User talk:Crimson

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Doldrums 15:08, 5 August 2006 (UTC)

single-sourced articles[edit]

please make sure u use aleast two sources in an article. multiple sources are helpful in providing independent confirmation of events, ensuring a wider range of povs are incorporated, and importantly, are also useful, even required, for copyright reasons - an article based solely on one source, even if it is completely rewritten, can be considered a copyvio, as it substantially reproduces the same content. compiling information from multiple sources removes this problem. Doldrums 19:47, 6 August 2006 (UTC)

Doldrums makes a good point, that's for a good report. -Edbrown05 07:11, 7 August 2006 (UTC)

Thanks, I've gone back and added additional sources and rewritten the articles accordingly. ----


I award you the "Updating Barnstar (That looks nothing like a barnstar because I swiped it from Commons)" for updating the Connecticut primary while I was asleep on the job. 09:30, 9 August 2006 (UTC)

UN backs Lebanon ceasefire[edit]

looks really good. Doldrums 06:17, 12 August 2006 (UTC)

Fidel Castro[edit]

Why did you reverted this PD image to my AP's version? Hołek ҉ 16:45, 13 August 2006 (UTC)

Public domain of Cuban media photos[edit]

Why do you believe photographies by Cuban media outlets are in the Public Domain? It says "© Copyright Juventud Rebelde" at the bottom of their page. --+Deprifry+ 16:48, 13 August 2006 (UTC)

Do you have a citation for that? The U.S. and Cuba are both signatories to the Berne Convention --+Deprifry+ 16:53, 13 August 2006 (UTC)
In fact, the U.S. Copyright Office specifically lists Cuba as a nation the United States, through Berne, the WTO, a bilateral agreement from 1903 and the Universal Copyright Convention, has copyright relations to. --+Deprifry+ 17:00, 13 August 2006 (UTC)
Well, if the photos were produced by the Cuban state (Juventu Drebelde credits "Estudios Revolución" which does sound like an offical agency) then they are Fair Use via {{Publicity}}. --+Deprifry+ 17:10, 13 August 2006 (UTC)

Wikibureau Canada[edit]

Hi, would you add your name to Wikinews:WikiBureau Canada, to help us get a team going there. I hope you don't mind. FellowWikiNews (W) 02:14, 16 August 2006 (UTC)

Ramsey case[edit]

Sorry you wasted your time on Arrest in JonBenet Ramsay case.

Didn't you see Arrest made in JonBenet Ramsey murder case

--SVTCobra 02:35, 17 August 2006 (UTC)

Welcome to wikinews[edit]

This is a little belated, but I wanted to say Hi and Welcome to Wikinews. Its nice to see more Canadians on Wikinews (I'm assuming your canadian by your areas of intreast, if you're not, my apoligies). Happy editing. Bawolff ☺☻Smile.png 05:31, 25 August 2006 (UTC)

Yes I'm Canadian, however I'd prefer not to join the wikibueru as I'm not a very good writer and would prefer to do other tasks. (so far I've written two articles, and they havn't been very good). I am listed in the Wikinews Canadian directory though. Bawolff ☺☻Smile.png 05:54, 25 August 2006 (UTC)

How about a nice warm glass[edit]

☻ Someone has poured you tea

Re:Headline correction needed.[edit]

You (not only Administrators) can edit the lead article template (thereby changing the title of the lead as it appears on the main-page) here. If you need any other assistance, please feel free to ask. PVJ(Talk)Flag of India.svg 17:19, 29 August 2006 (UTC)

Only registered users can edit the leads. FellowWikiNews (W) 17:30, 29 August 2006 (UTC)


You have been listed as an accredited Wikinews reporter on Wikinews:Credential verification. Congratulations! If you wish to update your contact information, please contact me or another administrator. Please remember that you are representing Wikinews in "real life" and your actions will reflect (well or poorly) on the project. Please remember, also, that you are not working for Wikinews or the Wikimedia Foundation, but are in fact, an independent citizen journalist that is accredited by Wikinews.

You may request an ID Card verifying your credentials -- I will attempt to prepare one for you.

Please do contact me with any questions about the accreditation process or if I can be of any assistance to you. Have fun and good luck! --Chiacomo (talk) 03:56, 31 August 2006 (UTC)

Re: Wikipress ID Card[edit]

i don't know, actually. Cspurrier, Amgine, Chiacomo or MessedRocker may be able to help you. Doldrums 05:07, 4 September 2006 (UTC)

Re: Admin?[edit]

Sure. You seem like a good contributor that can help the Wikinews community :-) FellowWikiNews (W) 21:23, 19 September 2006 (UTC)

No, thats my job. All I have to do is to go to Wikinews:Administrators follow the easy steps and after 7 days a Bureaucrat will give you admin status. FellowWikiNews (W) 22:45, 19 September 2006 (UTC)

Re: Adminship[edit]

As Wikinews:Administrators says, all u need to be an admin is a month's editing on wikinews & the community's trust. u already have the former, i think, and the way to test for the latter is a RfA. u can either nominate urself or someone else can nominate you. listing significant contributions u've made to wikinews (either articles or project-related stuff) in the nomination is one way to let people who've not come across you much on wikinews to get to know about you. getting familiar with Wikinews policies (and, i personally think) Wikipedia policies is a very useful thing if u r looking to becoming an admin.

do note that "adminship is no big deal" and u can be a significant contributor to wikinews without ever becoming an admin. adminship is helpful and is required, if u r interested in doing certain chores such as deleting, protecting and blocking - all of which admins can only do only as per policy and which cannot be used to prevail in a editorial or other dispute. more on this here. cheers, Doldrums 09:51, 20 September 2006 (UTC)

would you like me to nominate you for adminship? Doldrums 10:02, 20 September 2006 (UTC)
the curtains gone up! can u please post ur acceptance? good luck! Doldrums 17:22, 20 September 2006 (UTC)


Hey, your vote counts, so stop on by WN:AR and cast your vote, Thanks! terinjokes User Page / Talk 10:07, 20 September 2006 (UTC)

They're everywhere![edit]

Wikipedia has a wonderful search facility (not!). Here are your wikignomes, they get into everything - like dust. --Brian McNeil / talk 21:10, 24 September 2006 (UTC)


You don't exactly fit the description of a Wikignome, but I've met you in several page histories were you made little tweaks, which is kinda like a wikignome.--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 21:11, 24 September 2006 (UTC)


Its the admin-mobile!

Congratulations, you are now an admin. Be good, follow policy and have fun :). Remember most anything you do can be undone easily, if need be. If you have any questions just ask. --Cspurrier 19:17, 27 September 2006 (UTC)

congrats. Bawolff ☺☻Smile.png 00:29, 28 September 2006 (UTC)
Welcome to the club! PVJ(Talk)(Articles I have written) Flag of India.svg 15:07, 29 September 2006 (UTC)
Congrats! FellowWikiNews (W) 17:16, 29 September 2006 (UTC)
Welcome to the not-so-exclusive Wikinews admin club. Keep your cool, avoid disputes, try to arbitrate fairly and you'll do fine. Don't let the extra buttons stop you contributing in the main namespace, and if you're not sure ask. There are still things I'm learning that sysops can do. --Brian McNeil / talk 17:29, 29 September 2006 (UTC)
I used to admin a Wikia (acecombat), so I know some admin features. Any questions, ask on my talk page. And the MediaWiki (Allmessages) namespace is for that stuff like (From Wikinews) or the (Aritabition Message), right? Thunderhead(talk) 23:33, 29 September 2006 (UTC)
Not sure what the arbitration message is, but from wikinews yes. The really important ones are Mediawiki:Sitenotice, Mediawiki:anonnotice, mediawiki:common.css And the stats + upload ones. Bawolff ☺☻Smile.png 18:43, 30 September 2006 (UTC)

Way to go, Crimson! OmniBotMind 23:33, 9 October 2006 (UTC)

Liberal debate[edit]

Hi Crimson, I just emailed the Liberal Party for admittance to the debate, and found out that you had already scheduled to attend. Will you be there as a reporter or photographer? -- Zanimum 18:00, 12 October 2006 (UTC)

Adminship thanks[edit]

Hi there! I'd like to thank you for your support to become an admin, it's greatly appreciated! -- Zanimum 14:29, 22 November 2006 (UTC)

Source to Liberals, BQ, win Canadian by-elections[edit]

Crimson, could you fix the Canadian press source to Liberals, BQ, win Canadian by-elections. Regards, Shyam (T/C) 09:21, 28 November 2006 (UTC)

fixed.  — Doldrums(talk) 10:16, 28 November 2006 (UTC)
Thanks Doldrums, Shyam (T/C) 10:17, 28 November 2006 (UTC)

Merry Christmas[edit]

Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas, Crimson! 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 Wikinews-logo.svg

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.

Welcome back![edit]

nice to see u back at work :)  — Doldrums(talk) 17:04, 11 February 2007 (UTC)

New Policy has users up in smoke[edit]

Hello. I am not sure if you check this page anymore, but I thought you might be interested as to what is going on here at Wikinews: Wikinews:Image use policy/New wikimedia policy action plan. I am outraged as well as you have an opinion? DragonFire1024 09:45, 30 March 2007 (UTC)


Just wanted to say hi, as I haven't seen you around in a while. Happy editing. Bawolff 01:38, 6 October 2007 (UTC)

Danforth MPP candidate?[edit]

Hi Robert, are you a supporter of Ms. Bracken? Or did you ask every Danforth candidate to respond?

Until I saw you posted the article, I was wondering why you were asking for a link to that article in particular. Thanks! -- Zanimum 19:07, 7 October 2007 (UTC)

No, I'm not a supporter. I was approached about doing an interview so I just used all the questions you've been using and added two of my own. Crimson 19:10, 7 October 2007 (UTC)
Fantastic! So, did you contact multiple candidates, or just her? I was tempted to send out a second email to everyone, to see if that would wake people into replying, but it wasn't much help. Glad to see your reminder stimulated at least one candidate. -- Zanimum 19:14, 7 October 2007 (UTC)
What happened was Johan Boyden from the CPC contacted me earlier this week and asked me about how to get interviewed for Wikinews. I told him I could do that and I used your questions as a template (I actually didn't realize you'd done all the interviews to date or I would have consulted you) added two questions aimed directly at Communist candidates, and asked him to have the candidates send me the responses so I could code them. So far I've gotten two. I hadn't realized you'd already tried to contact them - don't know if your messages go to them or not. Anyway, hope I haven't stepped on any toes. Crimson 19:21, 7 October 2007 (UTC)
No, no, no. Please, any time you want to "step on toes", step away. The more interviews the better, I don't care who gets it done.
I contacted all the candidates (or, I think there were five Greens that weren't nominated by the time I sent out to them, but almost all the candidates, from every party). You'd think there would have been more, even if they just had an assistant answer as them. Basically, what's linked to from that template is the only people who replied. There were a few others that replied, but they just sent generic, unstructured biographies that I couldn't salvage into the default format.
I think it would have helped if I had sent to each fringe party individually. I sent to the LIB/PC/NDP/GRN candidates individually, but FCP/FREE/COMM/LIB/CFR/IND all as one.
Anyway, I'm glad that he contacted you, and that you were willing to help out with that interview range, it's much appreciated. -- Zanimum 19:54, 7 October 2007 (UTC)


I'm looking for people interested in attending Wikimania 2008 in Alexandria in their capacity as accredited reporters. What would be required is any presentation materials you can help on, sitting on a panel for questions from the floor, and a workshop to introduce non-wikinewsie Wikimedians to editing on the project.

For this I'm trying to rustle up some input from major news outlets that can be considered to have an editorial policy close enough to that of Wikinews that we can work with/for them. That includes CBC and the BBC. Obviously if I can persuade CBC to become involved and possibly sponsor an attendee they'd want someone from Canada. What I have my fingers crossed that we can arrange is them covering the costs of accommodation and flights to get there. In exchange I'd expect them to want an article or two on things like the keynote speeches and photos to go with them.

If this interests you, sign up on the WN:WM2008 page, if you're not sure and have questions then get in touch with me on my talk page. --Brian McNeil / talk 17:52, 7 March 2008 (UTC)


Please note i have put you up for de-admining at Wikinews:Administrators --MarkTalk to me 18:05, 9 May 2008 (UTC)

While I oppose your RFDA, and generally oppose any de-sysop for inactivity, I noticed that you moved yourself back to the list of active admins. Are you returning to the project in an active way? If not, this move may be inappropriate. Cheers, --SVTCobra 00:59, 17 May 2008 (UTC)
The list is of admins who ave made zero edits in the past 30 days. Crimson made an edit so xe counts as active again, not a very high standard but an easy to measure one :). --Cspurrier (talk) 01:05, 17 May 2008 (UTC)

Accreditation Expiration[edit]

Greetings, I wanted to let you know that our policy regarding accreditation has recently changed slightly. Specifically we've enacted an automatic expiration of accreditation after 2 years. You can very easily "re-up" your accreditation should you choose to, but at this point in time you're on the Inactive list. As such your accreditation will automatically be revoked on March 15th unless you request otherwise. Currently, posting to the following thread will keep your accreditation. At a later date, all Accredited reporters will be put in for that "re-up", at which time you'll be notified. Thank you, and should you have any questions, feel free to contact me on my talk page. --ShakataGaNai ^_^ 20:47, 4 March 2010 (UTC)

Tireless Contribution[edit]

With all due motivation and enthusiasm, I have been trying to develop Wikinews. I regret to say this but review's are discouraging me at any go. I require your guidance and experience but why do you seem to be so arrogant. After 3 days, having received no comment I have put two of my articles under publish Cricket World Cup: Bangladesh defeated Afghanistan by 105 runs, Demolition of Hindu temples in the US , wrote on the wall ' Get Out ' condemnation around. At least cite a reason for their shortfall, don't remain arrogant. --Abhinav619 (talk) 02:12, 20 February 2015 (UTC)