WeBuriedOurSecretsInTheGarden, welcome to Wikinews! I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are a few good links for newcomers:
Our key policies - if you read anything, read these!
- Wikinews:Neutral point of view - tell every side to a story in a fair and balanced way
- Wikinews:Cite sources - everything in a Wikinews article must be sourced
Here a few pointers to help you get to know Wikinews:
- Wikinews:Introduction - overview of the site
- Wikinews:Writing an article - how to write and publish a complete article
- Wikinews:Content guide - what's suitable for Wikinews
- Wikinews:Contents - the contents page.
There are always things to do on Wikinews:
- Existing articles need expanding and checking for spelling and mistakes
- The front page lead articles often need updating
- Developing stories need finishing and publishing
- Discussions need your input
- Audio Wikinews could always use more contributors
- And of course, stories need writing!
By the way, you can sign your name on Talk pages using four tildes (~~~~), which produces your name and the current date. If you have any questions, you can ask them at the water cooler or to anyone on the Welcommittee, or ask me on my Talk page. Again, welcome!--MarkTalk to me 15:26, 16 September 2007 (UTC)
- My apologies for Markie being blunt, it is just Wikinews being cautious and trying to be a well-behaved Internet site that respects other people's copyrights. Links to where images come from help people who've had a bit practice checking copyright verify we're safe to use them. For example, there's no way we can use images from AP, Reuters, or the BBC - but if someone uploads an image on flickr that they took themselves we can usually use it. There may be cases where a trading of emails is required to get permission - and it can seem a pain - but we want to be able to say we've not infringed others works so we can protect our own. --Brian McNeil / talk 15:39, 16 September 2007 (UTC)