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Tempodivalse [talk] 00:37, 14 December 2009 (UTC)Reply

Remarks on user page


At this point in time my User page seems to be turning into a list of links relevant to SE QLD, and sources/resources I think will be valuable.
I am also going to be using my User page as an area to gather information for potential articles, before writing them up.

If anyone has any suggestions to make, feel free, as I am at the very beginnings of developing my writing interests, and could use any constructive advice I could get.

Soozlepip (talk) 07:59, 15 December 2009 (UTC)Reply

  • Somewhere-or-other there's lists of country/region-specific sources (in the Wikinews namespace). I'd note that you should avoid HTML markup in Wikicode unless absolutely needed. A <br /> can be replaced by a blank line, or you can use colons for an indent where a new line is forced with each new line you start with a colon. I am pleased to see you've got two links to WN:ARTICLE there; I note the Australian interest so, I'd suggest finding a reasonably notable Ozzie story sometime soon (that's current), dig up a couple of sources (can be Australian, or international), read them carefully, then have a go with WN:ARTICLE in a separate browser window.
I think it was Wikinews:Writing an article that I looked at, decided was so god-awful that I had to write WN:ARTICLE.
Oh, and for your first article, and to coax people into being helpful, it might be good to look for an unusual or funny story to cover and try and come up with an eye-catching title like, Toilet stolen from Queensland police HQ; investigators have nothing to go on. :-P --Brian McNeil / talk 01:42, 13 February 2010 (UTC)Reply



Any personal collection of links, should stay in userspace (aka [[user:Soozlepip/<something>]], not [[Soozlepip/<something>]]. I moved Soozlepip/sandbox to user:Soozlepip/sandbox. Cheers. Bawolff 05:11, 14 February 2010 (UTC)Reply

Ooops! I really am learning as I go, aren't I? My apologies!

Soozlepip (talk) 05:25, 14 February 2010 (UTC)Reply

No worries. Bawolff 05:33, 14 February 2010 (UTC)Reply

This is now published. Check the history tab to see the rename and compare your version with the changes I made. I made a few comments in the review template on the article's talk page. Pretty good first article attempt; could perhaps have been done with less than four sources (always have at least two, and only cite ones you need to use). --Brian McNeil / talk 19:14, 15 February 2010 (UTC)Reply

  • Thanks for the editing and feedback Brian. I will overdo those sources. The poor kid passed away as I was piecing it together, and of course during the evening new details have emerged, but I am determined not to spend my entire life on here. Not a pleasant first article topic. Actually Aus schools are a potential source of further, deeper articles I suppose. At least I have a bit more confidence now! And the new title makes more sense, it's hard to come up with one that hasn't been done yet... —Soozlepip (talk) 22:18, 15 February 2010 (UTC)Reply

Wikimedians to the Games


Hi. :) As you're an Australian contributor, I thought you might be interested in Wikimedians to the Games, which is an opportunity to cover the Paralympic Games as a member of the press. As you've experience writing Wikinews articles, this should give you a leg up. :) LauraHale (talk) 08:50, 31 December 2011 (UTC)Reply