A featured article should:
- Be comprehensive, factually accurate, stable, and well-written.
- Comprehensive: Covers the topic in its entirety; does not omit any major facts or details.
- Accurate: supports facts with specifics and external citations (beware vague justifications such as "some people say").
- Stable: a featured article should be mostly static, and not change rapidly from day to day
- Well-written: compelling, even "brilliant" prose—the former name for featured articles.
- Be uncontroversial in its neutrality and accuracy (no ongoing edit wars).
- Exemplify PNWcommunity's very best work. Represent what PNWcommunity offers that is unique on the Internet.
- Include a lead section which is brief but sufficient to summarize the entire topic.
- Include images (pictures, maps and diagrams, with good captions) where appropriate. Please be sure of the images' copyright status.
- Include headings and have a substantial, but not overwhelming, table of contents.
- Include references. This must be done by using a ==References== section and should be enhanced by the appropriate use of inline citations. If there are few references and the material is uncontroversial, inline citations are often unnecessary, though strongly advised.
- Comply with the standards set by PNWcommunity.
Some people feel that every featured article should have a certain length, and if not enough can be said about the article's subject to reach that length, it should in most cases be merged into another article. However, excellent short articles are also accepted.
An article does not have to have a picture to be featured; however, even if the subject does not have any obvious images associated with it, a suggested picture which could be used to represent it on the Main Page (it can be an abstract symbol that would be too generic for the article itself) is helpful.
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