Pikipedia:Main Page update

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Every two months, Pikipedia's Main Page is updated. Since it involves a lot of steps, planning them out and using tools makes this somewhat painful task much easier. This page is here to help any staff member tasked with the update.

Front page updates happen on June 1, August 1, October 1, December 1, February 1, and April 2. As April 1 is April Fool's Day, this means the joke update is performed on that day and the real update is performed a day later.


Around an hour or so after midnight UTC, do the following:

Part 1: Poll

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  1. Go to the poll ideas page and decide a winner, based on the votes and comments. Ideally, a selected poll should be quite different from the previous poll. If further discussion is needed, talk to the community via chat.
    1. If there are any polls in the "Ideas that need work" section that seem ready to be asked, move them to the "Ready ideas" section.
    2. If there are any polls that have a lot of opposition votes or are no longer possible to ask, move them to the rejected ideas page.
  2. Create the poll on Crowdsignal (formerly PollDaddy).
    • Don't randomize the answer order (unless there's a very good reason).
    • Don't allow custom answers (unless there's a very good reason).
    • Keep poll open forever.
    • Repeat voters are blocked by the strongest option allowed (in a free account, at least).
    • Show results only to voters.
    • Allow comments.
    • Theme: If a custom theme is possible, then one that matches the wiki is preferred. Otherwise go with Plain Light, 300px size.
  3. Move the new poll from the ideas page to the archive page.
    • If there are no comments or objections, say so after the poll's options and clear those sections – check older polls in that page for comparison.
  4. Add the old poll to the list of previous polls (tip: copy-paste that skeleton on the right).
  5. Update Template:Poll.

Part 2: Featured article

  1. Go to the featured article nominations page and decide the winner.
    • If further discussion is needed, talk to the community via chat.
  2. Edit the new featured article to check it follows the policies and guidelines (tip: use Pikan).
  3. Move its nomination from the nominations page to the archive page.
  4. Add the article to the list of featured articles.
    • Update the previous featured article's entry's end date on the list.
  5. Update the previous featured article to have the end date in the "featured" template.
    • Format: {{featured|{{date|start day|start month|start year}}|{{date|end day|end month|end year}}}}.
    • Move this to the bottom of the page, but keep it above any footer.
  6. Add the {{featured}} template to the top of the new featured article.
    • The format is the same as before, but without the end date.
  7. Update Template:Feature.
    • Copy a few of the introductory paragraphs from the article, but change them so they're more straight-to-the-point.
    • Copy an image, if at all possible. Ideally with a width of 250px.
    • Remember to update the header and "Read more..." link.

Part 3: Social media

  1. Tweet about the new featured article.
  2. Tweet about the new poll.
  3. Tweet about the old poll's results.
    • Format: Old poll: <verbose explanation about what fans voted for the most (+ vote percentage), and the least. If possible, include the other options, or at least the second most voted.>.