If you take a look at featured article candidates at Wikipedia, you will notice that all the nominations have lots of detailed suggestions for improvement. Like Nicolb suggested in chat, this makes writing featured articles far more challenging. Additionally, it may encourage a lot of people to nominate articles for featured status, since they know that if they nominate an article, they will get suggestions on how to better the article. I thought, we already have two, nearly three featured articles (if you consider Drakie), and our articles tend to be short, so increasing the featured article standards by encouraging more suggestions would not be much of a concern. I think any suggestions would probably take a few hours to fix at most, and would only serve to increase the "wow" factor of our featured articles.
Proposal: In order to encourage more suggestions, I propose we add a line to our featured article page having the closing editor of featured article nominations consider whether there are any unaddressed concerns that the article does not meet the featured article criteria. This may seem unnecessary, but by our current standards, the closing user only has to consider whether there is consensus to feature an article, and on the RuneScape Wiki, I've noticed that articles become featured even if there are unaddressed suggestions brought up (e.g., see the nomination for The Branches of Darkmeyer). If the proposal was implemented, it would give far more weight to any concerns brought up, and would thus encourage people to add suggestions. Finally, it would encourage the nominators to actually consider and address the concerns brought up in their nomination. Smithing (talk | contribs) 14:43, September 29, 2013 (UTC)