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Time zone!

I don't think that Messi's name saves life in Nigeria will be fresh now. It is the 4th day, and, that makes the condition worse. So, can you please tell me what is your time zone, so that I can fine-tune my timings accordingly for the next articles?
aGastya  ✉ Dicere Aliquid :) 02:46, 2 July 2015 (UTC)

@Acagastya: I'm very sorry that's happened. Fwiw I'm in UTC-4 at this time of year (US east coast). If I could have split into four today, one of me to review each of the articles on the review queue, I would have. I managed to review one and am some hours into reviewing another. --Pi zero (talk) 03:43, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
It is not about not doing the task quickly. I see you are the most active reviewer presently. I asked so that I could be awake at the time you add comments, and thus I can promptly. I am from UTC+5:30 (India) and from now, I will add your time zone in my iPod so that I don't consume much time :)
aGastya  ✉ Dicere Aliquid :) 03:50, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
Ah. Yes, I take your point. --Pi zero (talk) 03:55, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
I've got off-line commitments that may occupy me for much of the next few hours; I'm really hoping they won't keep me from reviewing te other article, the Copa America semi-final one, while it's still fresh. :-S  --Pi zero (talk) 13:26, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
(Oh, good, it's only on the second day after.) --Pi zero (talk) 14:45, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
Copa America semi-finals article published. --Pi zero (talk) 15:52, 2 July 2015 (UTC)

After review is completed.

I see you are reviewing an article now. Sorry for disturbing. Just wanted to know if Halifax city's time zone matches yours?
aGastya  ✉ Dicere Aliquid :) 17:50, 3 July 2015 (UTC)

Halifax is one hour east of me — Atlantic Time, UTC-3 at this time of year when I'm UTC-4, and UTC-4 in the northern-hemisphere-winter when I'm UTC-5. So it's now about 4pm in Halifax but 3pm where I am. --Pi zero (talk) 19:05, 3 July 2015 (UTC)

Avoiding the rules?

We can overlook some rules (at WP) if it stops from improving the encyclopedia. Can't we do the same here? I don't think the Messi's name related article can't be saved. But from next time, if the situation is weird, can I use more than 2 lines in lede to explain better?
aGastya  ✉ Dicere Aliquid :) 11:50, 4 July 2015 (UTC)

Wikinews has IAR too, though we make a point there of emphasizing that how bendable a rule is depends on the rule and, in particular, some rules are altogether non-negotiable. As far as the lede of that article is concerned... I don't think asking for a lede that captures the essence of the story is unreasonable in this situation. I realize you were having trouble envisioning how to accomplish that end, which I suspect is just a matter of experience and practice. The more of this stuff you've seen, the more your experience includes different ways of doing things. Hmm. Well, let me just take a stab at this; I'll probably botch it, but...
On Sunday, the brother of a man kidnapped in Nigeria told newspaper Clarín his brother credited Argentina football captain Lionel Messi with saving his life. The man claimed even though he had no language in common with his kidnappers, they understood Messi's name when he chanted it to communicate that he was from Argentina.

Santiago Lopez Menendez, a 28-year-old Argentine agronomist working in Abuja, Nigeria was finally freed on Saturday after Nigerian kidnappers kidnapped him when he was travelling alone last Wednesday. His brother Jorge carried his thanks for Messi to the newspaper.

...

Something like that might work, maybe. Perhaps there's a much better way; but it seems to me the bits I've shifted out the lede there aren't as essential as the key point about Messi's name. --Pi zero (talk) 12:27, 4 July 2015 (UTC)

Dudley Dudley

just endorsed Bernie Sanders for president is this breaking news? review anyway. --Thahouseusers2015 (talk) 13:16, 4 July 2015 (UTC) Added a source. --Thahouseusers2015 (talk) 13:27, 4 July 2015 (UTC)

Its probably going to be published anyway due to hype of bernie sanders. --Thahouseusers2015 (talk) 13:30, 4 July 2015 (UTC)

@Thahouseusers2015: A synthesis article should have two mutually independent trust-worthy sources, a lede, and at least two additional paragraphs, with total text equivalent to at least three "medium-sized paragraphs" (but that's news-sized paragraphs, not Wikipedia-sized paragraphs; typically, eight or ten sentences is likely to do it). Regarding article format... if you create articles using some article creation form (such as the one at WN:WRITE) it'd automatically provide you with the essential formatting elements; WN:WRITE goes through them. There's {{date}}, {{Haveyoursay}}, the Sources section, the {{source}} templates for the source citations. --Pi zero (talk) 13:36, 4 July 2015 (UTC)

A really out of topic thing

Hello, admin! I don't know if you are from US, but I would like to wish you for 4th of July. Happy Independence Day!
aGastya  ✉ Dicere Aliquid :) 17:51, 4 July 2015 (UTC)

Thanks. :-)  --Pi zero (talk) 17:55, 4 July 2015 (UTC)

Request

Sir, I have 2 requests.

  1. Enhancement of {{footballbox}} as we have on WP. (penalties, extra time and such details aren't there which causes problem in style of the article.)
  2. Creation of category FIFA.

Please make the modifications.
aGastya  ✉ Dicere Aliquid :) 10:20, 5 July 2015 (UTC)

@Acagastya: I've wished we had a category:FIFA for some time. The thing is, it's a pretty big task. One has to work out a reasonably easily applied, reasonably objective rule for which articles should go in the category, and then actually populate it with all the appropriate articles from the Wikinews archives — the archive contains about twenty thousand articles. I'm not saying it can't be done, just that it's one among many large tasks, and when one has a big block of time available for such tasks one still has to do them one-at-a-time. I agree, creating category:FIFA is quite desirable. (Though I also note that creating categories for some individual players, such as Lionel Messi, is also desirable and is much more tractable.) --Pi zero (talk) 13:43, 7 July 2015 (UTC)

July 8 2015 new york stock exchange down

Hi Pi Zero ... do we want to make anything of this being added to Wikinews well before the actual halt of trading? I mean, I think that's what happened, right? CNN Wikinews time is GMT? Cheers, --SVTCobra 19:56, 11 July 2015 (UTC)

Looks like after close of trading, to me. NYSE should be UTC-4 atm, so close would be at 2000 UTC (iirc), and the article was created at 2140 UTC. --Pi zero (talk) 20:23, 11 July 2015 (UTC)

3 articles

I had to go out of town again. Three articles I need to talk about. First one is about Pluto, the satellite reached near it. I will write about it and no issue of freshness. But, Wimbledon final. Women's one on Saturday and men's one on Sunday. If I write it some 10 hours late, will it be in the good state or it is just waste of time waste (3rd day for Saturday's event and that is important right now. But, situation wasn't in my favour.
aGastya  ✉ Dicere Aliquid :) 18:01, 14 July 2015 (UTC)

@Acagastya: If you write about the Saturday game, we'd need to get it written and reviewed in a little less than six hours from now. Which is kind of tight, though I am around to try to review it. And if there were a problem, of course, there'd be no margin to recover from it. For Sunday's game we have 24 hours more room than that. --Pi zero (talk) 18:14, 14 July 2015 (UTC)
I am so tired from journey that within 6 hours, it isn't possible for me. I think we should drop that idea. Well, is there any template for tennis match?
aGastya  ✉ Dicere Aliquid :) 18:26, 14 July 2015 (UTC)
I don't know of any special supporting templates for tennis. Our tennis articles in the archives are just text, afaics. --Pi zero (talk) 18:31, 14 July 2015 (UTC)

Can we have them?

Category for Nadal, Federer, French Open, Sharapova, Serena Williams, Wimbledon et cetera can be made as there are lesser (33) articles of tennis.
aGastya  ✉ Dicere Aliquid :) 08:09, 15 July 2015 (UTC)

I am creating {{Tennis}} {{Wimbledon}} {{French Open}} {{Australian Open}} amd {{US Open}} in my sand box. So once the categories are made, we can have those templates as well.
aGastya  ✉ Dicere Aliquid :) 10:32, 15 July 2015 (UTC)
Infoboxen. I see.
I'm realizing I have a lot of things I need to do off-line this morning, so I mean to try for the review itself without taking time out for extra things like creating categories, to maximize my chances of completing it sooner rather than later; but, yes, your reasoning seems sound that there oughtn't be too many articles that belong in those categories. Although the first thing I'd do on categorization there would be to check whether Category:Tennis may be underpopulated, i.e., I'd do a string search of the archives for keyword "tennis" and check if some of those articles should be in that category but aren't. To get the most out of that string search I might also create and populate a category for "table tennis" while at it. --Pi zero (talk) 10:59, 15 July 2015 (UTC)

Quick question

Diego Costa scores Atlético Madrid's winning goal against Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid defeats Real Madrid 1-0 in 2013 derby are articles for the same event.
But why double? Slight difference but at last, thing seems to be same.

  1. Atlético de Madrid defeats Real Madrid 1-0 in 2013 derby has a small alignment problem in the beginning. (Date and lede is in one line)
  2. Diego Costa scores Atlético Madrid's winning goal against Real Madrid has a closing parenthesis problem.

And it is archived. Please fix them.
aGastya  ✉ Dicere Aliquid :) 18:02, 16 July 2015 (UTC)

Fixed; thanks.
As best I now recall, the reporter wanted to try writing a single story from two different perspectives. Both were photo essays, with original photos taken by the reporter for Wikinews. I wasn't, I think, greatly enthused, but was willing to give it a try. I don't think we ever repeated the experiment. --Pi zero (talk) 18:14, 16 July 2015 (UTC)

Date of Access

What is that thing? And what are the things to do if I don't find the date of publication?
aGastya  ✉ Dicere Aliquid :) 04:38, 17 July 2015 (UTC)

@Acagastya: The general principles I try to follow are
  • Every source should have a date of some sort.
  • If the source is a page whose versions are just updated, rather than having a publication date attached to them, then what matters is which version of it was used for writing/review — which is to say, the date on which it was accessed. So in that case I'd write something such as "July 17, 2015 (date of access)".
  • Some source pages specify only a month and year, or only a year, in which case probably that should be listed. If there's also reason to believe the data might change, it might make sense to mention both, devising some hybrid notation such as "2015 (accessed July 17, 2015)".
--Pi zero (talk) 10:33, 17 July 2015 (UTC)

Wikinews Sports

Check this work [1] I have created a logo for WikiNews Sports. Just facing some errors in uploading! Might be useful in future for the portal
aGastya  ✉ Dicere Aliquid :) 10:55, 17 July 2015 (UTC)

@Acagastya: Interesting concept. Knowing how Commons loves to delete things, you may want to seek advice from someone there about ensuring that's clear of copyright (since it's evidently a composite of images). --Pi zero (talk) 16:05, 17 July 2015 (UTC)
I borrowed each and every image from Commons. And it was free to remix... So I did. I will list the images and authors. Just uploading error is occuring.
117.207.19.70 (talk) 16:10, 17 July 2015 (UTC)

Deleted article

hi, you deleted my article that i made for some banter with my mates. Can i ask why? if not could you please repost it so i can save what i wrote? https://en.wikinews.org/wiki/The_Polonia_Hoppers_Derby —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 110.143.141.44 (talkcontribs) 06:21, 27 July 2015‎

I've temporarily undeleted it.
As an article, it doesn't explain what it's about for a general audience; it has no sources; its lede doesn't answer most of the five Ws and H about a newsworthy focal event; and it's somewhat below minimal article length.
On what we expect of an article, see WN:Pillars of Wikinews writing; and then, as a great resource for writing a first article, see WN:Writing an article. --Pi zero (talk) 10:39, 27 July 2015 (UTC)

Styling?

Are css and HTML tags like <big> allowed in the NEWS articles?
And if I encounter some, what am I supposed to do?
aGastya  ✉ Dicere Aliquid :) 05:23, 28 July 2015 (UTC)

@Acagastya: We generally keep fancy formatting to a minimum. --Pi zero (talk) 11:51, 28 July 2015 (UTC)
So, I should remove it if someone uses it?
aGastya  ✉ Dicere Aliquid :) 15:53, 28 July 2015 (UTC)
It's a reasonable copyedit to make. --Pi zero (talk) 17:47, 28 July 2015 (UTC)

Sorry

I am really really sorry that I abandoned the article in the middle yesterday. But the thing is, in this college, WiFi isn't available from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. so that we can sleep. But, it did not turn off this morning. I don't know why. But thank you for the fast review.
aGastya  ✉ Dicere Aliquid :) 17:34, 28 July 2015 (UTC)

No problem; I understand connectivity can be a problem (for any of us). I'm glad I was able to review promptly. --Pi zero (talk) 17:46, 28 July 2015 (UTC)
Okay. But I see, not many articles are published these days. Why so?
aGastya  ✉ Dicere Aliquid :) 15:43, 29 July 2015 (UTC)
@Acagastya: Just at the moment there aren't a lot of folks around; perhaps because it's summer in the northern hemisphere. That's about submissions now versus a few months ago. But it's also true that Wikinews has been getting slowly less active ever since it was started over ten years ago. Why that is so, has been a particular concern of mine. What I figure is this: there are several major coefficients that control the dynamic equation of Wikinews, and they're just slightly off what they ought to be for long-term growth of the project. They really aren't very far off, because if they were the project would have shrunk quickly instead of slowly. But what's needed is to tweak the values of those coefficients. The three most important coefficients in the equation seem to me to be: how difficult it is to write; how difficult it is to review; and (this is subtle) how often is a typical qualified reviewer actually able to review an article. There may be deep things that need doing to improve that third one, but before getting too fancy, I suggest that just making review less difficult would also make qualified reviewers more often able to review an article. So I'm throwing myself wholesale into making this happen, and I mean to wait and see where that gets things in order to plan where to go from there. And meanwhile, I'm making myself available to review essentially 365 days a year because, until the equation can be brought into better balance, somebody has to fill in the review gap so that longer-term solutions have time to happen. --Pi zero (talk) 16:59, 29 July 2015 (UTC)

Sources

Are YouTube videos also a valid source? Here, I see the thing is used. I haven't encountered such guidelines anywhere. Well, the query has two faces.
First: a NEWS channel's video would work?
Second: Will a video from non-NEWS channel would work?
aGastya  ✉ Dicere Aliquid :) 16:32, 29 July 2015 (UTC)

@Acagastya: Not usually, no. A YouTube video has in general the same status as a blog — it's hearsay. If it can be proven that the author of the video has some official status, that would be different, of course; but it also sometimes happens that an official video is pirated on YouTube, and in that case we shouldn't touch it, so we really need to establish who posted it. --Pi zero (talk) 17:09, 29 July 2015 (UTC)

Was that okay?

If I edit someone elses started article in the interval of {{review}} and {{under review}}? Let me know if that is fine or not. This time I did so that some of your time would be saved in the maintenance of source dates and all.
aGastya  ✉ Dicere Aliquid :) 15:32, 1 August 2015 (UTC)

That was fine. I appreciate the help. --Pi zero (talk) 15:35, 1 August 2015 (UTC)
Oh, I thought that wasn't allowed. Can you guide me to an WN guideline of what rights I have while doing such edits?
aGastya  ✉ Dicere Aliquid :) 20:57, 1 August 2015 (UTC)
@Acagastya: I don't believe there is a guideline about it. It's more of a social thing; do unto others as you'd have them do unto you. Articles aren't "owned"; it's a wiki, anyone can edit. Doing copyedits on someone else's article can be helpful both to them and to whoever later reviews the article, provided of course that your copyedits are correct. Making major changes... well, depending on the circumstances it may be appropriate or inappropriate. There was a case earlier this year where two Wikinewsies had both written synthesis articles about the same event (the UK general election, I think), and they communicated and agreed to merge one article into the other, and the author of the one that was being merged did a massive edit of the one being submitted. Now, you'd have to be very careful about editing somebody else's original reporting article, because in some cases the exact way they worded things may be based on their personal experience and you simply don't know (but usually it'd still be okay to, say, correct a spelling error, and it's hard to imagine any situation where it wouldn't be okay to fix a broken template call). --Pi zero (talk) 12:39, 3 August 2015 (UTC)

Disappointed

At your decision to oppose my participation on Wikinews. Hawkeye7 (talk) 09:03, 2 August 2015 (UTC)

@Hawkeye7: I don't oppose your participation on Wikinews. I oppose your accreditation, which is a different thing. I've been meaning to write a brief comment of explanation to go with my oppose vote at the nomination page. --Pi zero (talk) 11:13, 2 August 2015 (UTC)
I don't see what the difference is. I can't post to Wikinews without accreditation. Hawkeye7 (talk) 07:35, 3 August 2015 (UTC)
You have done so. Others do so. --Pi zero (talk) 09:49, 3 August 2015 (UTC)
I cannot. I must have accreditation to attend events. Without Wikinews accreditation, I have had to accept accreditation from another organisation. And that means I then cannot post to Wikinews at all. Hawkeye7 (talk) 09:57, 4 August 2015 (UTC)
@Hawkeye7: I'm not sure which events you want to cover but I've only ever used accreditation for stadium events (ie. Australia's Queensland Roar through to A-League football preliminary final. All of the articles I've done covering the Sunshine Coast Rugby Union didn't need accreditation to cover. They're local events. --RockerballAustralia contribs 10:40, 4 August 2015 (UTC)
Me too. The event I am going to cover is the Paralympic Games, and accreditation is required. But once I accept accreditation, I won't be able to write on Wikinews about any events at all, including local ones. Please support my accreditation request. Hawkeye7 (talk) 21:31, 4 August 2015 (UTC)

FYI

Hi Pi zero, I performed a Mass deletion of pages added by Nama33. I think you will remember all those stupid templates the user created. The account was globally locked, so I assume there has been some cross-wiki abuse. Cheers, --SVTCobra 18:42, 2 August 2015 (UTC)

Thanks. (Globally locked? Huh.) --Pi zero (talk) 18:49, 2 August 2015 (UTC)
Right. "Locked" not "Blocked" ... IDK ... --SVTCobra 19:40, 2 August 2015 (UTC)
Sorry to interrupt, but what is the difference between blocked and locked?
aGastya  ✉ Dicere Aliquid :) 20:26, 2 August 2015 (UTC)
Afaik the difference is that blocking is done by an admin on an individual project, whereas locking is done by a steward and applies to all WMF projects. There's a page meta:Global locks. --Pi zero (talk) 20:29, 2 August 2015 (UTC)

Can I use this image?

This one?
aGastya  ✉ Dicere Aliquid :) 19:39, 3 August 2015 (UTC)

Eh, I'm not enthusiastic about doing so. It's a non-free image with McDonald's advertising all over it; we're better off sticking with something on Commons. --Pi zero (talk) 20:43, 3 August 2015 (UTC)
Okay, that article is done, I guess. But I feel is isn't good :(
aGastya  ✉ Dicere Aliquid :) 20:55, 3 August 2015 (UTC)

Something is wrong

This article has the parameter of time in {{Footballbox}} which is displayed. But this isn't working here. Why so?
aGastya  ✉ Dicere Aliquid :) 20:37, 3 August 2015 (UTC)

Temporarily used <br> thing.
aGastya  ✉ Dicere Aliquid :) 20:39, 3 August 2015 (UTC)
Now that changed! That parameter isn't working anywhere!
aGastya  ✉ Dicere Aliquid :) 21:13, 3 August 2015 (UTC)

"unauthorized bot"

Hello. I see you blocked my bot with the reason of "unauthorized bot". This does not seem to be true (unless I'm wrong), per the policy on this wiki. The bot task falls under "maintain interlanguage links" and is currently approved on m:SRB. As for wikibooks, whether you block it or not doesn't make any difference (or very little difference); since it's not a global bot wiki, my bot (by default) would not run at all, though I might request for a local bot flag later. :P Does this clarify the issue? --Zhuyifei1999 (talk) 04:38, 5 August 2015 (UTC)

@Zhuyifei1999: en.wn policy prohibits bots from operating on en.wn without prior approval by the en.wn community. If somebody has us on some list of wikis where they permit global bots to run, then by doing so they are in violation of en.wn policy. --Pi zero (talk) 04:49, 5 August 2015 (UTC)
Please check Wikinews:Global_bots and explain how running a global bot, within the scope of your own global bot policy, violate the policies on this wiki. The list is m:Special:WikiSets/2 --Zhuyifei1999 (talk) 04:53, 5 August 2015 (UTC)
(offtopic) And if you need some tools for mass reverting, try hoo man's smart rollback tool. I know rolling back hundreds of edits can be a severe pain --Zhuyifei1999 (talk) 05:20, 5 August 2015 (UTC)
(offtopic: I'll keep that tool in mind; thanks. My guess is we don't do mass reversions often enough to justify a specialized js script for it, though eventually we may have an assistant for such; but it's good to be aware of what's available. I do appreciate the thought, and it may yet prove useful.)
Our global bot policy, which you cite, allows maintaining interlanguage links, but this bot was not maintaining them; it was deleting them. --Pi zero (talk) 05:36, 5 August 2015 (UTC)
Wow, I suddenly found myself unable to find a very clear policy on this matter. What I can find is that all those nearly-identical tasks were also approved globally for Addbot, Legobot, KLBot2, SamoaBot and etc, under the assumption of "removing interlanguage links to from pages if the link is already on Wikidata" falls under "maintaining interlanguage links" (which seems to be what most people agrees on). Those global bots were approved in 2013, but went inactive before wikinews became supported by wikidata (so interlanguage links remained on wikinews). I'll ask for clarification of the meta global bot policy from stewards if necessary --Zhuyifei1999 (talk) 06:23, 5 August 2015 (UTC)
@Zhuyifei1999: English Wikinews considered whether or not to remove local interwiki markup when the information is being generated by Wikidata, and decided not to. There are several reasons for not wanting to deliberately increase one's dependence on Wikidata for interwikis; but the relevant point here is that English Wikinews does not consider those removals to fall under maintaining interwikis. If somebody elsewhere has made a different decision, although I think they're making a mistake by failing to recognize the inherent unsuitability of the Wikidatan design for generating interwikis, it has in any case no bearing on whether or not the bot operates locally. (To the best of my recollection, I'm not even the first en.wn admin to block a global bot on the grounds that removing these interwikis is not "maintenance" here.) --Pi zero (talk) 06:46, 5 August 2015 (UTC)
In that case, I would strongly suggest to un-approve Wikinews:Global_bots and opt-out of global bot entirely. I'm not the first global bot operator to understand otherwise. (Nor the last I believe) :) --Zhuyifei1999 (talk) 07:06, 5 August 2015 (UTC)
I do take your point. I do find the whole situation appalling. When that policy was adopted on Wikinews evidently it was presumed that global bots would be designed based on intelligent principles. Not anticipating that the global-bot community would be infected by a truly bad idea like deleting local interwikis in favor of Wikidata-generated ones. Just one more instance of the highly long-term-destructive forms of centralization favored by the Foundation these days. :-S  --Pi zero (talk) 12:12, 5 August 2015 (UTC)

{{Publish}}

Sir, I feel like I am being rude these days. And my wordings don't sound like requesting.I am sorry for it. I just wanted to let you know that the template was again placed in between the sources. Is it done by the easy peer review sort of thing? Is it a bug?
Well, I guess, till I adjust a bit in my college, I will take a Wikibreak. Thank you for adding the image to article as well.
Goodbye!
aGastya  ✉ Dicere Aliquid :) 05:53, 5 August 2015 (UTC)

@Acagastya: Yes, it's a bug in the review gadget. We've known about it for years, but the code of the gadget is sufficiently difficult that even the author of the gadget professes to be afraid to tamper with it. So we're waiting until, hopefully, my dialog tools advanced enough that we can write a review assistant using them, which hopefully we will be able to make fixes to at need. --Pi zero (talk) 06:08, 5 August 2015 (UTC)
Is it necessary to use it? Can't we just type it in normal Edit Source.
aGastya  ✉ Dicere Aliquid :) 06:11, 5 August 2015 (UTC)
The review gadget is actually a pretty sophisticated piece of software, although the things it does aren't very obvious to someone who isn't a reviewer. It has a panel for checking off which of the five criteria are 'passed' or 'not ready' versus 'unreviewed', places for comments on individual criteria when they're not ready, a place for general comments, it edits the article page and formats and places a template on the talk page, and when publishing it also sights the article and invokes the make-lead tool with the title of the newly published article. Although it's possible to do all that by hand, it's quite a chore and can't be done with certain flourishes that the tool makes look easy. The tool is well worth using even though it has a few quirks. --Pi zero (talk) 06:22, 5 August 2015 (UTC)
I was just saying, when the only command left is publish, reviewers can add the template manually.
Anyways, I have a long way to go. I do want to be a reviewer, but I don't qualify at this moment. But, after my break, please introduce me to it.
aGastya  ✉ Dicere Aliquid :) 08:49, 5 August 2015 (UTC)

(outdent) Took a look on this; simple enough: the regex "regex_sources" for finding {{source}} blocks is broken, causing it to recognize {{source| but not when a linebreak is between "e" and "|". Adding a "\s*" between "|[sS]ourceReg)" and "\|[^}]*" should fix the problem. --Zhuyifei1999 (talk) 10:05, 5 August 2015 (UTC)

Oh, is that the problem in this particular case? Huh. That's not even the usual reason for the gadget to misplace the tag. The more usual one, also probably in the same regex, involves assuming that the last {{source}} template on the page doesn't have any other template calls embedded inside it. In theory, yes, the regex could be generalized; maybe I'll actually do that at some point, but my experience of js is that it's the single most cantankerous language I've ever had the misfortune to have to use, and any effort poured into ad-hoc fixes to it would be better spent creating a way to avoid having to use it in future. Still... I'm very glad to know about that second bug in the regex; if I ever got around to tampering with the regex and failed to fix a second problem with it at the same time, that would be very annoying. Thanks. --Pi zero (talk) 12:24, 5 August 2015 (UTC)
Right, finding corresponding end brackets of a template (with embedded template calls) with a single regex requires recursion, which is simply not supported in javascript. I thought of two ways to overcome this:
  1. Go the opposite way: As Template:Publish/doc states it has to be placed immediately before the categories, you can, instead of finding the last of {{source}}, find the first of category links. The category syntax is much simpler, as it has to be within one line and no other end brackets may be embedded inside. The downside of this is that any category link within the main content will break the script.
  2. The more complicated way of dealing with {{source}}: on the last match, check if any other "{{<nowiki>" is embedded inside the match, other than "<nowiki>{{source" (this can probably be done with [^}]* as a match group). If the result is yes, an embedded template call is likely inside. In that case, go back to the start of the last {{source}} and change every "{{" "}}" pairs, with no other brackets in the middle, to some other sort of brackets that won't break the parsing (eg. (( and ))). You might need to make a copy of page text to do this safely. When the template name matches "(?:[sS]ource(-pr|-science)?|[aA]pasource|[pP]apersource|[oO]rsource|[sS]ourceReg)" (as in "regex_sources"), you can get the correct index of the end brackets. The downside is that if someone disable some brackets somehow (eg with nowiki or comments), unbalancing them, the result may either be erroneous (again) or no end brackets will be found at all for the {{source}}. Hope this helps ;) --Zhuyifei1999 (talk) 06:12, 6 August 2015 (UTC)
Hm. Well,
  • The category-oriented approach seems most likely, if one were willing to make that big a change to working code in a language as aggressively error-prone as js. Currently iirc the rule tries to be, put the tag after the last {{source}} citation on the page; so instead, start at the end of the page and skip backward over any categories but not over anything else.
  • If taking a more minimalist-change approach, I note it's unlikely there'd be more than one level of embedding of template calls within a {{source}} citation. I've yet to see an example of multiple levels of embedded templates within a {{source}} citation; figure I've examined a few thousand articles closely enough to have noticed such a thing if it were in those articles. Logically, I can just about imagine a somewhat bizarre set of circumstances where one might want to do such a thing, but it would probably still only go to a second level of embedding. Alternatively, one could simply wait till my dialog tools are fully deployed and code it using wikilisp, which has primitive parsing facilities not limited to finite-depth nesting.
The recognition of {{source}} template calls isn't the only bug in the gadget's current placement, though. It also tends to incorrectly place the tag before the optional External links section that sometimes follows the Sources section. Which seems to favor the categories-at-end-of-page approach. --Pi zero (talk) 12:23, 6 August 2015 (UTC)

{{FC Barcelona}}

Shall we have a news box of FC Barcelona? And, actually, what is the various criteria for having that news box?
aGastya  ✉ Dicere Aliquid :) 09:19, 7 August 2015 (UTC)

You mean an infobox? I'm not aware of explicitly stated criteria for creating such things (though I suppose there might be sine interesting discussion somewhere in the archives of requests-for-deletion, where somebody created an infobox that others disapproved of, in days of yore). Infoboxen are usually fairly broad, to maximize interest, though. I don't believe there is any precedent for creating one for a specific team; a specific sport, such as {{football}}, yes, but not a specific team. --Pi zero (talk) 10:20, 7 August 2015 (UTC)
Okay. I understand. And yes! I meant infobox. But I don't know why it is called so Puzzled.svg It provides news!
Well, it's a shortening of "information box". I see Wikipedia had infoboxes before Wikinews was created in late 2004. (I'm bemused that Wiktionary has an entry for infobox, although it doesn't mention the often-used non-standard plural infoboxen.) --Pi zero (talk) 11:09, 7 August 2015 (UTC)

AS Roma

I request you to create AS Roma category as well.
aGastya  ✉ Dicere Aliquid :) 10:13, 7 August 2015 (UTC)

I'll see what I can do.
Btw, I expect to be out for most of the morning (i.e., the next six hours or so), which likely won't leave room for a review for at least that long... although I might be able to squeeze in creating a category. :-)  --Pi zero (talk) 10:59, 7 August 2015 (UTC)
Um, but after 6 hours, I hope that article doesn't get stale!
aGastya  ✉ Dicere Aliquid :) 11:12, 7 August 2015 (UTC)
I think it'll be okay. Sooner is better, of course, but I don't think this'll be intolerable. As I understand, the game was on Wednesday.
The AS Roma category turns out to be less straightforward than I hoped, because a keyword search on "Roma" also turns up articles on Romani, and I should probably sort out a category for them while I'm about it. --Pi zero (talk) 11:28, 7 August 2015 (UTC)
After the article is either published or deleted, please add a block for me that prevents me from creating new pages. If new article can't be created type of block doesn't exist, please add an appropriate block. I will let you know the duration after six hours. I requested block for exams on WP, but then I used to edit through IP. Though I might write some articles (like on talk page, and that can be further published by copying-modifying-{{publish}}).
But, don't you make some articles? Or a reviewer don't have the right?
aGastya  ✉ Dicere Aliquid :) 11:35, 7 August 2015 (UTC)
I have occasionally written articles, but on one hand there's usually something else I should be doing on Wikinews (building the infrastructure to make things work better for everyone in future), and on the other hand I'd want to arrange ahead of time to make sure there'd be another reviewer available to review what I write (which I have done in the past). --Pi zero (talk) 11:59, 7 August 2015 (UTC)
Category:AS Roma created. --Pi zero (talk) 16:03, 7 August 2015 (UTC)

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Thank you! :)
aGastya  ✉ Dicere Aliquid :) 17:03, 7 August 2015 (UTC)

Category request

I request you to make Barclays Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur and Tottenham's category.
14.139.242.195 (talk) 01:53, 9 August 2015 (UTC)

Request

Hi. How is it possible that I can not leave a reply here? It seems that 'Spanish Cyberbulling' has started in order to clean up corrupted journalists' reputation. The number of 'sources' about that matter is HUGE. In addition to that, you received a letter communication signed from Fernando Campos certifying the authenticity of the case AGAINST Almudena Ariza. This is an independent media outlet. Do not be afraid of being independent. --ACE1NYC (talk) 10:20, 10 August 2015 (UTC)

I suspect that if you don't use VisualEditor you'll have no problem. That's just a guess, though. Since I haven't had the stomach to use VisualEditor [on this project] yet, I don't know for sure. I suppose I'll have to try it soon, though, in order to determine how badly it messes things up.
The English Wikinews article was published, and it'll stay published. If enough evidence were accumulated showing that the story is somehow in error, we would issue a {{correction}}, but the article would still be there, with the {{correction}} prominently displayed. It would require substantial evidence, though. Note my conservative remark on the article's collaboration page, saying I should have been more cautious in vetting the sources of the article. That says nothing directly about the legitimacy of the story. Also note that the article does not endorse the accusations described therein. We would issue a {{correction}} if facts in the article were shown to be false; but if the accusations were shown to be false that would not warrant a {{correction}} since we never claimed they were true. For example, though, we would issue a correction if it were shown that ACE was not founded in 1967. --Pi zero (talk) 10:53, 10 August 2015 (UTC)
Is there any way to publish a reply here? I don't know how to avoid the VisualEditor.--Alpha Omeg (talk) 17:07, 10 August 2015 (UTC)
Well, you shouldn't be trying to edit that page. What should happen is that if you view the page, after a while (perhaps several seconds, as the Foundation has been fooling around with the interface in ways that have slowed everything down), the page will settle down and provide a button for "start a new discussion" and controls under individual comments for replying to them. I gather somebody else had a problem posting a comment from a mobile device last night; I'm not sure what's going on there. Turning off VisualEditor, if it's possible at all, would probably be somewhere under Special:Preferences. At some point we're going to have to investigate the mobile interface more closely to see whether something is broken and whether or not it's something we can fix.
Are you trying to start a new comment thread there, or reply to one of the exiting ones (and if reply, to which one)? --Pi zero (talk) 17:37, 10 August 2015 (UTC)
Trying to answer the first one. Really the VisualEditor is off and not working in mobile mode, don't understand the problem.--Alpha Omeg (talk) 20:56, 10 August 2015 (UTC)

Two slain in knife attack at Swedish IKEA furniture retailer

Hi Pi zero, I don't know if you will be the one reviewing my article, but it seems likely. I just wanted to point out that I helped with the translations on the Collab page. Also, I wanted to thank you for the cleanup on the article that I reviewed. I was a little rusty with the date format. Cheers, --SVTCobra 22:05, 10 August 2015 (UTC)

Interwikis

Apologies for removing them; can I ask why though? Green Giant (talk) 10:48, 11 August 2015 (UTC)

@Green Giant: (I think, btw, it's great you're giving positive attention to various of our local infrastructure.)
English Wikinews (and English Wikibooks, though as I recall the discussion was more ambiguous there in terms of future decisions) have chosen not to remove local interwikis. I note that, to be frank, Wikidata is fundamentally unsuited to be given sole responsibility for generating interwikis:
  • it maximizes damage caused by both accidents and vandalism while minimizing opportunities to detect and correct such damage;
  • it severely degrades local control over local concerns (not unrelated to the first point), with a corresponding, subtle, long-term degredation of local morale;
  • its structure is governed by considerations contrary to the goal of generating useful interwikis, which systematically minimize interwikis generated (in contrast to the pre-existing system of interwiki bots, which missed things rather randomly rather than systematically, and its failings could be fixed about as easily as they could be detected);
  • and, for good measure, its structure is heavily encyclopedic (although not quite suited to automatic interwiki-generation even for Wikipedia).
I think that's the major points, though I might be forgetting something. There are subtleties, of course, which are mostly just embellishments that follow from the fundamental principles; such as the impracticality of local projects monitoring their interwikis after control is turned over to Wikidata, which might seem superficially to be a consequence of Wikidata-change notification granularity (the local project is informed of every change to the linked Wikidata item, while almost none of those changes are ever relevant to interwikis), but is more realistically a practical consequence of moving fundamentally local information about interwikis off of the local project.
I admit I've gotten rather disgusted, over time, with the routine presentation of a false dichotomy between the old system of interwiki bots, and the new system of automatic interwiki generation by Wikidata. As I remarked, the old system had problems and the new system has different problems; and if one actually did have to choose between the two, the old system would be a more effective way to deliver useful interwikis because its failings are haphazard and reparable whereas the new system's failing are systematic and unavoidable. Moreover, these problems were both foreseeable and avoidable. Here's an example of a system that would combine the strengths of local projects with the strengths of Wikidata: Each local page has, along with its local interwiki markup, a list of related Wikidata items. Locally marked interwikis take first precedence, followed by interwikis from the first-listed Wikidata item, then from the second-listed, etc. Discrepancies between locally marked interwikis and Wikidata-generated interwikis (both discrepancies of local commission and omission) are flagged out for local consideration, so that, at local users' leisure, each discrepancy can be locally dealt with either by locally adopting the Wikidata-based recommendation, or recommending local information to Wikidata, or making a local note that the discrepancy is deliberate and appropriate (which presumably would last only as long as both the local and Wikidata halves of the discrepancy remain unchanged). You'd have local control (with its associated morale boost from local users knowing that their contributions matter), minimization of damage from mistakes/vandalism at Wikidata, maximization of benefit-of-many-eyeballs both for Wikidata and local pages. And probably some other advantages I'm forgetting atm. --Pi zero (talk) 11:39, 11 August 2015 (UTC)
Thank you for the detailed answer. I think I would agree with the suggestion that Wikidata has a lot of problems; personally I think the root cause is that anonymous IPs are allowed to change links. I'm not opposed to people editing anonymously on content wikis but I don't see why the linking can't be restricted to uses with autopatrolled. I also don't see a good reason for articles to be linked straightaway as soon as they are created. An example is the recent Funtime Hologram, which had the item d:Q20734053, created by the same user. When I nominated the item for deletion, it had to wait until the Wikinews article was deleted. I don't think it would hurt for us to wait until an article is reviewed before a Wikidata item is created, but what can you do? The major pre-Wikidata problem I recall was the competing bots that used to rearrange the interwikis to the order preferred by their operators. :) Green Giant (talk) 18:15, 11 August 2015 (UTC)
@Green Giant: Heh. I'd forgotten about that ordering problem.

A specific problem I've encountered repeatedly, and have even seen on Wikipedia (sadly I don't remember what article), is that because Wikidata is interested in making as many distinctions as possible, whereas interwikis exist to be useful to the user viewing a page, Wikidata often forces articles to omit whole groups of interwikis that should be provided. The first example I encountered is en.wn's Category:Guantanamo Bay, which covers in a single category the bay, the US territorial control at the bay, the naval bay in the US territorial control, and the detention camp on the naval base. From the Wikidatan perspective each of those should be a different item, and the Wikinews category can only be linked to one of those items — systematically depriving the Wikinews category of incoming Wikidata-generated interwikis for any of the other items that it actually covers. Other instances I can think of off-hand are Category:Palestine and Category:Donetsk. As I say, though, I also noted an example on en.wp.

As is probably clear by now, I see this as a specific symptom of a far more primordial problem. But it's still a major specific problem, and when I've occasionally mentioned it on Wikidata I've gotten thunderous silence. --Pi zero (talk) 21:31, 11 August 2015 (UTC)

71 year old woman shot in leg

Could you review this please? Or how much more information does it need to be published? Thank you. --Softstarrs23 (talk) 14:03, 11 August 2015 (UTC)

North Korea

I saw you removed the part about the spy agency being the source. Call me crazy, but I swear the BBC article has changed even though they say it is the same for 7 hours. The whole section about "Kim Jong-un and the Forest" wasn't there either, unless I am losing my marbles. Anyway, the Reuters/SMH source says "unnamed source" (2nd paragraph) so we can go with that. --SVTCobra 18:55, 12 August 2015 (UTC)

Much of the mainstream press seems to have no compunction about rewriting history. Anyway, okay, unnamed source it is. --Pi zero (talk) 18:57, 12 August 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for the review. I forgot how to use the < > to leave notes inside for editors. Hopefully, I can remember. I couldn't find anything on it in the help pages. I hope I was able to "save" the Houston article. Since you've reviewed it twice before, you probably know the material as well as I do and with any luck, it won't require a great deal of your time to review it. There is a note on the collab page regarding a discrepancy in direct quotes in two sources. I will try my hand at DragonFire's new article, though I wasn't able to persuade him to make a few changes via collab. Cheers. --SVTCobra 19:45, 12 August 2015 (UTC)

Malaysia says debris found in Maldives could be from MH370

I published DragonFire1024's article, manually, ofc. How do I determine the RevID of a particular version of an article? I just put 'unknown' for now. Also, I assumed that info that was from the previous articles was ok for him to include. And, when you have time, I would like to talk to you about WN:FU for images and the current policy/interpretation of said policy. Cheers --SVTCobra 23:37, 12 August 2015 (UTC)--SVTCobra 23:37, 12 August 2015 (UTC)

@SVTCobra:
  • The method I know of to determine the revid: call up the page history, and click on the revision whose id you want to know. When that revision is displayed (as a particular revision, rather than as the-most-recent, or even the-most-recent-sighted), the revid will be in the url.
  • As long as a previous article is listed under Related news, it can be reused freely, yes. It's all already been reviewed, after all; and our licensing allows reuse in just such a way. Somebody (BRS?) has quipped that Related news is Wikinews articles used as sources.
  • It's my understanding that we can use stuff under fair use if it's relevant and is not from a competing news org. I'm under the impression those pictures are not from a competing news org (am I wrong?). It seems like they'd be highly relevant; DragonFire had asked my opinion on IRC re Fair Use of those images, and I gave my honest opinion that it seemed to me they ought to be allowable since they're, as I say, relevant and not from a competing news org. Do I gather correctly that you have doubts (unless you outright disagree)? I admit I haven't carefully reread our FU page in several years. I'm wondering what the basis of your doubts-or-disagreement would be. (I'm just starting to take a look at the Houston article.)
--Pi zero (talk) 23:49, 12 August 2015 (UTC)
1) Ah, yes, the URL has the rev-id. Thanks
2) Yes, I believe that too, and I use related (or used to, back in the day). But I just wanted you to know that we are building a house, since Jason is wanton for including lots of 'old' info. If one of the oldest sources or reviews don't pan out, it could tear down the entire series. Oh, BRS ... he used to be the expert on Aviation Disasters ... I remember "Mr. Sandman" ... where is he now with all this MH370 stuff?  ;-)
3) Regarding images, there was a while that there was extreme scrutiny on FU. I think it spilled over from WP. Things like "if a free version of the image can be taken, then it is not Fair-Use" was prevalent. Meanwhile, we, as a news reporters are not (and should not) be held to that standard. Our competitors (i.e. "normal" news) are using images and video from Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, etc. all the time. Not once have they been sued for copyright violations when it comes to reporting the news. There is indeed a different standard for news and fair-use, but the copyright police from Wikipedia and Commons hammered Wikinews for a long time.
Cheers, --SVTCobra 00:09, 13 August 2015 (UTC)
Well, I was very rigorous about those earlier articles. I expect you were very rigorous about the third. Accidents are possible, sure. Cumulative reporting like this — which I understand is a standard technique in professional journalism — makes it possible to produce much more thorough articles for the amount of effort by writer and reviewer. I admit, it gives me pause when someone uses a Wikinews from before our review system, but that almost never happens.

Commons, and presumably Wikipedia, has gone through periods when people were being irrationally deletionist. It's of paramount importance to disallow images belonging to competing news orgs; and we'd really rather use free images because we want anyone who syndicates our articles to have no problems with the images; but if it's clear of news orgs and there's a valid need, as you say, news writing is different from encyclopedic writing. --Pi zero (talk) 00:36, 13 August 2015 (UTC)

Huge explosions in Tianjin, China

Hi. We need something for this. The editor is not necessarily wrong. The numbers are always changing in these situations. In the old days, we let random people update them and then when the dust settled, we'd get an accurate number and other facts and archive the article. That was obviously before all the review/oversight tools. I don't know what you think we should do? I can start a new article, and ask them to edit that. Ideas?--SVTCobra 02:48, 13 August 2015 (UTC)

@SVTCobra: I'm honestly unsure, myself. You may notice, I didn't sight my reversion; and I'm not familiar with the material, which you are. We do have a principle about not allowing post-publish changes that add up to a different focus, but where to draw the line short of that, I don't recall any precedent. Clearly there's some point where a new article is called for, but you're immersed in the material, which I'm not, so really I guess it should be your call. It seems unlikely that a completely inexperienced contributor to Wikinews would get right all the stuff like attributing claims and "allegedly"s and whatnot, so it'd probably take a lot to whip the proposed change into shape, however that factors into things. (Personally, btw, I wouldn't have published it as a single paragraph; we generally require at least three paragraphs, as one of the elements of minimal article size, and I'd have tried to insert paragraph breaks to avoid a one-paragraph publication. But that's me; it's evidently an exceptional situation.) --Pi zero (talk) 03:13, 13 August 2015 (UTC)
Yes, we can't change the focus ... I agree. And I don't know if it was late at night or what, but when I looked at the 'changes to review' it looked a lot different than a normal diff page.

I actually couldn't make heads or tails of it. It looked like paragraphs were being duplicated and changed. But nevermind that. Also, I was wrong in assuming Legume would be the first of many. Well, there was a time, when that would have happened. I am sure I can find you something in the archives to show you what it was like. Anyway, I'll just be taking my pleasure with the editing/reviewing/writing for now. This is goodnight for me. I don't know when you sleep (if at all), but sweet dreams to ya'. --SVTCobra 03:26, 13 August 2015 (UTC)--SVTCobra 03:26, 13 August 2015 (UTC)

I've seen enough of the old edit histories to realize that things used to get pretty crazy sometimes.
I do sleep; a few years ago I used to be able to pull all-nighters at need to catch up with the review queue, but I find that physically more difficult now. Though we'll see what happens if William Saturn starts up again with his On the campaign trail articles; I used to do nine-hour reviews of those, sometimes stretching into the wee hours, and then spend a month recovering from it in time for the next one. That article series was satisfying. --Pi zero (talk) 03:46, 13 August 2015 (UTC)

Category:North-West Frontier Province

Thanks for moving it back. I was going to make a request but hadn't worked out the wording. Can I highlight that the pages could be moved quickly using the Cat-a-lot script? It can be enabled through your global.js at Meta. Green Giant (talk) 17:37, 14 August 2015 (UTC)

Balitmore Maryland shooting kills 3

I got to run but could you look at this. --Softstarrs23 (talk) 13:04, 15 August 2015 (UTC)

Category requests

Some days ago I made some category requests. Please make those categories. And if it is not late enough, please review the Super cup article.
14.139.242.195 (talk) 19:33, 15 August 2015 (UTC)

I'll try to squeeze in at least some of those cat-creations in copious free time. Review mostly takes priority when I have Wikinews time, of course, when I'm able to review, and developing my dialog tools takes most Wikinews time when I can't review; and I admit what happens to the rest is kind of haphazard. And, speaking of review... --Pi zero (talk) 19:48, 15 August 2015 (UTC)

54 dead after bus crash in southern Brazil

I looked a little closer now ... the odd thing the casualty number is never mentioned in the body of the article. Another oddity, Brian McNeil talks in his review about "triangulating casualty numbers" ... I am not really sure what he is getting on about. But surely, Wikinews could have done a better job. Still, I don't think we are in retraction or correction territory. Cheers, --SVTCobra 04:33, 17 August 2015 (UTC)

@SVTCobra: I wonder if brianmc had intended to not specify a particular number in the article, and overlooked that it was built into the headline. I've had stuff slip past me that way. In any case, as I remark at the article talk, it doesn't matter whether it's our fault; this is about not deceiving our readers. If we know we were wrong, we have to share that knowledge with them. (I don't know that yet, myself; I haven't had the time to study it properly.) --Pi zero (talk) 04:43, 17 August 2015 (UTC)
Will you agree, at least, if the article said "according to RT" then we would have been fine? If not, you are opening Pandora's box. Cheers. --SVTCobra 04:57, 17 August 2015 (UTC)
Of course. Attribution is our primary means of immunizing ourselves against mistakes. It's usually possible to have a very high level of confidence that somebody said something. --Pi zero (talk) 05:02, 17 August 2015 (UTC)

Milestone!

Barnstar of Busy Bee.png

Congratulations, Pi zero. You have accumulated over 100,000 edits on Wikinews! For this amazing achievement, which I believe is a first in Wikinews history, I award you the Golden Barnstar of the Busy Bee. --SVTCobra 22:01, 17 August 2015 (UTC)

IDK...Might want to see my history :P J/K good work! DragonFire1024 (Talk to the Dragon) 22:05, 17 August 2015 (UTC)
My numbers are presumably inflated because I deliberately break my edits during reviews into lots of small edits to explain each one more clearly and give each a specific, useful diff. But even if it's a kind of arbitrary number, it's a kind of cool arbitrary number. :-D  So, cheers! Thanks! --Pi zero (talk) 23:14, 17 August 2015 (UTC)
Brian McNeil is at 49801, Jason is at 38871, and I am at 27151. It takes all three of us to beat Pi zero. Cheers, --SVTCobra 23:11, 25 August 2015 (UTC)
Blood Red Sandman checks in at 31601. I really have dropped in the rankings in my 5 years of being mostly absent. I don't know who else might have high edit counts. Bawolff is around 22K. --SVTCobra 23:23, 25 August 2015 (UTC)

Category:Politicians

This category has over 200 subcategories. Would there be any objections if I were to create some categories for politicians by country e.g. Category:British politicians or even politicians by continent? Green Giant (talk) 22:12, 17 August 2015 (UTC)

@Green Giant: For my part, I don't see that it would be desirable. We prefer when at all possible to use DPLs instead of intersection categories, because intersection categories represent a massive administrative maintenance load (and we've already got admin-years' worth of categorization tasks backlog). The size of Category:Politicians doesn't really trouble me. Category:Politicians, however large it is, makes it possible to leave person-categories out of Category:News articles by person, thus, uncluttering that — once, that is, the person-categories have been converted to use {{topic cat}}, a process we've been slowly working on for years now. (I have in mind to create a semi-automated assistant for configuring {{topic cat}} on a category, once I've got my dialog tools ready for prime time and start learning about how to build assistants with them in practice.) --Pi zero (talk) 22:34, 17 August 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for the prompt reply. I thought it would be best to ask before doing it. Green Giant (talk) 23:04, 17 August 2015 (UTC)

Bad research

Your revert is false, misleading and shows work of a bad journalist. The car was sold and the new owner did not remove the advertisements which they where obliged to do! The campaign of the company means something totally different. Get your facts right! --Paddy (talk) 23:22, 27 August 2015 (UTC)

@Paddy: Your edit was unfair to the company, as it left the reader with no way to judge the graphic for themselves. More appropriate to your objection would be a subtle adjustment to the wording of the article text. --Pi zero (talk) 23:37, 27 August 2015 (UTC)
I wrote to you on IRC --Paddy (talk) 23:47, 27 August 2015 (UTC)
Indeed. Although I was already well into saying more in response here. There's not much point further fragmenting the discussion; it belongs on the article's collaboration page. --Pi zero (talk) 00:02, 28 August 2015 (UTC)

Vatican to Palestinians: Remove us from your Draft Resolution to UN General Assembly

It would probably be a good idea to fix the same misspelling on the main page. 70.105.242.236 (talk) 02:38, 29 August 2015 (UTC)

Got it. Thx. --Pi zero (talk) 02:41, 29 August 2015 (UTC)

Thank you!

Thank you for your help! It is always good to have somebody more experienced and with a keen eye to learn from, I will definitely know what to do next time :)

Jmer559 (talk) 13:18, 29 August 2015 (UTC)

I have re-edited the article with more sources and also more information, please let me know if I have missed anything again! I really appreciate your time and help.

Australian Senate report: Women and children not safe in Nauru detention

Thanks so much for your help. I'm new to this, so I don't even know if I'm sending this to the right place! Re: parliament source, if you scroll down the document download for the report is there. I cant link directly to it for some reason. I've uploaded the image again, it's from Asylum Seekers Resource Centre and they are normally more than happy to share images. If that's not sufficient, could you give me advice on how to find appropriate images?

Thanks again!

Ali —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Ali scarlet UOW (talkcontribs) 07:31, 2 September 2015


Hey again,

so how do I resubmit?

Thanks,

Ali —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Ali scarlet UOW (talkcontribs) 09:43, 3 September 2015

@Ali scarlet UOW: The article-status tag at the top of the page has instructions on how to do it manually, and (possibly after an annoying delay because the wiki software performance sucks) a "submit" button you can click so you don't have to do it manually. --Pi zero (talk) 11:25, 3 September 2015 (UTC)

Page move request

Two typos in one headline, I now notice: "withholds" should have a second "h" and "defendents" should be "-ants". Thanks, Bencherlite (talk) 18:07, 2 September 2015 (UTC)

Ouch. Also, <sigh>. --Pi zero (talk) 18:15, 2 September 2015 (UTC)
Done --Pi zero (talk) 18:23, 2 September 2015 (UTC)

I know.......

....I've been oddly absent lately (or more aptly, oddly present)...nonetheless.....I intend to check back into the flow of things here soon. Just been busy with work and private life of late. Most importantly: I'm still alive! --Bddpaux (talk) 18:08, 8 September 2015 (UTC)

@Bddpaux: "still alive!" — Glad to hear it. :-)  --Pi zero (talk) 19:46, 8 September 2015 (UTC)

Chile Earthquake

I couldn't find any authors listed in the guardian page. Philipnelson99 (talk) 03:41, 17 September 2015 (UTC)

@Philipnelson99: Yes, that's an anonymous-author article; we leave the author field blank on those.
I've just done my best to write the most helpful review I can. This is a difficult thing, writing synthesis about a rapidly-moving story. --Pi zero (talk) 03:44, 17 September 2015 (UTC)
@Pi zero: I agree. Will it be reviewed soon?Philipnelson99 (talk) 03:47, 17 September 2015 (UTC)
@Pi zero: Never mind. Philipnelson99 (talk) 03:51, 17 September 2015 (UTC)

Category:Reuters

Thank you for adding the category. Green Giant (talk) 19:48, 18 September 2015 (UTC)

Hey there, hope you are well

Hey there Pi zero, hope you are well, been a while since we've been in touch.

Perhaps you could take a look at reviewing the new article I wrote -- Texas student Ahmed Mohamed inspires social movement.

Also, I'm not sure but it doesn't seem that articles needing review are always popping up for me in the right corner, sometimes yes, sometimes no.

I'll check to see if I can review any if available.

Cheers,

-- Cirt (talk) 01:31, 22 September 2015 (UTC)

I've tried to respond, point-by-point, to your helpful suggestions. I think you were correct on most of it, and the article is now better for it, so thank you! I'd like to keep the current title but otherwise agree with most of your helpful recommendations. Perhaps you could have another look? -- Cirt (talk) 17:20, 22 September 2015 (UTC)

Help

Hello. user:Acagastya here. I went to Wikibooks today. (Almost after a week, for a random purpose). And I saw this thing <timeline>. Now that will help me designing the template I was looking for sports. Can you please tell me how can I use it. Maybe in the way I used in the previous articles (Because of CSS, Chrome would render it. MOZILLA would not.) Whenever you are free, please leave me a message about the same on my talk page. Thank you.
14.139.242.195 (talk) 16:36, 22 September 2015 (UTC)

I'm not really familiar with timeline, myself. If I were researching it to make it do cool stuff, I'd start with Justin's (koavf's) suggestion at the Wikibooks general reading room, to look at the EasyTimeline extension; and I'd probably also look around to see if I could find examples where it's been used for things. Those are probably the techniques I used to figure out how to make some medium-sized adjustments to the Wikibooks admins chart, once upon a time.
For news purposes, of course, we don't usually make heavy use of tables and such; we generally emphasize prose. Though I acknowledge there's a certain satisfaction to getting a graphic to come out right. :-)  --Pi zero (talk) 17:17, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
Actually, I followed the link, but it did not help me much.I hope I need to spend much time to understand it. Or maybe I just need to make a template for my own.
14.139.242.195 (talk) 02:34, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

Infobox

I was thinking about infobox. The newer design. I thought to decode them. I found templates like {{InfoboxStart}}, {{Infosection}}, {{InfosectionEnd}} and {{InfoboxEnd}}. All those are made up of <div> element. If we just change some style attributes, it will happen. So, I just want to know, what is the actual layout of an infobox. Can you please tell me about it?
14.139.242.195 (talk) 19:00, 25 September 2015 (UTC)

Infoboxen always used to be made one-off, each unique using those pieces. In recent times I've implemented {{infobox}}, which provides for safe, convenient parameterization of infoboxen within certain paramters; I've been converting particular infoboxen, one by one, to go through that. The actual layout of the infobox is coded in subtemplate {{infobox/p2}}. I've been considering adding a parameter to {{infobox}} itself so that it can generate horizontal infoboxes as well (we occasionally use those; they go below an article rather than to its right). For a "new look" (for the ones that use {{infobox}}), I'd say we'd either change all infoboxes to use the new look, or make it a parameter specified in the per-category customization tables. --Pi zero (talk) 19:53, 25 September 2015 (UTC)
I have prepared the code.
Only one thing to be cautious about is in {{InfosectionEnd}}, we should have an image/some text, and I believe, we have an image there in every infobox.
So, what to do next?
14.139.242.195 (talk) 12:20, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
Well, can we link Collaborate to Wikinews needs you!? And remove the Pillars of Wikinews writing and Writing an article and place an image and text that links it to their portal?
14.139.242.195 (talk) 12:33, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
Linking to WN:PILLARS and WN:WRITING is an upgrade, of recent vintage. Portals are currently deprecated; someday we may bring them back, if we choose after solving certain technical problems, but for now we're one-by-one converting them to redirects (it's not as simple as just editing the portal, there's a tweak needed to the corresponding cat as well, and other stuff we usually do to the cat while we're at it which can get fairly involved; I expect that to be a good case study for setting up assistants). --Pi zero (talk) 12:46, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
No problem. If one day we are having portals, then <center> is to be added. that's it!
Cross checking if everything works fine on various browsers.
14.139.242.195 (talk) 13:14, 27 September 2015 (UTC)

Do we really need the class of infobox noprint?
14.139.242.195 (talk)

Seems the better part of valor to keep it. --Pi zero (talk) 13:40, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
It is done! :)
14.139.242.195 (talk) 15:20, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
Well, I can't edit the templates.
14.139.242.195 (talk)


The protection level! Someone needs to copy it. There on this IP talk.
14.139.242.195 (talk) 18:32, 27 September 2015 (UTC)

Renowned Indian guru Śrī Satya Sai Baba dies aged 84

Image is missing from this old article. What to do?
14.139.242.195 (talk) 13:52, 27 September 2015 (UTC)

Well, the first thing to do has been done: replace the usual image markup with a call to {{missing image}}, which provides a neat placeholder instead of an ugly broken-looking image redlink. As for fixing the problem... in theory, if one is willing to undertake a lot of technical wrangling and engage with a Commons admin for their side of it (noting, Commons admins, like everyone else, are short of time, and I'm not entirely comfortable with my own technical expertise for some stages in the tricky process, and truthfully I always have higher priorities than trying to learn all the various red tape involved), one would investigate to determine whether the image qualifies for fair-use uploading to Wikinews, and act on the outcome of that investigation — either undelete at Commons, or upload locally, or mark as unfixable. Rarely, an image deleted from Commons either was deleted by accident or can be hosted there with addition of some copyright information (perhaps even involving some interaction with OTRS); otherwise, if it can be determined that the image doesn't come from a competing news org, it probably would qualify for fair-use local uploading, with suitable fair-use info affixed locally; or if the image definitely doesn't qualify for either, one adds a non-blank parameter itsdeadjim to the {{missing image}} call. There are others I'd consider far more competent to navigate that messy process than I. There was a proposal a while back to make it possible for admins on any sister project to view deleted files on Commons, which would have made this sort of thing infinitely easier from my perspective, but I doubt that'd happen because nothing really useful ever gets approved (what, me, cynical?). --Pi zero (talk) 14:30, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
Well, just by sheer coincidence... I'm a Commons admin who is willing to help in any way I can. I've restored the image temporarily (for 48 hours) so you can have a look but let me know if you need more time. I'm pretty certain it would qualify as fair use although it does look as if its been extracted from a larger original image. Green Giant (talk) 18:33, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
@Green Giant: My search did not give any good result.
14.139.242.195 (talk) 20:30, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
And I wrote a mail to the website from where the image is found, let's see what is their reply. But that will surely take time.
14.139.242.195 (talk) 20:40, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for doing that. However long it takes, I am happy to restore the image if a license emerges or to move it here if fair use can be justified. Green Giant (talk) 20:49, 27 September 2015 (UTC)

┌─────────────────────────────────┘
@Green Giant: I got the reply.
Hello, Unfortunately, that image is not intended for free use. Kind regards, Morgan
The media is to be deleted.
14.139.242.195 (talk) 07:20, 5 October 2015 (UTC)

Ah well. Thanks for trying. Image deleted again. Green Giant (talk) 07:39, 5 October 2015 (UTC)

{{ISIS}}

I think we should have infobox for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
14.139.242.195 (talk) 16:44, 27 September 2015 (UTC)

Let's not talk about ISIS

Anyone who talks for ISIS in any way should be reported to the Internet Policemen.

I thought this was a free Encyclopedia? Why wont others accept the fact that muslims are who made SOPA and pipa and stuff that the internet technicalishians should fix

206.57.245.70 like am i supposed to put this here?

This is Wikinews, not Wikipedia. --Pi zero (talk) 16:17, 28 September 2015 (UTC)

Then why does have it the "wiki'? When did these changes hapen?

Wiki is a technology. See Wikimedia Foundation, and follow the links from there. --Pi zero (talk) 18:08, 28 September 2015 (UTC)

A barnstar

I, 14.139.242.195 (talk) (the IP of acagastya) award you the team barnstar for the tireless contribution to keep Wikinews updated!
14.139.242.195 (talk) 02:03, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
Well, thankyou. :-)  --Pi zero (talk) 19:21, 29 September 2015 (UTC)

Three things...

  1. On the left of Portal:Pichilemu, Wikinews logo looks different. Why so?
  2. Wikinews' overview of the year 2007 Do we have articles like this each year? (exciting!) But do we need sources?
  3. When to implement infobox v2.0?
    14.139.242.195 (talk) 14:00, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
Long ago we had end-of-year articles. Before my time, really, which is to say, before the modern era of review (review and I happened to Wikinews at about the same time). We did have something similar at the end of 2014, the first time in some years we'd done so: Wikinews 2014: An 'Original reporting' year in review. I haven't looked at the statistics, but my sense is we've had less OR this year, though. --Pi zero (talk) 14:22, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

Reviews

Thanks for doing the review on the Russian air strikes article. I'm happy to note that on the main page I played a major part in three of the five lead articles and a fourth one in the list of ten at the top right. :) Green Giant (talk) 21:20, 1 October 2015 (UTC)

 :-) --Pi zero (talk) 21:22, 1 October 2015 (UTC)

A barnstar for you

I hereby award Pi Zero this barnstar for reviewing articles to filter out bias, plagiarism, and other such things from Wikinews' front page.

--Leugen9001 (talk) 04:50, 2 October 2015 (UTC)

Thanks. --Pi zero (talk) 04:58, 2 October 2015 (UTC)

Wikinews interviews painter Pricasso on his art and freedom of expression

It took me a while to research, do the interview, and put this all together. It was quite a coup to get a response back from the interviewee.

It's a nice piece related to freedom of speech and issues of censorship.

Do you think you could review it?

Thank you for your time,

-- Cirt (talk) 07:20, 10 October 2015 (UTC)

@Cirt: I might have a chance to in a few hours (likely publication would be after midnight UTC); I've done some preliminaries, but haven't gotten into the verification phase at all yet. --Pi zero (talk) 19:20, 10 October 2015 (UTC)
Okay sounds good. You've already reviewed the Background stuff before, for the most part. :) -- Cirt (talk) 20:41, 10 October 2015 (UTC)
Seems I've missed my time window for tonight. :-(  --Pi zero (talk) 00:53, 11 October 2015 (UTC)
Ah, okay, that's alright, what's it looking like now? :) -- Cirt (talk) 00:54, 11 October 2015 (UTC)

Caricatures was my way of referring to multiple files, the portrait and video. Your edit is correct. :) -- Cirt (talk) 04:16, 12 October 2015 (UTC)

I don't want to edit over you while you're reviewing, but you could wikilink to w:The Picture (magazine), which is = Picture Magazine, and probably just correct it to be Picture magazine. Hope that's helpful, -- Cirt (talk) 13:29, 12 October 2015 (UTC)
@Cirt: I wasn't sure whether that was the magazine he was referring to. --Pi zero (talk) 13:50, 12 October 2015 (UTC)
Yeah, I checked, it's published in Australia and commonly referred to colloquially as Picture Magazine. Thank you, -- Cirt (talk) 13:53, 12 October 2015 (UTC)
Although, you're correct, I haven't yet found the exact issue magazine he's referring to from 2006, so I'll defer to your judgement. No worries, -- Cirt (talk) 13:55, 12 October 2015 (UTC)
I agree with all of your four recommendations, and also about adding editor's notes. Shall I attempt to do that myself, or wait for you to do something? -- Cirt (talk) 18:10, 12 October 2015 (UTC)
@Cirt: I'm trying to draft something very minimal myself; if you could take a look at what I do and provide feedback about it on the article take page, that'd be great. Of course I can't do much as reviewer, but the less we interrupt the flow of the interview, the better. --Pi zero (talk) 18:17, 12 October 2015 (UTC)
Okay, that sounds good to me, thank you very much! -- Cirt (talk) 18:20, 12 October 2015 (UTC)
For the image caption for the painting, would you please slightly tweak that to: ... the uploading of which Wales called "Harassment". Adding phrase "the uploading of", before "which", in the image caption. I think that also helps address directly one of your thoughtful recommendations. Sound good? -- Cirt (talk) 18:36, 12 October 2015 (UTC)

Thank you very much for your thoughtful review.

I'm glad we were able to collaborate and compromise together so nicely.

I agree with all of your recommendations and editorial changes.

Thanks again,

-- Cirt (talk) 20:48, 12 October 2015 (UTC)

You're totally correct

You're totally correct in your comments here.

Just note Blood Red Sandman (talk · contribs) loosened the talk page restrictions -- not I.

So hopefully we can have a constructive discussion, with the community, at a later point in time, for sure.

But no one has actually unblocked him yet.

Sound good?

-- Cirt (talk) 17:25, 10 October 2015 (UTC)

If w:Template:2nd chance doesn't work -- there's always the notion on Wikipedia of w:WP:LASTCHANCE. Just food for thought, -- Cirt (talk) 18:10, 10 October 2015 (UTC)
@Cirt: As always, all we can do is move forward from where we are. :-)  --Pi zero (talk) 18:15, 10 October 2015 (UTC)
Heheh, agreed, hopefully. -- Cirt (talk) 18:21, 10 October 2015 (UTC)

Just curious.......

....could you take a peak and see how many views my recent haunt article has received, please? Thanks!! --Bddpaux (talk) 16:40, 12 October 2015 (UTC)

@Bddpaux: It looks as if it received a few hundred on its first day of publication. I suspect it didn't do as well as it ought because it's never been pushed to our Facebook page — the folks at Facebook, you'll recall, went black-hat on me and said I couldn't keep my account unless I gave them privacy-invading information, so I no loner have a Facebook account and have been relying on the charity of others to push articles to there. The last article pushed to Facebook was the Oregon shootings one on October 4. --Pi zero (talk) 17:19, 12 October 2015 (UTC)
Hmmmmmm, well I've put it on my (personal) Facebook page......I wonder if I can push it out to the WN page.....don't see why I can't.... --Bddpaux (talk) 19:38, 12 October 2015 (UTC)
Well, who maintains Wikinews' (can we call ours) account on social networking websites?
14.139.242.195 (talk) 19:43, 12 October 2015 (UTC)
My memory (fading by now, since it's been a long time I've been deprived of Facebook access) is that one has to have admin privs on the Wikinews facebook page to do a new post there; we set me up with that once I had a fb account. BRS was doing some of it for a while, and Tom Morris did quite a bit of it but hasn't been available for it just lately. And from time to time brianmc, but we haven't heard much from him on-wiki lately. --Pi zero (talk) 20:04, 12 October 2015 (UTC)
Well, it seems they don't want to be named there because when I messaged, nobody replied.
14.139.242.195 (talk) 20:14, 12 October 2015 (UTC)
I'm reminded that last time BRS tried to push something to fb there was some sort of technical problem; [2]. --Pi zero (talk) 20:44, 12 October 2015 (UTC)

Podcast

I'm moving this to the proposals water cooler; it seems a community-wide thing, might get better visibility there, and surely ought to be easier to find later in discussion archives. --Pi zero (talk) 21:11, 12 October 2015 (UTC)

Crash out vs fail to qualify

The difference, I thought, is obvious. The Netherlands were not in the European Championship 2016, since that takes place in 2016. They were attempting to qualify for it. They failed to qualify. You cannot crash out of a tournament that (a) hasn't started and (b) you're not in. Also, please call it the European Championship, not the Euro Cup, per all reliable sources. Thanks. Bencherlite (talk) 20:48, 15 October 2015 (UTC)

Revert

Why did you revert my edit on User talk:Gryllida? I was trying to restore the content. Now it is blank, after that vandalism.
14.139.242.195 (talk) 23:14, 15 October 2015 (UTC)

I didn't notice somebody had made an edit since the vandal did. Fixed now; thanks. --Pi zero (talk) 23:16, 15 October 2015 (UTC)

Thanks Pi zero

Thank you for your review and assistance in helping to edit the article. I would like to contribute more if that's ok. My next article will hopefully meet WikiNews standards more quickly! :) --LegereScire (talk) 12:36, 16 October 2015 (UTC)

Welcome to Wikinews. :-)  --Pi zero (talk) 12:40, 16 October 2015 (UTC)

Review step

Sorry there, at ISIS militant shoots, kills five at Saudi Arabia Shia mosque, was doing some copy-editing, didn't know you were going to review.

Hope I didn't edit-conflict or mess up anything for ya.

-- Cirt (talk) 02:31, 18 October 2015 (UTC)

@Cirt: I was hoping I hadn't messed up anything for you. --Pi zero (talk) 02:35, 18 October 2015 (UTC)
No, totally no worries, I hadn't started a review yet, was just in copy-editing stage. All is good! P.S. See my post on Technical Water Cooler for a very useful new tool !!! -- Cirt (talk) 02:35, 18 October 2015 (UTC)

Help with if condition

In {{Football bookings}}, if the red cards shown are zero, that table cell should not be displayed. Or I can say, display the table cells only when called. How to modify that? Is that Lua?
14.139.242.195 (talk) 11:28, 18 October 2015 (UTC)

Apologies

Sorry about that edit, I didn't mean to change the meaning. --Rubbish computer (talk) 00:34, 20 October 2015 (UTC)

Np. --Pi zero (talk) 00:46, 20 October 2015 (UTC)

Ronaldo surpasses Raúl's record, becomes Real Madrids' top scorer‎

Hi Pi zero, you accepted my piping on the main page template to correct the typo, but didn't move the article. Are you willing to move it to Ronaldo surpasses Raúl's record, becomes Real Madrid's top scorer‎? Or is there a reason to keep this error? Thanks Bencherlite (talk) 11:23, 20 October 2015 (UTC)

I saw no harm in the piping. It probably works more smoothly with the singular. Seems like "error" is a bit strong, since there's that whole singular-versus-plural-treatment-of-a-team can of worms. Renaming prior to Category:Archived can cause duplicate listings in some feeds, so I'm not real enthusiastic about doing that yet. --Pi zero (talk) 11:31, 20 October 2015 (UTC)
Calling the team "Real Madrids" (the possessive apostrophe following the "s" means that it has been written as a plural) is most certainly an error. Why do you think it's correct? It's not a "Real Madrid is" versus "Real Madrid are" issue. Bencherlite (talk) 16:08, 20 October 2015 (UTC)
This isn't about the construction "Real Madrids", which strikes me as very colloquial (though one could imagine an informal spoken context where it would pass without notice). It's about morphologically how to form the possessive of a noun that doesn't end with s and can be treated as either singular or plural depending on conceptual intent. If the noun were always understood to be plural, one would use apostrophe-s. If the noun were always understood to be singular, one would use apostrophe-s. But if the noun can be either number, and given that apostrophe-s and s-apostrophe would produce the same pronunciation anyway, the choice between the two becomes a convenient way to mark conceptual number, and I'm not rushing to produce duplicate entries in feeds over it — even though, as mentioned, I prefer the apostrophe-s construction here. --Pi zero (talk) 17:46, 20 October 2015 (UTC)
Actually, it is precisely about the construction "Real Madrids' top scorer", which is only conceivably correctly if one would instead write "the top scorer of Real Madrids", which no one would. (I assume that when you say "very colloquial", you actually mean "wrong and unacceptable usage".) If you're right, though, then the internet must be littered with reliable sources saying "Real Madrids' stadium/player/season" (etc). Can you find any? (hint: the answer is "no", for the same reason that no-one would ever write "Liverpools'", "Chelseas'", "Belgiums'" or "Englands'"). And pronunciation is irrelevant because we are talking about the written word. Why are you letting the question of a newsfeed trump the accuracy of the article's title? Bencherlite (talk) 19:53, 20 October 2015 (UTC)
I'm not trying to be argumentative. I've tried to explain my position but, for whatever reason, evidently my message isn't coming through to you intact. --Pi zero (talk) 20:44, 20 October 2015 (UTC)
Ditto. If only we could find reliable sources that support your stance, then your message might actually carry some weight. Without them, it doesn't. Bencherlite (talk) 20:49, 20 October 2015 (UTC)

Sehwag

Please see talk page before publishing - the title needs thought. Thanks, Bencherlite (talk) 13:32, 21 October 2015 (UTC)

Taking extra extra measures to be sure I see it? Heh. Pointing out flaws in headlines pre-publish is appreciated, though; it's amazingly easy to overlook them. --Pi zero (talk)

Status

My review activity is likely to be somewhat lessened for a while, as I've got a head cold which is taking the edge off my sharpness of mental focus. --Pi zero (talk) 23:30, 21 October 2015 (UTC)

Hope you feel better soon !!! -- Cirt (talk) 00:08, 22 October 2015 (UTC)
I recommend comfort food and gratuitous amounts of sleep, best cold treatments out there. BRS (Talk) (Contribs) 01:33, 22 October 2015 (UTC)

re obit

No worries, go ahead ! -- Cirt (talk) 19:54, 22 October 2015 (UTC)

Reporting incident

Unexplained removal of content by Aliceroseg (talk · contribs)
14.139.242.195 (talk) 23:52, 26 October 2015 (UTC)

It could have been done because the list is so very out-of-date (not maintained since about the time I arrived on the project, apparently). Admittedly, though, when doing something like that there should have been an explanation in the edit summary. --Pi zero (talk) 00:12, 27 October 2015 (UTC)
If we are going to remove it, I don't support this move. A week earlier, I was reading it and I find it important.
14.139.242.195 (talk) 00:33, 27 October 2015 (UTC)
Okay. --Pi zero (talk) 00:36, 27 October 2015 (UTC)
Last updated before I got here, by a couple of years. And, the means suggested for updating it won't work anymore, I'm guessing, because WN: is now short for Wikinews: so it turns up everything in project space, which it probably wasn't in 2007. It may be possible, once I have my dialog tools a bit more fully operational, to set up some kind of assistant for updating that list. --Pi zero (talk) 01:04, 27 October 2015 (UTC)

Help request: Airshow collision kills one in Dittingen, Switzerland

Please see Talk:Airshow collision kills one in Dittingen, Switzerland. Sorry I haven't used the official template but I was rather unclear about its effect. Thanks and best wishes DisillusionedBitterAndKnackered (talk) 23:54, 27 October 2015 (UTC)

Hi, DisillusionedBitterAndKnackered. (Quite a username, that.) I did see the note, yes. It raises a whole bunch of questions; I commented there. We certainly want to address the matter... appropriately. Figuring out what is appropriate seems the challenge. I've also pinged the reporter who wrote the article. --Pi zero (talk) 00:06, 28 October 2015 (UTC)

Time magazine names Ahmed Mohamed to 'Most Influential Teens of 2015'

Hey Pi zero !

You reviewed the prior article I wrote on same subject -- and I cited that prior article for background/context info so this review should be pretty easy.

(Other than the stuff already-reviewed from the prior article, it just cites two sources to the new developments.)

And, after much research and contacting several photographers -- I was even able to secure via OTRS confirmation several free-use photos of the subject -- in his NASA t-shirt no less !!!

Could you take a look at it ?

I've been trying to help out the community lately and chipping in by copy-editing and reviewing several other articles.

Hope you're doing well,

-- Cirt (talk) 04:39, 28 October 2015 (UTC)

Hi Cirt. :-)  I did get over that cold, from a while back. I'm happy to take a look at this article, naturally I remember the earlier one, though I have some Wednesday-morning chores to do here first (just at a guess, might take me a couple of hours). And, I've certainly noticed your activity on Wikinews lately, with gratitude; getting up in the morning to see what's happened to the review queue while I was asleep and discovering there's (say) one less thing there because you came by is a cheering way to start the day. --Pi zero (talk) 11:39, 28 October 2015 (UTC)
Heheh thanks for noticing. And I'm really glad you're feeling better !!! -- Cirt (talk) 15:36, 28 October 2015 (UTC)

Vivil (t · c · b)

This user creates redirects from User:KingVivil‎ to his userpage. Blood Red Sandman deleted the page. But he is up with this redirect again!
14.139.242.195 (talk) 18:24, 29 October 2015 (UTC)

In fact BRS deleted it twice, but the deleted version was a hard redirect, which I expect didn't work because the target page doesn't exist locally. --Pi zero (talk)

Knock. Knock.


Tefa-Halloween.png Werewolf.svg
Trick? No! We all want a treat.
Happy Halloween!
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—The preceding unsigned comment was added by 14.139.242.195 (talkcontribs) 18:30, 30 October 2015

Happy Halloween. --Pi zero (talk) 22:46, 30 October 2015 (UTC)