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Tim for president[edit]

I've actually deleted the thing twice and voted here to delete the version with a non-caps title. There's a link on deletion requests to the first piece of news I found about the guy.

As to sockpuppeting, it is pretty obvious it is the same guy and it's only something we really worry about if used in voting or block avoidance. --Brian McNeil / talk 11:33, 28 January 2007 (UTC)


No problem. I was a little surprised, but thanks for the apology, which is accepted. StockGear 20:28, 31 January 2007 (UTC)


Updated, but I always have to search for changes required in the Wikimedia namespace. --Brian McNeil / talk 21:39, 31 January 2007 (UTC)


Just a reminder, all images must have (url) sources. Bawolff 00:47, 2 February 2007 (UTC)

Recently my edit to the story about the Canadian Sextuplets being given blood transfusions was considered vandalism and this is my counter argument.

Well since The New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures is the offcial bible that Jehovah's Witnesses use, it should be considered that most likely Mark Ruge and the would be quoting from the New World translation. That is why I considered it more Factually accurate to change the quote to original text from the translation that the group would have been using. Also it is unclear what exact page Mark Ruge directed the reporters to but on the, the offcial site of Jehovah's Witnesses, but on the issue of blood there is this article and if you scroll down some it eventually quotes the scripture in question and uses the same text I used.

Also it has been brought to my attention that the one source has original text before I edited it. But since I looked at the original text that Mark Ruge told the reporters too look at and it was my edited version, so obviously this error was on the part of reporter who wrote the original story on and did not copy the text exactly but instead wrote it out in a different translation which is inaccurate to the original quote that Mark Ruge intended to have them see.

This I believe backs up my point that the scripture should be written in the translation that the original source had it from.--Darthbudge 18:59, 2 February 2007 (UTC)

I have not found any other news sources that quote it but it says clearly in the source it says that Mark Ruge directed the reporters to the Jehovah's Witnesses website And the link I posted above clearly quotes the scripture in the same manner that I did. I view this to higher source because this is the site that the reporters should have been quoting from because that is where they were directed and shown the scripture.--Darthbudge 20:43, 2 February 2007 (UTC)

image:TAGHeuer.jpg has been spedied[edit]


I deleted image:TAGHeuer.jpg, as I strongly suspect it came from a competing news organization (big no no in images at wikinews. See WN:FU) Actually I think it came from wikipedia (w:Image:TAGHeuer.TC.jpg) who in turn got it from a competing news site. (No longer in operation, now domain parked. see ). The article this image was used on &mdsah; Prestigious 2007 design award given to TAG Heuer, currently has no image, which is a bad thing, and I'll try to find a replacement image (eventually). If you disagree with this deletion, please tell me, and I'll undelete. Bawolff 07:28, 3 February 2007 (UTC)

American football[edit]

I'm not so sure a sport popular in only one country merits lead article. Can you look for an alternative lead? --Brian McNeil / talk 20:29, 5 February 2007 (UTC)

I'll have a poke about, perhaps need to polish something. You were well-intentioned with the change, and it may turn out this is the best for a lead on a content basis (I've not looked). I know if you dig out stats pages I'm one of the wiki's more active contributors but real life is severely curtailing my current contributions at this time. --Brian McNeil / talk 20:45, 5 February 2007 (UTC)

Wikinews shorts[edit]

I just checked, the code to produce the table of contents is in the template for the wikinews shorts article. I'm reluctant to take it out of there without spending a lot of time looking in archives to see what effect it would have..

Upshot is... Ignore it, I don't like sources being listed with a bolded heading, but it works. --Brian McNeil / talk 20:56, 5 February 2007 (UTC)

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

Re: Super Bowl[edit]

Yes. I renamed the article to Colts win Super Bowl XLI. The article on Wikipedia uses Super Bowl, not Superbowl. FellowWikiNews (W) (sign here!) 22:35, 7 February 2007 (UTC)

Image:Anna Nicole Smith.jpg[edit]

The image page contridicts itself (says cc-by-sa, then says cc-by-sa-nd ). Bawolff 02:33, 10 February 2007 (UTC)

Also the source says another thing (cc-by). Bawolff 02:36, 10 February 2007 (UTC)
In fact every single image you have uploaded in the last couple of days have different licensing info then the source page. Image:Birmingham snow 02 08 07.jpg was very close to what you cited, so I changed that one. Am I correct in assuming that you just misread the page or something, and I should change them to reflect FlickR? Or do you have some reason to believe that these are under those licenses? Bawolff 02:58, 10 February 2007 (UTC)


☻ Someone has poured you tea

Thank you for the welcome[edit]

Thanks for the welcome. Were you named after Markie Post? TS3 20:28, 13 February 2007 (UTC)

Welcome messages[edit]

Hi Markie. When you welcome users use {{subst:hello-anon}} or {{subst:hello}}. See Template talk:Hello for more info. Keep up the great work on this website! FellowWikiNews (W) (sign here!) 20:16, 14 February 2007 (UTC)

image work[edit]

Thanks for the nice additions you've been making here. I wanted to make you aware of a couple search tools Bawolff left me, if you're not already: mayflower or yotophoto [for finding free images]. Could be good stuff for your bag of tricks :) Best regards -Edbrown05 11:31, 3 March 2007 (UTC)

Vandalisim and Thanks[edit]

Thanks for your help cleaning up that vandalisim a couple of minuites ago. --Thunderhead - (talk) 16:29, 4 March 2007 (UTC)

Good job![edit]

I'd just like to congratulate you on your nice work here!--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 19:28, 4 March 2007 (UTC)

NCAA basketball conference tournaments[edit]

Hello! Thanks for the comments on the templates...I borrowed the basic structure from some of the templates on Wikipedia. I'm slowly building up the various conference tournaments...some of them are done so far but if you'd like to help I'm using "Template:3RoundBracket" and "Template:4RoundBracket-Byes" to fill each page. If you need help using them I can explain them to you further, too. Just go ahead and work on anything that you can - I'm hoping to have all the individual conferences finished by the end of the evening (evening being in the midwestern United States). Theirishpianist 22:55, 4 March 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for the welcome![edit]

Thank you for the welcome, Markie. I will contribute articles when I can. I've been going through the Content Guide and Style Guide to see how things should be done. Thanks for the links! Cheers, Jcart1534 18:06, 5 March 2007 (UTC)

Re: wikiholic[edit]

I need to go to the WikiHospital :P FellowWikiNews (W) (sign here!) 19:06, 5 March 2007 (UTC)


Hey there well first of all thanks for fixing the page up and correcting any of the other errors that you may have found on the article. also i wanted to ask what else can i do when i post news? does it always have to be sourced? what if the only source is from like lets say TV or a newspaper how can i relate to those sources?. Thanks much Maverick423 21:44, 5 March 2007 (UTC)

Alright well how to make a timetable will be nice =) the news i posted was straight from our radio news here in deep south texas, also 4 other stations have said the same stories these stations include Wild 104.1, 94.5 the rock, 100.3 Ktex. and well its just too many as they are all covering the story. Our local news is going to talk about it at 10 and they should have it on their website in 1 day. thats pretty much the timeline that the news follows down here. that is why i say that the news takes a while to come out on official sources (such as the net). well any extra help is much appreciatedMaverick423 21:57, 5 March 2007 (UTC)

Oooh... pretty buttons....[edit]

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) 23:43, 5 March 2007 (UTC)

broken redirects[edit]

u don't need to tag them for speedy. they're on a list already. think they used to be deleted by a bot, but looks like the bot is laying down on the job.  — Doldrums(talk) 20:28, 7 March 2007 (UTC)

I think that's messedrocker's bot... but anyway, I've modified the template on admin action alerts so that they include redirects that have speedy on them. (For cases where the redirect really has to be deleted). Bawolff 01:04, 9 March 2007 (UTC)

red links[edit]

Try refreshing your cach by using control-r on your keyboard if you have anymore problems with red links, etc. It happens to me too. Don't know why... FellowWikiNews (W) (sign here!) 17:35, 9 March 2007 (UTC)

Working on images?[edit]

I see that you're working on fixing some of the image problems on Wikinews. Just to let you know, Wikinews is using Template:Imagedelete for image deletions instead of the standard Template:Delete. This will help our administrators (plus me). Thanks!  Thunderhead  ►  17:59, 10 March 2007 (UTC)

Good to see more people working on these images.  Thunderhead  ►  18:02, 10 March 2007 (UTC)

crow copyright[edit]

We generally use {{NZCrownCopyright}} for crown copyright stuff from New Zealand. We use the other one for canadian, british/whatever other country that has crown copyright, crown copyright. Happy editing. Bawolff 05:46, 11 March 2007 (UTC)

Jacques Chirac announces he will not pursue a third Presidential mandate[edit]

I'm not a native speaker, if you have time and feel like it, could you copy-edit the story where needed?--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 22:37, 11 March 2007 (UTC)

Thanks!--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 21:36, 12 March 2007 (UTC)


You're Welcome. -—DelarionDavis13 19:49, 14 March 2007 (UTC)

You're Very Welcome. —DelarionDavis13 19:51, 14 March 2007 (UTC)

UPN is returning launch on October 1, 2007[edit]

Guess what, I Have Great News, UPN is Coming Back in this fall and the another shows in return in this fall. I Was Putting On CNN on the Internet in this Afternoon. -—DelarionDavis13 00:49, 15 March 2007 (UTC)


Please make sure you check licenses at flickr carefully. Bawolff 02:03, 15 March 2007 (UTC)

Mark, while we're glad to have us listed here, our blog mentions at the bottom (of the navbar) that the original source is

Thanks for this - image has now been deleted due to this.--MarkTalk 18:18, 16 March 2007 (UTC)

For some excellent wikiing...[edit]

I hereby present the Working man's barnstar to Markie, for his growing contributions and excellent work! Well done and keep it up!--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 21:41, 16 March 2007 (UTC)

shucks, someone's got there first. –Doldrums(talk) 07:55, 17 March 2007 (UTC)

Ah, and I meant to second it... Markie, looks like I have to third it  Thunderhead  ►  08:17, 17 March 2007 (UTC)
Well-deserved Barnstar. --Brian McNeil / talk 11:50, 17 March 2007 (UTC)

Thank you[edit]

Just a quick thanks for the image and for checking through Rugby Union: France wins Six Nations. And it appears I'm posting this as you were posting on my talk page, so thanks for the compliment :-). -- 22:25, 17 March 2007 (UTC).

Wikipedia/wikinews ads[edit]

Why no commons? Bawolff 23:29, 28 March 2007 (UTC)

Well actually, all of these images are okay at commons. The PD ones are obviously. The screenshot is okay, as it's a free screenshot of a GPL program. Anyways dont worry too much about it. they're okay here for now anyways. Also, you do have surviving images on commons: Image:IMG 2860.jpeg. The photo of Tom stephens and the MS loo got deleted. Bawolff 21:40, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
No, the new policy has nothing to do with what we are talking about and won't affect it. (however are old policy does, but no one follows that anyways). Bawolff 19:37, 30 March 2007 (UTC)

infobox map[edit]

I would love to find a Free map that I could use. Maybe, for now I'll just put in that photo of HMS Cornwall. I knew the map was hideous, but I did not know it was inaccurate. Thanks. --SVTCobra 21:32, 30 March 2007 (UTC)


I've nominated you for adminship: Wikinews:Administrators#Requests_for_adminship.--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 13:15, 31 March 2007 (UTC)

Just a reminder... I'm hoping you are going to accept the nomination (visit the page and see how voting is going). Adminship will give you some useful extra buttons that make dealing with vandalism easy. --Brian McNeil / talk 08:35, 2 April 2007 (UTC)
Plus, making April Fools jokes is a lot easier ;)  Thunderhead  ►  08:36, 2 April 2007 (UTC)

dealing with copyvio[edit]

hi, just to let u know that there's a template - {{copyvio sas}} that u can place on user talk pages of editors who submit copyrighted text. also, when u tag an article as copyvio, it's good to blank the copyrighted text. happy firefighting! –Doldrums(talk) 16:14, 5 April 2007 (UTC)

the problem is that keeping the text as it is means that we're effectively publishing it - making it available for anyone to see, so it would amount to copyright infringement. normally, the people who do the tagging/blanking can be expected to do the job right, and if anybody wants to verify if the tagging was correct, they can go to the history and find out. best, –Doldrums(talk) 16:29, 5 April 2007 (UTC)

The Admincycle Is Yours![edit]

Oh noes! It been stolen!

Congratulations! The admincycle is yours! You're also the first person to get the "admincycle" instead of the "adminmobile". Your extra buttons will be arriving shortly.  Thunderhead  ►  19:11, 7 April 2007 (UTC)

Admins use BMW motorcycles, I have corrected the "JapCrap" Thunderhead was offering. Oh, and congratulations and welcome to the Cabal. --Brian McNeil / talk 19:51, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
No problem about the bike (Now I can keep the car!!!)!  Thunderhead  ►  21:04, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
Indeed I was.  Thunderhead  ►  22:05, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
Yup. Congratulations Markie, you earned it! FellowWikiNewsie 21:11, 7

April 2007 (UTC)

Welcome to the cabal! Brian | (Talk) | New Zealand Portal 21:25, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
fine, ill take this. if you try to steal it, it will shoot you, just like it shoots vandals and blows up spammers :p --MarkTalk to me 15:46, 6 June 2009 (UTC)

Pope image[edit]

I hope you don't mind if I changed the image of the pope to this one. The other one had a large shadow on his face so I thought that this one would be more fitting. Cheers :) FellowWikiNewsie 21:47, 7 April 2007 (UTC)


Hey Markie!

Thanks for joining Video Wikinews 2.0! I'm currently creating the graphics for video wikinews, and have finished the opener. Take a look at it on the video wikinews blog - here and tell us what you think of the opener on the yap page!


--Symode09 15:43, 9 April 2007 (UTC)


Congratulations, you are now an admin. Use your new powers wisely. :) If you have any questions let me know.--Cspurrier 19:53, 9 April 2007 (UTC)


Hi Markie, well there is this article stating "Der Zwischenfall ereignete sich im Shatt al-Arab im Norden des Persischen Golfs." (The incident occured in the Shatt al-Arab in the north of the Persian Gulf). Here is also something in english stating "On that occasion Iran insisted that the British boats -- which it has not yet returned -- were intercepted only after they entered Iranian waters on the Shatt al-Arab." If I remember right many of the first breaking news on this incident stated that it happened on the Shatt al Arab. I produced this map based upon those statements. cheers -- Torsten 21:17, 9 April 2007 (UTC)


May I suggest download AutoWikiBrowser and adding yourself to the Wikinews:AutoWikiBrowser/CheckPage? Make sure you put your name in the "Approved admins" section if you do ;) Cheers,  Thunderhead  ►  21:30, 9 April 2007 (UTC)

Protecting articles[edit]

If you protect any articles please remember to put the {{archive}} template on them. --Brian McNeil / talk 21:41, 9 April 2007 (UTC)

Audio track[edit]

Hey Markie,

Can you send me the origiginal non .ogg audio file. Please send it to so, I can add the audio to the video opener.

The audio I am talking about is located at [1]


--Symode09 14:01, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

I'd prefer MP3 please. You may also be interested in seeing what I have done with the opener so far. It is available on the project's blog -
I'd also like to invite you to join the video wikinews project -
--Symode09 14:17, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

Kool thanks, what part of the UK are you in? --Symode09 14:25, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

Just got your email, thanks I'm just cutting the stuff together now! kool, I love manchester (stupid northerners) but I still love London more.

Oh, If you haven't worked it out, I live in Australia! :P

--Symode09 14:50, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

Yeh, except global warming is killing our famers and causing 1 farmer every month to commit suicide - we are on the highest water restricitons in the world! I'm uploading the vidoes - they will be on the blog in about 10 mins --Symode09 15:23, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

I've just added the new vidoe to the blog. My final graphics will be released in about 10 hours. You can see my prototype at, and --Symode09 15:41, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

Whoops, the links were wrong, they are now correct, sorry! :P --Symode09 15:44, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

With the second link, the second scene is about 1 min in - sorry, there's a problem with the graphics somewhere and I can't find it! The sunset also usually slins slower! --Symode09 15:47, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

Hey markie,

I have added a heap to the blog so, take a look! Tell me what you think of the ideas!

--Symode09 16:06, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

No, no, no! Not 60 minutes. I meant a show similar to 60 minutes, a show in the US and Australia (is it in the UK?)

It is like a Current Affair but, more in depth and higher in quality. More investegative. You can see a 60 minutes story at

--Symode09 16:25, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

Can you make up some additional theme music from the music link we were talking about? DragonFire1024 22:03, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
Surprise me :) You seem artistic so be bold...go something closer to a little more dramatic. DragonFire1024 22:08, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
And message Symode when you gt it rush though :) DragonFire1024 22:10, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

Hey Markie!

I'm just putting together a collection of pics of the contributing video wikinews team to be posted on the blog. If you want your pic to be added to the collection, email it to;

--Symode09 15:49, 11 April 2007 (UTC) Hove you done any Audio yet from brianmc's selection? Was wondering... DragonFire1024 05:27, 12 April 2007 (UTC)

No Problem :) Its ok...I was just curious and thought you might have pressure :) DragonFire1024 09:09, 12 April 2007 (UTC)


HI - i have reactivated the script, have a look at Wikinews:CommonsTicker. The ticker now generates one subpage per day, and keeps the newest 7 (or 10 or something) subpages included on the ticker page. You can delete old subpages or keep them for reference, as you like. -- meta:User:Duesentrieb 20:51, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

Blocking users indef[edit]

According to our blocking policy, only users that are really disrupting Wikinews should be blocked indef. Indef blocking is good for sockpuppets, really bad vandals, etc. Next time use a 24 hour block for vandalism. Remember that being an admin can be fun and reviewing policies when in doubt is recomended. It is also good to list vandals on WN:AAA for other imput by Wikinews admins. Happy editing and have fun with your new tools :) FellowWikiNewsie 18:00, 13 April 2007 (UTC)

Cheers for this. I did actually consult Brian as soon as i had blocked him for another opinion but i will use the 24hr ban in future. Sorry for any trouble caused and will ake sure i get it right next time. --MarkTalk 18:03, 13 April 2007 (UTC)

Re:Commons undeletion[edit]

Yes, of course you can put me down as a contact. I will try to remember to check my talk page here often but you are far more likely to get a hold of me on my Commons talk page if you want a same-day reply :) — Editor at Large talk 17:25, 21 April 2007 (UTC)

Is this better[edit]

This is my first news story on this site. I think I sourced this correctly now, but please tell me and feel free to change it if not. Please reply back on my page. Regards, --Wpktsfs 20:01, 21 April 2007 (UTC)

How about now? --Wpktsfs 21:23, 21 April 2007 (UTC)
Thanks for helping me out and not biting this newcomer! I have been editing Wikipeida since the beginning of this year, and have been looking into a career in journalism. Cheers, --Wpktsfs 22:02, 21 April 2007 (UTC)

Hoax my ass[edit]

check TV. He´s PM no more.

  • Have checked TV and online - he has not left. Where have you been looking?? --MarkTalk 21:51, 1 May 2007 (UTC)

Uhm, the wrong place it seems. I´ve gotten news that it had been shown on CNN. Since BBC says nothing, I guess that It was about that Tycoon Oil guy. So nevermind, I screwed up. Yup think this was the BP man. Dont worry we all make mistakes. --MarkTalk 22:04, 2 May 2007 (UTC)

Fair use[edit]

I went ahead and agreed with your deletion request in the commons because I uploaded my image to the wrong area, but I noticed you deleted my fair use image uploaded locally to Wikinews for Delta's rebranding. It worked out because the old livery next to the new logo communicates a similar idea without raising copyright issues. I would, however, like to talk about putting multiple images into a single image for informational purposes in the future. I'd like to have the ability to take images from multiple sources, credit them, and at the same time receive credit for putting them in the same image. People do tend to err on the side of caution when it comes to copyright, and for good reason, but I strongly believe that fair use exists so that people can communicate original ideas using copyrighted material. Images containing images from multiple sources can also save time for the reader. The technical term in the journalism industry is "infographic," and I think Wikinews could benefit from having a process by which to create them using existing fair use guidelines. --Omaryak 21:53, 3 May 2007 (UTC)


=) looks like everything is in order on that plane crash news so should be ready for publishing. =)Maverick423 16:00, 4 May 2007 (UTC)


I guess you Wikinewsies aren't very helpful anyhow. Iddo999 21:36, 5 May 2007 (UTC)

Help - water cooler[edit]

Hellow Markie, and thanks for the welcome post. My name is Zohar, and as I stated on my user page, I'm a sysop on Hebrew Wikipedia and about the only one on Hebrew WikiNews. I would like to post some questions about your community and project in general (such as how do you get materials, publicity and etc.) and maybe establish a route for co-operation between the Hebrew WikiNews and yours. I wanted to post something on the water cooler, but got a bit confused as to which one (in Hebrew we just have general one for each project). If you could point me to the best place I would be most thankful. Zohar 21:40, 5 May 2007 (UTC)


What the hell is this supposed to mean? Iddo999 21:41, 5 May 2007 (UTC)

Internet Empire?[edit]

Why did you delete it? 16:48, 6 May 2007 (UTC)

Re: Image:175935main sn2006gy main 516.jpg[edit]

Regarding the deletion of this image, note that on the bottom of the NASA webpage (here) there is a link to the original authors (here) at the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. The image is also credited to them (NASA/CXC), which means it is their work. Their image use policy (here) clearly states "The images on this web site may be used for non-commercial educational and public information purposes", which means this image can't be used on the Commons. Thanks. --Tom

Image:Alan johnston bbc.jpg[edit]

What context on the bbc website was it used on. (In a staff bio page, or as part of a news article)? Bawolff 23:11, 9 May 2007 (UTC)

I have emailed the BBC press office asking for an image we can use under CC or Fair use. --Brian McNeil / talk 08:36, 10 May 2007 (UTC)
Right ok cheers. --MarkTalk 08:48, 10 May 2007 (UTC)
  • For future reference, permission to use BBC pictures can be sought via email to pictures<at>bbc<dot>co<dot>uk. --Brian McNeil / talk 09:28, 10 May 2007 (UTC)


Mind if I tell you a joke? ۞ 16:43, 10 May 2007 (UTC)

I take it you don't respond to questions? ۞ 16:47, 10 May 2007 (UTC)

Deleting Rampage?[edit]

Why so? ۞ 16:49, 10 May 2007 (UTC)

Reply to message.[edit]

Replied here. ~~ Vagish [wp] [wn] 15:48, 12 May 2007 (UTC)


There is no internal wiki article for Operation Neptune, so I used an external one. I do not have time to write a Wikipedia article on this topic. 13:50, 13 May 2007 (UTC)

Just to let you know we do not use the date tags here in text and if there isnt a wp or wikinews link then an external link should not be used in the text section. If it is key to the article then it can be included in the external links section at the bottom of an article but as this link is not i have not included it. Thanks --MarkTalk 13:55, 13 May 2007 (UTC)

Wikinews Video[edit]


I see you have previously shown some interest in Wikinews Video Edition and, need your help. As you may already know, the projet is is need of assistance - we have finished all the graphics and need to start actually brainstorming ideas for the first news story. We will cover one news story and, will cover it with much depth - the story will go for 15-20 minutes. We are looking for something which is not of direct interest to the media (ie. tax increases or politics) but rather, a heartfelt or deep story. Could you please help to collaborate and brainstorm here.

thanx, USer:symode09

Archive? Add?[edit]

I'm a little lost. You told me not to add the archive tag, and then a few days later you told me not to add anymore material. Why not archive it to prevent the additions OR allow additions since its not archived? C56C 20:23, 14 May 2007 (UTC)

re: copywritten image[edit]

I've uploaded the image you've asked me about for a wikinews article I'm writing. I pulled it from the Opie & Anthony wiki, and I realize it's copywritten, although the image exists for XM promotion. With that in mind, if it's still unacceptable, I'll replace it before I publish the page. Addendum: Well, now that you gave me no time to explain myself, I'm just going to go ahead and stop contributing to this site. Thanks for the chance. Booticon 18:36, 16 May 2007 (UTC)


Please note that for anything not in the main namespace, the delay is a week. Bawolff 21:43, 16 May 2007 (UTC)

Re: Time Zones[edit]

Now I get it. Thank you for your help! Lkpotts 19:50, 20 May 2007 (UTC)Liza


I see you've been having a go at the archiving. Please don't append the {{archive}} tag, instead put it after the publish tag which should be immediately before the categories. --Brian McNeil / talk 16:01, 22 May 2007 (UTC)

Re: Chat login[edit]

I seen you replace the wikizine chat to, I clicked on it and wanted to try it out so I typed in my IRC name "FellowWikiNews", after I logged out but when I clicked on the url again it showed my IRC username. When I do a hard refresh (ctrl-r) it quickly refreshes to "Wikinewsie???" then my name "FellowWikiNews" appears again. Please fix it!! FellowWikiNewsie 21:16, 22 May 2007 (UTC)

I like the new interface thing. A couple of sugestions:
  • Channel should be a drop down menu with the choices:
    • #wikinews
    • #wikinews-en
    • #wikinews-spam
    • whatever the vandal chanel was
    • #en.wikinews on
    • possibly #wikinews-cabal Smile.png
    • possibly other lang wiki channels

The information on the the intro is incorect. RC is at #en.wikinews at not #wikinews-en at

I think that is all, good work. Bawolff 22:10, 22 May 2007 (UTC)

Sean Heron[edit]

There have been some answers about which articles he wrote etc, please review the request.--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 12:11, 26 May 2007 (UTC)

Trafalgar Park...[edit]

What do you think: Main page. --Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 20:28, 26 May 2007 (UTC)

Yes there was a convenient gap... I got another pic ready for tomorrow, if you would find any on the articles here or something, please add it. Gotta go study now, but I'll keep in touch. --Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 18:59, 28 May 2007 (UTC)


Hi, thank you for your copyediting! --Aphaia 17:44, 28 May 2007 (UTC)

Cambodia story[edit]

I can't find another source for the Cambodian-ASEAN story. It's pretty weak anyway. Can you please spike it? Thanks, and sorry for the trouble. I know better now. Wisekwai 20:26, 2 June 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for looking, but it's the same story. I tried to punch it up a bit, but better writing cannot hide the fact that it's a one-source story. I should know better. Wisekwai 20:37, 2 June 2007 (UTC)

cgi:irc login page javascript[edit]

The javascript on your irc login page, ( ), is it free, can we use it onsite? Bawolff 21:02, 3 June 2007 (UTC)


Hi Mark, I am surprised you haven't heard of awake (a·wak·ened, a·wak·en·ing, a·wak·en) [2] "cause to become awake or conscious" from Old English. First it was "president elect," now this. I thought us Americans were always the ones accused of not using enough of the English language. Now it seems that the vernacular of England's native sons is being abridged. --SVTCobra 18:47, 4 June 2007 (UTC)

Template talk:Featured picture[edit]

Hi Mark,

I'd like you to have a look at the page and share your thoughts. I've added your name as a participant since you previously showed interest in the project, remove it if I've been too bold there. Anyway I've listed some candidates and I was hoping that you could join in updating the template if you have time... Make sure to put the page on your watchlist!

--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 12:17, 5 June 2007 (UTC)

Discussion about blog[edit]

Wikinews:Water_cooler/miscellaneous#Content_of_Wikinewsreports_blog: please join in on the discussion.--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 08:36, 8 June 2007 (UTC)

Olympic pics[edit]

Hello, all the photos that I want to add are in the italian version of the article. All the 3 images are made by wikiusers and uploaded on Commons. Check if some of these are suitable for the publication. Thank you and sorry for the long waited and bad written reply.  :-) --Trek00 06:13, 14 June 2007 (UTC)

Formula 1 images deleted from commons[edit]

You requested to inform you about that. commons:User:Ejdzej 10:16, 18 June 2007 (UTC)

Comment editing[edit]

I will not remove any information from any page if that information is factual and that the quotes from anyone are agreed to by the person making the statement.


You need to have a meta account to endorse...they did not count your votye because you were not logged in. DragonFire1024 01:57, 20 June 2007 (UTC)


Please see Wikinews:Bots#Request_for_ArchiveBot. I have changed the proposal for ArchiveBot, detailed under the Important Note section. Please revote under that section if you still approve of this bot. --Skenmy(tcwi) 11:53, 24 June 2007 (UTC)

{{Deletion request}}[edit]

I reverted your edit, use SVG over PNG. Big67 21:39, 28 June 2007 (UTC)

Big67: I reverted you. your reasoning is flawed (The png is of good enough resolution for our purposes that there would be no difference in quality when using a png version vs an svg version). Also, the current icon was chosen after a long debate on WN:WC. At least discuss a bit before changing. Bawolff 04:24, 29 June 2007 (UTC)

RSS feed[edit]

I'll have something for you shortly Dan100 (Talk) 10:23, 29 June 2007 (UTC)

Yesterday we had 11,571 subscribers - this should be a MHT (probably needs IE to open) of the subscribers page.
30 day average - 11,784. this should be a MHT of the stats page. Dan100 (Talk) 10:59, 29 June 2007 (UTC)


I have reverted your reverts, the icon on {{vandal warning}} is used for attracting attention. Also, an information icon is a lot better on {{editprotected}} than a caution sign (the caution gives the wrong impression). Big67 18:08, 1 July 2007 (UTC)

Cricket and contract bridge[edit]

Who are you to unpublish an OR without even reading its talk page ? 20:03, 9 July 2007 (UTC)

Markie is an administrator, and a very trusted editor. Can you please provide a link to the article? I'll review it if you like. Thunderhead 20:12, 9 July 2007 (UTC)
Young bridge player wins at Antalya, Turkey.--MarkTalk to me!! 20:17, 9 July 2007 (UTC)
Ah, thank you. I agree with Markie. Thunderhead 20:18, 9 July 2007 (UTC)
I unpublished the article as it does not read well to the english reader and has too many technical terms in it. This is why it was unpublished and nothing to do with it being a OR article. --MarkTalk to me!! 20:09, 9 July 2007 (UTC)

Very funny :-))) Why should I explain each bridge technical term in my short wikinews creation while no wikinews cricket entry has ever explained terms such as wicket, innings, runs and so on. There are dozens of millions people playing bridge all over the World, most of them understanding English, and, from my point of vieww, cricket is a far more confidential sport... not even an Olympic one (bridge is). 20:30, 9 July 2007 (UTC)

this is not meant to be humorous. i dont just go round un-publishing stories for the fun of it. it was unpublished as terms such as "At most other tables, the lead against three No-Trumps was Jack from J 10 9 8 4 but Thomas played the 4..." and "6 IMPs" are generally unrecognised terms. It also needs a general clean-up to meet our style guide--MarkTalk to me!! 20:55, 9 July 2007 (UTC)
Unrecognised terms :-)))))))) such as Fall of wickets: 1-16 (DS Smith, 2.3 ov), 2-93 (Chanderpaul, 20.1 ov), 3-108 (Samuels, 22.4 ov), 4-193 (Gayle, 41.6 ov), 5-285 (Bravo, 49.5 ov) in wikinews last week-end. 22:07, 9 July 2007 (UTC)

Post-scriptum About cricket I must confess there are more than two millions

hits on Google... supposed to help the understanding of this word wicket... sorry to say that for me it remains obscure...

On the other hand, there are as many hits on

the word imp at contract bridge, the fifth being even a link to the main wikipedia. 18:59, 10 July 2007 (UTC)

The cricket article was published as there were no issues raised with it. Also the term fall of wicket can easily be understood and if not can be searched for. However IMP is harder to find a definition for. The issues raised on the Bridge article however need to be addressed whether you agree with them or not. --MarkTalk to me!! 15:42, 10 July 2007 (UTC)
Cycling and contract bridge : Yesterday, you've been contributing three times on another Olympic sport wikinews entry, but you forgot to define a specific term. Unlike you who de facto has destroyed (see IMPs above) my text already printed on PDF, I have not unpublished your child but preferred to add a link leading to le maillot à pois rouges. 14:54, 11 July 2007 (UTC)[edit]

We now have scoop @ wikinewsie . org, you've probably already noticed that though. :) --Brian McNeil / talk 20:43, 9 July 2007 (UTC)


Why sould i listen to you?

Thelilddude 20:22, 11 July 2007 (UTC)

Benayoun, Babel move to Liverpool article[edit]

You should be aware that UEFA's website should be considered as one of the best sources for soccer in Europe since it is the governing body of European soccer. However, I am currently working on the article with another source right now. Kingjeff 20:05, 12 July 2007 (UTC)

Accreditation archive?[edit]

See interesting comment here: Wikinews_talk:Accreditation_requests#Archive?. --Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 07:28, 17 July 2007 (UTC)


Markie, how could the word affirm not make sense to a Brit? I am really puzzled, because it seems that your newspapers use the word often. --SVTCobra 16:06, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

Affirm is proper English, even if confirm is more frequently used. --SVTCobra 16:27, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

Pic licensing[edit]

Hello there. I was wondering why you changed the licensing on the pic I uploaded? Isn't 'attribution required' a valid release? I also just looked at the upload page, and I should have named it Sebastien_Bourdais9248.jpg. Should I re-upload it? Where can I find out about Wiki release info? Thanks. ChampCarGuy 23:12, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

Disregard most of the above. I uploaded a new version and researched the license stuff. Thanks. ChampCarGuy 06:12, 20 July 2007 (UTC)

Disinformation Today[edit]


As per your request, the article about the power grid has been cleaned up further, copyright issues have been resolved using the method you requested, and I've added more comments to the article talk page. Please review my notes and hopefully we can get this published shortly.

Thanks for all your assistance.

Premiers set to discuss east-west power grid at N.B. meeting[edit]

This particular article is even more relevant due to the very recent special interest being given by the Prime Minister and the Canadian Premiers into the subject. The website posted an article on this very matter on August 5, 2007.

Additionally, I've made all of the changes you've requested, corrected any potential copyright issues exactly as per your instructions. Several other editors have went over the article and talk page notes and it has now been re-published to the Main Page. Although this is my first article for Wikinews, I've been a member of Wikipedia for a while and enjoy this type of work very much. Thank you again for all of your comments and assistance. If you still feel that it could be streamlined further (i.e. less words) without compromising important information, please feel free to make any additional edits.

Lastly, it seems that both the original and temp version of the article have been published. Perhaps you can delete the temp version. However, the content of both versions are identical as well as the talk page content.

Concerns about Canadian power worker says grid is 'String of Christmas Lights that’s been Running Since the 1950s'[edit]

  1. NPOV: This is a very opinionated piece. I know it is an interview, but it seems at lot of statements from this person McCormick are taken as fact. Has there been any fact checking?
  2. Interview: if this were a Wikinews interview, notes would be required, such as a list of questions and answers, or a video/audio recording of the interview. Is posting this on a blog first a way to circumvent such requirements? I hope not, especially when said blog calls itself Disinformation. How can we know that this interview took place at all?
  3. Copyright: JoeBurd may have said that it ok to post his stories on Wikinews, but is he aware of the implications of CC-BY-2.5.

I also posted this on the collaboration page. --SVTCobra 16:26, 12 August 2007 (UTC)

I am not gonna ask a first-time poster about Wikinews policy. --SVTCobra 12:52, 13 August 2007 (UTC)
Forget it. --SVTCobra 21:57, 13 August 2007 (UTC)

Recent page move vandalism[edit]

Please also block:

Thanks. I'll set to work trying to revert it all now. Adambro 11:30, 15 August 2007 (UTC)

This has now been done. Adambro 11:34, 15 August 2007 (UTC)

Re: Threats against user[edit]

Sorry if I offended you guys; it's just that I couldn't stand at the rather sex-crazy user Finc. I apologize for any misconduct that I made here... Blakegripling ph 11:57, 15 August 2007 (UTC)


Thanks very much. I am still learning the set up. Starting from this point forward I will try to include three sources when at all possible. Thanks for the help and the welcome. Herb 14:09, 17 August 2007 (UTC)


What were you trying to say by this "dont need to attribute this" concerning my Hurricane Dean follow-up? I'm new and just trying to feel my way around here. Herb 13:43, 23 August 2007 (UTC)

UK PM's speechwriter awaits sentence[edit]

You placed a tag in the article which reads: This article has been nominated for editorial cleanup, that is, an editor considers it not to be publishable in its current form. The following reason has been cited: "{{{1}}}" Please help improve this article.

If would help to have an interpretation of Reason "{{{1}}}" as it is not an area of semiotics with which I am familiar. Is your message itself in need of a clean-up? Should I remove your contribution as evident vandalism because it clearly makes no sense unless Reason "{{{1}}}" is actually something obvious which has escaped me but which would not escape the majority of the wikinews readership? Necessary 14:56, 23 August 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for explanation. An still unclear what your problem is regarding the style. As far as I can see I have not violated any particular guideline and you have not indicated any particular guideline that has been violated. You indicate that the subject of the news item, the lawyer Bruce Hyman, should not be mentioned by name. This is not covered in the guidelines as far as I can see. It is usual when reporting a crime where there are no reporting restrictions to indicate who the criminal is. In this case the only reporting restriction was against mentioneing the name or even the gender of the child concerned in the family case. That restriction has been kept.

Regarding the length of the piece. The actual news item is short and succinctly tells the story in a structured way. The additional material, the faked legal report, is very salient to the story and makes fascinating reading for anyone who wants to see the lengths which the criminal went to in order to perpetrrate his crime.

I understand that you have indicated the article is "in dispute" though you only dispute the style non-specifically and not the content. Does that send out the right signal?

I am concerned that this story seems to have been dumbed down by the UK national press. It is after all about one of their own. Are you by chance representative of people who'd rather not have this story widely told? By taking this article out of the publication loop, you are effectively preventing wikinews being the primary medium in which this story can be communicated as it develops.

I'd suggest please either be specific regarding what stylistically transgresses wikinews' guidleines seriously enough to prevent publication, or revert your edit to allow the item to be puilished as it is.Necessary 06:33, 24 August 2007 (UTC)


Hey thanks for getting back to me. I am still sort of confused on the topic, but as you said I will most likely pick up on it as I go. No, I completly understand and appreciate you taking time to improve my and everyone else's articles. Herb 13:01, 24 August 2007 (UTC)

More like News[edit]

I am a newbie in Wiki and need some help. I recently develop story and encourage your feedback in what is missing, not enough or what you would want more of as an interested reader. The artcicle is linked to Peter Sissons interviewing Arun Gandhi. Maybe it is trivial to put a movement into News and still keep it interesting. Would you mind giving some constructive critisism?Niacey 19:41, 24 August 2007 (UTC)Niacey

Nevermind...Niacey 19:59, 29 August 2007 (UTC)Niacey
Thanks anyways...I am trying real hard...I rewrote it and went to bed and woke up & someone put it up as ready before its ready. So I am afraid that I am wearing out my welcome aroud here with this article.Niacey 18:44, 30 August 2007 (UTC)Niacey

Thank u[edit]

Thank u very much for ur help with my first new here!! Its exciting when people start to help, i will be at yhe Frankfurt Book Messe in october, so i will write some first hand news from the world of books, may be with photographies original for Wikinews. Tell if i have to credite me some where here around to make this kind of "absolutly original" news for Wikinews. thanks another time!!--Uma 20:50, 4 September 2007 (UTC)

Week-Long Kidnap Articles[edit]

I don't unerstand, what changes are needed to Publish the article. Sorry I did not unerstand the short hand on the article "History" page Thank you

So helpful![edit] 16:09, 20 September 2007 (UTC)

yup, thanks --MarkTalk to me 16:11, 20 September 2007 (UTC)

Main lead[edit]

This version looks better. The text is hard to read on the new version. I want to revert back to my version. Is that okay? FellowWiki Newsie 21:23, 20 September 2007 (UTC)

It looks much better with the new image, and with the text on the bottom. Thanks for fixing it :) FellowWiki Newsie 22:13, 20 September 2007 (UTC)

Why did you delete the article I was starting on Maks Fus Mickieiwcz? Can't a journalist get a break?

Headline style[edit]

This was from quite a while ago, so I don't know if you still do this, but your reversion of my page moves at San Francisco & New York City office towers get new owner, Pakistan's judicial crisis deepens as police attack and seal private news channel, and Russia and Italy share views in solving conflicts weren't correct. In headlines, "ands" are often replaced with commas; correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that's the style Wikinews uses, as well. -- Robert (talk) 04:21, 27 September 2007 (UTC)

Hm, I'd never looked closely enough to realize that British headlines work differently. Blame it on shorter, Web-based headlines without the need for conjunctions, I suppose. Learn something new each day. -- Robert (talk) 15:36, 27 September 2007 (UTC)


Markie, you changed the lead to the same article as News in Pictures. Jcart1534 10:46, 27 September 2007 (UTC)

Google Analytics[edit]

It takes about 24 hours to see the first results. However, if you check the analytics page it will give you a message that it is "receiving data" within a few minutes after the script is successfully installed. I looked over your code and it looks correct, so hopefully you'll be getting results soon. --Whiteknight (Page) (Books) 16:03, 27 September 2007 (UTC)

Just to keep in touch with you about this, I think based on the results that I've been getting that the code I've been using for this is not working in IE. That is, after over a week of stats, google analytics hasnt registered a single hit from an IE browser, and several of the people who are testing the script seem to be using IE. To try and overcome this, I've changed the script at b:User:Whiteknight/google.js to include the entire text of the google file directly (instead of having that script imported). I should know by tomorrow whether this works or not. Let me know if your stats are registering any IE browser hits, and if not (and assuming my changes fix the problem) you can copy over the code that i'm using now. --Whiteknight (Page) (Books) 21:14, 30 September 2007 (UTC)


got to run hope i helped i added one new article. thanks --Platts 15:51, 30 September 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for the welcome, I look forward to your help with my future writings.- Iamsam227

I responded to the email you sent. Yes, it came from my gmail out but the respond too email address went to a hometowndigest email address to which I replied.

We publish in 3 counties every day in Tennessee a daily printed news digest sold in over a hundred retail outlets. If you dont want it, I wont send it. Good day.

Chill out, man[edit]

Seriously, your edit summary needs to chill, especially since I had simply replaced one photo for another and was spending ten minutes trying to figure out why that would cause the text not to show up. On a site of volunteers, where one of us spent half an hour trying to get a fresh story in the lead, you should temper yourself in your edit summaries. Try to keep this site fun so that, you know, we can attract more people to it. Edit summaries like the on you left are unnecessary and boorish. --David Shankbone 20:12, 16 October 2007 (UTC)

  • No worries. I was frustrated because I was trying to fix it when you fixed it. I didn't even think about the x-y spacing of the sentence, so I learned something. --David Shankbone 22:18, 16 October 2007 (UTC)

Confirmation IRC[edit]

Hi Tarawneh i am Markie and were talking on IRC now.

Userpage Sharing Project[edit]

You've been added as a member of the Userpage Sharing Project. You were added by me because I needed people to test the template with. If you wish to be removed, please contact me here. If not, please add {{User:Thunderhead/sharing}} to the top of your userpage (or wherever you want to stick it. Thanks, Thunderhead - (talk - email - contributions) 22:41, 23 October 2007 (UTC)

Merging history[edit]

Hey Markie, when you merge articles, you should merge history as well. As it is, my contribution regarding elections in Denmark has completely disappeared, even from the list of contributions on my account. Regards --Sir48 14:14, 24 October 2007 (UTC)

IRC cloak request[edit]

I am Markie996 on freenode and I would like the cloak wikinews/Markie. Thanks. --MarkTalk to me 12:22, 25 October 2007 (UTC)

Comment tab screwup[edit]

I wanted to apologize for the entire mess with the Comments. I also wanted to make sure, after reading your comments on WN:ALERT, that you realize the entire thing is 100% my fault, and that you did not do anything that caused this. I'm very sorry for the mess this has created. Bawolff 00:33, 31 October 2007 (UTC)


I hope you come back soon...we miss you. :) DragonFire1024 (Talk to the Dragon) 15:47, 3 November 2007 (UTC)

Re:New Article[edit]

Thanks for the nice comments! I really appreciate it! —Josborne2382 18:39, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

My speedy deletion request[edit]

Hi Markie, thanks for removing my speedy deletion from here. However, I'd like just to say – to excuse myself – that when I put the request in there, there was no article and nothing in Whatlinkshere, and the whole thing looked like a joke. Thanks for understanding, odder 18:40, 25 November 2007 (UTC)


No, problem, but thanks for the notice, otherwise I would have continued adding images etc. But I always check Special:Newpages before starting any new article. It can save us all from duplicating a bunch of work. --SVTCobra 16:33, 3 December 2007 (UTC)

Von Maur image[edit]

I am going to delete the image you uploaded. It is no longer fair-use, since there is now a free alternative. OK? --SVTCobra 22:35, 5 December 2007 (UTC)

Sorry, in my rush, I didn't realize that it was a different store. --SVTCobra 22:57, 5 December 2007 (UTC)


Is Texas education official fired for forwarding email about anti-intelligent design lecture viable? Or should I not bother?--Filll 20:18, 7 December 2007 (UTC)

Re: Bali images[edit]

Thanks very much, that's very helpful! --Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 23:09, 7 December 2007 (UTC)

Snow images[edit]

I've proposed that these images that you uploaded should be deleted but wonder if you might be in a position to resolve the issue, perhaps you contacted some of the Flickr users originally and might be able to negotiate a valid licence. Regards. Adambro 14:17, 8 December 2007 (UTC)


Thanks. I know a touch of what I'm doing here, as I'm fairly well established on Wikipedia (although I'd rather not say who I am). Spare Wheel 00:10, 9 December 2007 (UTC)

Sure, and thanks again. Could you please throw me a link to your sockpuppet rules, though, as I may also have an account over here at a later date that I openly link to my 'pedia one, if that's OK, and I want to check the fine details (I know a spare account that declares itself to be such and doesn't vote etc is allowed on 'pedia). Spare Wheel 20:34, 10 December 2007 (UTC)

British Prime Minister calls for the immediate release of 5 Britons kidnapped in Iraq[edit]

I must say, I disagree with your decision to overwrite the work of other editors with a PD story. Can't cite any policy or guideline though, but it seems to be a bit anti-wiki. --SVTCobra 00:22, 10 December 2007 (UTC)

You created your version more than twelve hours after the other one was started. Therefore, clearly what you should have been doing was to add to original. Please see [3] and [4]. --SVTCobra 18:03, 10 December 2007 (UTC)


Seriously, I am not going to add categories for you all the time. These two have no cats: CIA chief to testify before Congress on interrogations and Leaders declare new era of EU-African relations. Please take care of this first before making a story the main lead. --SVTCobra 00:26, 10 December 2007 (UTC)

What do you mean you are "no good at categories"? You cant type [[Category:Europe]]? Actually, if you use the link the bottom of the page all you have to type is "Europe" and "Politics and conflicts" etc. Are you sure your not just being lazy. --SVTCobra 18:06, 10 December 2007 (UTC)
Hurray! You published articles with categories. It wasn't as bad as you feared, was it? Keep in mind, I do share your wish of an auto-cat bot. --SVTCobra 01:48, 11 December 2007 (UTC)

Wikinews:Story preparation/Leeds, England rented student accomodation investigation.[edit]

FYI: You were among the people that worked on this. I am considering this abandoned and will be nominating it for deletion. Cheers, --SVTCobra 23:34, 19 December 2007 (UTC)

Updating WNIRC[edit]

It would appear you control [5], and as a result, I was wondering if you could change the channel #vandilism-en-wn to #cvn-wn-en. Obviously it's spelled wrong, and we recently updated the channel to the current name. Thanks. Pilotguy roger that 18:07, 21 December 2007 (UTC)


Dear Markie! I tried to use the code from wm2008:IRC and use it at m:wikt:yi:project:IRC. I am a little puzzled because JavaScript is new for me. Please take a look at m:wikt:yi:MediaWiki:Irc.js, m:wikt:yi:MediaWiki:Commons.css, m:wikt:yi:MediaWiki:Commons.js, m:wikt:yi:MediaWiki:Monobook.css, m:wikt:yi:MediaWiki:Monobook.js, m:wikt:yi:project:IRC etc.

I want to link to the channel which is a member of There are minor bidirectional issues. First I would like to be able to connect correctly. I am using

a) Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; de; rv: Gecko/20070427 Firefox/ on Linux KDE 3.5.5
b) Opera see configuration at
c) Konqueror 3.5.5 (Using KDE 3.5.5)
all on KDE version 3.5.5; System: Linux; Release: 2.6.22-gentoo-r2; Machine: i686

With Konqueror I can connect via wm2008:IRC to the #wikimania channel at . Firefox does not connect at all to the IRC server. I will test Opera as soon as I close the dozens of open tabs here.

Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks for all your help in advance! Best regards
‫·‏לערי ריינהארט‏·‏T‏·‏m‏:‏Th‏·‏T‏·‏email me‏·‏‬ 11:21, 6 January 2008 (UTC)

missing configuration and localization file[edit]

Dear Markie! I am missing a / the configuration and localization file(s) This change provides the explanation:
If I am using « ircwikinewsen.appendChild(document.createTextNode("wikimania")); » starting with lower case « w » the only channel I can connect is « #test-wikizine »
If I am using « ircwikinewsen.appendChild(document.createTextNode("Wikimania")); » starting with capital « W » I can connect to « #wimikania »
Please fix the configuration and please let me know where the used text strings (all of them) can be localized.
Thanks for all your efforts in advance! Best regards
‫·‏לערי ריינהארט‏·‏T‏·‏m‏:‏Th‏·‏T‏·‏email me‏·‏‬ 13:07, 6 January 2008 (UTC)
I would like to note that that should have affected absolutely nothing (As that is just what is displayed on the wikipage; it is not sent to irc server). /me is confused. Bawolff 13:26, 6 January 2008 (UTC)
Thanks Bawolff for the comment! My goal is to provide a web interface for the Yiddish projects where people can easily access #kavehoyz which is in the channel list at chatwikizine advanced .
Status as of 02:24, 7 January 2008 (UTC) :
I made it does not work properly:
either you chose « kavehoyz » and will be directed to « #test-wikizine »
or you chose « Wikimania » and will be directed to « #wikimania »
Best regards
‫·‏לערי ריינהארט‏·‏T‏·‏m‏:‏Th‏·‏T‏·‏email me‏·‏‬ 02:24, 7 January 2008 (UTC)
Channel name needs a space at the (which is a little odd, but i don't know a whole lot about irc so i geuss there is some reason). I might make an easier to translate version of the irc thing at some time but don't have time now. (p.s. Markie: I hope you don't mind me responding to this, I figured since you haven't been arround for a bit its okay) . Bawolff 08:19, 7 January 2008 (UTC)

other open issues[edit]

Thanks Bawolff for the help!
I added m:wikt:yi:image:Screen dump · « web based IRC » in Mozilla Firefox, Konqueror and Opera · 01.jpg to provide some screen dumps of m:wikt:yi:project:IRC as seen with the browsers I am using. Please look at this if you have some spare time. Best regards
‫·‏לערי ריינהארט‏·‏T‏·‏m‏:‏Th‏·‏T‏·‏email me‏·‏‬ 09:25, 7 January 2008 (UTC)
w:yi:project:IRC and m:n:yi:project:IRC are both broken in Mozilla Firefox. Best regards
‫·‏לערי ריינהארט‏·‏T‏·‏m‏:‏Th‏·‏T‏·‏email me‏·‏‬ 10:12, 7 January 2008 (UTC)
The yiddish wikipedia doesn't include necessary javascript, the yiddish wikinews does not exist. Bawolff 23:32, 7 January 2008 (UTC)

Answer to "Link spam" deletion of my article[edit]

All is explained here : User Talk]. 15:36, 9 January 2008 (UTC)

deleted mini:furniture[edit]

hello Markie, I just wrote my first mini contribution ever in my life but after one minute you deleted it. Please can you explain exactly what I did wrong? because I thought I followed the guidelines. no mean to be either offensive or insulting, of course, I would like to understand how to post minis or bugs or comments or longer intervents without being cancelled after 30 seconds. (since it is my first trial, I felt very - very - frustrated) thank you for your help (by the way, why doesn't button "contact us" work) — 16:10, 9 January 2008 (UTC)

mini: mobile[edit]

sorry if I insist but this is just spam, only advertising. don't you think... thank you — 17:18, 9 January 2008 (UTC)

Mini Article About "mobile"


Want to play with your mobile ?


Thanks for your help on that story! -- Spiderpig0001 21:47, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

Daily Mail[edit]

Please check the source, Diana author names Tom Cruise as 'World Number Two in Scientology', the Abelson interview was with Daily Mail, not Mail on Sunday. Wilhelm 17:17, 17 January 2008 (UTC).

  • Thanks for pointing that out, I self-reverted back to your edit. Odd that those two different links have the exact same article with different names for their publication. Must have been published at the same time in both sister papers? Wilhelm 17:36, 17 January 2008 (UTC).

BA photo...[edit] word, "Brilliant"! --Jcart1534 18:34, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

Agree, good work finding this, I'm waiting to hear back from someone regarding some other photos of this crash. Have you forwarded whatever email you have detailing the permission to OTRS? Out of interest, how did you find this image? Regards Adambro 18:57, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

Hydrated protons[edit]


I can email you the permission from the author for CC Share Alike 3.0 if you wish, for Image:ProtonPairs1.jpg. When I posted the piece, I emailed the author of the original paper for an image from his simulation, and he provided it to me a few minutes ago. I have already sent in a permission request to the Commons permission people. Bearing in mind how inaccessible science is for many people, I think this image really helps bring the story to life. Would it be OK to restore this image to Hydrated protons pair off? Thanks, Walkerma - (talk) 16:54, 18 February 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for the [User_talk:Walkerma#Image addition|explanation]]. This is a problem I've run into before - science news tends to work on a week long timescale rather than a day. (The chemistry "New York Times" is C&E NEWS, which is weekly, and there are no daily chemistry news organizations. I think it would be great if Wikinews can begin to provide real science news along with the political/sports/entertainment news, and that's why I've contributing here, but there needs to be some accommodation for the differences. This news isn't as stale as (say) Kossovo's independence declaration or yesterday's football scores. I emailed the author of the paper on Saturday morning, but he didn't respond until Monday morning - that's reasonable, isn't it? I posted his image within less than an hour of receiving it. I think the article is much better as a result - isn't this a case where the project benefits a lot from ignoring the 24 hour rule? ("Ignore All Rules") If the rules here are that rigid, I should I post science news on Wikipedia only? Thanks, Walkerma - (talk) 18:25, 18 February 2008 (UTC)


If you use a blog as a source please use Template:Blogsource not Template:Original. --Anonymous101 Talk 09:10, 2 March 2008 (UTC)

Image credit[edit]

Re: this - are you sure that "Gus Freedman" = Brad Patrick? If not, best to url link to the image page itself, rather than insinuating something via a link to a user page. That is why I did it that way in the first place. Cirt - (talk) 16:52, 5 March 2008 (UTC)

Don't you kinda think the image credit could use some sort of link? That's why I linked to the image page itself, because it has more info in there. Cirt - (talk) 17:11, 5 March 2008 (UTC)
Okay. Cirt - (talk) 17:18, 5 March 2008 (UTC)

Quote move[edit]

Re: this quote box move, the reason I had placed it there was because generally I thought that the reader will naturally look to see where the quote appears in the article itself in paragraph format, and it's therefore best to place it as close as possible to that particular paragraph itself (not a couple paragraphs down). What do you think? Cirt - (talk) 16:54, 5 March 2008 (UTC)

Okay, looks fine, just asking, but no worries here. Cirt - (talk) 17:11, 5 March 2008 (UTC)


Markie, I have nominated you for adminship at WN:A because of your excellent contributions and experience on this site. If you accept this nomination pease indicate here. --Anonymous101 (talk · contribs) 17:11, 18 March 2008 (UTC) Good to see the amount of support you have been getting. --Anonymous101 (talk · contribs) 19:55, 18 March 2008 (UTC)

Your removal[edit]

Perhaps you can explain which part of Wikinews:Cite sources you believe says that inline citations of specific facts, such as the names of conflicts in which a weapon was used, are not allowed. Otherwise, please undo your removal. Sherurcij 21:09, 3 April 2008 (UTC)

That was not even close to an answer to my question. Sherurcij 21:14, 3 April 2008 (UTC)


As you are probable aware, snow has fallen over much of the UK, and as a UK editor, it would be great if you could add original reporting from your area about the snow (if there was any) . Thanks! Anonymous101 (talk · contribs) (Note I have no link with the organization anonymous) 07:20, 6 April 2008 (UTC)

You are the happiest user on IRC[edit]

Accoding to the Wikinews IRC stats - you are the happiest user on IRC with over 17% of your comments containing a Smile.png --A101 - (talk) 11:28, 20 April 2008 (UTC)


Hey I had blocked Jason Runkis (talk · contribs) for 24 hours for blatantly obvious page move vandalism, but then I saw that you had already dealt with it and warned/welcomed him on his talkpage, so I unblocked my previous block. I did however delete the obvious vandal-redirect, no need for that to remain. Hopefully the user turns around and contributes positively, or at the least doesn't vandalize again. Cirt - (talk) 00:20, 23 April 2008 (UTC)


I have started WN:TO-DO as a place to list what should be daily or weekly points to check for regular contributors. Some parts are admin-only (e.g. Archiving) but others are things that anyone can get involved with. Feel free to add additional points and spread the word about this shortcut to get people helping do Wikignome tasks. --Brian McNeil / talk 15:50, 4 May 2008 (UTC)


Thanks for spotting my nomination of a user who was already nominated. I have no idea how I missed it. Anonymous101 :) 17:18, 10 May 2008 (UTC)


Please do not arhiveusing only AWB as AWB cannot edit to meet all the archiving conventions Anonymous101 :) 17:38, 10 May 2008 (UTC)

Good to see your correcting manually as well Anonymous101 :) 17:41, 10 May 2008 (UTC)
Quite frankly this has created quite a mess. If you were going to use a bot to archive you should have used {{Archive-unreviewed}}. The "manual fixes" I have seen are not enough. --SVTCobra 09:57, 11 May 2008 (UTC)


Please see the policy at WN:ARCHIVE and make sure you follow it when archiving. Also see my contributions which show some fixes made after archivng. Anonymous101 :) 18:08, 10 May 2008 (UTC)

In archiving Coverage of the 80th Academy Awards you added a non-category diff. --SVTCobra 23:12, 23 May 2008 (UTC)

WN:A dup[edit]

I removed the 2nd User:Sfullenwider, which was a dup. Cirt - (talk) 19:20, 10 May 2008 (UTC)

Former judge calls for Cherie Blair's resignation[edit]

I've got the hang of it now - can you have another look please.--Poetlister (talk) 22:18, 15 May 2008 (UTC)

"Spit" as a verb can be past tense[edit]

"Spit" as a verb can be past tense - see headline of The New York Times - Prison for Man With H.I.V. Who Spit on a Police Officer and see also Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary - "spit or spat", both appropriate forms. Cirt (talk) 09:17, 18 May 2008 (UTC)

Also this headline: Pos man who spit on cop gets 35 years, PlanetOut. Cirt (talk) 09:19, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
HIV-Positive Man Sentenced for Spitting on Cop - "An HIV-positive homeless man who spit on a police officer", The Advocate. Cirt (talk) 09:20, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
HIV-positive man sentenced 35 years for spitting at officer, The Dallas Morning News - "Dallas County prosecutor Aja Reed said Campbell began yelling in court when another officer testified Campbell spit on him during an unrelated incident." Cirt (talk) 09:23, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
Briefs: HIV spit, border agent arrest, KXAN-TV - "Officer Dan Waller said he was arresting Campbell for public intoxication in 2006 when he spit on him." Cirt (talk) 09:25, 18 May 2008 (UTC)

Okay, those should be enough examples. :) Cirt (talk) 09:25, 18 May 2008 (UTC)

Here's some more interesting reading: [6], [7] - not to mention, again, the headline of the article in The New York Times, all of which leads me to believe using "spit" as past tense in the headline is fine. Cirt (talk) 09:42, 18 May 2008 (UTC)

[8] - Apparently both are proper forms for past tense. Cirt (talk) 09:48, 18 May 2008 (UTC)

This has been quite a grammatically educational lesson for me.  :) Moved to HIV-positive man receives 35 years for spitting on Dallas police officer, as both spit/spat are appropriate as past tense. Cirt (talk) 09:55, 18 May 2008 (UTC)

My talk page[edit]

I noticed you reverted an edit to my talk page. FYI nathan is and Celticfan383 is Nathan so there was nothing wrong with the edit that was made. Anonymous101 :) 09:50, 18 May 2008 (UTC)

Waz goin on?[edit]

It has been over Seven Days since all the De-Adminship Discussions were started. Any ideas on what's goin on with those? Looks to me like consensus (or at least majority opinion) for most of them is removal of rights. Cirt (talk) 11:18, 18 May 2008 (UTC)

We've tended to let these run for more than seven days in the past but I don't think there are any hard and fast rules on this. Adambro (talk) 11:26, 18 May 2008 (UTC)

posting news from[edit]

I foresee problems with this. OK so Gareth is an employee and has permission, but ... can we edit the stories? Do they fully realise that anybody can use the text if they copy it from here? --SVTCobra 20:12, 28 May 2008 (UTC)

How did this come about? Adambro (talk) 20:17, 28 May 2008 (UTC)
stories should be treated as normal, as they are under CC-By license like all other contributions. see: Talk:Economist Calls April U.S. Durable Goods Report "Awfully Strong"--MarkTalk to me 21:17, 28 May 2008 (UTC)
But see Fed's Stern Says Inflation Expectations Based on How Fed Raises Rates. This seems to be how Gareth would like to post stories. I think this amounts to link spamming to a commercial site. --SVTCobra 21:25, 28 May 2008 (UTC)
as before you treat it like normal, so see the formatting i have done. at no point were any promises given that they could "spam". treat it like normall, format, add expand tag etc --MarkTalk to me 21:29, 28 May 2008 (UTC)

how do i add a picture to my news stories?[edit]

hey mark, how do i add a picture from our website to the news stories? --GarethS123 (talk) 20:19, 28 May 2008 (UTC)


This image is up for deletion. You uploaded it saying you had a GOL. If you can get a free license permission and file an OTRS ticket, this image can be uploaded to Commons, otherwise it will likely be deleted. Cheers, --SVTCobra 21:46, 28 May 2008 (UTC)

Austria vs.....[edit]

Many thanks for the welcome. Managed to make a hash of things by creating the article as Austria vs. Croatia instead of Austria vs. Poland and not realising this! Have now created new article and blanked the mistake. Feel a little foolish. Arae (talk) 21:53, 12 June 2008 (UTC)

The two pages...[edit]

The inclusion criteria for the two pages is quite different. Wikinews:Leads only required a link, Wikinews:Requested articles appears to require much more. Wikinews:Leads could be recreated to look like this, in order to have more context.

If you have a news item that you think may be of interest to users here at Wikinews, or you feel it is an important story that other users may be interested in covering in more depth, please post it here. If you would like to specifically request that a certain happening is covered in an article here at Wikinews, you can do so at Wikinews:Requested articles. Please also note that the inclusion criteria for the two pages is rather different.

Just post a link. It does not have to be particular detailed. If other users find it interesting and wish to pursue it, they are intelligent enough to run searches and write summaries themselves and they will do so if they wish.


Or else perhaps at the bottom of requested articles page, a leads section could be created that is easier to add to. --Emesee (talk) 19:35, 13 June 2008 (UTC)

Dear sir Hello My name is Amgad Farouk and i'm from Egypt I've a little problem because i registered the scholarship application for Wikipdia2008 and got a confrmation email and after that i didn't got any another reply to tell me if i accept as beneficiary from the scholarship program or not after that i register new application to attend the conference and i got automatic reply and i don't know what i should to do i ask you for help and thank's alot Amgad Farouk +20105337988 —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:01, 4 July 2008 (UTC)


If you have not already seen this, please look, comment, and vote both here and on bugzilla. Further assistance such as contact information for Google would be a very useful detail to share and help in petitioning for a listing in their news index. --Brian McNeil / talk 14:51, 5 August 2008 (UTC)

typo fixing in interviews[edit]

Since the typo came from an interview,I'm not really sure if it should be fixed or not. (or are we supposed to add [sic] after it or something?) Bawolff 03:55, 26 October 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for fixing spelling errors in the archives[edit]

I, SVTCobra, hereby bestow the Barnstar of Diligence upon Markie for diligent work over several days to fix spelling errors in the Wikinews archive.

Thanks for fixing all those spelling errors using AWB. Cheers, --SVTCobra 23:38, 30 October 2008 (UTC)

Third party U.S. presidential candidates hold debate[edit]

Could you do a peer review for the article above? Thanks. --WNewsReporter (talk) 22:38, 1 November 2008 (UTC)

thats fine[edit]

ok sorry about the pic -- PATX 21:06, 2 November 2008 (UTC)

Re: Your Welcome notice[edit]

Thank you dear editor Markie for your welcome. Although I went through the help pages, I am not well acquainted w/ the whole news publication process; I have submitted an article that I hope it can be accepted without suffering too deep cuts to its current and already sintectic contents. If published, I'll intend to request someone to bring a first-hand news updated near the occasion that the mention event (news) occurs. At your service. Thanks once more. Cheers. --Vilalva (talk) 02:05, 3 November 2008 (UTC)


Is this what you meant - User:Bawolff/sandbox/utcclockthingy (note: this is first version. If its needed to be used on a global basis, it will probably need to be tweaked for efficeincy,as currently its not that efficient on long pages, but its fine if only needed on specific pages). Bawolff 00:58, 5 November 2008 (UTC)


I just saw the Berlusconi comment on YouTube - he definitely was not speaking in English. Thanks for fixing my gaffe. --InfantGorilla (talk) 13:31, 7 November 2008 (UTC)


What happend to Brian McNeil's profile and talkpages? Danger^Mouse (talk) 04:14, 12 December 2008 (UTC Wiki had server issue got it resolved 04:57, 14 December 2008 (UTC)

TUSC token 9f8aae530173aea1708337b1436ebdd4[edit]

I am now proud owner of a TUSC account!

Book-tool translation[edit]

Hi Markie, thank you very much for translating the help pages. Great job! I am setting up a deployment guide at meta. I think it would be good if we had your translations there too. May I move them? Liebe Grüße, He!ko 23:18, 9 February 2009 (UTC)

A penny for your thoughts[edit]

Okay, not really, but I am requesting your participation in the following Water Cooler Discussion: OR and Broadcast report. The discussion involves the need for specific policy concerning how Original Reporting relates to information recieved from a broadcast report of an event. This can include both news-style reports and non-news reports, such as a sporting event. Thanks and again, please share your thoughts on this so we can get as many people involved as possible, especially since this relates to an important topic such as OR. —Calebrw (talk) 05:18, 27 April 2009 (UTC)