User talk:Ixfd64

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Late edits[edit]

This article is now 2 days old; unlike Wikipedia we don't constantly update things. Once 36-48 hours old only minor non-content corrections (eg spelling or grammar) should be made. Wikinews aims to have a 'snapshot' of what was known at the time, and articles slide off the front page being - in an ideal world - archived (See WN:ARCHIVE) when a week old. --Brian McNeil / talk 08:42, 20 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • OK, that makes sense. Are there any ways to correct factual errors without starting a new article? The problem is that most people never read talk pages. --Ixfd64 (talk) 18:44, 20 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Thanks for pointing out all those page move vandalism remnants - some of them had been around for years. I've deleted them all. Cheers, Tempodivalse [talk] 01:56, 4 June 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Hi. Just noting, we go out of our way to not build specific death tolls into headlines, partly because it's undesirable to rename an article after publication (it causes duplicate entries in some feeds). --Pi zero (talk) 21:50, 14 December 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • All right, I'll keep that in mind next time. --Ixfd64 (talk) 22:05, 14 December 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Relative dates[edit]

Hi. This is an easy thing to get caught out by: relative dates in an article (today, yesterday, and occasionally tomorrow) are relative to the date of publication. It can be rather tricky to get them right if one is reviewing an article that was written the previous day; the reviewer has to remember to change the relative dates for the date on which they're about to publish the article. (Writers often just write using days of the week and let the reviewer fill in the today's and yesterday's.) The SpaceX article was particularly awkward because it was published on Saturday on Wikinews, which keeps universal time, but it was still Friday in Texas where the event took place. --Pi zero (talk) 23:25, 24 August 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thank you!![edit]

Thank you for writing the story about Guy. Didn't know of him until today. Much appreciated.

--Gryllida (talk) 21:15, 12 March 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

No problem. I always feel there isn't enough coverage when notable mathematicians pass away. --Ixfd64 (talk) 22:23, 12 March 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Ixfd64 (t · c · b), also left comments on the covid Bangladesh story. On its talk page. Please check. Gryllida (talk) 06:59, 13 March 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Unfortunately, I'm not familiar with the COVID-19 situation in Bangladesh. I'll let you know if anything changes. --Ixfd64 (talk) 23:30, 13 March 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Re xkcd[edit]

Hi, Ixfd64. Regarding your edit, I am sorry it had to be rejected. 24-hours after publishing anything, we can't make any substantial changes. News is a snapshot in time, and if that was done sooner, it would have been better. I wish we could have that bit. But I really can't turn back time. I am sorry. Let's hope in future, we get that done sooner than later.
•–• 19:19, 15 April 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

That's unfortunate. Perhaps it would be sense to write a separate article ("Academic figures remember John Horton Conway") if we get enough tributes. But I imagine something like "xkcd creator Randall Munroe posts tribute to John Horton Conway" probably isn't newsworthy on its own. --Ixfd64 (talk) 20:05, 15 April 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

APL article[edit]

The article is marked {{under review}}. --Pi zero (talk) 18:18, 3 June 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I only saw the template after moving the article. It looks I had clicked "rename" just before you added the template and then spent a few minutes doing Google searches to verify that there wasn't a place in Australia with the proper noun Eastern Shore before performing the move. But hopefully my format correction didn't mess anything up! --Ixfd64 (talk) 18:28, 3 June 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
That can happen; the wiki software sometimes falls short on its handling of coordination between different users acting on the same page. (We have a variant of the same problem in some of our advanced automation for en.wn reviewers.) Not to worry, no harm done on this occasion; a major problem in such cases is potential edit conflicts, and fortunately that didn't happen. I just figured I should drop you a note here, in case. --Pi zero (talk) 19:10, 3 June 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Police arrest twelve after explosives kill jackal in Tamil Nadu, India[edit]

Thank you for creating the article, Ixfd64. However, can you please replace the ToI source with a more reliable source? Times has often reported incorrect facts, and many a times they do not issue corrections. (talk) 03:58, 9 June 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

It was Blood Red Sandman (talk · contribs) who created the article. You'll have to ask him as I mostly just did some copy editing. --Ixfd64 (talk) 04:53, 9 June 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Page move[edit]

I appreciate you fixing the headline. However, a general word of caution, please don't move pages when you see a transcript work is in progress. Leave a message on the talk page instead.
•–• 16:49, 9 July 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Acagastya: Sure, no problem. Side note: we should probably add a note to {{develop}} saying that work-in-progress articles with interviews should not be renamed. --Ixfd64 (talk) 17:02, 9 July 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Yes, I should -- I have been copy-pasting from my text editor to on-wiki, that I am losing most of the required tags again and again. I will add it soon.
•–• 17:03, 9 July 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Hi Ixfd64. What does your nick stand for, if I may ask? Thank you for writing the story about Mr Trump. It was the first source that I have read about this topic. Wasn't following the election news for a while.

Also, now I have thought maybe you could find the "welcome a bit" programme interesting. It notifies you of newly created drafts, either here on the talk page or by email, automatically. I am running this in a hope that once notified, you might decide to proofread or edit these new articles at your leisure. If you're interested in it, please click the 'sign up' button there and fill it in (note: for article type, the 'new drafts' option in my opinion is more useful than the 'newly published articles' there, I think).

Let me know if you also like to program, or have Firefox installed, as I can sign you up to do beta testing of some news writing tools. Thanks, --Gryllida (talk) 09:27, 15 October 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Gryllida: I loved the video game Final Doom as a teenager. Its official home page was located at on TeamTNT's now-defunct website. At the time, I really liked the letters "ixfd" for some reason. The Final Doom package had a total of 64 levels, and 64 seemed like a cool number. I sometimes spell my username with a lowercase "i" so people don't misread it as "Lxfd64."
As for the "welcome a bit" programme, I've been pretty busy in real life lately and haven't had much time to edit wikis. However, I do try to check the recent changes page once in while! --Ixfd64 (talk) 23:46, 15 October 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

under review[edit]

Please don't directly edit an article that's marked {{under review}}. Leave a comment on the talk page, as the template requests. --Pi zero (talk) 22:32, 7 November 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Many thanks for helping with original reporting this year. Happy New Year. --Gryllida (talk) 20:49, 1 January 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

IRC chat[edit]

Just a side note that live chat via IRC is available to help contibutors talk, both about news being written and about news they've spotted elsewhere. Perhaps, if you might wish to join it and stay on the chat for a few days, you might meet a few new people. Might help with staying connected with those who are still around. -Gryllida (talk) 04:49, 4 March 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Australia: Pranksters report New South Wales Health Minister as COVID-19-postive[edit]

Thank you for your efforts to save this article. Sadly, it is quite stale and would need to be updated with more recent details. [24Cr][talk] 00:47, 28 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]