User talk:Pi zero

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One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit.
Harry G. Frankfurt

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I was wondering if you could take some action on Brazzaville picks up the pieces after ammo depot explosion in terms of its nomination for FA. I voted 'yes'....but, I dunno....I've done a light source check....looked good to me, but still, I dunno. I have to disappear for about the next 5 days, so, there's that. --Bddpaux (talk) 18:10, 12 November 2014 (UTC)

I'll see what I can do in upcoming days. --Pi zero (talk) 20:20, 12 November 2014 (UTC)

It makes no sense, really.......[edit]

.....that you're only just now getting this!!

This award is presented to new reporters who have started 10 or fewer news articles.

--Bddpaux (talk) 21:24, 13 November 2014 (UTC)


Glad you agreed on the tweak to this, it has been becoming increasingly obvious the button was being used as a way of asking for collaborative help. --Brian McNeil / talk 11:06, 17 November 2014 (UTC)

@Brian McNeil: I'm okay with the tweak. I'm skeptical it'll solve the problem. What we need is interactive assistance all over the place on this site to explain to people what's going on at each moment. Most of the edits we're getting lately are IPs who throw stuff up here, of various descriptions, on the assumption that it's a wiki so anything they think relevant just gets thrown up here, and leave.
And speaking of interactive assistance, I'm now graduating to the next step with my tools... even though I haven't finished the previous step. I still need to add better error-handling, but in starting to do that I've finally admitted I need to have better provisions for testing the tools, suitable for testing upgrades before deploying them — and so now I'm building an interactive assistant for adding a test for a dialog action. It's a really simple assistant, and proving to be quite complicated. I always figured that once I had the low-level tools, learning idioms for using them effectively would be a big challenge; well, it is. I'm thinking what's needed is a storyboard/flowchart for the assistant, but that's hard to do manually so you really want... an interactive assistant. Basically, a wizard wizard. I'm thinking on it. --Pi zero (talk) 12:18, 17 November 2014 (UTC)


I know but it's hard to find categories that match my article. Im sure there are articles about murders. Why aren't those in a category?

Yours truly,


PS sorry if the format or the way I replied was wrong; I couldnt find a new conversation button on the mobile site ;)

@AKA Casey Rollins: In fact we don't have a category specifically for murder. Someday perhaps we will, but creating such a thing would be a really vast undertaking; we have about twenty thousand published articles in our archives; how many of those do you suppose would belong in such a category? We put each article in at least one section category, such as Category:Crime and law or Category:Politics and conflicts, and a geocat, such as Category:Missouri (and anything in Category:Missouri should also go in Category:United States and Category:North America). We put articles in other categories when they exist. But we don't require that every article have narrow categories describing it precisely.
Btw, I have an “add comment" tab — but I'm not accessing from a mobile device. --Pi zero (talk) 02:55, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
Thanks much. I fixed it, the issue was that the first category was tiered too low.

On our little Ferguson controversy ;) I heard the reports first late at night on 105.9 FM WMAL.

Don’t freak out when it says that some anonymous guy just edited your talk page; Mom doesn’t want me to log in on her Mac ;)

Yours truly,


New article[edit]

Hi. I would like you to visit my recent sketch for a new article. It is here. Thanks in advance! --FiloActual (talk) 05:24, 26 November 2014 (UTC)

@FiloActual: I'll try my very best. Working around various distractions, of course (including another article that will go stale if not processed today UTC). At a guess, I suspect your article will take some thought for news neutrality, much of which has to do with stating only facts, dealing with opinions by attributing them to whoever said them (because even though the opinion isn't an objective fact, it may be an objective fact that such-and-such person expressed that opinion).
You've got one article to your credit on English Wikinews already, I'm reminded. --Pi zero (talk) 12:37, 26 November 2014 (UTC)
@Pi Zero: I was clearing up the neutral point of view, hope now it's better. I love wikinews and I want to contribute on a regular basis, although I have to work every day -as usual. Thank you ! :-)--FiloActual (talk) 14:36, 26 November 2014 (UTC)
@Pi Zero: And just a doubt: you moved the article's title to "Manhattanʼs 'Little Spain' comes to to big screen (...)". I wonder if it is absolutely correct grammatically, as I read you use two times "to to". Isn't "comes to big screen"? Thanks for that.--FiloActual (talk) 15:06, 26 November 2014 (UTC)
Oops, yeah, that was a typo. Fixed; thanks. --Pi zero (talk) 15:41, 26 November 2014 (UTC)
I think the article now is ready to fly. Please, can you make final review or approve it before its too late? It was ready in the morning.--FiloActual (talk) 23:29, 26 November 2014 (UTC)
As best I can tell, it's pretty fresh. I was disappointed not to get to it today; I'm hoping I can get to it tomorrow morning. I can see a few small things that will want adjustment during review; I've no way to know whether some larger problem might come up during review, until and unless it did come up during review. Which we can hope it doesn't. --Pi zero (talk) 01:59, 27 November 2014 (UTC)
Hi, many thanks! I added a new review after watching the documentary, that is for sale. Changed lede and cleaned speculative comments -although obviously every single newyorker would say you that he knows where Spanish Harlem is, but will have less (or no) idea about what was Little Spain at the beginning of XXth century. Also, the press release at the Spanish Benevolent Society website displays clearly that the text is for free distribution, so no copyright issues. --FiloActual (talk) 13:58, 27 November 2014 (UTC)
Please, can you review the changes I made on the article following suggestions by Brian? Thank you.--FiloActual (talk) 15:41, 28 November 2014 (UTC)


Good to see you are still around and active! Brian | (Talk) | New Zealand Portal 12:26, 22 December 2014 (UTC)

Hi, Brian :-). I have big hopes for the project, building upward from my dialog tools — which I consider almost ready for heavy-duty use — to high-level wiki assistants. --Pi zero (talk) 14:50, 22 December 2014 (UTC)

USI journalism students[edit]

Pi zero,

Greetings from USI! I have a new group of students for the class that contributes to Wikinews in the spring. I will meet them for the first time this week. I'm hoping that we can replicate what we did last time. Do you have any suggestions?

Crtew (talk) 21:19, 14 January 2015 (UTC)

Btw, I've a technical problem ongoing for at least a month now, that I can't view most videos. --Pi zero (talk) 22:49, 14 January 2015 (UTC)

Mentioned by Viriditas[edit]

You are mentioned by Viriditas (talk · contribs) here: -- Cirt (talk) 23:45, 18 January 2015 (UTC)

Pi zero, could you please comment there? Viriditas is trying to take this opportunity to attack you and create an ad hominem situation here. -- Cirt (talk) 00:43, 19 January 2015 (UTC)


hi least of the world famous orszgárol it is now because when I write mostly news pushed the country to write about but if you have any questions west Irish Disorders


Are you working on some misc. disambiguation pages?? There's weird goings-on in the Newsroom. --Bddpaux (talk) 21:01, 20 January 2015 (UTC)

That does look odd. It looks, off hand, like a complete list of our mainspace disambiguation pages, which we worked out a scheme for in relatively recent history — but nothing about those pages has changed in I think at least a few months. However, Tuesdays are when the wiki software is updated, so this is probably something that got screwed up by a software change. If they've broken the DPL mechanism, they may have screwed up our ability to correctly regulate which of our articles are published to google news.
I'll have to look into it more closely, immediately. --Pi zero (talk) 21:20, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
Ohh. Phew. Those appear to be relatively newly created disambiguation pages. It's just a matter of how such pages are set up; not urgent, but I'll get to it. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. --Pi zero (talk) 21:26, 20 January 2015 (UTC)

Tom Wolf inaugurated as Pennsylvania Governor[edit]

Thanks for reviewing! Sorry about the Jim Cawley thing, probably should have ref'd this page for the election stuff. At any rate, thanks for your diligence. And thanks also for scraping off some of the rust; I've not written as much news recently as I used to. Tyrol5 (talk) 04:48, 21 January 2015 (UTC)

Glad to be of help. :-)  --Pi zero (talk) 05:00, 21 January 2015 (UTC)

MediaWiki talk:Autoblockedtext[edit]

Your sig here's gotten messed, somehow. BRS (Talk) (Contribs) 17:19, 24 January 2015 (UTC)

pre block terminated with <pre> instead of </pre>. --Pi zero (talk) 18:05, 24 January 2015 (UTC)

Thanks very much[edit]

Thank you for your comments at WN:AAA in support of me.

Much appreciated,

-- Cirt (talk) 19:58, 29 January 2015 (UTC)