Alternative History

This page is for nominating timelines to our Featured Articles List. These alternate histories are meant to be the best work that we have here at the Alternate History Wiki and must meet the following criteria:

  • Well written: the prose of the alternate history is engaging, even brilliant, and of a professional standard.
  • Comprehensive: the alternate history neglects no major facts or details and places the subject in context; more than one article is used to convey the alternate history.
  • Plausible: the POD and the altered events following the POD are logically what would happen if history was changed.
  • Neutral: the alternate history gives an objective view of the altered history without being overly influenced by politics, religion, nationalism, etc.; it is not a "wank" of any one country or faction.
  • Well researched: From the text and the discussion, it is evident that the writers have used OTL sources to inform the timeline. A "works cited" section on the portal or a separate page is optional.
  • Peaceful collaboration: the alternate history is not subject to ongoing edit wars.
  • Portal Page: the alternate history has a portal page that summarizes the work and prepares the reader for the detail in the connected articles.
  • Appropriate structure: the majority of articles in the alternate history have a system of hierarchical section headings, a substantial but not overwhelming table of contents, and a lead section to describe the article.
  • Visuals: the alternate history makes use of pictures, flags, maps, tables, videos, etc.

Any registered user with 100 or more edits can nominate a timeline (except its creator/caretaker). You may nominate an article by yourself, or with other users. You will need to sign the nomination, so a confirmation can be completed. Voting for or against nominations also requires a minimum of 100 edits.

If an alternate history receives a nomination, the {{featured candidate}} template will be placed on the portal page until a decision is reached.

If an alternate history becomes a featured timeline, the {{featured}} template will be placed on the portal page and the alternate history added to the Featured list. The nomination and discussion will be moved to the archive.

Nomination Process

  1. Link to the portal page of the candidate timeline, and explain why it should be featured. You can also explain what needs to be improved on the article, if there are minor changes needed.
    1. You must follow the format below.
    2. You cannot nominate your own timeline.
    3. Failed nominations must wait six months before getting nominated again.
  2. Add the {{featured candidate}} template to the article.
  3. The alternate history can be adjusted to respond to objections.
    1. Objectors must explain why they are objecting.
  4. The alternate history will be added to the Featured list if 2/3 of the votes are cast in support after two weeks since it was nominated.
    1. The nomination itself counts as 1 vote in support.

Sample Nomination

Please copy and paste this format for your own nomination.

===[[Title of candidate]]===

Enter your reason. ~~~~





This is what it should look like:

Title of candidate

I like this, because it is good. User (talk) 13:00, Smarch 13, 20X6 (UTC)

  • Supporters
    • User (talk) 13:00, Smarch 13, 20X6 (UTC)
  • Objectors
  • Discussion

Please put new nominations at the bottom of the Nominations section.


Featured Review Process

Sometimes timelines are elevated to featured status when they should not be. Other times a good timeline is featured, but later changes make it unworthy of being a featured timeline. If you think this has happened, you can put the timeline under review by following these steps:

  1. Use the nomination template above and explain why the timeline should no longer be featured.
  2. Add the {{featured review}} template to the article.
  3. If 3 editors above the number of those who object, following a two week period, support removing its featured status, it will no longer be considered a featured TL.

Voting as a "supporter" means that you are supporting the nomination to remove the timeline's featured status.


See also