User talk:John Vandenberg
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Fair Use (respnse to your comment on talk page)
This is not legal advice but I would say that any more that one (maybe two) page(s) of the document being copied could be considered a copyvio. It depends how you use it as well. If you posted a small part of the document as part of a news article it would probably be OK, while if you just posted one paragraph on the internet randomyly it would not be OK, --A101 - (talk) 07:33, 17 April 2008 (UTC)
- Thanks. I will be trying to report extensively on the content therein. I'm OK with the legal aspects; im more concerned about policy and practise here on Wikinews, as I have very little experience here. John Vandenberg - (talk) 10:20, 17 April 2008 (UTC)
Market Data bot
Hi, thanks for the advice. I've changed the code to include the template documentation ;). About the code, is in a project at google code and runs in Toolserver. I have a poor style of coding in Python (such as my english level), but the bot runs OK :P. If you are interested, I can send you the link with it... =). Thanks again ;) Superzerocool 13:16, 21 March 2011 (UTC)
- I would like to see the code; someone else has a similar bot for a different set of data. If we three put our code together, I think we can make a good skeleton bot and check it into pywikipedia. Then we can each have small bots which are subclasses of the core bot. John Vandenberg (talk) 16:57, 21 March 2011 (UTC) My python and English is good, but my perl and Spanish is not so good.
Raw Opals spend week preparing for London Games
If Raw Opals spend week preparing for London Games is the article that Irenah is counting as having written (which pizero, myself and u9of99 both worked extensively on) with out having come back to write anything else, when coupled with the huge amount of assistance she has received for w:Ellie Cole on the GA level to the point where I don't think you can say she wrote it herself and with the EXTREMELY late submission for the GA that required a major cue jump on an article really not ready for nominating at the time, I will be very disappointed. I sincerely hope this is not the case, and that the Opals article and Ellie Cole are not counting for her eligibility. She can't write GAs with out help, and she has yet to demonstrate she can write Wikinews. She hasn't demonstrated that she is will continue to contribute to Wikinews or Wikipedia following this. She hasn't demonstrated that she will be able to go to London and write. u9of99 and Aussielibrarian have demonstrated a much stronger commitment to both projects and a better ability to contribute to both projects. If you're dead set on sending her above one or both of those guys, I would hope it would be made crystal clear to her that she needs to spend as much of her free time learning to contribute to Wikinews as she can by doing OR and more OR and more OR on English Wikinews so she can actually contribute when she gets to London. --LauraHale (talk) 11:23, 29 June 2012 (UTC)