User talk:Brian McNeil/Archive 06

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Archive 01 — January 9, 2006 | Archive 02 — April 6, 2006 | Archive 03 — June 4, 2006 | Archive 04 — September 29, 2006 | Archive 05 — December 9, 2006 | Archive 06 — March 24, 2007 | Archive07 — May 30, 2007 | Archive 08 — November 4, 2007 Archive 08 — November 4, 2007 | Archive 09 — March 25, 2008

Deletion Death[edit]

Hey Brianmc! Does this work? User:Terinjokes/death terinjokes User Page / Talk 06:55, 10 December 2006 (UTC)Reply

Have a break! Have a Kit Kat![edit]

Oh, and ask on someone else's talk for the next couple of weeks. --Brian McNeil / talk 20:40, 10 December 2006 (UTC)Reply

Wiki Break[edit]

Have a nice break, enjoy the holidays (and beyond?) and hope to see you real soon! (Wow, this RSS Feed of recent changes is helpful :D ) terinjokes | Talk | Come visit the WikiBistro 12:05, 16 December 2006 (UTC)Reply

Wikiholic - a definition or an admission?[edit]

There's a dirty big Wiki-Break notice on my user page that has totally destroyed the pagerank of the page, but I keep making edits. I feel responsible for trying to keep this part of the Internet well organised and accessible. I'm real busy with work at the moment, but I just can't help but check in and look at RC. Archiving is behind, with November 9th the last date done. I'll have time for some catchup between Christmas and New Year. --Brian McNeil / talk 16:32, 19 December 2006 (UTC)Reply

Canadian flag[edit]

Ok, so how about PVJ? He has the Indian flag in his signature and has used the flag in his from the start. Check out the links to Image:Flag_of_India.svg. FellowWikiNews (W) I am Canadien! 23:14, 19 December 2006 (UTC)Reply

Yup, another case that "pollutes" the what links here. How does wikipedia deal with this? --Brian McNeil / talk 23:35, 19 December 2006 (UTC)Reply
Answer: They don't :P FellowWikiNews (W) I am Canadien! 00:10, 20 December 2006 (UTC)Reply
ummm...w:WP:SIG#Images.  — Doldrums(talk) 05:18, 20 December 2006 (UTC)Reply
Right. I mean, if you want something like Bawolff has in his signature, ask him about that. Thunderhead - (talk) Congrajulations to Kat! 06:50, 20 December 2006 (UTC)Reply
I have found a solution. Instead of using Image:Flag_of_Canada.svg I will use {{country|flagicon|I am Canadien!|size={{{size|18px}}}}}. FellowWikiNews (W) [[File:Flag of Canada.svg

|{{SUBST:{size|18px}}|I am Canadien! ]]} 19:38, 21 December 2006 (UTC)

well, ppl tend to forget, Canada's a big country. Bi-ig country. — Doldrums(talk) 20:20, 21 December 2006 (UTC)Reply
Thanks for that, raised a smile. --Brian McNeil / talk 20:29, 21 December 2006 (UTC)Reply
what do I have [refering to thunderhead]? I used to have but I took it out mostly because it was annoying me (actually for similiar reasons to the 'pedia policy I just read from the link above). Bawolff 00:20, 22 December 2006 (UTC)Reply
Oh, you're proablly refering to ascii characters number 1 and 2. (Avalible as a nice neat list in the ascii(7) (Except for the first 32 characters are listed as there real command meaning instead of there other meaning sometimes used) manpage or charmap.exe on windows as well as some page in 'pedia. Bawolff 00:24, 22 December 2006 (UTC)Reply
I've taken the flag off my signature. By the way, I'd asked about this on Water Cooler back in April. Zeest(Talk)(Newpages) 06:21, 22 December 2006 (UTC)Reply

comment about public official[edit]

is this comment something we shld be concerned about? as in potentially libellous.  — Doldrums(talk) 21:23, 21 December 2006 (UTC)Reply

I need the libel in it pointed out to me, I could see the point of a "we refer to authority, not provide it" message as a followup with some fudge-factor about community trust. That'd be to counter the claim of authority, which I don't see disagreeing wildly from the actual article. --Brian McNeil / talk 21:52, 21 December 2006 (UTC)Reply
the "She was uniformly disliked by those who worked with her" and "hated by those who she harassed out of the department"(emph. mine). — Doldrums(talk) 06:41, 22 December 2006 (UTC)Reply
I'll touch on this, mostly because I noticed it. To whom does liability for what is posted on an article discussion page fall? For that matter, couldn't Wikinews just issue a general disclaimer that all news is potentially false, so then it could report fearlessly. What's this site trying to be, authoritiative? I thought this site is an invitation for everybody to participate in news, where the good news will get worked on, along with the bad. Open it up with a simple disclaimer if the legality is the concern. Numbers of people involved with the site makes for it's neutrality. -Edbrown05 07:09, 22 December 2006 (UTC)Reply
i don't know for sure whether Wikinews bears any liability for libelous material posted on it, but suspect it does, especially if is aware of the problem but did not act on it. if i am correct, that itself is enough reason for Wikinews to monitor and remove such material from its site. but there is also a different reason.
Wikinews is not a public message board where anyone can post whatever they feel like. it claims to be a news source, and that means it has to make every effort to ensure that material it carries is truthful, accurate and fair. this is what separates Wikinews from the tonnes of blogs, message boards and whatnot out there.
WN's open editing system and claim to be an "authoritative" news source will mean that everyone out there with an agenda or a "sense of humour" will try to post stuff which won't meet these criteria. it's upto us to come up with a process that filters such stuff out. so far as i can see, this won't impinge on anybody's freedom to say what they want to say, it requires them to say it in a responsible way(T,A,F) here or take it elsewhere. i see this site as a place for everyone to participate in news, to learn how news is written and write it themselves. but i also want contributors to try their best to write to the same standards that professionals do. we shld do our best to help, teach and show editors how to do that, but shld equally not hesitate to remove material that we can't salvage.
finally, as anyone who's been on a usenet group will tell u, numbers by themselves won't make for neutrality.  — Doldrums(talk) 07:35, 22 December 2006 (UTC)Reply
So much shit Doldrums, I see now that we've come to the end of the rope. -Edbrown05 07:49, 22 December 2006 (UTC)Reply
I go back to Neutralizer (banned now) who said something to the effect that, "You got to offer something different from mainstream media." If that's all we got is parrot talk, then "fu" . -Edbrown05 08:01, 22 December 2006 (UTC)Reply

Merry Christmas![edit]

Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas, Brian McNeil/Archive 06! I have really enjoyed working with you this year, and I am honestly looking forward to another year just like it. Wikinews is a great community, and I am really excited to be a part of it. Again, Merry Christmas! Thunderhead
Haha, no problem, and thank you for the wonderful card and sentiment! Thunderhead - (talk) Congrajulations to Kat! 09:29, 23 December 2006 (UTC)Reply

Merry Christmas![edit]

File:Santa arrest.JPG
HO HO HO! These people got no presents from me this year.
FellowWikiNews is whishing thou a Merry very pegan Christmas , Seasons Greetings, Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, or whatever thou calls it, and
realised they had purposefully forgotten about thou. This user is completely thoughtless, doesn't care about Season's Greetings,
and therefore DEMANDS you have yourself a Merry Christmas... NOW!

Failure to comply will result in going to jail with Santa. (Note: Santa is Satan spelt backwards)!

Christmas Story (Children Friendly):

So kids, is Santa Democrat or Republican??!

Often depicted as an obese man wearing a tasteless red, ermine trimmed suit, Santa Claus is a self-employed Caucasian male who's been married to the same woman for several centuries. It appears likely that he is a churchgoer, insofar as he is a Catholic saint and a former bishop. It has to be assumed here that Claus was released from his vows, or else he would not have been married.

Frequent arguments have erupted over the political affiliation of Claus. Ten years ago, Dick Cheney inadvertently dealt a savage blow to the morale of the Republican Party when he misidentified the political affiliation of Santa Claus in his best-selling book, Parliament of Whores. "Santa Claus," he said, "is a Democrat." However it is perfectly obvious from his demographic profile alone that Santa is in fact a Republican.

This assessment is often rebutted by Democrats with Anne-McCaffery counter-analysis: Santa Claus has no children. High-achieving professionals without children trend Democratic. While the Clausian canon does not specifically address the issue of Santa's children, numerous extra-canonical sources suggest that Claus did, in fact, reproduce. Numerous Christmas TV movie specials alone support this point.

Santa is renowned for an aggressive adherence to a binary naughty/nice list, which suggests an impatience for nuanced moral positions that betrays his Republican preferences. Santa's mere willingness to define individuals along a naughty/nice axis demonstrates his indifference to the philosophical stance of, say, The New York Times. And note that no canonical or extra-canonical Clausian text indicates that Santa ever attended college or, God forbid, graduate school.


FellowWikiNews approves of this story.


Thanks for the nice Christmas card! I do too hope that you have a good holiday season and a prosperous new year. FellowWikiNews (W) 15:58, 23 December 2006 (UTC)Reply

Merry Xmas![edit]

My personal message for you can be found here.--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 16:26, 23 December 2006 (UTC)Reply

Merry Christmas to you too[edit]

Merry Christmas to you too. Bawolff 21:18, 23 December 2006 (UTC)Reply

P.S. The wikinews logo is copyright by the wikimedia foundation (template:copyrightByWikimedia), and is not licensed under the CC-by. If you make a derivitive image from it, you have to give all copyrights to the wikimedia foundation (I think.) Bawolff 21:18, 23 December 2006 (UTC)Reply

Merry Christmas and a happy new year, Brian. When the WMF lawyers come after you, tell them Christmas is a time for sharing.  — Doldrums(talk) 06:47, 24 December 2006 (UTC)Reply

Merry Christmas![edit]

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year! Zeest(Talk)(Newpages) 03:08, 24 December 2006 (UTC)Reply

RE: Merry CHristmas[edit]

Hey Brian, THanks for your greeting. Merry Christmas and all the best for the new year. Cheers - Cartman02au (Talk)(AU Portal) 08:37, 24 December 2006 (UTC)Reply

Merry Christmas[edit]

I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year for 2007 Brian | (Talk) | New Zealand Portal 23:31, 24 December 2006 (UTC)Reply

My personal Christmas message for you can be found here.--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 20:27, 27 December 2006 (UTC)Reply

I saw that already, nice one. ;-) --Brian McNeil / talk 20:45, 27 December 2006 (UTC)Reply

Protected article "Friday the 13" Buffalo, New York snow storm in pictures[edit]

This protected archived article needs a bit of fixing; the section titles are one size too large (they're first order, not second order). Osgoodelawyer 16:39, 27 December 2006 (UTC)Reply

Greetings from WiseKwai[edit]

You're the first person on Wikimedia to comment about my handle. Hope you like it. Wisekwai 16:31, 31 December 2006 (UTC)Reply

Happy January[edit]

Happy January! Wishing you all the best for the forthcoming year. --terinjokes | Talk | Come visit the WikiBistro 23:15, 2 January 2007 (UTC)Reply

Happy (Gregorian) 2007![edit]

Hi!, thanks... Amgine | sw 02:25, 3 January 2007 (UTC)Reply

I'd appreciate some feedback...[edit]

If you find the time, could you listen to my post on WN:AW? Thanks!--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 18:13, 3 January 2007 (UTC)Reply

Thanks for the advice. I'm not a native speaker, so you'll hear a few Dutch words here and there :-) .--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 22:01, 3 January 2007 (UTC)Reply

and happy new year ![edit]

Jacques Divol

New idea for community goings-on[edit]

Hi, (I hope you don't mind this general message, I'm just randomly contacting people from my talk page)

I've had an idea after reading User:Kinnerc/WhereToWikinews? that might make people more aware of what's currently going on on this site, what discussions are being held, where help is needed etc. I've designed a little signpost-like box that I would like to introduce as a newsletter to post on user talk pages. Of course, the majority is copied from the Newsroom, which I think people don't visit often enough. Oh yeah, and the title should probably change :-D

I would appreciate some feedback on the idea, and also I'm interested to know if you would subscribe to such a newsletter. Please go to User_talk:Stevenfruitsmaak/Goings-on.

--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 19:48, 7 January 2007 (UTC)Reply

The Fruitsmaak Goings-on Selection[edit]

Wikinews community[edit]

Wikipedia news - Wikimedia news

edit this

Collaboration requests[edit]

Post new request

Flagged discussions[edit]


Responding to your call for more archiving, how should I use AutoWikiBrowser to archive stories, easily?—The preceding unsigned comment was added by Nzgabriel (talkcontribs) 05:11, 10 January 2007

The actual archive action has to be done with a browser, but the automated fixes that AWB can provide are useful. So you do your copyedit for grammar, spelling and so with AWB (which helps a lot) then pull up all articles for the day and protect them. --Brian McNeil / talk 15:18, 10 January 2007 (UTC)Reply
Thanks. --Nzgabriel | Talk 22:50, 10 January 2007 (UTC)Reply

Re: Skype?[edit]

Yes I have Skype available although it malfunctions from time to time and I only log in when I need to use it... I don't immediately see how using Skype would allow to improve the problem: what do you suggest, that I proof-read it to you? Of course the real solution to the problem would be that those here who have the capabilities of doing it properly would do it... helas.--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 14:39, 10 January 2007 (UTC)Reply

I was thinking not so much of a full read but of edited highlights. The call would also serve as a reminder for me to go download your recordings. The other suggestion I have is watching the BBC summary here, you'll pick up on pronunciation of terms like Shiite (She-eight - like height not eight). It is very difficult to explain pronunciation in written text, hence looking for an audio channel. --Brian McNeil / talk 15:23, 10 January 2007 (UTC)Reply
I think this would be difficult in practice no? We seem to be on-line together sometimes, but it seems rather inconvenient to me. "Edited highlights" sounds vague: you mean warning me about tricky words? I might have a look at that BBC site, but maybe it's better if you guys just correct me as much as possible? And maybe if I torture the ears of the native speakers enough, they'll do it themselves? :-p
--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 00:09, 14 January 2007 (UTC)Reply
  • Meh, keep on doing it - and keep on pointing it out to me. I can then be a grumpy old fart and find mis-pronunciations. Of course, checking the BBC stuff might help if you can figure out which bits are worth listening to. --Brian McNeil / talk 00:22, 14 January 2007 (UTC)Reply
I'm really open to feedback so don't hold back, plus I'm going to do 3 months of my practical training in England so feedback would really be useful!--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 00:38, 14 January 2007 (UTC)Reply


This is commonly done. In theory because these stories are being published under my name in the newspaper, for all you know it could be my work out of my newspaper. I shall not do this however legally, this can be my work. All i am doing is adding stories under my name in the newspaper. There isnnothing rong with this. oh, I'll speak to you on skype soon! Symode09 23:41, 13 January 2007 (UTC)Reply

Hint: See user's talk page.--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 00:09, 14 January 2007 (UTC)Reply

The Goings-on Selection[edit]

Welcome to the first edition of this fortnightly Community Newsletter! If you have comments, please voice them. If you no longer wish to receive this newsletter, you can unsubscribe. If you have news for the next edition, please submit it here.--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 00:30, 14 January 2007 (UTC)Reply

Wikinews community[edit]

Wikipedia news - Wikimedia news

edit this

Collaboration requests[edit]

Flagged discussions[edit]

Open polls[edit]

Please vote in open polls! Add {{poll}} to a page to have it listed here.

RE: Edit counts[edit]

Thanks. It'll probably be a long way till I get close to your edits! FellowWikiNews (W) 20:27, 14 January 2007 (UTC)Reply

You have a fairly respectable count, you just need to come up with projects like archiving two year's worth of articles or adding people categories. I suspect those two efforts netted me a huge number of edits. --20:31, 14 January 2007 (UTC)

Bravitude climbing fast on Google[edit]

I've tried to turn the article around, please discuss any further concerns you might have on WN:DR#Bravitude climbing fast on Google.--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 14:43, 16 January 2007 (UTC)Reply

re: Noose[edit]

Yes I suspected so, I never heard the word before I wrote that mathematics article: Russian mathematician declines Fields Medal. But you don't get to hear how many takes I needed :-D The names are also difficult but nobody can blame me there. Anyway, thanks!--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 17:07, 16 January 2007 (UTC)Reply

Mmm... huis doesn't rhyme with moose in Leuven... :-p anyway I understand what you mean.--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 17:38, 18 January 2007 (UTC)Reply
It does in Scotland where the influence of Dutch speakers has "house" pronounced as "hoose". :-P --Brian McNeil / talk 17:41, 18 January 2007 (UTC)Reply


WHat do I need to do to get the story I wrote back online? Thanks The News Catcher 19:28, 16 January 2007 (UTC)Reply

Thanks Brian,

How, then do I pull this story (PREXCEL-Q) from Wikinews without doing "damage" to you or I? I appreciate and understand your comments. I believe you are right on this. Perhaps I am not thinking from the outside enough on this somewhat unfamiliar topic.

jack gallup

Eag 13:49, 22 January 2007 (UTC)Reply

How do I pull my article safely for all?[edit]

Hi Brian,

Thank you for your comments on my PREXCEL-Q article. I believe you are right that it is not for the general public. How can I pull the article without doing damage to Wikinews or myself?

With regards,

jack gallup

Eag 13:53, 22 January 2007 (UTC).Reply

Thanks Brian~ I will most likely let Iowa State University's News Service take it from here then - as they have voiced identical concerns as you have to me about the PREXCEL-Q article. They will slice it down to its basic core and then have it appear in an ISU-related Newletter. Thanks for your helpful insights.The truth is, I'm just to busy in the lab right now to be able to get to this quickly and give it the attention it deserves - so I will be deleting the article soon from Wikinews (as soon as I can figure out the exact right way to do that).

With Professional Regards,

Jack M. Gallup

Eag 19:00, 22 January 2007 (UTC).Reply

Re: Audio template[edit]

Yes I can understand that's a problem... maybe it's best that you make some changes yourself to best fit what you have in mind, and then I can tweak it if necessary? Or if you really don't wanna just say so and I'll give it a shot. On the plus side, the other stories get listed too also :-D. --Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 19:52, 24 January 2007 (UTC)Reply

admin suggestion[edit]

hey, thanks for the admin suggestion, but I will soon "loose" my free time, so for now, it's better for me to do intermittent contributions. thanks again for the suggestion though :) Towsonu2003 20:06, 24 January 2007 (UTC)Reply


Hi, your comment with the heading: "This has been missing for too long..." on my user page has been replied to here. --Nzgabriel | Talk 21:52, 24 January 2007 (UTC)Reply

in regards to Image:World Food Program told to leave North Korea.ogg[edit]

I have tagged it public domain as it is a spoken version of a wikinews article which was public domain. i hpe that is okay. Bawolff 23:11, 24 January 2007 (UTC)Reply

Thank you Brian - your are a true Gentleman and a scholar. Jack

Eag 02:17, 25 January 2007 (UTC).Reply


Thanks for that,I'm new to this but I love writing news, I'll try and fix the sources now you've told me how. Just harassme if I get things wrong until I get them right. I try and follow the instructions but there's so much, gets confusin. I'm keeping some of the press release in because it's received as first-hand and not online as a link. --Kaiserjnr 13:09, 27 January 2007 (UTC)Reply

Re: new cat[edit]

Ow... I thought it was one big affair? Photos were apparently released several times... I used "case" instead of "scandal"... Maybe I should change to "Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse"?--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 21:57, 27 January 2007 (UTC)Reply

Anonymous1 and 2[edit]

You may like to know that the user anonymous2 who has just created the two articles you just deleted also created an article before under a very similar title using the username anonymous1. does this class as sockpuputing??--Markie 11:26, 28 January 2007 (UTC)Reply

We've got another one: User:Anonymous3 --Thunderhead - (talk) 12:21, 30 January 2007 (UTC)Reply

'Fair use' images[edit]

Just a comment and then I have to dash off --> If Wikimedia Commons remains unchanged, there is no question images such as Msnbc bushpoll would be deleted. I am not enough engaged with that community to know if they are considering any wiggle room for such images.

If you recall it was only after much agonizing over the lack of it, that Wikinews came to accept 'Fair use' images to support news reports. I recognise that MSNBC Poll: 87% of Americans would like to see Bush impeached was, or is as it develops, pushing the edge of the 'Fair use' implementation. But at this time, I don't think it is something that should be withdrawn, unless consensus forms that it is something that is being abused. Best regards -Edbrown05 19:36, 28 January 2007 (UTC)Reply

The image I added to Hillary Clinton to host live webcasts is an example of what Commons will not except. I know, because I uploaded it there and it was deleted. My concern is whether Wikinews will back-peddle on the issue of 'Fair use'. -Edbrown05 08:10, 29 January 2007 (UTC)Reply


Hi. Could you change the site notice as the elections have now finished. Thanks--Markie 21:24, 31 January 2007 (UTC)Reply

Don't want to be picky but for grammer's skae could you change it to "...elections have just finished..." instead of are. I think it would sound better. Cheers --Markie 23:11, 31 January 2007 (UTC)Reply

Thanks for the help[edit]

Thanks for the edits on the bird flu page, I'm still very inexperienced when it comes to writing news articles and appreciate the input.

Thanks, Drew Drewbie 23:37, 31 January 2007 (UTC)Reply

Re: Chill[edit]

Seriously, since there has been a lot of complaints on the talk page the article should be deleted. FellowWikiNews (W) (sign here!) 23:18, 1 February 2007 (UTC)Reply

Urban Planning[edit]

How very weird. You were writing on the talk page that it should be moved whilst i was in the process of moving it. Strange, maybe even telepathic. --Markie 12:40, 4 February 2007 (UTC)Reply

shorts stuff[edit]

i think we shld retain the toc as there are multiple independent stories in each article. btw, there's a toc tag in the header template that's overriding ur notoc. also, the date thing needs a fix. any ideas? now fixed.  — Doldrums(talk) 15:51, 5 February 2007 (UTC)Reply

Football lead[edit]

well im actually from the uk so i think it does interest more than 1 country but yes i apprciate the comment. i thought that it would be more suitable than the iraq story which is now quite old. i will try to look for a better lead but your more experienced than me at lead choosing so ur feedback is very welcome.--Markie 20:32, 5 February 2007 (UTC)Reply

yeah you seem to make ALOT of changes. whilst your poking about could you hvae a look at the wikinews shorts for today. ive added code to loose the TOC but it doesnt seem to want to budge. also had a look at the template for the shorts and cant see why it seems to appear. help appriciated. thanks --Markie 20:47, 5 February 2007 (UTC)Reply


ok thanks anyway.--Markie 20:57, 5 February 2007 (UTC)Reply

shorts formatting is up for discussion.  — Doldrums(talk) 04:19, 6 February 2007 (UTC)Reply


thanks for creating this long-overdue template. looks cool!. have fixed the margin and color. feel free to play around with the margin and color values.  — Doldrums(talk) 04:41, 11 February 2007 (UTC)Reply

WP FA template[edit]

do we really need to direct more traffic to 'pedia? :)  — Doldrums(talk) 11:50, 11 February 2007 (UTC) as you no doubt would've noticed, the date does update. one more thing we can do is link to WP current events stuff, for eg., in the newsroom. pity we can't display the stuff - all that GFDL/CCA business.  — Doldrums(talk) 05:44, 12 February 2007 (UTC)Reply


can you have a look at the poorism article. im sure its a copy vio but the ip reverted my template add. if its not then its deffinately a press release--Markie 21:12, 11 February 2007 (UTC)Reply

copright on article about poorism[edit]

Brian, I run, I also submitted the article. what do i need to do?

brad hines -- 22:05, 11 February 2007 (UTC)Reply


Wow, nice template, I must say! This is sure a great find. -- Zanimum 15:01, 12 February 2007 (UTC)Reply


The user is a bot. It was approved at meta (we had a notice about it at the wc for a while), it removes deleted images. see its user page. Bawolff 00:09, 14 February 2007 (UTC)Reply

lol. It doesn't speak English (not even Klingon)! FellowWikiNews (W) (sign here!) 00:15, 14 February 2007 (UTC)Reply
But if we had the klingon wikinews (unfortunately it had a bunch of people oppose its creation, see meta), it could be translated :). Bawolff 00:25, 14 February 2007 (UTC)Reply
Why would we need a Klingon Wikinews? After all, it is a fictional language. FellowWikiNews (W) (sign here!) 00:28, 14 February 2007 (UTC)Reply
So is Esperanto, and we almost have enough interest for that. (plus news is better for a klingon. KPOV) Bawolff 00:31, 14 February 2007 (UTC)Reply

Gamespy story[edit]

I give up, you find the talk page with my comment on it and move it to match the current article. Oh, and you've created a slew of redirects that need fixed too. :-) --Brian McNeil / talk 22:17, 15 February 2007 (UTC)Reply

I did! :-) You can delete the redirects if you want, since it's not been published. GreenReaper 22:21, 15 February 2007 (UTC)Reply



Internet Explorer's CSS rendering: WYSIWTF

That's great. Bawolff 23:11, 15 February 2007 (UTC)Reply

It's some guy's slashdot signature, I was laughing my ass off after the initial "huh?" --Brian McNeil / talk 23:37, 15 February 2007 (UTC)Reply


Thank you for the barnstar, I really appreciate that.--Grace E. Dougle 15:42, 16 February 2007 (UTC)Reply

Commons Picture of the Year 2006[edit]

I assert that I am the holder of the commons account brianmc and am thus entitled - due to my edits on this wiki - to vote in the Commons picture of the year. --Brian McNeil / talk 12:40, 19 February 2007 (UTC)Reply

Re: AWB[edit]

Thanks, I noticed that but didn't have the time to search for the right button, had to run to work where I arrived too late... --Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 23:22, 22 February 2007 (UTC)Reply


Please comment on entry for WN:DR#2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. Bawolff 06:20, 23 February 2007 (UTC)Reply

Wikinews:Accreditation requests[edit]

CSpurrier made a comment about press passes in other countries, do you have any experience with that or do you know more about it?--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 13:42, 28 February 2007 (UTC)Reply

spot of OR[edit]

care for some OR on this?  — Doldrums(talk) 14:58, 28 February 2007 (UTC)Reply

AWB Checkpage[edit]

Can you remove the enabled versions section from the AWB checkpage? (Wikinews:AutoWikiBrowser/CheckPage) The software now loads the versions centrally. Thanks! 03:36, 3 March 2007 (UTC)Reply

can you...[edit]

take a look at Jimmy Wales asks Wikipedian to resign "his positions of trust" over nonexistent degrees pls. thnx — Doldrums(talk) 11:26, 5 March 2007 (UTC)Reply

Re:Tournament articles[edit]

That's just the place I went when you mentioned it to me. I figured at the very least I'd get them up, and then we can figure exactly what to do with them during the week. Theirishpianist 21:57, 5 March 2007 (UTC)Reply

Oooohhh... pretty buttons[edit]

Thank you
Thank you
Thank you for your comment on my recent RfA! My RfA passed with a final tally of 12/0/1, and Cspurrier promoted me tonight. It feels great to have support from my fellow Wikinewsies. Thanks again for your support, and feel free to come to me if you need anything. Thanks! --Thunderhead - (talk) 23:38, 5 March 2007 (UTC)Reply

Rocketeers question[edit]

Question at Talk:Rocketeers find possible impact crater in Nevada. (SEWilco 18:34, 9 March 2007 (UTC))Reply

I see that you are online...[edit]

Would you mind taking a look at Template:Imagedelete and telling me what you think of it? Cheers!  Thunderhead  ►  00:52, 10 March 2007 (UTC)Reply


Well, Template:New article intro is already filled to the brim. Perhaps we could get the Mediawiki devs to install / develop some sort of pop-up window for quick reference for the tags?  Thunderhead  ►  15:42, 10 March 2007 (UTC)Reply

There's probably some way a pop-up can be done if the code is done right, it'd be much better to have something in a separate window that documents lots of the templates people can use. --Brian McNeil / talk 16:12, 10 March 2007 (UTC)Reply
I remember that (somewhere) there was something called QuickUpload where you could upload images directly from the edit screen.  Thunderhead  ►  16:20, 10 March 2007 (UTC)Reply

Re: Research In Motion[edit]

Hi Brian. Thanks for the welcome! Cheers, Jcart1534 19:35, 10 March 2007 (UTC)Reply

Your question...[edit]

I am not affiliated with First Coast News, but yes, my username does seem to point to that. My username just means I report news covering the First Coast. Do you think I should change my username? If so, how?

- First Coast News

Sports Coordination[edit]

Hey mate, you left a message on my talk page (and i thank you for the praise) about coordinating with other sports writers on Wikinews to improve the site as a whole. I would love to do this, but I need a nudge in the right direction for where to start, as I am not exactly sure how i can get this coordination going, and how it can improve the work of the sports writers in general. Anything you have to suggest would be extremely helpful, thank you. (continued below)

On a non-Wikinews subject, i noticed you live in Belgium. I'd just like to know what its like there because I have Belgian blood for the most part, and really take pride in it (not many Belgians in Winnipeg). My Grandparents live in Bruxelles Manitoba (obviously named after.....). Anyways, do you live in the French, Dutch, German, or Brussell's region, and whats it like? This is all if you dont mind me asking, otherwise ignore it :)Dark Squall 05:17, 11 March 2007 (UTC)Reply

NI election article[edit]

Yes, it looks much better now. Thanks a lot! Getting rid of the congestion down the left hand side does make it more visually balanced and less trouble on screen with QuoteLeft boxes getting in the way of eachother. Tamino 15:27, 11 March 2007 (UTC)Reply


Just dropped him a note, detailing sports sources and ideas. Hopefully that will get him started. Happy to help! -- Theirishpianist 21:25, 11 March 2007 (UTC)Reply

blocking tor proxies[edit]

have been doing it where i can. –Doldrums(talk) 10:25, 13 March 2007 (UTC)Reply

here's a list, noncached site seems to be down. --Brian McNeil / talk 10:30, 13 March 2007 (UTC)Reply


as deprifry points out, and as this diff between a pre-Wikiisn version and that user's first edit shows, the user has modified FWN's comment. –Doldrums(talk) 18:36, 13 March 2007 (UTC)Reply

Sports coverage[edit]

I definitely like the ideas for organizing more sports coverage. It's about time we get some more coverage on sports, and a global perspective is definitely a plus. I'll definitely keep an eye on the requisite project pages, and hopefully this can get even more organized. Theirishpianist 20:39, 13 March 2007 (UTC)Reply


thanks for that comment!:-)--MarkTalk 11:56, 17 March 2007 (UTC)Reply

Re: Sint Niklaas[edit]

I'm waaaaaaaaaaaaay ahead of you... .

Today I went to the ministerial summit in Leuven, didn't get much OR out of it because I couldn't get close enough... see the Dutch Wikinews: Belgische_ministerraad_bijeen_in_Leuven.

Anyway haven't seen any accreditation on their website ( ). I'll have my press card printed and laminated tomorrow, it clearly mentions that I'm an indy reporter. So I'm going there Wednesday and anyway I'll get some OR, probably some wedding pictures and hopefully somes quotes or interviews. The thing starts around 14 till late at night. Still need to borrow a digital camera though.

I looked up some info about the press card, only professional journalists can get a press card from the Interior department, all the others can only have what I have, so I guess that's in my advantage.

If you have time could you rephrase parts of the story I wrote to improve the grammar and such? I expect to get a lot of photos and a whole section on the event itself, and the article is rather long already, so I don't know, should I write one very long article or publish the background tomorrow and the rest of the article on Thursday? Oh yeah, if you'd be able to track the Washington Post article on him, haven't found that one yet.

Anyway it would be nice to cooperate on this one. And if you're nearby, don't hesitate to join me on the scene! Keep in touch!

--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 22:40, 18 March 2007 (UTC)Reply


FellowWikiNews (W) (sign here!) 00:04, 19 March 2007 (UTC)Reply

RE: Archives/Guidelines[edit]

Yes, I will temporarily add a list to my archives separately on my talk page. But I still don't understand why the dynamic boxes arn't working...strange. FellowWikiNews (W) (sign here!) 19:35, 20 March 2007 (UTC)Reply

wait a sec pls[edit]

the EU category thingy follows from this. –Doldrums(talk) 12:41, 21 March 2007 (UTC)Reply

never mind, saw ur explanation on the user's talk page. –Doldrums(talk) 12:49, 21 March 2007 (UTC)Reply
I do not agree with the distinction geographical/political that you made. National borders are geographic and though they are political and not "natural". Categories like Europe, Spain, Ireland... are not Natural, but political. The category on the European Union may then obviously contain information about the political event of the institution of the EU but also events which may interest people living in the countries of the EU. That was the reason for my inclusion of the EU category on the page. Best :) Gpeilon 13:41, 21 March 2007 (UTC)Reply

Deleted story?[edit]

What happened to a story I posted - " UK sailors captured at gunpoint by Iranians"? I can't find it. 14:02, 23 March 2007 (UTC)Reply

"Single source"[edit]

Brian, with breaking news, it's OK - encouraged in fact - to publish a story with a single source.

I'm not a big fan of this tag. People seem to be slapping it on rather than just getting a second source and adding it. Dan100 (Talk) 14:09, 23 March 2007 (UTC)Reply

If you look at some of the messages at the bottom of things like AP articles, there's more to fixing an article that's tagged with single source than just adding a second source. --Brian McNeil / talk 15:14, 23 March 2007 (UTC)Reply

Graphic not for current event in 15 British Royal Navy sailors captured at gunpoint by Iranian guards[edit]

Hi Brian, I made this graphic today and i made it according to the news about the location of the recent (March, 23 in 2007) incident. What now? - Best wishes, Torsten 20:10, 23 March 2007 (UTC)Reply

No problem, Brian. And thanks for relabelling and positioning the graph. It looks good now. Cheers -- Torsten 11:05, 24 March 2007 (UTC)Reply


Hi, thanks for your work on my youth parliament article. I have deleted it now (talk page is still present however), as I progress up to the final stages of my application. Thanks, --Nzgabriel | Talk 09:51, 24 March 2007 (UTC)Reply