i.e. to state why a nominated article does meet all the FA requirements. Oppose votes that don't address the supporters' points, or ones that suggest to wait until the article is fixed, are invalid since they don't help.
How to unfeature an FA
In order to propose a FA for unfeaturing, please use the following edit field. Type in the exact title of the FA after the last slash, and hit the "Propose" button. You will be taken to a preset page which you should edit according to the comments on the page.