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Hi! On Wikinews we do not use any single regional spelling format. In fact, it's an element within our Style guide, you can find it at two points, the conventions and the section on spelling. But we appreciate your interest in improving Wikinews! - Amgine | t 02:29, 25 September 2010 (UTC)

  • Thanks for the welcome. I feel that it's one thing not to impose any regional spelling variants across WN, it is quite another to leave a Manual of Style, or indeed any single document or article, that way. I'd suggest that consistency is an important journalistic principle, and that having a style manual which is thus higgledy-piggledy strikes me as being slightly sloppy (no offence). --Ohconfucius (talk) 02:40, 25 September 2010 (UTC)
    No offence is taken; everyone is welcome to their opinion. It is characteristic of this community that changes to policy/guidelines which have a long history are generally discussed first. There have been at least several intense community discussions regarding regional spelling, which resulted in the current compromise which, over the years, has developed into tradition: spelling within an article is standardised first to the region of the news story, second to the original author's choice; spelling elsewhere respects the original author's choice, or in the case of a major refactor the refactorer's choice.
    I hope you will also not take offence that new contributors with very few main namespace contributions are often asked to learn the way things are done here before engaging in bold edits to long-standing project pages. - Amgine | t 02:50, 25 September 2010 (UTC)