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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 sound candidates: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 and current year.


Formal things[edit]

Nominating[edit]

Guidelines for nominators[edit]

Featured Sounds[edit]

The following characteristics should be considered for nominating sounds:


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 nomination[edit]

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.

Voting[edit]

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 candidates[edit]

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 polite[edit]

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 also[edit]

Table of contents[edit]

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Featured sound candidates[edit]

File:Sound effect of cleaning broken and shattered glass.wav, not featured[edit]

Voting period is over. Please don't add any new votes. Voting period ends on 15 Apr 2020 at 10:47:50
To visit the nomination page click here.


File Location File location

 Support Neutral Oppose



Unconfirmed results: (info)
Result: 2 support, 0 oppose, 0 neutral → not featured. /FSCBot (talk) 13:00, 15 April 2020 (UTC)


File:Ringing chest lock.flac, not featured[edit]

Voting period is over. Please don't add any new votes. Voting period ends on 24 Feb 2020 at 13:00:39
To visit the nomination page click here.


File Location File location

 Support Neutral Oppose



Unconfirmed results: (info)
Result: 1 support, 0 oppose, 0 neutral → not featured. /FSCBot (talk) 13:02, 20 February 2020 (UTC)


Set - Hello from Space, not featured[edit]

Voting period is over. Please don't add any new votes. Voting period ends on 4 Mar 2020 at 12:50:25
To visit the nomination page click here.


Pictogram voting info.svg As part of the Voice Intro Project, ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli recorded his voice aboard the International Space Station (ISS), orbiting the Earth at 27,600 km/h (17,200 mph) in November 2017. This is the first content created especially for Wikimedia projects in space.

  • Category: Commons:Featured sounds/Other
  • Pictogram voting info.svg Info created by Paolo Nespoli - uploaded by Mtrova - nominated by Pigsonthewing -- Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 12:50, 15 February 2020 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support -- Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 12:50, 15 February 2020 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment What's up with that weird skip shortly after 00:35 in the english version ("… Soyus space caps-to the …")? Sounds like an error in editing to me. Also the audio seems to be clipping at several spots within the first few seconds, especially at ca. 00:06 ("… my first space flight …"). --El Grafo (talk) 11:29, 16 February 2020 (UTC)
    • No skipping; it's "Soyuz space craft to", and your noticing the speaker's Italian accent. As for your other point, I guess an orbiting space station isn't the optimum venue for audio recording. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 13:53, 16 February 2020 (UTC)
      • Whoops, OK, really sounds like there was a bad cut going on to me. If that's an accent thing, I won't complain. Clipping audio has nothing to do with being on a space station, though – it's just a matter of setting the input level appropriately and keeping the volume of your voice and distance to the microphone reasonably constant. It's a minor flaw though. --El Grafo (talk) 12:42, 17 February 2020 (UTC)


Unconfirmed results: (info)
Result: 1 support, 0 oppose, 0 neutral → not featured. /FSCBot (talk) 13:02, 20 February 2020 (UTC)

File:Discarded-ideas-org-wansti-ccbysa-forest.ogg, not featured[edit]

To visit the nomination page click here.


File Location File location

 Support Neutral Oppose


  •  Description :  The first of three background tunes for the light forest world of Milestone 2. The main melody is played by a flute and accompanied by strings which give the song a nice light-hearted dance feeling.
  • Category: Commons:Featured sounds/Music
  • Pictogram voting info.svg Info created by Marek "Wansti" Möckel, discarded-ideas.org - uploaded to commons by ToBeFree - nominated by Eatcha -- Eatcha (talk) 10:07, 8 February 2020 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support -- Eatcha (talk) 10:07, 8 February 2020 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support (as uploader, but not composer/creator) – A wonderful, detailed tune, freely licensed, of high recording quality and somewhat widely known as an internationally notable game's soundtrack (en:SuperTux, wikidata:Q911827, articles exist in ar, bar, be, br, ca, cs, de, en, eo, es, fa, fi, fr, he, it, ja, ko, lt, nl, nn, no, pl, pt, ru, sk, sv, uk, zh) ~ ToBeFree (talk) 13:34, 8 February 2020 (UTC)


Unconfirmed results: (info)
Result: 3 support, 0 oppose, 0 neutral → not featured. /FSCBot (talk) 13:00, 17 February 2020 (UTC)


File:Odeon.mp3, not featured[edit]

To visit the nomination page click here.


File Location File location

 Support Neutral Oppose


  • Symbol support vote.svg Support FS for me -- Eatcha (talk) 05:25, 4 February 2020 (UTC)


Unconfirmed results: (info)
Result: 2 support, 0 oppose, 0 neutral → not featured. /FSCBot (talk) 05:01, 17 February 2020 (UTC)



Delisting candidates[edit]

Timetable[edit]

5th day result, sounds are speedily promoted on 5th day[edit]

Date of nomination 5th day Result on
Sun 24 May Fri 29 May
Mon 25 May Sat 30 May
Tue 26 May Sun 31 May
Wed 27 May Mon 01 Jun
Thu 28 May Tue 02 Jun
Fri 29 May Wed 03 Jun

9th day result, voting will end on 9th day[edit]

Date of nomination 9th day Result on
Wed 20 May Fri 29 May
Thu 21 May Sat 30 May
Fri 22 May Sun 31 May
Sat 23 May Mon 01 Jun
Sun 24 May Tue 02 Jun
Mon 25 May Wed 03 Jun
Tue 26 May Thu 04 Jun
Wed 27 May Fri 05 Jun
Thu 28 May Sat 06 Jun
Fri 29 May Sun 07 Jun

Closing a featured sound promotion request[edit]

The bot[edit]

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 procedure[edit]

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 sound candidates/File:NEFFEX - Torn Apart (Copyright Free).webm). 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/May 2020), save that page, and remove it from the candidate list.


Archiving a withdrawn nomination[edit]

  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/May 2020), save that page, and remove it from the candidate list.