Remove featured article status
- Wikiboy10 (talk) The nomination of Krunch's article happened on August 30, 2020, and passed without opposition. Looking back, though, I feel there is just one problem the article has: the length. One user does try to justify this, stating that it isn't about the size of the article, and I get that. It's by far the best-written essay I've seen for a somewhat forgotten character, and it's not favoritism either. I think any subject, whether it be a loved character, a hated character, or a character people forget about, has the potential to be featured. However, the featured article rules state that length is crucial. I'll quote this: "In this case, although these articles are complete and are written to the best of the editor's abilities, they are too short to be categorized among the best articles in MarioWiki and therefore, are not rich enough in content to be considered featured articles." While everything is well-written (though I think the section regarding DKCR is a bit flowery and overdrawn), the piece isn't "rich" enough to be remarkable. Therefore, I am nominating this article to be unfeatured.
- Pulsebot (talk) Per Wikiboy10. This page, while being really good-written and formally perfect, is... just not too remarkable to be featured (compared to others like Vivian, King Olly or Dixie Kong (for being fair)). Additionally, I'd like to mention the Kiddy Kong page that falls exactly under the category (better than average articles, but doesn't qualify to be featured).
- Ray Trace (talk) I have never supported nomination for this article (this was nominated in a time period where I was inactive so I couldn't give any input) and I also agree that it's not remarkable.
- RHG1951 (talk) Per all.
- Electrical Bowser jr. (talk) Per the first three; this article is stunningly not standout enough for something that ever got that many feature votes. The only marked-level good aspect of it is the image quantity.
- ThePowerPlayer (talk) Per all; this article is neither especially substantial nor particularly remarkable.
- RealStuffMister (talk) It really doesn't stick out enough to be considered a featured article in my opinion, its length, structure, etc is just fairly average.
- WildWario (talk) Per all.
Keep featured article status
- Paper Jorge (talk) This article highlights the love and care our user base has for the deepest depths of our lore and content. For it is a great highlight of where we exceed over all our competitors; we exhaust all our resources and energy to cover any and every subject better than any other entity on the expansive world wide web. Any other site will not show this full commitment and adoration for our subjects, and we must be proud of that and showcase it to the world. Anyone can write a Mario article, but how many Krunch articles can we scrounge and stumble upon? The writing is efficient, thorough and does not miss any crumb or nugget of knowledge. The images are plenty, and the backstory and creation of Krunch is highly detailed and well informed. This article highlights why MarioWiki Dot Com is a powerhouse of a being and why we must take it with the upmost of respect and serious admiration. We mean business. It's not 2006 anymore. We will cover every pixel of Krunch's body. This is the standard we should hold other articles too. It's easy to write the Luigi article. Can we as a community come together to write Krunch level articles? Can we push the boundaries? You tell me.
- Glowsquid (talk) I find this article "represent the best the Super Mario Wiki has to offer" because it is such a remarkably comprehensive entry of this frankly unremarkable character, digging so deep as to not just describe his role in his one video game appearance comprehensively, but also his creation and insanely obscure media no other site would acknowledge the existence. Beside, how can I argue with the sales pitch above?
- Camwood777 (talk) Per Paper Jorge; yeah, it's long, but it's not flowery. It meets basically all the standards and exceeds them, except for being kind of long-winded in a few points. At worst, you'd just need to rephrase some things for the sake of brevity, which certainly feels like it's not too difficult.
- PanchamBro (talk) Per all; going over the article now, though some may claim it's short, it's also not very padded with "flowery" writing; the writing is perfectly balanced. Not to mention the argument for removing the featured article status appears to be "it is unremarkable" and "it doesn't stand out". Yet we have Miracle Book, a small "unremarkable" feature in Mario Party 6, under the featured article system, and characters that only appear in one game (e.g. Koopa Bros.) are also featured. Perhaps we may need to rethink how we handled featured article status for small articles, but for now, this article is long enough to be a featured article.
- Shokora (talk) – I don't think the length matters. Regarding the rule you quoted, I don't interpret five separate appearances as 'limited'. This is a fully referenced and complete article which does a pretty good job at representing quality MarioWiki coverage. Per all.
- NSY (talk) I oppose the unfeaturing of this article so strongly to the extent would be a terrible event for the wiki if it were to happen. Vareity in our featured articles is so important I will go as far to argue that we should be featuring more articles like this not less. This article in my eyes long enough to be featured, by "reasonable length" I mean it being more than just a couple of paragraphs or 2 sections, this page has 7 each covering different aspects. It is important that we have vairety in our featured articles. If we do not allow articles like this to have feature status that in serioussly will narrow what is eligible for feature status. Our featured collection would just end with major recuring chatacters and game articles which is not a healthy variety. (it already kinda is but this unfeature would make it worse and encourage should limted varity). Per everyone else particularly Jorge.
- Doomhiker (talk) Our featured articles are supposed to represent exceptionalism. What is exceptional, in regards to a wiki? In my eyes, excellence in regards to wiki editing is the capacity to go into full, absolute detail in a subject matter so every bit of factually correct information can be sqeezed, no matter how pedantic. No matter how small, how niche, how seemingly unimportant, it seems, to give every subject such a level a detail and writing that it is treated as important as the Bible. Krunch represents this philosophy to a tee. A random, small character of little importance, that is still so thorough and complete in its information that anything that can be known about it is known by reading the article. Most other wikis refuse to go into such intensive detail into even more important subject matters. Wikipedia's own policies forbid going into professional detail into its subjects, limiting their scope to the bare necessary information. We don't draw such easy to fill lines. We make it our mission to go into such extraordinary detail about anything an everything, as long at it pertains to the Mario franchise. Krunch is one of the best representations of why and how this wiki goes beyond the usual standard. Our featured articles are meant to represent our wiki at its best. Krunch is our wiki at its best. Size will never change this. Also, something more pragmatic. There is no actual, defined standard for what is an "acceptable length". It is highly up to interpretation, and, frankly, is arbitrary. The Baby Donkey Kong unfeaturing is barely a precendent. Beyond it being from nine years ago, its voters failed to tangibly define what is an "acceptable length" and why it applied there. Therefore, the precedent does not need to be followed; it was never integrated into the actual literature of featuring policy. I frankly believe that the "acceptable length" phase should be abolished. Beyond its highly arbitrary nature, I am concerned of its implications. By requiring featured articles to be above a non-specific length, it encourages users who want their articles to be featured to write longer, wrongly correlating length with quality. It homogenizes featured articles; articles that meet the standards of length tend to be similar, that being game pages, big character pages, and lists, both reduces that variety of the wiki that is featured and encouraging editors to only fixate on certain types of articles. And finally, by not allowing all articles to be held up to the same exceptional standards, we imply that not all articles are worth imposing the same standards on - resulting in medium length subjects like Krunch to often be abandoned. For the sake of allowing more articles like Krunch to fosters, I propose that the length requirement be abolished at some point in the future - whilst a two-sentence page obviously should not be featured, this should be determined on a case-by-case basis rather than written into the letter of the law.
- OhoJeeOnFire (talk) Per all.
Removal of support/oppose votes
- This vote offers no points about the length, which this unnomination is trying to address. PanchamBro brings up this point. Wikiboy10 (talk) 14:55, October 10, 2022 (EDT)
- This vote offers no points about the length, which this unnomination is trying to address. It has other reasons, but mine goes to that which this user does not bring up. PanchamBro brings up this point. Wikiboy10 (talk) 14:55, October 10, 2022 (EDT)
I'll admit that the article doesn't look remarkable at first glance and a bit short, but I think the topic does hold merit with what it talks about. But I'll do a through analysis later.
@Paper Jorge, @Glowsquid: How does any of your points how that much merit? Neither covers the length, and the only reason for keeping it featured is "good writing". I will admit that the article has a few flaws in terms of writing, and as I said earlier, I think it is the best essay for Krunch. However, the (admittedly unspecific) length rule calls into question here. Wikiboy10 (talk) 22:50, October 8, 2022 (EDT)
@Many of the opposers: I should mention that length was an issue for Baby Donkey Kong's page. The page was considered good, but the size was enough to unfeature it. Wikiboy10 (talk) 15:03, October 10, 2022 (EDT)
- We're lacking an actual criteria or structure regarding article size. Set that up first before we go a case by case basis for this sort of thing. Paper Jorge (Talk·Contribs) Also see: Miracle Book as Pancham said.
- I've wrote a criteria here: if there's debate about length, then it doesn't comfortably pass guidelines and thus shouldn't be featured. In addition, while Miracle Book is my work, I've featured it on the basis that it's a featured list rather than a featured article. It's not my strongest featured article, admittedly, however. Ray Trace(T|C) 18:54, October 13, 2022 (EDT)
@Doomhiker: I haven't really gotten into detail in this page yet (the amount of histrionic language in the oppose is hugely offputting) but the assertion that an article size limit "homogenizes" what kinds of featured articles are acceptable is pretty hysterical. Krunch is a character article that isn't much different in terms of uniqueness compared to something like Toadette. Ray Trace(T|C) 18:23, October 13, 2022 (EDT)
Okay, so I'd like to cut to chase regarding the Featured Article guidelines when I proposed revamping it all the way back in 2018 and I even wrote a thread about it in Marioboards. One of the specific points that were points of controversy was the article length, and there isn't a set guideline to establish article length because it's primarily decided on a case-by-case basis. The primary reason the length was introduced was mostly as a form of quality control that mandates what kinds of articles are "front page" worthy, something that all viewers are going to see when they enter MarioWiki. This isn't a participation trophy, the accolades are specifically created to handpick articles that are worthy for the best presentation. I've introduced an expanded guidelines written to address the issue of length, by having editors asking themselves this question:"Is this article long enough to be featured?". As of right now, the split amount of votes among the support and oppose blatantly break this rule, and I don't think the article is worthy of featured article status because there isn't an agreement.
Now, taking a step back and looking at this page, without the Mario nerdisms and the hyperbolic histronics I've seen associated regarding how "much love and effort is put into this article" (implying that other Featured Articles regarding far more popular subjects don't also have love and passion put into it and implying that they are easier to write, especially with the provocative statement saying "anyone can write an article about Mario" without actually writing an article about Mario and the heruclean task of documenting and writing all of his appearances), and disregarding context that this character is a playable character in only a single game (said game isn't exactly obscure or niche to begin with, Diddy Kong Racing is bound to have mange adaptations) what is this article really about? To put it very bluntly, it's a very standard character article. The very nature of the character appearing only in one game is inherently limiting in its presentation to be front page material, it's the same reason one-off characters from the Super Mario-kun such as subject matter in this category, which additionally represent the same amount of digging up info and lore and research Krunch does (requires the books to be imported or bought from a Japanese store which isn't easy to get in regards to our editor base and requires knowledge of a second language to even fully understand). In addition, Pipsy also meets the same requirements as featuring this article. has the same amount of manga appearances and even a short description on her character creation, and I think going out of our way to feature Pipsy opens up a can of worms to go out and feature frankly articles that fall short to put on the main page. In fact, the same limitations that prevent shorter articles from being featured are being used as arguments to support Krunch, because he has a few sentences of his background character creation while something like Macho Grubba does not since said information isn't available (yet Macho Grubba has around the same length because he plays a greater role in Thousand Year Door and has battle specific moves, who also appears in obscure Japanese media).
As I see it, people clearly disagree with my assertion that I personally don't think it's featured article worthy and that's fine. However, I don't think having this article stand among the ranks of Mario Kart 64 or Super Mario World or even Skewer pr Baby Luigi (yes they are all mine yes I accept accusations of bias) does integrity for our wiki. I know there are several issues to solve this conundrum, but I strongly disagree with the removal of article length standard altogether, for reasons I stated above. One solution I know is to create tiers of featured articles to appease to articles that have shorter lengths but don't quite match the standard of far more comprehensively written articles (specifically those about popular video games such as the aforementioned Mario Kart 64), similar to how other wikis tier their articles in terms of quality. Standards do have to be established, we might need to conjure up a word count approximation limit rather than rely on case-to-case like we previously did. This probably remains topic for another discussion surrounding this but this is something I want to throw around now and make clear before we forget. Ray Trace(T|C) 18:54, October 13, 2022 (EDT)
(edit conflict) I'm not particularly impressed by this article (and I'm a little baffled by the language a lot of oppose votes rely on); i.e. I echo sentiment that this article is very unremarkable for a featured article. Our own guidelines say "if editors have to ask the following question, 'Is this article long enough to be featured?' chances are, the article likely does not pass the grade comfortably and therefore should not be considered to be featured" so that multiple people questioned this page's length, me included, probably casts this article in an uncertain future. I also think the suggestion to abolish length in the future or loosen the requirement even further (also the assumption that length inherently "homogenizes" articles is not a very strong argument) is also not a direction I'd like to see Featured Articles take. I do think we should consider a good article tier below featured articles where the likes of Krunch and Culex and Baby Donkey Kong can fit with less contention in the future but this will require a policy write, more judgement that needs to be made. It's been proposed before, failed, but I do think we might need to reconsider in the future.
That being said we should not quibble too much over content. I don't think it's the end of the world that this article is featured and I do think it's, like, okay enough to be featured and is has some nice pictures from obscure manga. It's a fun little thing. It's not worth it to get worked up over. I had to go over and fix King Boo's article, which had passages that were embarrassing to be put in a featured article like srs bsns voice: "King Boo has sociopathic tendencies". I'd rather have Krunch up before King Boo at this rate and I'd rather we have more (frankly) bland articles like Krunch than some of the nonsense in our older featured articles especially before like 2014 or so. Mario-HOHO! (Talk / Stalk) 18:56, October 13, 2022 (EDT)
Yeah, I have to be honest, I'm not sure about my unnomination in hindsight. I wish I can cancel it but the guidelines make no reference to it. I feel we need to come up with a standard on the length here. I'm also in favor of having "good" articles tier. That way we can have the articles that aren't as lengthy, but well done enough. Featured ones would be articles that can very well apply to most subjects. I should've probably come up with a length before doing this. And with Ray Trace, we really need to be serious when nominating this article. Wikiboy10 (talk) 19:52, October 13, 2022 (EDT)
- You don't need to cancel it imo just let it run its course and I guess we can chat a little more in Discord, MarioWiki talk, whatever we can all do to help the wiki! There's no shame in having people disagree! Mario-HOHO! (Talk / Stalk) 20:55, October 13, 2022 (EDT)