I'm assuming you understand the word 'featured' to mean the same thing I do. I understand the word to simply mean the article is indexed and 'live' on the internet, available in search engines (which is what 'indexed' means) and has advertising on it.
I do not know if persons who've been here for years get any sort of prioritized status. I wouldn't think they would, because I'm fairly certain the process is mechanized. It usually takes my stuff less than twelve hours.