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Featured sound candidates


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Featured sound candidates are sounds that the community will vote on, to determine whether or not they will be highlighted as some of the finest on Wikimedia Commons. This page lists the candidates to become featured sounds.The Sound of the day is selected from featured sound.

Old candidates for Featured sounds are listed here. There are also chronological lists of featured sounds: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and current month.


Formal thingsEdit

NominatingEdit

Guidelines for nominatorsEdit

Featured SoundsEdit

The following characteristics should be considered for nominating sounds:

Featured sound tools:


A featured sound is a recording of a musical performance, an environmental field recording, a voice recording, or similar that exemplifies our very best work. In addition to the requirements for all sound files, it has the following attributes.

  1. Public domain / free license. The recording and its subject are available in the public domain or under a free license. For recordings of music, remember that just because the underlying composition is out of copyright does not necessarily mean the recording is as well.
  2. Recording quality.
    • The recording is of a reasonable technical quality for the period when it was performed. For modern videos, a minimum resolution of 640 x 480 is suggested. For modern digital recordings of music, a minimum bitrate of 128 kbps is suggested because with a slower bit rate, naturally, less data is transferred. Thus, sound and image quality are reduced.
    • If applicable, the performance is of high quality. It is neither amateurish nor otherwise problematic unless the historical merit makes up for these. If the recording is of a natural subject, it should be a good representation of the topic.
    • The recording should be reasonably complete. For example, a recording of bird song should be long enough to give an idea of how it varies, and a recording of a piece of music shouldn't cut out suddenly half-way through a piece. Exception: A recording of a single movement or extract from a longer work is acceptable, so long as it can stand by itself, although the full work is still preferred.
  3. Caption. The description provided on the featured sound candidate page should be sufficient to clearly identify the subject of the recording, so that it may be used in the featured sound portal for that purpose. For music, this generally means at least the title of the piece, the composer, and the performer. If opus numbers or other schemes are in use for this piece, please include them. Unfortunately, unlike featured pictures, we can't rely on thumbnails to identify the file. Any language may be used (some sort of method for switching between languages will be sorted out later).
  4. Sound description page. The page contains an extended description of the file, including (as far as is possible):
    • (i) a brief description of the subject;
    • (ii) the date and venue of the recording, where known;
    • (iii) Background information, such as the company which released it, or the person who arranged for it to be recorded, in sufficient detail to put the recording in context
    • (iv) where known, a list of any editing that has been applied to the excerpt that was not in the original, such as noise reduction or click removal. Be aware that in some countries a restoration can gain a new copyright.
    • (vi) for a musical performance, the name and years of the composer (and the arranger, where relevant), the year of composition (and the arrangement, where relevant), the name(s) of the performer(s) or, for an ensemble, the name of the group and, where relevant, the conductor and soloist (where information is unavailable, such as for some historical recordings, provide as much as is known).

Adding a new nominationEdit

If you believe that you have found or created an sound that could be considered valuable, with appropriate sound description and licensing, then do the following.

Step 1: copy the sound name into this box, after the text already present in the box, for example, Commons:Featured sound candidates/File:Your sound filename.ogg. Then click on the "create new nomination" button.

All single files:

For renominations, simply add /2 after the filename. For example, Commons:Featured sound candidates/File:Foo.ogg/2

Set nomination 1:

All set nomination pages should begin "Commons:Featured sound candidates/Set/", e.g. "Commons:Featured sound candidates/Set/My Nomination".

Set nomination 2:

All set nomination pages should begin "Commons:Featured sound candidates/Set/", e.g. "Commons:Featured sound candidates/Set/My Nomination".


Step 2: follow the instructions on the page that you are taken to, and save that page.

Step 3: manually insert a link to the created page at the top of Commons:Featured sound candidates/candidate list: Click here, and add the following line to the TOP of the nominations list:

{{Commons:Featured sound candidates/File:Your sound filename.ogg}}

Recommended: Please add a category from the list at FS.

VotingEdit

Editors whose accounts have at least 10 days and 50 edits can vote. Everybody can vote for his/her own nominations. Anonymous (IP) votes are not allowed.

You may use the following templates:

  • {{Support}} (Symbol support vote.svg Support),
  • {{Oppose}} (Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose),
  • {{Neutral}} (Symbol neutral vote.svg Neutral),
  • {{Comment}} (Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment),
  • {{Info}} (Pictogram voting info.svg Info),
  • {{Question}} (Pictogram-voting-question.svg Question),
  • {{Request}} (Pictogram voting question-blue.svg Request).

You may indicate that the sound has no chance of success with the template {{FSX|reason - ~~~~}}, where reason explains why the sound is clearly unacceptable as a FS. The template can only be used when there are no support votes other than the one from the nominator.

A well-written review helps participants (creators, nominators and reviewers) improve their skills by providing insight into the strengths and weaknesses of a sound. Explain your reasoning, especially when opposing a candidate (which has been carefully selected by the author/nominator). English is the most widely understood language on Commons, but any language may be used in your review. A helpful review will often reference one or more of the criteria listed above.

Unhelpful reasons for opposing include:

  • No reason
  • "I don't like it" and other empty assessments
  • "You can do better" and other criticisms of the author/nominator rather than the sound

Remember also to put your signature (~~~~).

Featured sound delisting candidatesEdit

Over time, featured sound standards change. It may be decided that for some sounds which were formerly "good enough", this is no longer the case. This is for listing a sound which you believe no longer deserves to be a featured sound. For these, vote:

Text to use Displays as Meaning
{{Keep}} Symbol keep vote.svg Keep It deserves to remain a featured sound
{{Delist}} Symbol oppose vote.svg Delist It does not deserve to be a featured sound anymore.

This can also be used for cases in which a previous version of a sound was promoted to FS, but a newer version of the sound has been uploaded and is believed to be superior to the old version, e.g. a newly uploaded version of a sound that is in lossless compression. In particular, it is not intended for replacing older sounds of a particular subject with newer recordings of the same subject, or in any other case where the current FS and the proposed replacement are essentially different sounds. For these nominations, vote:

Text to use Displays as Meaning
{{Keep}} Symbol keep vote.svg Keep Do not replace the old sound with the new sound as an FS.
{{Delistandreplace}} Symbol redirect vote.svg Delist and replace Replace the current FS with the proposed replacement.

If you believe that some sound no longer meets the criteria for a FS, you can nominate it for delisting, copying the sound name into this box, after the text already present in the box:


In the new delisting nomination page just created you should include:

  • Information on the origin of the sound (creator, uploader);
  • A link to the original FS nomination (it will appear under "Links" on the sound description page);
  • Your reasons for nominating the sound and your username.

After that, you should manually insert a link to the created page at the top of Commons:Featured sound candidates/candidate list.

As a courtesy, leave an informative note on the talk page(s) of the original creator, uploader(s), and nominator with a link to the delisting candidate.

A candidate will become a featured sound in compliance with following conditions:

  1. Appropriate license (of course)
  2. At least seven Symbol support vote.svg Support votes (or 5 Symbol oppose vote.svg Delist votes for a delist) at the end of nine days
  3. Ratio of supporting/opposing votes at least 2/1 (a two-thirds majority); same for delist/keep votes
  4. Two different versions of the same sound cannot both be featured, but only the one with higher level of support, as determined by the closer. Whenever the closer is not sure which version has consensus to be featured, he/she should attempt to contact the voters to clarify their opinions if not clear from the nomination page.

The delisting rules are the same as those for FPs, with voting taking place over the same time period. The rule of the 5th day is applied to delisting candidates that have received no votes to delist, other than that of the proposer, by day 5. There is also a limit of two active delisting nominations per user, which is in addition to the limit of two active regular nominations.

The FSCBot handles the vote counting and closing in most cases, current exceptions are candidates containing multiple versions of the image as well as FPXed and withdrawn nominations. Any experienced user may close the requests not handled by the bot. For instructions on how to close nominations, see Commons:Featured sound candidates/What to do after voting is finished. Also note that there is a manual review stage between the bot has counted the votes and before they are finally closed by the bot, this manual review can be done by any user that is familiar with the voting rules.

Above all, be politeEdit

Please don't forget that the sound you are judging is somebody's work. Avoid using phrases like "it looks terrible" and "I hate it". If you must oppose, please do so with consideration. Also remember that your command of English might not be the same as someone else's. Choose your words with care.

Happy judging… and remember... all rules can be broken.

See alsoEdit

Table of contentsEdit

Contents

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Featured sound candidatesEdit

Historical recordings of Le CidEdit

Voting period ends on 20 Jun 2019 at 10:42:41
To visit the nomination page click here.


1885Le Cid: "Pleurez, pleurez, mes yeux"
From Jules Massenet's Le Cid (1885). Sung by Marguerite Sylva in 1910 for Edison Records.
1885Le Cid: "O souverain, O juge, O père!"
From Jules Massenet's Le Cid (1885). Sung by Enrico Caruso in 1916 for the Victor Talking Machine Company.



  Description Two historical recordings from Le Cid

  •   Comment - I would support featuring both recordings, but I question their being a set, as the recording of Caruso was done by a different company 6 years later and has way better sound. (And tangentially, the "visit the nomination page" link is red.) Ikan Kekek (talk) 17:45, 12 June 2019 (UTC)
  • I fixed the preloader see this -- Eatcha (talk) 18:14, 13 June 2019 (UTC)
  •   Question why are they sets?? -- Eatcha (talk) 18:19, 13 June 2019 (UTC)
  •   Question Why sets?--Vulphere 04:00, 14 June 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support Cmao20 (talk) 11:01, 14 June 2019 (UTC)
  • ping Adam Cuerden, I read you comment below. -- Eatcha (talk) 11:50, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

Sorry, had a bad cold. They have very similar subject matters, and pair well to show the male and female leads Adam Cuerden (talk) 13:27, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

I'm glad you're feeling better. Please consider nominating these files separately if the set nomination fails. For my part, I understand your rationale for it but don't really agree with it. -- Ikan Kekek (talk) 21:45, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support this nom will not be featured as only 1 day left, try what Ikan said -- Eatcha (talk) 11:29, 19 June 2019 (UTC)



Delisting candidatesEdit

Timetable (day 5 after nomination)Edit

Fri 14 Jun → Wed 19 Jun
Sat 15 Jun → Thu 20 Jun
Sun 16 Jun → Fri 21 Jun
Mon 17 Jun → Sat 22 Jun
Tue 18 Jun → Sun 23 Jun
Wed 19 Jun → Mon 24 Jun

Timetable (day 9 after nomination, last day of voting)Edit

Mon 10 Jun → Wed 19 Jun
Tue 11 Jun → Thu 20 Jun
Wed 12 Jun → Fri 21 Jun
Thu 13 Jun → Sat 22 Jun
Fri 14 Jun → Sun 23 Jun
Sat 15 Jun → Mon 24 Jun
Sun 16 Jun → Tue 25 Jun
Mon 17 Jun → Wed 26 Jun
Tue 18 Jun → Thu 27 Jun
Wed 19 Jun → Fri 28 Jun

Closing a featured sound promotion requestEdit

The botEdit

Note that the description below is for manual closure, this is mostly not needed anymore as there exists a bot (FSCBot) that counts the votes and handles the process below. However after the bot has counted the votes a manual review step is used to make sure the count is correct before the bot again picks up the work.

Manual procedureEdit

Any experienced user may close requests.

  1. In Commons:Featured sound candidates/candidate list click on the title/link of the candidate sound, then [edit].
    Add the result of the voting at the bottom (on a new line with a space first)
    {{FSC-results-reviewed|support=x|oppose=x|neutral=x|featured=("yes" or "no")|category=xxx (leave blank if "featured=no")|sig=~~~~}}
    (for example see Commons:Featured picture candidates/File:The Bridge (August 2013).jpg). See also {{FSC-results-reviewed}}.
  2. Also edit the title of the candidate sound template and add after the sound tag
    featured or not featured
    For example:
    === [[:File:XXXXX.ogg]] ===
    becomes
    === [[:File:XXXXX.ogg]], featured ===
  3. Save your edit.
  4. If it is featured:
    • Add the sound to the list of the four most recently featured sounds of an appropriate category of Commons:Featured sounds, list as the first one and delete the last one, so that the number is four again.
    • Add the template {{FS promoted}} to the sound description page.
      • If it was an alternative sound, use the subpage/com-nom parameter: For example, if File:Foo.ogg was promoted at Commons:Featured sound candidates/File:Bar.ogg, use {{FS promoted|com-nom=Bar.ogg}}
      • Add the sound to the chronological list of featured sounds. Put it in the gallery using this format: File:xxxxx.ogg|# - '''Headline'''<br>created by [[User:xxxxx|xxxxx]], uploaded by [[User:xxxxx|xxxxx]], nominated by [[User:xxxxx|xxxxx]]
      • The # should be replaced by 1 for the first sound nominated that month, and counts up after that. Have a look at the other noms on that page for examples.
      • You may simplify this if multiple things were done by the same user. E.g.: File:xxxxx.ogg|# - '''Headline'''<br>created, uploaded, and nominated by [[User:xxxxx|xxxxx]]
    • Add == FS promotion ==
      {{FSpromotion|File:XXXXX.ogg}} to the Talk Page of the nominator.
  5. As the last step (whether the sound is featured or not; including {{FSX}}ed, {{FSD}}ed and withdrawn nominations), open Commons:Featured sound candidates/candidate list, click on [edit], and find the transclusion of the nomination you've just finished closing. It will be of the form:
    {{Commons:Featured sound candidates/File:XXXXX.ogg}}
    Copy it to the bottom of Commons:Featured sound candidates/Log/June 2019), save that page, and remove it from the candidate list.

Closing a delisting requestEdit

  1. In Commons:Featured sound candidates/candidate list click on the title/link of the candidate sound, then [edit].
    Add the result of the voting at the bottom (on a new line with a space first)
    '''Result:''' x delist, x keep, x neutral => /not/ delisted. ~~~~
    (for example see Commons:Featured picture candidates/removal/Image:Astrolabe-Persian-18C.jpg)
  2. Also edit the title of the delisting candidate image template and add after the image tag
    delisted or not delisted
    For example:
    === [[:File:XXXXX.ogg]] === becomes === [[:File:XXXXX.ogg]], delisted ===
  3. Move the actual template from Commons:Featured sound candidates/candidate list to the bottom of the actual month page on Commons:Featured sound candidates/Log/June 2019.
  4. If the outcome was not delisted, stop here. If it is delisted:
    1. Remove the sound from Commons:Featured sounds, list and any subpages.
    2. Replace the template {{Featured sound}} on the image description page by {{Delisted sound}}. If using the {{Assessments}} template, change featured=1 to featured=2 (do not change anything related to its status in other featured sound processes). Also, remove the image from all categories like Featured sounds of ....
    3. Add a delisting-comment to the original entry in chronological list of featured sounds in bold-face, e. g. delisted 2007-07-19 (1-6) with (1-6) meaning 1 keep and 6 delist votes (change as appropriate). The sound in the gallery is not removed.
  5. If this is a Delist and Replace, the delisting and promotion must both be done manually. To do the promotion, follow the steps in the above section. Note that the assessment tag on the file page and the promotion tag on the nominator's talk page won't pick up the /replace subpage that these nominations use.

Archiving a withdrawn nominationEdit

  1. In Commons:Featured sound candidates/candidate list click on the title/link of the candidate sound, then [edit].
    In the purpose that the FSCbot will not mark withdrawn nominations with a "to be reviewed" template and put them in Category:Featured sound candidates awaiting closure review just like if they were on the usual list, put the following "no" template:
    {{FSC-results-reviewed|support=X|oppose=X|neutral=X|featured=no|category=|sig=--~~~~}}
  2. Also edit the title of the candidate sound template and add after the sound tag
    not featured
    For example:
    === [[:File:XXXXX.ogg]] ===
    becomes
    === [[:File:XXXXX.ogg]], not featured ===
  3. Save your edit.
  4. Open Commons:Featured sound candidates/candidate list, click on [edit], and find the transclusion of the nomination. It will be of the form:
    {{Commons:Featured sound candidates/File:XXXXX.ogg}}
    Copy it to the bottom of Commons:Featured sound candidates/Log/June 2019), save that page, and remove it from the candidate list.