Talk:Palestinian official newspapers: Israel uses super rats against Jerusalem Arabs

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Thought it over and decided that while Fatah/Hamas stuff is an official Palestinian usage of rats, it is an illustration of the "enemy" as rats rather than claiming it's enemy is using rats. It's not "totally unrelated", but not worth the argument for inclusion. 14:33, 24 July 2008 (UTC)


I think the image+text replacement is a mistake.[1] Taking a front-page quality picture and replacing it with a low quality shot that looks like it was taken in a basement by a snap-and-shoot camera clearly doesn't add value to the piece. 17:59, 24 July 2008 (UTC)

How is a tiny image that is 200 × 97 pixel (file size: 6 KB) "front page quality"? How does a picture of a mouse add any value to a story about rats? --SVTCobra 19:06, 24 July 2008 (UTC)
An image of a white rat is wholly inappropriate when it is more likely the local rat population is black or brown rats. --Brian McNeil / talk 20:58, 24 July 2008 (UTC)
First off, I can't believe you're assuming the super-rats are real. Secondly, the story mentions lab engineered rats trained by Israel and an image of a lab rat is very much suitable. I can't see eye to eye with you on the white vs. "probably" black. We're here to tell a news story, not go to the field and examine the traits of the non existing super-rat. To be frank, I thought the objection to the mouse image was a bit fussy, but this really takes the fuss to original research (assumption of traits) in the realm of fiction (non existant creature). Regardless, the current image is far cleaner and of higher value than the other shot.
On a side note, the lab mice image had both a black and a white mouse in it but I accepted the demand for accuracy in the "species" department (not that super-rats exist). 23:47, 24 July 2008 (UTC)