Talk:Main Page/Archive 19

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New main page problems[edit]

  • New main page looks broken in IE explorer (lead 2 picture displays at right top, but text doesn't). --Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 22:53, 25 February 2008 (UTC)[reply]
  • IE7. Main lead box is way too wide fills entire field, yet image and text are narrow and centered. Other leads are pushed out of the way, with the second being visible as a narrow strip to the right if I scroll the browser right. 3rd and 4th leads are both pushed below 1st lead. I am running at resolution 1024x768. --SVTCobra 23:59, 25 February 2008 (UTC)[reply]
I think i got a way to keep all the leads consistently meeting at all resolutions (no more volvos). This is for firefox/opera, as I don't have IE on hand to test, but I would like to hope it works in IE. Basically it will rearange itself depending on how big your window is (I think that is refered to as a variable fixed width design (not sure). ). problems so far: not sure if it will work if your default font size is not 13px, After 1280x1024 it just goes to a fixed width design for resolution 1280x1024 as that is how big my monitor is (easily fixed, I'm just too lazy to test beyond that), The handling of the image on the first lead could be better on lower resolutions, and increasing the font size will make it go off screen (scrollbars come on), however images will be resized accordingly, so everything still lines up. Bawolff 09:13, 26 February 2008 (UTC)[reply]
Hmm didn't work in IE, but i think it looks better then the current system in IE. Bawolff 21:56, 26 February 2008 (UTC)[reply]
It worked beautifully last week in IE, then it "broke" over the weekend. What changed? --SVTCobra 22:00, 26 February 2008 (UTC)[reply]
I'm noticing some min-width rules. those are not supported by internet explorer. that could be it. Bawolff 22:45, 26 February 2008 (UTC)[reply]
It really just seems to be the size of the box around lead-1. The image is narrow, the text is narrow, but the box is really wide with lots of blank space and it pushes everthing else out of the way. --SVTCobra 00:12, 27 February 2008 (UTC)[reply]
I changed the min-width to a plain width. Does that take care of the issue. Bawolff 00:34, 27 February 2008 (UTC)[reply]
YES!!! It looks great right now. I can't speak for everyone, but as far as I can see that did it. Thanks. --SVTCobra 00:38, 27 February 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Well, now it is broken again in IE. Same symptoms as above. --SVTCobra 22:02, 27 February 2008 (UTC)[reply]

My mistake: should be fixed again. --Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 22:32, 27 February 2008 (UTC)[reply]

giant radioactive symbol seems overly sensationalist...[edit]

...and does not reflect the actual degree of risk, implications, or amount of nuclear material. I advocate switching to a different image or at least sizing down. Dar-Ape 06:27, 28 February 2008 (UTC)[reply]

agreed, perhaps something like an image comprised of the entries of strontium, plutonium and radium from the periodic table.

Israel-Gaza violence[edit]

Its stunning that we have not included today's fighting in Gaza. According to BBC and al-Jazeera its been the most intense fighting since Israel withdrew from the Strip in 2005. At least 52 Palestinians were killed (16 militants) and two Israeli soldiers. Hamas also fired up to 50 rockets into Israel afterwards.[1][2] --Al Ameer son - (talk) 22:16, 1 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]

New main page design: overlay?[edit]

Can we have an overlay that projects the title of the main lead over its image, like the previous design? Also, could we have parameters for 'Related stories'? --Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 20:28, 3 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Story links on main page[edit]

It used to be that the article titles were clickable for the leads in this relatively new main page design. But now the only way to get to the articles is to click the "Full story" link. I am using IE 7. --SVTCobra 00:22, 11 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]

The charges brougt against the AKP must be in the main page[edit]

copyvio removed by Doldrums. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 3210 (talkcontribs) 05:59, 16 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]

New in Pictures[edit]

"Marek Wesoły, who ever won the 2nd Stage Champion in Pingtung, once again won the 8th Stage Champion of 2008 Tour de Taiwan in the Taipei City Hall."

Could someone with appropriate permissions edit out the 'ever' in the 'News in Pictures' blurb (or more after the '2nd').

Also, is there a particular reason why the 'News in Pictures' section cannot be edited by anyone? Would it be possible to make the paragraph below the picture editable, but not the picture? Guy Leech - (talk) 22:17, 17 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]

It is editable by any user over 48 hours old --Anonymous101 (talk · contribs) 06:42, 21 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]

San Francisco and other protests have occured[edit]

Protests have occurred throughout the United States on the anniversary of the invasion of iraq, is it going to be mentioned? --Danthemango - (talk) 10:43, 21 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Please semi-protect this page[edit]

And revert my edits. I stated that Stocklom was 101C* today. 13:13, 24 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Done Adambro - (talk) 13:18, 24 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Amber Alert Section[edit]

I am not sure if I am posting this in the correct place, but should WikiNews have a section dedicated to Amber Alerts, and a Permalink to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, or at least an Amber Alert Ticker that automatically updates? I think a ticker can be obtained from: [3]. Crasheddata - (talk) 09:06, 2 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]

The problem is that we then should, in the interests of NPOV and fairness, have tickers from every such agency, in every country. Not feasible, IMO. --Skenmy(tcw) 16:13, 2 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]
Well, I don't know how Wikimedia's servers work, but most web sites that do that will detect the visitors IP address, and only load the ticker relevant to their country, based on the location of the IP address. And it is well known that Wikimedia logs IP addresses. Crasheddata - (talk) 17:55, 2 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]
I'm pretty sure that information isn't available to use on pages - besides, it would take a lot of backend specialty coding. --Skenmy(tcw) 17:58, 2 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]
No it wouldn't. It is simple Java Script with cookies. I have done IP specific websites in the past.Crasheddata - (talk) 19:31, 2 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]
Wiki's work *very* differently. It would be difficult, and my original reason still stands. --Skenmy(tcw) 19:32, 2 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]
So, what your saying is that it is not possible to embed Java Script into a Wiki. I seriously doubt that, but w/e. Crasheddata - (talk) 22:21, 3 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]
swikinews can use javasript but I doubt it could use IP adressess of people.Anonymous101 (talk · contribs) (Note I have no link with the organization anonymous) 17:27, 8 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]

I am not sure if this helps, but I logged into MySpace the other day and they had an amber alert system set up...which alerted those people within the area of the alerts. I don't have a screen shot, but just letting you know they have a system. Would be nice to see how they do it. DragonFire1024 (Talk to the Dragon) 18:03, 8 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]

I asked on the MediaWiki IRC about this and I was told that we cannot currently embed javascript based on loaction but there are attempts to include it into a later version of MediaWiki Anonymous101 (talk · contribs) (Note I have no link with the organization anonymous) 18:37, 8 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Why not just have a bot do it until that and have it update it like the ones does with the oil prices? DragonFire1024 (Talk to the Dragon) 18:44, 8 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]
The problem, as stated before, is that this is very centric on one cause. If we do this, we will end up doing ALL these services, and who knows where it will end. --Skenmy(tcw) 21:20, 8 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]
As someone who doesn't like the word can't, I'll mention its possible, just not pretty. Some thoughts that come to mind: could load js from toolserver, toolserever detects country based on ip. Thats a bit ugly though (and I'm not sure if we're allowed to use toolserver for something like that), but most likely solution to work. Another way that will work a very small portion of the time is see what the language settings of the browser is. en-US you're in us, en-CA you're in canada etc, however those are often inaccurate or set to the wrong thing. Could use Java to detect stuff, and go from there, but wouldn't work for all people, and you'd probably need the script signed for security reasons (unsure). Could have a mediawiki extention pass the ip address back to the site js (or include a different one based on IP), but that requires making, might (or might not) have privacy issues (but is essentially what we want). Could just do it per portal (on US portal put amber alerts, on other country put appropriate alerts) (Works right now). Last of all there could be some magic way of getting this out of the DOM I'm not aware of that makes it a simple problem. Does the script that Crasheddata is refering to get changed by the server-end (php asp etc) or is it one script servered to everybody, and the country is determined on the client end? If its a simple Javascript script+cookies (with the cookies set by the js, not the server), we can do it easily. If the script is changed on server end, or if the cookie is sent from the server end, then that needs a php extention to mediawiki (which is harder as it needs to be both made and approved). Bawolff 22:06, 8 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]

2008 Bucharest summit[edit]

The 2008 Bucharest summit/20th NATO summit started today and there is still nothing regarding it posted on the Wikipedia main page wikinews section. Maybe somebody would be interested in writing something about it. --User:Eurocopter tigre 18:55, 2 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Uh-Oh then good greif![edit]

Uxur got into the icelandic wiktionary when I made it up and stuck on the internet but then I got back on it and it did'nt show up! What a suprise I got by getting it off. Good Greif!

Adam Nicolle

April 6th 2008

Quite. --Skenmy(tcw) 17:31, 6 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Use a separate 'image credit' link on the main page for every image?[edit]

I like what you've done with the image for the main story - linking the picture to the story and having a small link to 'image credit' beneath. I think you should do this for the whole main page, as the titles are in black and at first don't intuitively look like links.

Many thanks, Drum guy - (talk) 21:34, 10 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Photos from Pope Benedict protests at United Nations[edit]

I have photos of the God Hates Fags protest group outside the United Nations (or several blocks away from it) and the counter protests of a far larger amount of Latinos chanting "We love our pop" - I have the audio. I'll have to upload everything tonight, though. --David Shankbone - (talk) 17:41, 18 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]

The plane lead[edit]

"Thirteen people were injured, one seriously." Change seriously to "critically". I believe it works better.-- 05:32, 13 May 2008 (UTC)[reply]

"Differ than just a trade show"[edit]

Surely this is a typo? (See underneath the lightbulb photo) 20:53, 16 May 2008 (UTC)[reply]

writing as a brit, having the Crewe and Nantwich by-elections on the front page...[edit]

... and as apparently the lead story, is just bollox. I objected plenty when US/Canadian vote stuff appeared in (IMO) excess quantity because it was small potatoes on the world stage.
This story is small potatoes on the UK stage. It should not have such prominence. 23:56, 21 May 2008 (UTC)[reply]


I wonder what "free" means. After all, a lot of news on the web is free of charge. Maybe "free" means that Wikinews is somehow free from control or constraint. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:11, 26 May 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Free in this case means free to use, share and modify our content (including commercially), without asking for permission and without paying anything (as long as you credit Wikinews) Anonymous101 :) 16:14, 26 May 2008 (UTC)[reply]

link showing up[edit]

a broken link is showing up for June 1 (should be broken since it is not June yet), but it is showing up under May 31. I looked around for the source of this, but did not find it. --SVTCobra 01:15, 31 May 2008 (UTC)[reply]

There's another one now, for June 5 under the June 4 heading. I assume it's something to do with the way the daily lists are generated, but I don't understand it well enough to fix it. Chris Mann (Say hi!|Stalk me!) 00:29, 4 June 2008 (UTC)[reply]
Done DragonFire1024 (Talk to the Dragon) 00:41, 4 June 2008 (UTC)[reply]


Please add [[hu:]] to the interwiki section. Thanks. --Gondnok (talk) 18:29, 9 June 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Canada Apologizes for Indian Residential Schools[edit]

Needs to be covered!!! 01:08, 12 June 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Main Page balance...[edit] WAY off with three UK leads. I know I could fix it myself but I generally don't like changing the leads unless there's something really major that obviously has to go up. Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 21:03, 13 June 2008 (UTC)[reply]


The main page needs to be updated, it main stories are 4 days old. Gnangarra (talk) 00:20, 17 June 2008 (UTC)[reply]


We need a better category system than now. The present category system ist not good enough and it has only few subjects. What we need are more Portals, like woman, animal, countries, lierature etc.

I think that this improvement will help us to connect Wikipedia and Wikinews. Wikipedia has a lot of subjects we can refer to Wikinews. It's only a suggestion! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:47, 23 June 2008 (UTC)[reply]

portal:Books/category:Books, portal:Canada (and prety much every other country, state/[province, and many towns), portal:Environment, etc. Seems as if we have a lot of categories to me. (With that being said, some categories, like category:Old english literature, just don't make sense in a news environment. Cheers. Bawolff 00:25, 7 August 2008 (UTC)[reply]

A question[edit]

In general, what's the meaning of life? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:45, 5 August 2008 (UTC)[reply]

To edit Wikinews. The Mind's Eye (talk) 23:34, 6 August 2008 (UTC)[reply]
42 of course. Cirt (talk) 23:35, 6 August 2008 (UTC)[reply]
He didn't say what was the meaning to Life, the Universe, and Everything. He said what was the meaning to life, just life. The Mind's Eye (talk) 23:38, 6 August 2008 (UTC)[reply]
Then its 14 (42/3) Anonymous101talk 10:37, 10 August 2008 (UTC)[reply]