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The picture of the day (POTD) is an image that is automatically updated each day with a featured picture on the English Wikipedia. Although the POTD is generally scheduled by one editor (currently Amakuru), anyone can contribute. If you have concerns about today's or tomorrow's POTD, please post at Wikipedia:Main Page/Errors. If you have concerns about an upcoming POTD, consider either fixing it yourself or posting at Wikipedia talk:Picture of the day or at User talk:Amakuru.

Picture of the day
Mary Jackson
Mary Jackson (1921–2005) was an African American mathematician and aerospace engineer at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, which was succeeded by NASA in 1958. For most of her career, she worked at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia; starting as a computer at the segregated West Area Computing division, she later took advanced engineering classes and, in 1958, became NASA's first black female engineer.

After 34 years at NASA, Jackson had earned the most senior engineering title available. Realizing that she could not earn further promotions without becoming a supervisor, she accepted a demotion to become a manager of the Federal Women's Program in the NASA Office of Equal Opportunity Programs, as well as of the Affirmative Action Program. In this role, she worked to influence both the hiring and promotion of women in NASA's science, engineering and mathematics careers. She was portrayed by Janelle Monáe as a lead character in the 2016 film Hidden Figures. This picture, taken in 1980, shows Jackson working at NASA Langley.Photograph credit: Langley Research Center; restored by Adam Cuerden


Guidelines

  1. The picture must already be a featured picture. To nominate a picture, see featured picture candidates.
  2. Featured images are currently selected in roughly the order in which they were promoted (i.e. a first in, first out order). See the featured pictures candidates archive for this order. Exceptions are made for anniversaries of events or for national holidays.
  3. Not all featured pictures will appear as POTD. Wikipedia:Picture of the day/Unused has a list of those that have been skipped.

POTD on your user page

You can insert the POTD on your user page or talk page by adding the text {{Pic of the day}} (this is the version shown above). It will be displayed in a box of no more than 600 pixels wide and will include a blurb based on the article in which the image appears. A version without text is also available via {{POTD}}.

It is also possible to create your own custom POTD layouts, in case the already-existing versions will not look good within your user page design. Mix and match the following components to make your own. This system will only work for POTDs selected beginning January 1, 2007. Be sure to replace [date] with an appropriate date value. For a dynamically updating version, use {{#time:Y-m-d}} (example: {{POTD/{{#time:Y-m-d}}|image}}).

Template Description Renders as
{{POTD/[date]|image}} The name of the image, without the File: prefix Mary Jackson working 2 - Restoration.jpg
{{POTD/[date]|size}} The size of the image, without the trailing px 450
{{POTD/[date]|caption}} The image caption (blurb) Mary Jackson (1921–2005) was an African American mathematician and aerospace engineer at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, which was succeeded by NASA in 1958. For most of her career, she worked at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia; starting as a computer at the segregated West Area Computing division, she later took advanced engineering classes and, in 1958, became NASA's first black female engineer.

After 34 years at NASA, Jackson had earned the most senior engineering title available. Realizing that she could not earn further promotions without becoming a supervisor, she accepted a demotion to become a manager of the Federal Women's Program in the NASA Office of Equal Opportunity Programs, as well as of the Affirmative Action Program. In this role, she worked to influence both the hiring and promotion of women in NASA's science, engineering and mathematics careers. She was portrayed by Janelle Monáe as a lead character in the 2016 film Hidden Figures. This picture, taken in 1980, shows Jackson working at NASA Langley.

{{POTD/[date]|title}} A link to the article the image represents Mary Jackson
{{POTD/[date]|texttitle}} A linkless short caption, also useful as an alt attribute Mary Jackson
{{POTD/[date]|credit}} The credit line of the image, including the medium (e.g. photograph, painting) Photograph credit: Langley Research Center; restored by Adam Cuerden

There are two additional predefined layouts:

  • {{POTD/{{#time:Y-m-d}}|column}}: This has the image and caption above each other with no borders. Used on some of the Main Page alternatives and also suitable for user pages.
  • {{POTD/{{#time:Y-m-d}}|row}}: This has the image and caption encapsulated in (usually) a single table row. This is the version used on the current Main Page.

It is also possible to permanently feature a POTD for a selected day. Just add a specific value for the date you want. For example, today's POTD is {{POTD/2019-07-22|image}}. Likewise, you can use date parameters with the other templates as well. If you like the pre-made formats, you can use date parameters there as well, like this: {{Pic of the day|date=2019-07-22}} or {{POTD|date=2019-07-22}}. Again, this system will only work for POTDs selected beginning January 1, 2007.

As a userbox

Code Result
{{User:CFeyecare/templates/POTD}}
Mary Jackson working 2 - Restoration.jpg This user enjoys the
Picture of the Day.¤
Usage

Random POTD

Use {{User:My Chemistry romantic/Templates/Random POTD}} to display a randomly selected POTD.

{{User:Tyw7/picofday}} also displays a randomly selected POTD, but without the header and footer.

POTD thumb

When you want to display the POTD like an ordinary thumbnail, similar to {{WP:Wikimedia Commons/POTD}}, you can use {{POTD Wikipedia}}. For instance, if you want a thumbnailed version, floated right, you can use {{POTD Wikipedia|float=right|title=yes|thumb=yes}}.

Older POTDs

If you want to permanently include a POTD that was selected between November 1, 2004 and December 31, 2006, use the following: {{Wikipedia:Picture of the day/[month] [day], [year]}} or {{Wikipedia:POTD/[month] [day], [year]}}. For example, {{Wikipedia:Picture of the day/December 31, 2006}}.

POTDs selected from May 2004 through October 2004 are only accessible in month-at-a-time archives and can only be placed on user pages by using standard image syntax.


Picture of the day archive



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