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Wikipedia update

It seems lots of other news sources are citing Wikinews. See that. Thought this was a bit interesting.--Mikemoral♪♫ 02:11, 31 March 2010 (UTC)

  • This may because I'm at work, I just get redirected to the Google home page from that link. Was this a specific story where we were cited? -- Brian McNeil (alt. account) /'alt-talkmain talk' 13:51, 4 April 2010 (UTC)

Small remark

User:MisterWiki has created a Youtube account named enikinews: http://www.youtube.com/user/enwikinews.

I don't know if community was informed, but I think the name makes it look as if it were something official for english wikinews.

Also, should be noted that Wikinews interviews Juana Bustamante, Chilean earthquake survivor from Paniahue uses as "source" the youtube page, which is exactly the same as the video hosted in Commons (so there's no reason to link external site youtube for it may well link to Commons where proper credit and licensing is given) Drini (talk) 07:10, 5 April 2010 (UTC)

No, he didn't create that account. I own it. I allowed him to upload it on the account. --ShakataGaNai ^_^ 07:21, 5 April 2010 (UTC)
SAme applies. And also, why is the source youtube and not the commons one? Drini (talk) 12:25, 5 April 2010 (UTC)
It is the "official" account. As official as thing get around here. It also happens to be our buzz account, among other things. --ShakataGaNai ^_^ 17:22, 5 April 2010 (UTC)

Battle of the Barnstars

This idea started on Brian McNeil's talk page, but now I've decided to switch the discussion to here. This is all about the barnstar designs used for the top three winners of the Wikinews writing contest. The question is, which designs do you think should be used for the top three? Mine or Tempodivalse's? Please comment with your suggestions. Thanks, --Rayboy8 (my talk) (my contributions) 14:16, 8 April 2010 (UTC)

Just a Comment - While those graphics look fine ..... Whatever happened to the use of the Wikinews trophy - http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Wikinews:Trophy - (or any other non-starlike honor) that we original Wikinewsies thought was a way to distinguish the uniqueness of Wikinews culture from the Wikipedia "barnstar" culture? I left a while go, but it seems in the intervening years between then and now that this project has simply buckled and assumed a role as an afterthought offshoot of WP rather than being its own beast with its own personality. That is a shame. - -- Davodd | Talk 17:26, 16 April 2010 (UTC)
Mm, I have to disagree with that somewhat. IMHO, our community's "personality" and culture is substantially different from that of wikipedia, we do a lot of things differently. If it appears that we're just mimicking them, it's because Wikipedia is taking over our niche and basically writing news articles under the thin disguise of an encyclopedic entry. (For instance, this. That's *totally* not taking things and writing them in historical perspective like an encyclopedia should.) BTW, as far as the trophies go, i don't think they look as nice actually. Stars have a more "classy" look, i think. Tempodivalse [talk] 17:43, 16 April 2010 (UTC)

FYI, I just posted the following to Meta Wiki - go >>there<< and pipe in if you think this is or is not an issue.

Huffpost "breaking news" graphic in violation of WikiNews TM?
This graphic on The Huffington Post - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/images/splash/bnews.gif looks a little too close to the Wikinews Logo - http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikinews/Logo what do you think? - Davodd | Talk 16:54, 16 April 2010 (UTC)

This may be something that the legal dept at the WM Foundation may have to look into to protect the WN brand and logo. - -- Davodd | Talk 17:09, 16 April 2010 (UTC)

(copied from the discussion at metawiki) Mmm, it's definitely a bit close, but I'm not sure if it's enough to claim copyright infringement. A lot of news sources use radio waves being broadcast from Earth as part of their logos. Tempodivalse [talk] 17:44, 16 April 2010 (UTC)
It sort of kinda does... but I disagree just because our logo is of the Earth from a polar view (the North Pole), while theirs is from equatorial view. That and the ( )s are red... plus our logos aren't animated...--Patrick M (TUFKAAP) (talk) 21:54, 16 April 2010 (UTC)
...except this one!--Patrick M (TUFKAAP) (talk) 21:54, 16 April 2010 (UTC)

Dale Ogden

I recently received confirmation from w:Dale Ogden that he would agree to an interview. I thought it would be good for Wikinewsies to suggest questions for me to ask him. --Mikemoral♪♫ 03:43, 19 April 2010 (UTC)

I would focus on state-wide issues, such as gay marriage, budget crises, environmental issues, etc. Benny the mascot (talk) 01:09, 24 April 2010 (UTC)

Wikipedia Signpost press release

I've issued a "press release" on the Wikipedia Signpost. (here) Deadline for corrections is April 26, 3:00 UTC. Benny the mascot (talk) 00:23, 26 April 2010 (UTC)

It's a deadlink. --Mikemoral♪♫ 00:35, 26 April 2010 (UTC)
Fail. Griffinofwales (talk) 00:38, 26 April 2010 (UTC)

The announcement was moved to this page. Benny the mascot (talk) 01:49, 27 April 2010 (UTC)

Wikimania 2010

Wikimania 2010, this year's global event devoted to Wikimedia projects around the globe, is accepting submissions for presentations, workshops, panels, and tutorials related to the Wikimedia projects or free content topics in general. The conference will be held from July 9-11, 2010 in Gdansk, Poland. For more information, check the official Call for Participation. Cbrown1023 talk 22:22, 28 April 2010 (UTC)