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The Featured Article section of Weezerpedia provides a short summary of an article, and is changed every month. Weezerpedia depends on its volunteer editors to keep our Main Page dynamic and current. We need your help finding and formatting new content for each month's featured article!

Instructions

Getting started

Choose a month

Check out the table on the Weezerpedia:Featured article page, and find a month that isn't complete yet. Category:Incomplete featured content lists all featured content pages that need editing.

Let's say you select March 2023, for example.

Choose an article

Choose an article that you would like to showcase on the Main Page of Weezerpedia for the month you've picked. Be sure that it is up to Weezerpedia's standards. If it isn't, edit it!

What should I feature?

Featured content can be:

  • Topical - maybe Weezer or a related band is putting out a new record this month.
  • Thematic - we often pick holiday-themed articles around the end of the year.
  • Something you've edited or read lately that you think would represent the wiki well to a larger audience.
  • Or anything else...
    • If you don't know which article to choose, feel free to ask for suggestions in our Discord server!
  • The only pages that you can not choose as a Featured Article are song pages or images.

Let's say we're going to feature Maladroit.

What you'll find on an "incomplete" featured page

Prior to being edited by users, featured content pages are all created by site admin at the beginning of the calendar year and left "incomplete." Looks like this:

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If you open up a page like this to edit it, you'll see:

{{Template:Featured page header|year=2023|month=March|pagetype=article|edited=}}
<onlyinclude><includeonly>{{Weezerpedia:Featured article February 2023}}</onlyinclude></includeonly>

Looks kinda confusing and strange! Don't worry. All you need to do is...

Copy from a previous month

The easiest way to feature an article is to update the wikitext from a previous month. You can pull the formatting from a past month, replace a few details, and you will have a readymade page!

Sticking with our example above, we'd navigate to Weezerpedia:Featured article February 2023, hit edit, and copy everything there. We'd then dash back to the March 2023 page, and replace all the content there with the wikitext on our clipboard.

Update the featured page header

Our page will now look like this (only an excerpt included for sake of saving space on this page):

<noinclude>{{Template:Featured page header|month=February|year=2023|pagetype=article|edited=yes}}</noinclude>
{{Featured article code|articlename=Simpleton|imagename=Image:Simpletoncoverfullsize.jpg|imagesize=200px}}
'''''Simpleton''''' a fictitious fourth [[Weezer]] album created by Weezer fans as a prank in [[2003]] through online message boards.

....

{{Featured article links|Simpleton}}

The "featured page header" template gives this page its basic structure. You only need to update one small piece of it: change the month name to the month of the page you're editing:

{{Template:Featured page header|year=2023|month=March|pagetype=article|edited=yes}}

Update the "Featured article code" template

Headline

There is a headline above every featured item on the Main Page, as well as an accompanying image. These are easy to set up with our copy-and-pasted wikitext. Look to the second line of wikitext on your page. Using our previous example, it looks like this:

{{Featured article code|articlename=Simpleton|imagename=Image:Simpletoncoverfullsize.jpg|imagesize=200px}}

Simply update with your new article name (we picked Maladroit, remember?)

{{Featured article code|articlename=Maladroit|imagename=Image:Simpletoncoverfullsize.jpg|imagesize=200px}}

Image

The next step is to find an image to accompany your article. You can do this by editing the rest of the "featured article code". Old version:

{{Featured article code|articlename=Maladroit|imagename=Image:Weezer Maladroit.jpg|imagesize=200px}}

That is probably a bit confusing to look at, so here's what you just did:

  • "Image:Weezer Maladroit.jpg" tells the wiki to pull up the Maladroit album art.
  • "200px" renders the image at a particular size - 200 pixels in height![citation needed]

Note: if you don't include Image: before your image's name, your edit won't work right.

But my page doesn't have a photo!

That's okay. Take a look through Gallery and find something relevant. If you're having trouble finding something useful, feel free to ask for assistance in the Discord help channel.

Pause to Preview

To quote User:Deckra:

Preview preview preview.png

It's always a good idea to preview your pages as you go. Take a moment to pause and make sure everything is coming out okay so far. There are three buttons at the bottom of your editing box - click the middle one!

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Everything look okay?

Add text from the article

Lede

So far, our code looks like this:

<noinclude>{{Template:Featured page header|month=March|year=2023|pagetype=article|edited=yes}}</noinclude>
{{Featured article code|articlename=Maladroit|imagename=Image:Weezer Maladroit.jpg|imagesize=200px}}
'''''Simpleton''''' a fictitious fourth [[Weezer]] album created by Weezer fans as a prank in [[2003]] through online message boards.

....

{{Featured article links|Simpleton}}

We need to update the "lede." Lede is fancy wiki/journalism talk for the first sentence of your article. We format it to draw the reader's attention there, bolding important terms:

Article Name is/are/was/were..."

Generally, you can copy and paste the lede from the article you're featuring. With Maladroit as our example, it will come out looking like this:

'''''Maladroit''''' is the fourth studio album by [[Weezer]], released on [[May 14]], [[2002]]. The album is known for its "heavy metal" sound, and for the Weezer fanbase's involvement with the recording process.

Which looks like this:

Maladroit is the fourth studio album by Weezer, released on May 14, 2002. The album is known for its "heavy metal" sound, and for the Weezer fanbase's involvement with the recording process.
  • The five quotation mark thingys ''''' italicize and bold the word "Maladroit." We always bold the subject of a page, and we're italicizing it here as well because it's the name of an album. If it wasn't an album, you'd just put three ''' quotation marks around it, giving you Maladroit.
  • The double brackets [[ ]] around words make "internal links" to other pages on Weezerpedia.

Gathering all our code up again, here's what our page looks like:

<noinclude>{{Template:Featured page header|month=March|year=2023|pagetype=article|edited=yes}}</noinclude>
{{Featured article code|articlename=Maladroit|imagename=Image:Weezer Maladroit.jpg|imagesize=200px}}
'''''Maladroit''''' is the fourth studio album by [[Weezer]], released on [[May 14]], [[2002]]. The album is known for its "heavy metal" sound, and for the Weezer fanbase's involvement with the recording process.

....

{{Featured article links|Simpleton}}

Article body

Here's where you get the most creative license as an editor. Pull content from your page that you think will help give a "nutshell" version of the topic. Maladroit is a longer article than most, so we can sift through it a bit to pull out the following:

Immediately following the release of ''The Green Album'', Weezer fired their management, Atlas/Third Rail Management, and longtime manager [[Pat Magnarella]], leading to a protracted legal battle.<ref>Pollack, Marc, and Simutis, David. "UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT: You Need A Scorecard To Keep Track, So We've Provided One" ''Hits Daily Double''. 3 July 2001. https://hitsdailydouble.com/news&id=274861&title=UNDER-NEW-MANAGEMENT</ref><ref>RIVERS CUOMO, an individual; PAT WILSON, an individual; BRIAN BELL, an individual; and MIKEY WELSH, an individual; collectively and professionally known as “WEEZER” vs. ATLAS/THIRD RAIL MANAGEMENT, INC., a California corporation; and PAT MAGNARELLA, an individual, https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/TAC/2001-21%20Rivers%20Cuomo%20et%20al%20v%20Atlas%20Third%20Rail%20mgmt%20inc.pdf</ref> According to [[Karl Koch]], the firing was a "statement of intent" and [[Rivers Cuomo]] felt that the band didn't need management, and could simply fund their next album with their own money and pay themselves back when the album sold.<ref name="vaultdive1">Weezer Fan Club Vault Dive #1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtDgekROuac</ref>

Between legs of the Midget Tour, the band recorded more demos at [[Steakhouse Demos|Steakhouse Studios]] in late October, and [[Cello Demos|Cello Studios]] in early November. The set of unmastered demos from these sessions would be jokingly referred to by the band as "[[The Black Album (2001)|The Black Album]]". During this period, the band also revived the moniker "[[Goat Punishment]]" to perform a series of shows, including one recorded and [[Weezer concert: 10/24/2001 - Los Angeles, CA|broadcast for the HBO program ''Reverb'']].

It was the first album to feature current bassist [[Scott Shriner]] after the breakdown and departure of [[Mikey Welsh]], the first to contain a booklet with lyrics (which included a special message thanking Weezer boardies), and the first time a Weezer album has ventured further than the standard tracklist of 10 songs.

This looks like shit, no? We need to...

Make edits for style

There are a lot of things inside articles that we don't need on the main page. These include: infoboxes (those tables full of info at the top right hand corner of most pages), section headlines, track listings, "external link" sections, and "see also" sections.

Here are some important ways to "clean up" your text before the article body is finished:

  • Delete all "references" in the article
    • We try to cite our sources as best we can in normal articles, but we don't need to do this on the Main Page. References cut up a lot of the text we've just copied and make it all-but-impossible to read - you'll see article and document names contained within <ref> tags in it, like in the first sentence:
Immediately following the release of ''The Green Album'', Weezer fired their management, Atlas/Third Rail Management, and longtime manager [[Pat Magnarella]], leading to a protracted legal battle.<ref>Pollack, Marc, and Simutis, David. "UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT: You Need A Scorecard To Keep Track, So We've Provided One" ''Hits Daily Double''. 3 July 2001. https://hitsdailydouble.com/news&id=274861&title=UNDER-NEW-MANAGEMENT</ref><ref>RIVERS CUOMO, an individual; PAT WILSON, an individual; BRIAN BELL, an individual; and MIKEY WELSH, an individual; collectively and professionally known as “WEEZER” vs. ATLAS/THIRD RAIL MANAGEMENT, INC., a California corporation; and PAT MAGNARELLA, an individual, https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/TAC/2001-21%20Rivers%20Cuomo%20et%20al%20v%20Atlas%20Third%20Rail%20mgmt%20inc.pdf</ref>

We can delete everything between the aforementioned <ref> tags, giving us:

Immediately following the release of ''The Green Album'', Weezer fired their management, Atlas/Third Rail Management, and longtime manager [[Pat Magnarella]], leading to a protracted legal battle.
  • When something is referred to for the first time in an article, it should be an internal link. We need to make an edit to the above sentence to correct for this:
Immediately following the release of ''The Green Album'', Weezer fired their management, Atlas/Third Rail Management, and longtime manager [[Pat Magnarella]], leading to a protracted legal battle.

The Green Album needs an internal link, so we'll add those brackets [[ ]] around it:

Immediately following the release of ''[[The Green Album]]'', Weezer fired their management, Atlas/Third Rail Management, and longtime manager [[Pat Magnarella]], leading to a protracted legal battle.
  • Make edits for style.
    • Our third paragraph makes a lot of sense in the context of the actual Maladroit, but is pretty confusing in this new context:
It was the first album to feature current bassist [[Scott Shriner]] after the breakdown and departure of [[Mikey Welsh]], the first to contain a booklet with lyrics (which included a special message thanking Weezer boardies), and the first time a Weezer album has ventured further than the standard tracklist of 10 songs.

Let's change it to make more sense:

''Maladroit'' was the first Weezer album to feature current bassist [[Scott Shriner]], after the breakdown and departure of [[Mikey Welsh]]. It was also the first to contain a booklet with lyrics (which included a special message thanking Weezer boardies), and the first time a Weezer album ventured further than the standard tracklist of 10 songs.

Once we've made all these clean-up edits, our whole article will look like this:

<noinclude>{{Template:Featured page header|month=March|year=2023|pagetype=article|edited=yes}}</noinclude>
{{Featured article code|articlename=Maladroit|imagename=Image:Weezer Maladroit.jpg|imagesize=200px}}
'''''Maladroit''''' is the fourth studio album by [[Weezer]], released on [[May 14]], [[2002]]. The album is known for its "heavy metal" sound, and for the Weezer fanbase's involvement with the recording process.

Immediately following the release of ''[[The Green Album]]'', Weezer fired their management, Atlas/Third Rail Management, and longtime manager [[Pat Magnarella]], leading to a protracted legal battle. According to [[Karl Koch]], the firing was a "statement of intent" and [[Rivers Cuomo]] felt that the band didn't need management, and could simply fund their next album with their own money and pay themselves back when the album sold.

The band recorded demos for the album in [[2001]], between legs of the [[Midget Tour]] in 2001. This included sessions at [[Steakhouse Demos|Steakhouse Studios]] in late October and [[Cello Demos|Cello Studios]] in early November. During this period, the band also revived the moniker "[[Goat Punishment]]" to perform a series of shows, including one recorded and [[Weezer concert: 10/24/2001 - Los Angeles, CA|broadcast for the HBO program ''Reverb'']].

''Maladroit'' was the first Weezer album to feature current bassist [[Scott Shriner]], after the breakdown and departure of [[Mikey Welsh]]. It was also the first to contain a booklet with lyrics (which included a special message thanking Weezer boardies), and the first time a Weezer album ventured further than the standard tracklist of 10 songs.
{{Featured article links|Simpleton}}

Starting to look less shitty! Here's what that comes out to when we hit preview (omitting the featured page header):


Featured article: Maladroit


Weezer Maladroit.jpg

Maladroit is the fourth studio album by Weezer, released on May 14, 2002. The album is known for its "heavy metal" sound, and for the Weezer fanbase's involvement with the recording process.

Immediately following the release of The Green Album, Weezer fired their management, Atlas/Third Rail Management, and longtime manager Pat Magnarella, leading to a protracted legal battle. According to Karl Koch, the firing was a "statement of intent" and Rivers Cuomo felt that the band didn't need management, and could simply fund their next album with their own money and pay themselves back when the album sold.

The band recorded demos for the album in 2001, between legs of the Midget Tour in 2001. This included sessions at Steakhouse Studios in late October and Cello Studios in early November. During this period, the band also revived the moniker "Goat Punishment" to perform a series of shows, including one recorded and broadcast for the HBO program Reverb.

Maladroit was the first Weezer album to feature current bassist Scott Shriner, after the breakdown and departure of Mikey Welsh. It was also the first to contain a booklet with lyrics (which included a special message thanking Weezer boardies), and the first time a Weezer album ventured further than the standard tracklist of 10 songs.

full article | edit | previous featured articles

Place the necessary links at the bottom the page

All featured content has some formatting at the bottom of the page. This is intended to:

  1. Allow readers to "read more" and navigate to the full article being featured
  2. Edit the featured article section themselves
  3. Check out past featured articles.

It looks like this:

Featured article links screenshot.png

The code you need to type out for this is super easy:

{{Featured article links|YOUR ARTICLE NAME}}

Using Maladroit again, this code...

{{Featured article links|Maladroit}}

...will give you the little links you see at the far right:

full article | edit | previous featured articles


Putting the whole text together one more time, your finished wikitext will look like this:

<noinclude>{{Template:Featured page header|month=March|year=2023|pagetype=article|edited=yes}}</noinclude>
{{Featured article code|articlename=Maladroit|imagename=Image:Weezer Maladroit.jpg|imagesize=200px}}
'''''Maladroit''''' is the fourth studio album by [[Weezer]], released on [[May 14]], [[2002]]. The album is known for its "heavy metal" sound, and for the Weezer fanbase's involvement with the recording process.

Immediately following the release of ''[[The Green Album]]'', Weezer fired their management, Atlas/Third Rail Management, and longtime manager [[Pat Magnarella]], leading to a protracted legal battle. According to [[Karl Koch]], the firing was a "statement of intent" and [[Rivers Cuomo]] felt that the band didn't need management, and could simply fund their next album with their own money and pay themselves back when the album sold.

The band recorded demos for the album in [[2001]], between legs of the [[Midget Tour]] in 2001. This included sessions at [[Steakhouse Demos|Steakhouse Studios]] in late October and [[Cello Demos|Cello Studios]] in early November. During this period, the band also revived the moniker "[[Goat Punishment]]" to perform a series of shows, including one recorded and [[Weezer concert: 10/24/2001 - Los Angeles, CA|broadcast for the HBO program ''Reverb'']].

''Maladroit'' was the first Weezer album to feature current bassist [[Scott Shriner]], after the breakdown and departure of [[Mikey Welsh]]. It was also the first to contain a booklet with lyrics (which included a special message thanking Weezer boardies), and the first time a Weezer album ventured further than the standard tracklist of 10 songs.
{{Featured article links|Maladroit}}

Extra mile steps

Update the featured article list

Weezerpedia tries to keep organized records of the content that it features, and we currently do this for articles through the a simple chart. If you can update the chart, you'd be helping our site stay tidy!

You can access the current year's featured article list here.

Table editing

Using 2023 as an example, the table should look like this:

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The column names for this table are listed toward the top of the page, in that first batch of code. They are: Month, Title, and User. Here's what the code looks like to fill in a new row of the table:

|- this is a divider
| | [[Weezerpedia: Featured article MONTH YEAR|MONTH YEAR]]
| | article title
| | user
|-  this is a divider

Filled in with details from our example above:

|-
| |[[Weezerpedia: Featured article March 2023|March 2023]]
| |''[[Maladroit]]''
| | ~~~~
|- 

The four tildes above create a link to your user page, and provide a timestamp of the edit. The repeating of the month and year in the first row ([[Weezerpedia: Featured article March 2023|March 2023]]<nowiki>) create what's called a "piped link." Everything to the left of the bracket character (<nowiki>|) tells the wiki what page you want to link to, and everything to the right of the bracket becomes display text. The example above gives you this: March 2023.

Preview, save

Here's what the above code (placed in its proper spot in the table wikitext from the above screenshot) will look like:

Featured article help 2.png

Preview your version to make sure it looks okay!

Pat yourself on the back!

Thank you for helping Weezerpedia! Weezerpedia can only grow if people like you help edit and contribute to it. Thanks for your effort!

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