On Saturday, March 19, the Wikipedia article covering Seattle Sounder FC is scheduled to appear on the Main Page as "Today's Featured Article." This date was chosen to commemorate the 2 year anniversary of their inaugural game. Also, for those of you who missed it, last year the Wikipedia article covering the 2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final appeared on the Main Page on September 26 during the build up to the 2010 final (which was played 9 days later on October 5).
Read on for more about Sounders FC on Wikipedia...
There is a community of Sounders FC supporters who are regular editors of the encyclopedia articles. They have organized themselves into a task force that's focused on articles related to the team (similar to existing Wikipedia task forces for other major clubs and countries). Task force members have been responsible for developing 6 articles into "featured content" (featured artciles and featured lists) which is the highest quality rating an article can achieve on Wikipedia. It means that the articles are well referenced (ie. all facts are verifiable), are written with a neutral point of view, are appropriately illustrated, and are of high quality prose. These articles include the club's main article (linked above), Sigi Schmid, Qwest Field, and both USOC final articles. They've also organized the articles into a Wikipedia book for easy reference and access.
Remember that Wikipedia is essentially "open source." Nobody makes any money from their contributions to the site, Nothing is copyright protected either (with rare exceptions). The members of the Sounders FC task force are a diverse group of people of various ages and backgrounds. Many live in Seattle, but there is one task force member based in England.
I just wanted to put together this quick post to alert S@H readers of the upcoming profile of the team appearing on Wikipedia's Main Page this Saturday. Wikipedia is the 8th most popular site on the internet and Sounders Nation is alive and well over there too.
I'm also curious... have any of you used or referenced Sounders FC related articles on Wikipidia in the past? Are any of the readers/commenters on S@H regular editors on Wikipedia? Do you think this is a good thing for the Sounders, or mostly irrelevant?