Wikinews talk:Tips on reviewing articles
What is the policy on pay-to-view sources? Is there an exemption where institutions (like colleges and public libraries) subscribe to news databases? What if I bought a hardcopy newspaper? --InfantGorilla (talk) 10:10, 10 May 2010 (UTC)
- I hadn't read WN:CITE for a while (and couldn't remember its address.) I see from that that the answers are no (colleges) yes (public libraries) yes (if I buy a newspaper.)
- I missed the 'See here' links, and I suggest that we find an alternative to floating them off to the right.
Read down to the heading "Developing communities from portals"
It reads, "The discussion on the local proposal is leaning towards the policy that local communities should have the right to maintain their own NPOV/style guidelines... "
Perspective is still in short supply, although a checklist is handy if one understands how to wield it.
- Review has three intertwined facets: copyediting, source-checking, and providing feedback.
- Considerations when ordering review on a long review queue.
- Tactics — pass and recommend for future; pass and submit a change for someone else to review.
- Authentication and verification of OR.
- Recommend breaking edits during review into small units, with an eye toward useful diffs and explanatory edit summaries; helps author learn, and tends to cause reviewer to think about and hone xyr technique. Also helps to clarify the extent of the reviewer's edits.
Small things first
If I was giving advice, the first is to check the small stuff. The small stuff often takes a lot of time to fix, and if there are enough problems, tend to indicate bigger problems that will likely result in article not passing review. If there are enough of these small things, kick it back to the reporter:
- Is there an infobox/newsbox on the side?
- Is there a picture? Is the picture properly licensed? Does it have image credit?
- Are there multiple categories? Do the categories include at least one continental location and one major topic?
- Are the sources properly formatted? Are the dates in the sources properly formatted per the style guide?
- Does the lead answer WHEN an event took place using relative dating and WHERE the news took place?