Talk:Wikinews interviews specialists on China, Iran, Russia support for al-Assad

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Reporter notes[edit]

All transcripts forwarded to "scoop". --Computron (talk) 09:09, 21 September 2013 (UTC)

Further transcripts forwarded to "scoop".--Computron (talk) 22:25, 21 September 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  1. Mitter quotes, from 4 questions on China, confirmed. --Brian McNeil / talk 20:41, 22 September 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  2. Posch quotes, on Syria, confirmed. --Brian McNeil / talk 20:43, 22 September 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  3. Farhi quotes, on thirteen!?! questions, confirmed. --Brian McNeil / talk 20:59, 22 September 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  4. Kamrava quotes confirmed. --Brian McNeil / talk 20:59, 22 September 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  5. Brown, quotes confirmed. --Brian McNeil / talk 21:00, 22 September 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  6. Martel quotes confirmed (working backwards through my mailbox, will need to check not another round of questions earlier). --Brian McNeil / talk 21:02, 22 September 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  7. Roggeveen quotes confirmed. --Brian McNeil / talk 21:03, 22 September 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  8. Blank quotes confirmed, from an email address 'out the ark'. :P --Brian McNeil / talk 21:04, 22 September 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Yes, I speed-read; and, I'm going to email them all a thanks and, please confirm your intended meaning is not corrupted" email. --Brian McNeil / talk 20:46, 22 September 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I've now emailed all interviewees, asking them to confirm their meanings are unchanged by the extensive sub-editing work I did earlier (CC'd scoop, Computron). --Brian McNeil / talk 21:06, 22 September 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Time constraints in writing questions, and - to some extent, I guess - with the responses of our interviewees meant that I believed this needed quite a lot of sub-editing work.

There is the concern that this may have, unintentionally, altered the meaning intended by interviewees. I've done a bit of IAR on our interview guidelines — because the alternative might-well have been [sic]'cing our interviewees into never answering another emailed question from Wikinews.

Another point I addressed, raised as a constructive criticism in IRC, was the "alphabet soup" of initials. Most interviews are with one, perhaps two, people. This is more in the manner of a "panel interview". Too easy to lose track of who says what if you're just looking at XY says, PQ says, ...

So, I chose to follow the Wikinews convention on using peoples' names: Full name on first mention, and 'notional' surname for each subsequent occurrence. In this case, all interviewees have Western/anglicised names. We don't go into that too-heavily in the relevant SG section; but, most Wikinewsies are smart enough to know that, as the Thaksin example there shows, a lot of Asian names have the convention of using the first name in a similar manner to Western surnames. --Brian McNeil / talk 20:35, 22 September 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I've always been fairly comfortable when it comes to style/grammar/spelling edits to people's answers. I tend to think that falls into the realms of what's to be expected; personally, I don't even feel these need to be run past the interviewee. Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 20:38, 22 September 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Rana Mitter Image[edit]

If it is appropriate should the image now that OTRS has been approved on it be added in the article. The only question is where in the article? --Computron (talk) 20:18, 22 September 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • I'm not opposed to adding in whatever relevant free images we can get our hands on; if it's only one interviewee, so be it. I propose finding a bare patch in the article at a question Mitter answers and adding it in. Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 20:34, 22 September 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Looking at it as placed in the article, I've no objection. --Pi zero (talk) 21:16, 22 September 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Review of revision 1987731 [Passed][edit]


Promoted today. --Brian McNeil / talk 12:42, 20 October 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]


{{edit protected}} Please move this article from Category:Syria to Category:Syrian Civil War. Thank you. Green Giant (talk) 16:56, 1 October 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Added to the latter. --Pi zero (talk) 00:35, 2 October 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]