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Why the fork is failing

As has been commented in private, Wikinews' strict review is starting to pay off. We need more active reviewers as the quality of submitted articles is indeed increasing.

In contrast, TOG demonstrate with this article that their review is a "rubber stamp".

I requested counsel pursue recovery of wikinews.com. Why? Because, at the time I checked it, it was lapsed. A "parked page", the usual advert-laden horror that seeks to capitalise on a domain was being displayed. Not, as the TOG article asserts, the never-changing seven-year-long "coming soon" cybersquat.

Had TOG done their homework, and spoke to Erik Moeller who proposed setting up Wikinews as well as the domain owner, they would have discovered the domain owner was involved in the Wikinews proposal discussions, registering the domain shortly before this project was actually launched. This was indeed a bad-faith act.

Will they speak to Erik, and others involved in the proposal which led to Wikinews' creation, and issue an appropriate correction? Or, will the misleading story stand as a rather shoddy, low, jab at wikinews.org and the Foundation in general? --Brian McNeil / talk 10:52, 14 April 2012 (UTC)

Walsh's comments are curious, and suggest WMF at some level has a similar take on this to OG. I'd have been more inclined to ask for counsel, but I suspect Walsh was all they could get. Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 15:49, 26 April 2012 (UTC)

Terms of Use update

As you may be aware, given the banner notice, Wikimedia has updated its Terms of Use. This updated version will become effective on May 25, 2012, and can be reviewed here. To find out more, please visit wmf:New Terms of use/en. Thanks. :) --Mdennis (WMF) (talk) 23:39, 25 April 2012 (UTC)

Disaster news

Good evening all,

I didn't really know where to go, as I cannot find any other forum than this one. I like reading wiki news because it covers a variety of subjects, and not just the typical sensational stories. Today, on the main page, there are two vehicle disaster stories in a row. I am not sure that hilighting a plane crash and then a train crash is consisten with the diversity of subjects I have seen before on wikinews headlines. While they are both tragic, the results are depressing, especially when they are placed next to a ballistic missile test and the death of an American celebrity. In my humble opinion of course, I wonder if those four stories are not only the best/most important news of the last few days or at least that they should be lumped together. --Shabidoo (talk) 01:42, 25 April 2012 (UTC)

You appear to be on the wrong project. Your comments match what was recently displayed on Wikipedia's Main Page, and bear little resemblance to our own. Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 15:47, 26 April 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for the reply. Do you have any idea who controls it? It's really difficult to navigate all of the forum pages and village pumps etc... --Shabidoo (talk) 03:36, 30 April 2012 (UTC)
I'd guess w:Wikipedia talk:In the news would be as good a place as any to go to. Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 11:05, 30 April 2012 (UTC)