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Booksworm, welcome to Wikinews! Thank you for your contributions; I hope you like the place and decide to stay! If you haven't done so already, you may want to create an account.

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Tram derails in Geneva[edit]

Welcome to Wikinews! Thanks for creating Tram derails in Geneva, articles like this are appreciated. There are a few issues that must be dealt with before it can be published. The most important is that all Wikinews articles must cite sources for the information they contain. Articles should cite sources by using the {{source}} tag at the bottom of the story. When you click "edit" there are instructions for using the {{source}} tag underneath the "Save page" button. If your article contains original reporting, you should read the information at Wikinews:original reporting. If you are part of the story that the article is about, you may also wish to consider requesting an interview rather than writing the article yourself.

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By the way[edit]

Thank you very much for writing that article on North Korea's (failed) weapon — it is very important news. But some things I'd like to point out:

  • We don't bold the first paragraph on Wikinews
  • We typically stick to the grammatical conventions of published resources, and not how the Associated Press writes. This means that single-sentence paragraphs should be avoided, and rather expressed as parts of a larger paragraph on a single general topic. When you get to a new topic, make a new paragraph.
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Once again, thank you for your involvement. Please continue to supply Wikinews with great articles. —THIS IS MESSEDR with umlaut.pngOCKER (TALK) 21:06, 4 July 2006 (UTC)

i don't think we can use the image u added to the N Korea article, as it wld be a copyright violation. Doldrums 10:42, 5 July 2006 (UTC)

Swiss ICRC member killed in Senegal[edit]

First off, we really appreciate your contribution.

But sometimes users submit an article from somewhere else, not realizing that Wikinews cannot keep copy-and-paste versions of articles which are published elsewhere under a restrictive copyright. An article created in this way is a copyright violation, and Wikinews policy is to erase these even if they are excellent article ideas.

Another problem which sometimes comes up is press releases. Press releases are sometimes excellent sources, but they do not qualify as unbiased news articles so they can't be published as they are. Two key things to remember about press releases is that they're usually written to represent the viewpoint of an involved party (Thus likely running foul of our Neutral Point of View policy). And second, they are generally covered by copyright which can conflict with our open editing approach.

A better way to get an article on an exciting subject published here is to write an original article following the guidelines described in writing an article, or to write a brief explanation of the subject and include the url address of articles or websites to use as sources.

Thanks again! Doldrums 09:00, 6 September 2006 (UTC)

sorry about not signing the comment - escaped my notice. i've fixed it now. note that making minor changes, copyedits and rewrites to a copyrighted article does not make it a non-copyvio. ideally, a wikinews articles draws substantial information from multiple, independent sources, and this information is presented in the words of the wikinews' editors (not lifted straight from the sources), and the selection and emphasis of information in the wikinews article is different from that of the sources, allowing wikinews to claim that the article is substantially "new" work. if u're not convinced of this, u can speak to other expreienced wikinewsies and look at w:Copyright, w:Plagiarism and w:fair use for more. Doldrums 09:00, 6 September 2006 (UTC)

Chess champion loses to computer[edit]

Well done. I found this article quite interesting and quite different to the articles we normally run :) —FellowWikiNews (W) 00:53, 6 December 2006 (UTC)

click templates in infoboxes[edit]

Hi, thanks for adding them, but currently we're in the slow process of migrating away from the click template, to using the imagemap extension. Please use imagemaps for all new images that click to random places. See the modified version of Template:United Kingdom. Thanks. Happy editing. Bawolff 04:49, 14 March 2007 (UTC)

Quote Templates[edit]

Cquote1.svg Maybe you want to look at this template Cquote2.svg

—Brian McNeil

I'm currently trying to encourage users to move away from inline quote templates as I do not believe it is an appropriate style for news. I've created two templates which I recommend for use highlighting quotes or sections from them. They are {{QuoteLeft}} and {{QuoteRight}}. The expected usage is that you highlight a quote or quote snippet that readers will be drawn to and leave the quote within the article in normal quote marks.

Here's a couple of examples:

There are a variety of other quote templates already in place on the wiki, personally I think having the quote graphics break up an article is a bad idea for news. --Brian McNeil / talk 21:05, 20 March 2007 (UTC)

Images of yours bbeing deleted[edit]

Hi. I have deleted Image:Harry patch pic.jpg (used in The second-oldest British survivor of World War I turns 108) as it was a copy-vio. I also deleted File:Tram pic.jpg as it was an orphan and did not have a source. Last of all, I deleted Image:Tram pic final.jpg as it was a copy-vio. (used in Tram derails in Geneva). See Wikinews:Fair use for more information. Happy editing. Bawolff 01:56, 23 April 2007 (UTC)