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LGBT-related Wikinews collaboration as part of Wiki Loves Pride?[edit]

Greetings! I was wondering about the possibility of having a Wiknews collaboration related to LGBT culture and history, as part of Wikipedia:Wiki Loves Pride 2014. This would be for the month (or part of the month) of June, when pride celebrations often take place. Thoughts? Or, is there another avenue in which this discussion should take place? I'd be more than happy to update the Wiki Loves Pride page with details about the Wikinews project, if one comes to fruition. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for your consideration. --Another Believer (talk) 18:48, 13 May 2014 (UTC)

Hi! I'm trying to imagine what a news collaboration related to LGBT culture and history might look like? Wikinews is happy to collaborate on news coverage, but usually that means covering actual news events. It is possible to do over-view coverage of observations of something, for example the events happening to celebrate Gay Pride. (Keep in mind Pride is not celebrated solely on the last weekend in June; that's a US thing.) - Amgine | t 19:22, 13 May 2014 (UTC)
Sure, so examples of stories could be about pride events, or like the recent overturning of the gay marriage ban in Idaho (among several other states). Essentially, just more conscious coverage of LGBT news during the month of June. I understand your point about pride in the US during June. We hope to do another push in October, but we had to start somewhere! :) Thanks again for your consideration. Wikimedia Commons will be hosting an LGBT photo challenge in June, and I have also submitted collaboration requests for Wikibooks, Wikivoyage and Wikisource, hoping to increase interwiki collaboration. --Another Believer (talk) 15:31, 14 May 2014 (UTC)
This is a topic we cover fairly often. Category:LGBT. --Pi zero (talk) 15:49, 14 May 2014 (UTC)
Which is very much appreciated. If there is not interest in focusing on LGBT-related content more than usual, perhaps I will just try to keep an eye on the link you provided during the month of June and linking them at the Wikipedia page for Wiki Loves Pride. One of my goals is actually to shine the spotlight on some of the Wikimedia projects other than Wikipedia, so having some LGBT content created here in June could catch the attention of new and establish Wikipedians participating in Wiki Loves Pride. Thanks again. --Another Believer (talk) 21:34, 23 May 2014 (UTC)
If people are attending LGBT events and taking lots of photos, that can very easily be converted into photoessay articles. Original reporting is usually considered an advanced technique here, but photoessays can actually be fairly simply constructed and quite valuable records of the events. BRS (Talk) (Contribs) 00:49, 24 May 2014 (UTC)
[[:Another Believer]]For example, Pride in London 2013: in pictures. You can see on the talk page of that article, reporter's notes are required; but that doesn't have to be burdensome. --Pi zero (talk) 11:23, 24 May 2014 (UTC)

Just sharing the link to the Results page, now that we are half way through the Wiki Loves Pride campaign. If someone is interested in creating a "Pride in pictures" gallery, you might take a look at the photography section, as pictures have been uploaded of Portland Pride (Oregon) and the Korea Queer Culture Festival (Seoul). --Another Believer (talk) 05:23, 17 June 2014 (UTC)

  • The Seoul event is now too old to be considered news. The Portland event is right on the outer-edge of staleness. News has to be new, and has to be presented in a timely manner.
I think we'd all like to see someone have a go at a photoessay as a part of Wiki Loves Pride, but that name (Wiki Loves Pride) should be a footnote/aside within the text. The catch, though, is that someone who attended the event would need to caption the photos, provide some original reporting notes on the talk page, and at least a paragraph of text to introduce the photos.
There's usually people lurking in #wikinews or #wikinews-en who can provide some help and advice on that; getting a few pointers before an event is strongly recommended, primarily due to the narrow 'window of opportunity' during which their photos would be newsworthy. --Brian McNeil / talk 08:48, 17 June 2014 (UTC)

Reisbeurzen voor Wikimania 2014[edit]

Dit Nederlandstalige bericht is geplaatst in De Kroeg of soortgelijke pagina op de projecten Wikipedia, WikiWoordenboek, Wikibooks, Wikiquote, Wikisource, Wikispecies, Wikiversity, Wikivoyage, Wikinews, Commons, Wikidata, Outreach in de bestaande taalversies Nederlands, Fries, Limburgs, Nedersaksisch en Zeeuws van deze projecten.
Dit bericht is in de eerste plaats bedoeld voor mensen die in Nederland wonen.
Voel je vrij om dit Nederlandstalige bericht te vertalen in het Fries, Limburgs, Nedersaksisch of Zeeuws.
De Vereniging Wikimedia Nederland ondersteunt onder andere het werk van de vrijwilligers die op Wikipedia of een van de zusterprojecten daarvan actief zijn.

Wikimania, het grootste jaarlijkse evenement van de Wikimedia-beweging, wordt dit jaar gehouden in London, in en rond The Barbican Centre. Wil jij van 6 tot 10 augustus dit evenement bijwonen? Wikimedia Nederland stelt een aantal beurzen beschikbaar voor actieve bewerkers. Kijk hier voor meer informatie. Ad Huikeshoven (talk) 19:45, 15 May 2014 (UTC)

Travel Grants for Wikimania 2014

This Dutch entry was posted in The Pub or similar page on the project Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikibooks, Wikiquote, Wikisource, Wikispecies, Wikiversity, Wiki Voyage, Wikinews, Commons, Wiki Data Outreach in the existing language versions Dutch, Frisian, Limburg, Low Saxon and Zeeland of these projects. This message is intended primarily for people who live in the Netherlands.

Feel free to translate in Frisian, Limburg, Low Saxon or Zeeland. This Dutch post

The Society Wikimedia Netherlands include supporting the work of the volunteers on Wikipedia or any of its sister projects it operates.

Wikimania, the biggest annual event of the Wikimedia movement, held this year in London, in and around The Barbican Centre. Do you want to attend from 6 to 10 August of this event? Wikimedia Netherlands proposes a number of scholarships available for active workers. Look here for more information.
Translation curtesy of Google. - Amgine | t 20:04, 15 May 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-21[edit]

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Leaflet For Wikinews At Wikimania 2014[edit]

Hi all,

My name is Adi Khajuria and I am helping out with Wikimania 2014 in London.

One of our initiatives is to create leaflets to increase the discoverability of various wikimedia projects, and showcase the breadth of activity within wikimedia. Any kind of project can have a physical paper leaflet designed - for free - as a tool to help recruit new contributors. These leaflets will be printed at Wikimania 2014, and the designs can be re-used in the future at other events and locations.

This is particularly aimed at highlighting less discoverable but successful projects, e.g:

• Active Wikiprojects: Wikiproject Medicine, WikiProject Video Games, Wikiproject Film

• Tech projects/Tools, which may be looking for either users or developers.

• Less known major projects: Wikinews, Wikidata, Wikivoyage, etc.

• Wiki Loves Parliaments, Wiki Loves Monuments, Wiki Loves ____

• Wikimedia thematic organisations, Wikiwomen’s Collaborative, The Signpost

For more information or to sign up for one for your project, go to:
Project leaflets
Adikhajuria (talk) 17:38, 12 June 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-25[edit]

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Tech News: 2014-26[edit]

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I was going to take action on our pending Requests for Accreditation, but didn't feel it ethically proper for me to do so being the only person who'd voted. Can we get a few more votes, maybe......anyone......anyone?? --Bddpaux (talk) 14:41, 26 June 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-27[edit]

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Citizen Journalists invited to London: Stop the War event[edit]

Please see the link here: -- Regards --Computron (talk) 13:15, 6 August 2014 (UTC)

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Tech News: 2014-37[edit]

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Tech News: 2014-38[edit]

08:34, 15 September 2014 (UTC)


I've created a userbox, {{User ORCID}} for users who have an ORCID identifier. You can see it in use on my user page. ORCID identifiers disambiguate contributors with similar names, and unify the works of people who have published under different names. Anyone may sign up for one, free, and I encourage you to do so, and to display it using this template. More information on the use of ORCID identifiers by Wikimedia project editors may be found at w:en:WP:ORCID. Andy Mabbett (talk) 18:22, 18 September 2014 (UTC)

  • Andy, I traced through the documentation page you've created here; then, on to the Wikipedia article. Some head-scratching then ensued. I'd assumed ORCID would, at some point, become useful for journalists data-mining; that's not how you're presenting it here. The people on Wikinews I'd canvas on this are Crtew (talk · contribs) and some of these folks; Let's just put that into a use case, how do journalists use ORCID? --Brian McNeil / talk 21:06, 18 September 2014 (UTC)
    • Suppose you write for Wikinews and the Daily Planet, but another Brian McNeil writes for The Chicago Record and the New York Gazette. Using ORCIDs on your respective profiles makes clear which if you is which. But ORCID is not just for journalists; it's for anyone who contributes to research, academic literature, or other publications. Andy Mabbett (talk) 21:19, 18 September 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-39[edit]

09:04, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

ATTN: account-holders[edit]

Having experienced mail rejection where the 'spamcannibal' list is being used, this notice is to highlight action required to ensure all issued email accounts are secure. The matter has been raised with hosting support, but requires additional measures from all users.

  • Please ensure any machine you read email with is secure; that anti-virus software is up-to-date, and you have run whatever checks you can to ensure no keyloggers or other malicious software is present.
  • ALL Passwords will be regenerated on, or by, the 26th of this month - unless notice is received that you have logged into webmail and reset your password.
  • Should notice not be received that you have changed your password, one will be generated for you and held until you contact me.
  • All forwarding rules which terminate at yahoo, or google/gmail, will (again) be deleted. Where these are recreated, such accounts will be removed from all distribution lists.

All accounts where passwords are generated and held will have quota caps imposed, and be removed from distribution lists when quota is reached.

A copy of this notice will be posted on the miscellaneous section of English Wikinews, and highlighted in the #wikinews IRC channel topic. --Brian McNeil / talk 12:58, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

  • I have, immediately after sending this message, been forced to delete one "forward to" rule due to this resulting in a spam rejection message. The same would be the case for which uses gmail as its back-end. --Brian McNeil / talk 13:04, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-40[edit]

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