User talk:Pi zero

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I am so sorry that i could not meet up WIkinews's policy. I will remind those policies from now onward. I sorry for that. -Krozan7 (talk) 04:25, 6 March 2014 (UTC)

No problem. en.wn takes some getting used to. We try to help new contributors along. --Pi zero (talk) 11:13, 6 March 2014 (UTC)

main page header wrong[edit]

hi pi zero, the Template:Main_page_header has a wrong donation link, it should point here, even if i do not know what utm_medium should be. the difference? why currently its wrong? in europe you get the foundations donation page not the local one. --ThurnerRupert (talk) 19:42, 8 March 2014 (UTC)

Done, I think. --Pi zero (talk) 02:02, 9 March 2014 (UTC)

Name change[edit]

Hi Pi zero, could you please look at my request at Wikinews:Changing username? Many thanks. Scott Martin (talk) 10:59, 11 March 2014 (UTC)

Well, I did it, but it was a mess. Let me know if things don't get straightened out. --Pi zero (talk) 12:08, 11 March 2014 (UTC)


Hello Pi, We are coming back from spring break this week, and so you will be seeing more of my students. During break, I have arranged for my students to conduct an "exclusive interview" with an Indiana newsmaker next week. This politician has been in the news quite a bit during the last month and most likely has political aspirations beyond the currently held political office, according to published speculation. We will be doing an audio interview with this person on the evening of 26 March. We plan to submit the audio file and transcribe the interview, and the turn around time will be quite short that evening, for publication. I wanted to clarify a few points: 1) Is there a template we should use for an exclusive interview that is different from original reporting? Here, statewide, news organizations have been seeking this person out for interviews and so, IMHO, it's quite a big deal that we have the opportunity that other news organizations in Indiana will not have? 2) Will we need to use the Scoop email? We would like to upload the interview as is so that a reader could listen to the full interview. We may not transcribe the entire interview (leaving out icebreakers, disruptions, or anything irrelevant). That's the planned process. So can we just directly upload the audio file or do you want us to also forward it through Scoop too? 3) After possible publication, may we send out a news release to media around Indiana that would point them to a possibly published Wikinews interview and inform them about the Creative Commons license that would permit them to use the content from such an interview (with attribution)? 4) We would like to ask this person about some biographical details and isssues that came up during background research to clarify factual inconsistencies. I know in Wikipedia about a template we can use when there is Wikinews content about a person with an article, but can a Wikinews interview actually be used as a citation in Wikipedia? I'm not clear on that in the case of nonsynthesis. Crtew (talk) 19:30, 19 March 2014 (UTC)

  • {{interview}}.
  • I would recommend doing both. Audio can be uploaded Commons (or to Wikinews if there is some reason it can't be distributed under a Commons-compatible license). However, I've occasionally been unable to download the entirety of some audio files from Commons, so by also sending it to Scoop that's a second chance to maybe get a working copy of the file to a reviewer.
  • We're all in favor of our output being syndicated. We even have a template to put on the collaboration page of an article noting where it's been syndicated (though we don't often get around to using it).
  • Afaik, Wikipedia defines Wikinews to be not a reliable source. It's possible if our material gets syndicated somewhere that they do recognize as a reliable source that would put them over a barrel. The reason they refuse to recognize us as reliable is purely political, and they'll pretend otherwise. In my experience, Wikinewsies who've tangled with the politics of that in the past —including me— have found it utterly sickening and sworn off doing so again.
--Pi zero (talk) 21:08, 19 March 2014 (UTC)
Keep in mind, facts in the intro of an interview need to be documented; usually there are one or two synthesis sources on an interview to verify the intro, and also facts for the intro may be taken from the interview itself (when the interview is itself trust-worthy for the purpose). --Pi zero (talk) 21:12, 19 March 2014 (UTC)
Pi, Could you please review the intro section before the interview so we don't have any problems with that part. It's currently ready for the transcript and audio files to be uploaded. Which audio template should I use for this interview? Crtew (talk) 16:59, 26 March 2014 (UTC)
I'll take a look at it now. Don't know about audio templates right off hand; would have to poke around. --Pi zero (talk) 17:06, 26 March 2014 (UTC)
Crtew, I've finished pre-reviewing the intro content. Changes I made: diff. I won't make further changes to the wording, though I might fiddle with the wikilinks a bit. --Pi zero (talk) 18:37, 26 March 2014 (UTC)
Sorry it took as long as it did, btw. Took me a while to learn to find my way around the material. --Pi zero (talk) 18:44, 26 March 2014 (UTC)

Thank you for all your work in editing that huge transcript. Just putting the transcript together was unwieldy with each of us pitching in. However, you made it look beautiful. I liked the style of adding first names in brackets. It's already been syndicated on The Edge radio and looking for more outlets. Thank you, Crtew (talk) 16:28, 29 March 2014 (UTC)

You have email at scoop! Crtew (talk) 22:51, 29 March 2014 (UTC)

Interesting. --Pi zero (talk) 23:33, 29 March 2014 (UTC)

Augusto De Luca[edit]

This user is global blocked for spam, because this user has used a bot for create 557+ pages in every wiki for promote his photos, 5-6 sockpuppet blocked (ever for spam). You can see also this discussion. bye--Wim b 00:08, 27 March 2014 (UTC)

I see. Indeed, that's incompatible with en.wn neutrality. --Pi zero (talk) 01:26, 27 March 2014 (UTC)


Thanks, I am new to wikinews. I wil get myself aquainted with the structure. I may contribute.Rukn950 (talk) 16:08, 7 April 2014 (UTC)

Stabbing at Pennsylvania high school injures 20[edit]

I've removed all the close paraphrasing as far as I can tell. Also, I am using all the references, they aren't just a list of links. --Jakob (talk) 22:10, 9 April 2014 (UTC)

Thanks. --Pi zero (talk) 22:24, 9 April 2014 (UTC)

Watercooler discussion: Possible memorial fund?[edit]

Hi. I started a discussion on the English Wikinews water cooler at Memorial fund in Ashley-Nelson and Adrianne Wadewitz's honor?. I would really appreciate any feedback you could provide. --LauraHale (talk) 15:03, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

Newsletter copy for this month[edit]

Pi zero, Could you take a look at this newsletter item and see if it is ok with you? You are quoted in this news time: [1] at Wikipedia Education Program. Thank you, Crtew (talk) 15:43, 15 April 2014 (UTC)

I point out, you and your students have produced two featured articles plus the one under nomination — one this semester and one in Spring 2012. I hesitated to write that in for you as I wasn't sure what sort of emphasis you wanted. --Pi zero (talk) 17:37, 15 April 2014 (UTC)