126.96.36.199, welcome to Wikinews! Thank you for your contributions I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are a few good links for newcomers:
Our key policies - if you read anything, read these!
- Wikinews:Neutral point of view - tell every side to a story in a fair and balanced way
- Wikinews:Cite sources - everything in a Wikinews article must be sourced
Here a few pointers to help you get to know Wikinews:
- Wikinews:Introduction - overview of the site
- Wikinews:Writing an article - how to write and publish a complete article
- Wikinews:Content guide - what's suitable for Wikinews
- Wikinews:Contents - the contents page.
There are always things to do on Wikinews:
- Existing articles need expanding and checking for spelling and mistakes
- The front page lead articles often need updating
- Developing stories need finishing and publishing
- Discussions need your input
- And of course, stories need writing!
Here are some other hints and tips:
- I would recommend that you get a username. You don't have to log in to read or edit articles on Wikinews, but creating an account is quick, free and non-intrusive, requires no personal information, and there are many benefits of having a username. (If you edit without a username, your IP address is used to identify you instead.)
- When using talk pages, please sign your name at the end of your messages by typing four tildes (~~~~). This will automatically produce your username (or IP address) and the date.
Thanks for creating portals, a couple things:
- Please start them with the name portal at the begining. portal:place name instead of place name.
- It is considered good practice to only create portals for subjects which we already have articles for. A portal is useless without articles. There are many subjects without portals, but articles. For example portal:Horse_racing would have lots of articles (see), some of the places you created, like Portal:Eastern Shore have very few articles
- For cities and towns and tertiary divisions, we generally use the tertiary division, secondary division naming scheme. Portal:Eastern Shore, Maryland instead of Portal:Eastern Shore.
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