Wikinews:English spelling poll

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This is the poll to set Wikinews policy of the form of English spelling which will be used. Only vote is you support the system. Vote editing the section you support and typing *-- ~~~~ to register your vote.

Voting ended January 21, 2005 at 00:01 UTC.[edit]

Option 1: Use American-style English spelling[edit]

Examples: U.S., U.K., labor, check stub
Support:

Option 2: Use British-style English spelling[edit]

Examples: US, UK, labour, cheque stub
Support:

Option 3: Use first writer theory[edit]

Whoever starts the article first, that style will continue in the story in future revisions.
Support:

  • -- IlyaHaykinson 21:41, 6 Jan 2005 (UTC)
  • -- 69.3.238.93 Fri Jan 7 22:43:19 PST 2005
  • -- MarkS 08:08, 8 Jan 2005 (UTC)
  • -- Knapjack 19:40, 8 Jan 2005 (UTC)
  • -- OverlordP 09:50, 9 Jan 2005 (UTC)
  • -- Simeon 14:11, 10 Jan 2005 (UTC)
  • -- AliceCrypto (Talk|Contributions) 08:33, 15 Jan 2005 (UTC)
  • -- Tobyliman2 05:54, 22 Jan 2005 (UTC) am new but I think it's too much to ask writers to think English English or American English, both are acceptable

Option 4: Use the respect for locality approach[edit]

Refer to someone or something in the way that they (or it) use self-references. Examples: use "U.S." and "UK" since that is the most-common way each refers to itself. In addition, the dateline indicates spellings proper to that locale should be used: "labor unions" in U.S.-datelined stories and as "labour unions" in UK-datelined stories.
Support:

  • -- Davodd | Talk 21:27, 6 Jan 2005 (UTC)
  • -- Alan Liefting 07:28, 7 Jan 2005 (UTC)
  • -- GlennW 17:58, 7 Jan 2005 (UTC)
  • -- Mac Davis 13:54, 8 Jan 2005 (UTC)
  • -- User:Bo Register--146.145.195.74 17:51, 10 Jan 2005 (UTC)
  • -- DV 12:28, 11 Jan 2005 (UTC)
  • -- AquaDoctorBob 01:44, 15 Jan 2005 (UTC)
  • -- Dan100 (Talk) 11:56, 19 Jan 2005 (UTC)
  • -- The bellman 00:23, 20 Jan 2005 (UTC) i might add that there are other regioanl spelling variations OTHER than US and UK.
  • -- cafzal
  • -- [[User:MacGyverMagic|MacGyverMagic|(talk)]] 12:27, 14 Feb 2005 (UTC). It avoid any specific country bias.
  • -- TOR 12:53, 19 Feb 2005 (UTC) Feel free to ignore my vote - haven't been very active around here.
  • -- PeterR 13:10, 19 Feb 2005 (UTC) I had difficulty choosing between options 3 and 4. I think 4 should be the ideal, but 3 is OK. In other words - let originators use their own spelling, but no grounds for complaint if someone updates the language to relate to the country the news is about.
  • --RossKoepke 21:40, 17 Jun 2005 (UTC)
  • -- Paulrevere2005 00:39, 2 August 2005 (UTC)
  • -- user:zanimum