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tempodivalse 13:33, 8 May 2009 (UTC)


Wikinews has disabled transwiki importing, so I couldn't import the template over here. So, I tried to copy the template text from Commons, but it didn't look too good, so I ended up having to tinker around a bit. I came up with {{User SUL}}, is this okay? Cheers, tempodivalse 14:34, 8 May 2009 (UTC)

fr.wikinews and Google News[edit]


I think you're involved in this. Are all the checkboxes ticked for editorial control? If I can map fr.wn policies and guidelines to en.wn ones I can do the submission to Google (although Josh Cohen seems to have been promoted since I last spoke to him).

I'd really like to see this done on several Wikinews language editions and then Google made aware of interlanguage links. From their point of view it would have to be great to put up "English Headline (French) (German) ..." Then we might be able to move on to getting a gadget to translate accross. So, say, take EN article, click button, start developing translation on FR, hope that gets tidied and reviewed. If we're also feeding back quality information/better translations to Google they will love us even more ;-) --Brian McNeil / talk 14:05, 3 December 2009 (UTC)

  • "English Headline" might be more clear to you if I write "Article title in English (French) (German)". What I mean is that if you are looking at Google News and an article has gone through peer_review and publish in multiple languages that the headline can be shown in your interface language, plus alternatives in other languages.
The reason I'm interested is that we're trying to set up a writing competition. I would like to see it active beyond just English. So, any language that's getting listed in Google News can have entrants.
For Google News, my part-working memory say you need the following:-
  1. A group of people carying out Editorial review and publication functions
  2. Criteria for how people get the Editor rights
  3. A template or other mechanism to show that an article has been reviewed (parallel to {{peer review}})
There are technical requirements (need numbers in links given to Google) Bawolff (talk · contribs) can explain that and probably sort out the gadget we use for your needs. Then I can make the submission to Google News and send a courtesy copy to Josh Cohen the business manager for GNews. This makes sure that frWN will be listed as an International news source, and linked to enWN. When we were first listed they put us in the index as based in Florida! Very misleading when contributors are global. --Brian McNeil / talk 20:02, 3 December 2009 (UTC)