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By the way, you can sign your name on Talk pages using four tildes (~~~~), which produces your name and the current date. If you have any questions, you can ask them at the water cooler or to anyone on the Welcommittee, or ask me on my Talk page. Again, welcome! user:Bawolff 02:30, 15 October 2006 (UTC)

  • I've updated your welcome template to the more-current one. --Brian McNeil / talk 03:28, 26 December 2009 (UTC)

New York transport budget[edit]

If you read my review, I never checked the article for copyright as there were other things in need of fixing. If you reckon it's ready remove {{tasks}} and replace it with {{review}} again and someone will take a look at it. The title still needs changed. It is meaningless to anyone outside America. Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 21:32, 11 December 2009 (UTC)

Oh, btw, you'd better take a copy of the new version of the welcome template. It's got links to one or two key changes made since that one above was brought in. Here ya go:


Welcome to Wikinews

A nice cup of coffee for you while you get started

Getting started as a contributor
How to write an article
  1. Pick something current?
  2. Use two independent sources?
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  4. Follow Wikinews' structure? for articles, answering as many of who what when where why and how? as you can; summarised in a short, two- or three-sentence opening paragraph. Once complete, your article must be three or more paragraphs.
  5. If you need help, you can add {{helpme}} to your talkpage, along with a question, or alternatively, just ask?

  • Use this tab to enter your title and get a basic article template.
    [RECOMMENDED. Starts your article through the semi-automated {{develop}}—>{{review}}—>{{publish}} collaboration process.]

 Welcome! Thank you for joining Wikinews; we'd love for you to stick around and get more involved. To help you get started we have an essay that will guide you through the process of writing your first full article. There are many other things you can do on the project, but its lifeblood is new, current, stories written neutrally.
As you get more involved, you will need to look into key project policies and other discussions you can participate in; so, keep this message on this page and refer to the other links in it when you want to learn more, or have any problems.

Wikipedia's puzzle-globe logo, © Wikimedia Foundation
  Used to contributing to Wikipedia? See here.
All Wikimedia projects have rules. Here are ours.

Listed here are the official policies of the project, you may be referred to some of them if your early attempts at writing articles don't follow them. Don't let this discourage you, we all had to start somewhere.

The rules and guides laid out here are intended to keep content to high standards and meet certain rules the Wikimedia Foundation applies to all projects. It may seem like a lot to read, but you do not have to go through it all in one sitting, or know them all before you can start contributing.

Remember, you should enjoy contributing to the project. If you're really stuck come chat with the regulars. There's usually someone in chat who will be happy to help, but they may not respond instantly.

The core policies
Places to go, people to meet

Wiki projects work because a sense of community forms around the project. Although writing news is far more individualistic than contributing to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, people often need minor help with things like spelling and copyediting. If a story isn't too old you might be able to expand it, or if it is disputed you may be able to find some more sources and rescue it before it is listed for deletion.

There are always discussions going on about how the site could be improved, and your input is of value. Check the links here to see where you can give input to the running of the Wikinews project.

Find help and get involved
Write your first article for Wikinews!

Use the following box to help you create your first article. Simply type in a title to your story and press "Create page". Then start typing text to your story into the new box that will come up. When you're done, press "save page". That's all there is to it!



It is recommended you read the article guide before starting. Also make sure to check the list of recently created articles to see if your story hasn't already been reported upon.

Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 21:34, 11 December 2009 (UTC)

It's nearly there now. I've seen you around on en.wp, haven't I? Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 22:03, 11 December 2009 (UTC)

Hawaiian Representative Neil Abercrombie resigns[edit]

I've copyedited, reviewed, and published this. Can you take a look at the comments and the edits I made prior to publication please? --Brian McNeil / talk 18:23, 12 December 2009 (UTC)

Quotations[edit]

If you're paraphrasing, don't use double quotes. (here.) --Pi zero (talk) 13:52, 14 December 2009 (UTC)

Intel gets hit with antitrust lawsuit[edit]

This is interesting news, but I wonder where the sources are? Q/0/k 04:16, 18 December 2009 (UTC)

Former president of Venezuela Rafael Caldera, dies at age 93[edit]

This is tagged as {{minimal}} and {{sources}}. If no sources are specified it is virtually impossible to assess if the article might be a copyright violation. The image uploaded to Commons for it was deleted as a copyright violation; I've replaced it with a freely-available image from Commons. --Brian McNeil / talk 03:31, 26 December 2009 (UTC)

Fireworks found on US domestic flight article[edit]

"Pyrotechnics are banned on American flights and individuals face a $10,000 civil penalty." is not supported by the sources. Can you add a source in to substantiate this? Otherwise it is good for publishing as far as I am concerned. --Александр Дмитрий (Alexandr Dmitri) (talk) 09:41, 29 December 2009 (UTC)

British guy executed in china article[edit]

Unfortunatly the article cannot be published yet, as it is based on a single source. Articles (with exception for OR and the like) should combine information from mulitple sources, instead of just re-writing a single source. See {{Single source}} for details. Cheers. Bawolff 10:13, 29 December 2009 (UTC)

I've added a second source for you to use for additional information and to reduce the risk of copyright infringements, POV etc. from the BBC. Regards --Александр Дмитрий (Alexandr Dmitri) (talk) 10:53, 29 December 2009 (UTC)

Times Sq[edit]

ETA on those photos? You sent me redlinks, I assume your in the process of uploading? --JulesMattsson (talk) 19:06, 30 December 2009 (UTC)

Great job with the photos! --SVTCobra 01:36, 31 December 2009 (UTC)

Barnstar[edit]

I, Tempo, hereby award you the Camera Barnstar for your excellent pictures and coverage of the Times Square bomb scare, plus for all your other great articles. Keep it up! Smile.png Tempodivalse [talk] 04:45, 31 December 2009 (UTC)

Also, quick suggestion: perhaps you'd like to apply for Editor status at WN:FRRFP? You have quite a few articles under your belt now, I think you've proved you know your way around Wikinews well enough to get the bit, plus we're going to need all the reviewers we can get for the upcoming writing contest. Cheers, Tempodivalse [talk] 04:45, 31 December 2009 (UTC)